EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 27

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterFebruary 13, 2018

EPL 100: Ranking of Premier League's Best Players After Matchday 27

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    Another Premier League gameweek, another frenzied set of twists and turns for us to gorge ourselves on. The title race may be a damp squib, but the race for the top four and the battle to avoid relegation—being contested by approximately 12 teams—is enthralling fun.

    We have updated our lists to take into account the latest gameweek 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 still tight at the top between Ederson Moraes and David De Gea, and they stay put after putting in similar showings. Both conceded a goal they could do nothing about, and both enjoyed a moment or two of brilliance—Ederson with his feet; De Gea with his hands.

    Lukasz Fabianski moves into third after keeping a rare clean sheet. He's been one of the busiest goalkeepers in the Premier League this season but has at least used the opportunity to shine. Thibaut Courtois may have kept one of his own, but there were some shaky moments from him against West Bromwich Albion.

    Dropping like a stone this week is Kasper Schmeichel. The distribution mistakes he made looked all the worse in contrast to Ederson's perfection at the other end.

    Biggest rise: Multiple (+2)

    Biggest fall: Multiple (-2)


    Top 10 Goalkeepers
    1Ederson (Stay)Manchester City
    2David De Gea (Stay)Manchester United
    3Lukasz Fabianski (+2)Swansea City
    4Thibaut Courtois (-1)Chelsea
    5Nick Pope (-2)Burnley
    6Jordan Pickford (+2)Everton
    7Hugo Lloris (+2)Tottenham Hotspur
    8Kasper Schmeichel (-2)Leicester City
    9Asmir Begovic (-2)Bournemouth
    10Mat Ryan (New!)Brighton & Hove Albion

Right-Backs/Right Wing-Backs

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    As is often the case in the right-back section, there isn't a whole lot going on.

    Kieran Trippier's name is the one to pick out as he continues his steady climb up the rankings. His form has greatly improved over the last few months, responding to the challenge to his position from Serge Aurier in the most pleasing of ways.

    Victor Moses' rumbustious, goalscoring performance against West Brom earns him a move above Antonio Valencia, who played poorly again and just stood and watched Matt Ritchie drift in for a goal on Sunday.

    Biggest rise: Multiple (+1)

    Biggest fall: Multiple (-1)


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

Left-Backs/Left Wing-Backs

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    Ben Davies' hold on first place was strengthened over the weekend, as he helped keep a clean sheet in the north London derby and delivered the cross that Harry Kane powered home for the win.

    Ryan Bertrand moves up despite being on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline, and that's for two reasons: First, the goals were nothing to do with him, and second, his attacking play down the flank was quite promising.

    Biggest rise: Ryan Bertrand (+1)

    Biggest fall: Ashley Young (-1)


    Top 10 LBs/LWBs
    1Ben Davies (Stay)Tottenham Hotspur
    2Fabian Delph (Stay)Manchester City
    3Marcos Alonso (Stay)Chelsea
    4Ryan Bertrand (+1)Southampton
    5Ashley Young (-1)Manchester United
    6Andrew Robertson (Stay)Liverpool
    7Sead Kolasinac (Stay)Arsenal
    8Stephen Ward (Stay)Burnley
    9Charlie Daniels (Stay)AFC Bournemouth
    10Christian Fuchs (Stay)Leicester City


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    Nicolas Otamendi has made great strides this season with regard to his distribution from the back, but there's still a mad moment in him, and one cropped up against Leicester City on Sunday.

    His wild, hacked pass under little pressure set off the chain of events that saw Jamie Vardy slam home, so despite a dominant Manchester City performance, the Argentine moves down one.

    Among the better performers were Jamaal Lascelles, Davinson Sanchez, Alfie Mawson and Virgil van Dijk—the latter of which enters the centre-back rankings for the first time this season.

    Biggest rise: Multiple (+3)

    Biggest fall: Phil Jones (-4)


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


Defensive Midfielders/Central Midfielders

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    Make no mistake: Paul Pogba's terrible performance against Newcastle United has been noted. The reason he doesn't move down is that there's a big gap between the top four and the rest in this section, and one poor showing isn't enough to bridge it.

    Mousa Dembele's resurgence continued with another excellent performance in the north London derby; both he and his colleague Eric Dier move up. Mario Lemina played well against Liverpool, and it was no coincidence that when injury forced him off the pitch, the fight went out of the Saints.

    Biggest rise: Eric Dier (+3)

    Biggest fall: Multiple (-4)


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


Attacking Midfielders/Wingers

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    Incredibly, Kevin De Bruyne's lead at the top of this section has been stretched yet again, with his three-assist performance against Leicester City wowing spectators worldwide.

    Raheem Sterling will be distraught to see that even though he scored against Leicester, he moves down a spot. That's because Eden Hazard was undeniably brilliant once again and, therefore, nicks third off him. 

    Alexis Sanchez may have been slaughtered for missing an open goal against Newcastle, but our sympathies lie with him; he generally shone, was the only United player to create much, and was only foiled by downright heroic defending.

    Biggest rise: Multiple (+2)

    Biggest fall: Marc Albrighton (-3)


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


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    Roberto Firmino's stunning showing at St. Mary's Stadium is rewarded with...a move down. It felt strange to do that, but what else can you do when Sergio Aguero scores four in one game?

    There was some strong play throughout this category this week, with Jamie Vardy netting again, Romelu Lukaku playing well despite not scoring, Alvaro Morata returning to action and grabbing an assist, and Marko Arnautovic dominating Watford. 

    Biggest rise: Multiple (+1)

    Biggest fall: Multiple (-1)


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


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