EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 23

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJanuary 16, 2018

EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 23

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    Manchester City have finally been struck down, with Liverpool the team rising to the challenge of ending their season-long unbeaten streak. They did it in dramatic, thrilling circumstances, and the result has had quite an effect on this week's edition of the Premier League player rankings.

    We have updated our lists to take into account the latest two gameweeks of action. They are divided into seven position groups and based solely on performances in the Premier League in 2017-18.

    To be eligible, a player must have taken part in at least half the games his team has played.


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    It's amazing how quickly things can change in football.

    Last week it felt like Ederson Moraes was on the verge of usurping David De Gea at the top of the goalkeeper rankings; now he's dropped to third following his clanger against Liverpool, and Thibaut Courtois' consistency and run of clean sheets is rewarded with a bump.

    Petr Cech's own error drops him two places, while Kasper Schmeichel's strong performance at Stamford Bridge lifts him by the same number.


    Biggest rise: Kasper Schmeichel (+2)

    Biggest fall: Petr Cech (-2)

    Top 10 Goalkeepers
    1David De Gea (Stay)Manchester United
    2Thibaut Courtois (+1)Chelsea
    3Ederson Moraes (-1)Manchester City
    4Nick Pope (Stay)Burnley
    5Kasper Schmeichel (+2)Leicester City
    6Jordan Pickford (-1)
    7Lukasz Fabianski (+2)Swansea City
    8Petr Cech (-2)
    9Rob Elliot (-1)Newcastle United
    10Asmir Begovic (New!)Bournemouth

Right-Backs/Right Wing-Backs

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    There is still little going on in the right-backs section due to injuries and benchings.

    Joe Gomez's error for Manchester City's first goal sees him drop below Kiko Femenia despite the fact the latter didn't play. Hector Bellerin scored, but you have to balance his goal against Arsenal's rocky defending, so he only moves up one.

    DeAndre Yedlin was excellent against Swansea City and is in the midst of a sneaky-good season.


    Biggest rise: Multiple (+1)

    Biggest fall: Multiple (-1)

    Top 10 RBs/RWBs
    1Kyle Walker (Stay)Manchester City
    2Antonio Valencia (Stay)Manchester United
    3Victor Moses (Stay)Chelsea
    4Kiko Femenia (+1)Watford
    5Joe Gomez (-1)Liverpool
    6Hector Bellerin (+1)Arsenal
    7Matthew Lowton (-1)Burnley
    8Cedric Soares (+1)Southampton
    9 DeAndre Yedlin (New!)Newcastle United
    10Kieran Trippier (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur

Left-Backs/Left Wing-Backs

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    Fabian Delph will be sidelined for "a while," according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (h/t ESPN FC's Ben Dinnery), which is a massive problem. Danilo just doesn't provide the same balance from left-back, nor can he fulfil the dual role the former Aston Villa man has managed so well.

    As with the right-backs, there's little movement here, but take note of Arthur Masuaku's entry. He's surprised many with a scintillating run of form at left-wing-back for West Ham United manager David Moyes.


    Biggest rise: Arthur Masuaku (New!)

    Biggest fall: Chris Lowe (-1)

    Top 10 LBs/LWBs
    1Fabian Delph (Stay)Manchester City
    2Marcos Alonso (Stay)Chelsea
    3 Sead Kolasinac (Stay)Arsenal
    4Ashley Young (Stay)Manchester United
    5Ben Davies (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    6Stephen Ward (Stay)Burnley
    7Ryan Bertrand (Stay)Southampton
    8Arthur Masuaku (New!)West Ham United
    9Chris Lowe (-1)Huddersfield Town
    10Alberto Moreno (Stay)Liverpool


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    Chelsea's run of goalless draws is bad news for their forwards when it comes to these rankings, but the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen don't suffer. Clean sheets are a currency they're happy to deal in.

    Jan Vertonghen has been a pillar of consistency at the back for Tottenham this season and he's now into the top three, while John Stones' poor showing at Anfield sees him drop two places.

    James Tomkins has been fantastic for Crystal Palace under Roy Hodgson and was out of the team during their poor run at the start of the season, so his stock is actually intact. He joins us in 16th.


