Bukayo Saka is getting better and better while Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones are leading Man City’s title charge – but it was a quiet week for Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes… so, who bags top spot in our POWER RANKINGS?
- Manchester United and Tottenham suffered disappointing defeats this week
- Manchester City continued their dominance while Liverpool returned to form
- Bukayo Saka, Ilkay Gundogan and Tomas Soucek were the stand-out performers
LAST WEEK’S TOP 10
1st Kevin De Bruyne
2nd Bruno Fernandes
3rd Harry Kane
4th Bukayo Saka
5th John Stones
6th Jamie Vardy
7th Mohamed Salah
8th Mason Mount
9th Emile Smith-Rowe
10th Eberechi Eze
Last week’s PL POWER RANKINGS
Each week throughout the 2020-21 season, Sportsmail brings you a Power Rankings table, listing the top-10 hottest players in the Premier League.
As the stories of the season unravel, the rankings will provide a form guide with players moving in and out of the top 10 depending on both their performances in the previous fixtures and also in recent weeks.
After the most recent Premier League fixtures, Manchester City continued their dominant run of form, United slumped to a shock home defeat while Liverpool got their title ambitions back on track and Chelsea failed to impress in Thomas Tuchel’s first game in charge.
Mikel Arteta’s faith in his youngsters is also continuing to pay dividends while West Ham’s march up the table under David Moyes isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
There were a number of stand-out individual performances in the top-flight this week but which players from last week’s list will drop out and who will come out on top this time around?
The Aston Villa man may have ended up on the losing side this week but he once again provided a reminder of why he is one of England’s best midfield talents.
Grealish dictated play for Villa and scored their second goal against Burnley before the hosts rallied to claim a surprise comeback victory.
The midfielder’s goal followed up his assist against Newcastle last week and took his tally to seven for the season.
Jack Grealish shone for Aston Villa despite their defeat, capping off his display with a goal
9. Ollie Watkins (NEW ENTRY)
After seemingly taking the unenvied role as the Premier League’s unluckiest striker, it appears Ollie Watkins has rediscovered his scoring touch.
He finally broke his painful nine-game goalless streak in the victory against Newcastle last week and continued in the same vein of form by grabbing the opener against Burnley.
There had been some doubts over Watkins when he made the step up to the top flight but he is proving he more than belongs with each passing week.
Ollie Watkins made it two goals in as many games by scoring the opener at Burnley this week
8. Tomas Soucek (NEW ENTRY)
Few if any summer signings have made a bigger impact than Tomas Soucek this season.
Supposedly a defensive midfielder, Soucek can’t stop scoring and has been a vital cog in West Ham’s remarkable rise under David Moyes.
After netting a brace in the Hammers’ win at Crystal Palace, Soucek has taken his goal tally to seven for the season.
Tomas Soucek underlined his importance to West Ham again with a brace at Crystal Palace
7. Harry Kane (DOWN FOUR)
A disappointing week for Harry Kane and Tottenham as they were outclassed by a revitalised Liverpool on Thursday night.
Kane was unable to make any telling contributions in the first half and concerningly was subbed off after the break with a suspected ankle injury.
The striker is now a major doubt for Sunday’s trip to Brighton and will likely drop out of next week’s top 10 if he is ruled out of that match.
Harry Kane endured a tough night against Liverpool and was subbed with a suspected injury
6. Bruno Fernandes (DOWN FOUR)
It was not the result Bruno Fernandes would have hoped for this week as United were stunned by rock-bottom Sheffield United.
Usually their driving force, the game passed Fernandes by as he was uncharacteristically quiet.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need much more from his talisman if they are to bounce back to winning ways against Arsenal on Saturday.
Bruno Fernandes’ creative spark was missing as Man United were beaten by Sheffield United
5. Mohamed Salah (UP TWO)
The spark was back in Mohamed Salah this week as he looked dangerous and sprightly in Liverpool’s win over Tottenham.
He ran the Tottenham defence ragged for 90 minutes and was unfortunate to have a goal chalked off by VAR in the second half.
Salah’s performance would have no doubt delighted Klopp and struck fear into the hearts of West Ham’s defenders, who face him on the weekend.
Mohamed Salah was a constant threat against Tottenham as he returned to form on Thursday
4. Ilkay Gundogan (NEW ENTRY)
Flying up to fourth place this week is Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan.
The midfielder has been in inspiring form of late, particularly in front of goal.
He scored his fourth in three games in the 5-0 drubbing of West Brom and has been key in helping City return to their destructive best.
Ilkay Gundogan is proving to be a clinical customer in front of goal as he grabbed two more
3. Kevin De Bruyne (DOWN TWO)
After picking up an injury in City’s win over Aston Villa, Kevin De Bruyne was forced to miss this week’s win over West Brom.
As a result the midfielder slips two places down the order into third place.
Fortunately for Pep Guardiola, De Bruyne’s absence was not felt against West Brom but City may have to get used to life without their star player with the Belgian facing up to six weeks on the sidelines.
Kevin De Bruyne was out of action this week after picking up an injury earlier this month
2. John Stones (UP THREE)
What a difference a few months make. It wasn’t too long ago City were ready to cut ties with John Stones after he lost the trust of manager Guardiola.
But the England international has shown great character and resolve to work his way back into City’s team – and has been flourishing alongside Ruben Dias in recent weeks.
After thumping West Brom 5-0, City claimed their ninth clean in sheet in their past 10 matches when Stones has started. What a time too for Stones to return to form with the Euros coming up this summer.
Man City’s John Stones is back to his best and now has nine clean sheets in his last 10 outings
1. Bukayo Saka (UP THREE)
Already a sure contender to be Arsenal’s player of the season, but even more importantly he continues to look like a top class talent that can lead the Gunners’ future.
After scoring in the win over Southampton, Saka now has as many goals for Arsenal as a teenager as Theo Walcott managed in his younger years.
Despite his tender years, Saka is quickly becoming Arsenal’s dependable performer and Manchester United will know the threat he poses when the two teams meet this weekend.
Bukayo Saka was once again Arsenal’s stand-out performer as they defeated Southampton
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