POWER RANKINGS: Almiron can't stop scoring for in-form Newcastle

Almiron can’t stop scoring, while De Gea produced a sensational display against West Ham… but who edges out Haaland to top spot in POWER RANKINGS after Man City star missed Leicester win?

  • Brighton stormed to a 4-1 victory against Chelsea in Graham Potter’s return
  • While Arsenal reinstated themselves at the summit of the table with a 5-0 win
  • Liverpool’s troubles continued as they fell to surprise defeat at home to Leeds
  • Newcastle continued their surge up the table with a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa 
  • Sportsmail have brought you a Power Rankings table – listing the top 10 players


1. Erling Haaland 

2. Bukayo Saka 

3. Miguel Almiron

4. Aleksander Mitrovic 

5. Harry Kane

6. Bruno Fernandes 

7. Leon Bailey

8. James Maddison

9. Alex Iwobi

10. Casemiro

The latest round of Premier League action saw plenty of surprises and saw some trends continue in what has been a fascinating campaign so far.

Newcastle and Arsenal both won in comfortable fashion as they continued to rise up the Premier League table, while Liverpool’s struggles this year continued at home against Leeds.

Manchester United held strong against West Ham to earn a crucial three points, as Chelsea had an afternoon to forget in a 4-1 drubbing against Brighton. 

So, with all that in mind, Sportsmail have brought you a Power Rankings table – listing the top 10 players in the Premier League following this weekend’s action. 

10. Casemiro – NON MOVER

Manchester United’s Casemiro has held 10th place in our Power Rankings after a dominant performance in midfield against West Ham. 

The Brazilian made nine recoveries, four clearances and two tackles against the Hammers and was a crucial reason for United’s clean sheet.  

It was exactly the sort of performance United fans had hoped he’d provide when he moved from Real Madrid for £70million this summer.

Since he made his first start for the Red Devils, they’ve only conceded one goal from open play – which was Alex Iwobi’s fifth minute strike for Everton at the start of the month. 

Casemiro was praised for his brilliant work breaking up play in midfield against West Ham

9. Aleksandar Mitrovic – DOWN FIVE

It was an afternoon to forget for Aleksandar Mitrovic as Fulham were held to a thrilling 0-0 draw with Everton at Craven Cottage. 

The Serbian was unable to continue his goalscoring form, and draw level with Harry Kane, despite having 10 attempts on goal against the Toffees.

His 17 per cent shot accuracy was bad but his tackle on Idrissa Gueye – which easily could have been a red card – was worse. 

On another day he bags a hat-trick but Jordan Pickford and Co frustrated him at Craven Cottage.  

Aleksandar Mitrovic was lucky to escape a red card for a late challenge on Idrissa Gueye

8. Leandro Trossard – NEW ENTRY

Leandro Trossard kickstarted Brighton’s 4-1 rout against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, as Potter had an afternoon to forget back at his old club.

The Belgian winger broke the deadlock inside the first five minutes of the match before the Seagulls went on to give Roberto De Zerbi his first win in charge as manager. 

In doing so, Trossard broke a league record by becoming the first player in history to score the first five goals in a new manager’s tenure. 

That’s seven Premier League goals in the campaign for him – with five of them coming against Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea. A big man for the big occasions. 

Leandro Trossard kickstarted Brighton’s demolition of Chelsea with his seventh league goal

7. Reiss Nelson – NEW ENTRY

Replacing Bukayo Saka out on Arsenal’s right-wing is no mean feat for any player – however Reiss Nelson made it look easy.

After Saka’s first-half injury, Nelson came into the game and made his first Premier League appearance since a 19-minute cameo against Brentford in August 2021.

However, you wouldn’t have been able to tell that the 22-year-old had been without first-team minutes this season as he tore apart the Nottingham Forest defence.

He bagged himself two goals in quick succession after the half-time break and was a constant menace for Steve Cooper’s defence as the Gunners ran out 5-0 winners.