    Biggest rise: Jan Vertonghen (+4)

    Biggest fall: Lewis Dunk (-4)

    Top 20 CBs
    1Cesar Azpilicueta (Stay)Chelsea
    2Andreas Christensen (+1)Chelsea
    3Jan Vertonghen (+4)Tottenham Hotspur
    4John Stones (-2)Manchester City
    5Ben Mee (Stay)Burnley
    6Nicolas Otamendi (-2)Manchester City
    7James Tarkowski (-2)Burnley
    8Antonio Rudiger (+1)Chelsea
    9Jamaal Lascelles (Stay)Newcastle United
    10Davinson Sanchez (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    11Phil Jones (+2)Manchester United
    12Nacho Monreal (Stay)Arsenal
    13Christopher Schindler (-2)Huddersfield Town
    14Harry Maguire (+2)Leicester City
    15Chris Smalling (+2)Manchester United
    16James Tomkins (New!)Crystal Palace
    17Shkodran Mustafi (-2)Arsenal
    18Lewis Dunk (-4)Brighton & Hove Albion
    19Christian Kabasele (+1)Watford
    20Zanka (-2)Huddersfield Town

Defensive Midfielders/Central Midfielders

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    Three big performers, three big movers:

    • Paul Pogba shone on Monday night and nips into second, directly replacing Philippe Coutinho, who has joined Barcelona.
    • Abdoulaye Doucoure may have handballed his way to an equaliser against Southampton, but regardless of that, his performance was dominant.
    • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain powered through midfield against Manchester City superbly, netting one, assisting another and impressing everyone.


    Biggest rise: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (+8)

    Biggest fall: Aaron Mooy (-4)

    Top 20 DMs/CMs
    1David Silva (Stay)Manchester City
    2Paul Pogba (+3)Manchester United
    3N'Golo Kante (Stay)Chelsea
    4Fernandinho (Stay)Manchester City
    5Nemanja Matic (+1)Manchester United
    6Steven Defour (+1)Burnley
    7Abdoulaye Doucoure (+4)Watford
    8Cesc Fabregas (Stay)Chelsea
    9Jack Cork (Stay)Burnley
    10Aaron Ramsey (Stay)Arsenal
    11Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (+8)Liverpool
    12Vicente Iborra (Stay)Leicester City
    13Eric Dier (+4)Tottenham Hotspur
    14Mario Lemina (+2)Southampton
    15Emre Can (New!)Liverpool
    16Mikel Merino (-3)Newcastle United
    17Georginio Wijnaldum (Stay)Liverpool
    18Aaron Mooy (-4)Huddersfield Town
    19Wilfred Ndidi (Stay)Leicester City
    20 Mousa Dembele (New!)Tottenham Hotspur

Attacking Midfielders/Wingers

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    Those top seven just won't move; they're so entrenched in their positions, it would take something spectacularly good (or bad) to shift them around at this point.

    Just below the top seven, though, is a frenzy of action. Jesse Lingard is unlucky to move down but you have to respect that Sadio Mane showing against Manchester City, while Anthony Martial, Heung-Min Son and Manuel Lanzini all shone against their respective opponents.


    Biggest rise: Sadio Mane (+3)

    Biggest fall: Marcus Rashford (-3)

    Top 20 AMs/Wingers
    1Kevin De Bruyne (Stay)
    Manchester City
    2Mohamed Salah (Stay)Liverpool
    3Raheem Sterling (Stay)Manchester City
    4Eden Hazard (Stay)Chelsea
    5Leroy Sane (Stay)Manchester City
    6Christian Eriksen (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    7Riyad Mahrez (Stay)Leicester City
    8Sadio Mane (+3)Liverpool
    9Mesut Ozil (Stay)Arsenal
    10Jesse Lingard (-2)Manchester United
    11Alexis Sanchez (-1)Arsenal
    12Anthony Martial (+2)Manchester United
    13Juan Mata (-1)Manchester United
    14Heung-Min Son (+2)Tottenham Hotspur
    15Marc Albrighton (Stay)Leicester City
    16Marcus Rashford (-3)Manchester United
    17Dele Alli (+2)Tottenham Hotspur
    18JB Gudmundsson (-1)Burnley
    19Richarlison (-1)Watford
    20Manuel Lanzini (New!)West Ham United


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    Harry Kane has already hit 20 for the season, with his brace against Everton ensuring he reached the landmark in just 22 appearances. No prizes for guessing he's top here.

    Roberto Firmino was similarly excellent and keeps his No. 2 spot, but below that there's plenty to dig into.

    Romelu Lukaku was great against Stoke City, Sergio Aguero less so against Liverpool; Alvaro Morata's slump is getting pretty worrying; while Alexandre Lacazette hit 10-plus hours without a goal but isn't playing badly.

    Marko Arnautovic's beast-like performances up top of late land him an entry at No. 10.


    Biggest rise: Romelu Lukaku (+2)

    Biggest fall: Multiple (-1)

    Top 10 Strikers
    1Harry Kane (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    2Roberto Firmino (Stay)Liverpool
    3Romelu Lukaku (+2)Manchester United
    4Sergio Aguero (-1)Manchester City
    5Alvaro Morata (-1)Chelsea
    6Gabriel Jesus (Stay)Manchester City
    7Jamie Vardy (+1)Leicester City
    8Alexandre Lacazette (-1)Arsenal
    9Wilfried Zaha (Stay)Crystal Palace
    10Marko Arnautovic (New!)West Ham United


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