Reiss Nelson bagged a brace on his first Premier League appearance since August 2021

6. Harry Kane – DOWN ONE

Kane drops down one place in this week’s rankings after failing to get onto the scoresheet for the second game in a row.  

After having a match-winning goal against Sporting Lisbon ruled out midweek in controversial fashion, the England captain was again unable to get on the scoresheet on the trip to Bournemouth.

Instead, Kane collected a yellow card for his troubles while the rest of the Spurs team banded together to stage a dramatic 3-2 comeback at the Vitality Stadium. 

A rare blank for the Three Lions skipper. 

Harry Kane was left frustrated after failing to get on the scoresheet against Bournemouth

5. David de Gea – NEW ENTRY

The big news midweek was that Spain boss Jose Enrique, when submitting his 55-man provisional World Cup squad, reportedly left David de Gea off the shortlist.

Well, the United No 1 clearly had a point to prove to his national team coach as Man United faced West Ham as he produced a stunning display in goal for the Red Devils. 

The 31-year-old made four saves throughout the match including two sensational stops late into the match. 

The Old Trafford crowd were in disbelief as he managed to tip Declan Rice’s 93rd minute rocket over the bar and, in-turn, earned his side all three points. 

His save from Kurt Zouma was breathtaking, too.  

David de Gea produced a sensational 93rd minute save to deny Declan Rice’s long-range effort

4. Callum Wilson – NEW ENTRY

If Gareth Southgate’s selection dilemma ahead of the World Cup wasn’t hard enough already, Callum Wilson is doing his best to make it that way.

The Newcastle forward took his Premier League tally to six goals for the season after notching a brace in their 4-0 win over Aston Villa. 

A goal either side of half-time gave the Magpies a two goal advantage in the match and helped Eddie Howe’s side keep the pressure on third place Tottenham. 

He’s got more goals than Tammy Abraham and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and is two behind Ivan Toney despite playing four games less. Food for thought, Gareth? 

Callum Wilson continued his impressive goal-scoring form with a brace against Aston Villa

3. Bukayo Saka – DOWN ONE

Arsenal star Saka had a nightmare afternoon against Nottingham Forest as his hopes of making England’s World Cup squad were thrown into jeopardy.

The 21-year-old, who England medics are hopeful hasn’t sustained serious damage, got the assist for Gabriel Martinelli’s opener inside five minutes with a lovely weighted delivery onto the head of the Brazilian. 

But shortly after, disaster struck. The Arsenal winger collided with an advertisement board and was subsequently forced off the pitch through injury. 

With the World Cup just three weeks away, Saka has a nervy time ahead of him as he waits to learn the extent of his injury.

Bukayo Saka is waiting to find out the extent of his injury sustained against Nottingham Forest

2. Erling Haaland – DOWN ONE

Haaland drops off the top spot of our rankings, inevitably, after missing out on Man City’s 1-0 win at Leicester through injury.

The Norwegian was forced off the pitch at half-time during City’s 0-0 draw with his former team Borussia Dortmund during the week.

And prior to the game at the King Power Stadium, Guardiola confirmed that Haaland would be absent from the match as he spent time recovering.

Let’s see if anyone can catch his 17 Premier League goal tally before he’s back… 

After picking up a knock against Dortmund, Erling Haaland missed City’s trip to Leicester

1. Miguel Almiron – UP TWO PLACES

It was going to take a lot to displace Haaland at the summit of our Power Rankings, but Miguel Almiron has done just that.

The Paraguayan looks a man reborn this season and there seems to be no sign of him letting up as he added to his impressive goal tally on Saturday.

The Newcastle No 24 picked up his seventh league goal with a beautiful curling effort which left Aston Villa’s Robin Olsen flapping at thin air.

With six goals in his last seven appearances, Almiron is making Jack Grealish’s comments – in which the Man City winger taunted him during title celebrations last season – look rather foolish now.

Miguel Almiron has been a key reason for Newcastle’s rise up the Premier League table

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