LAST WEEKS TOP 10
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
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 comfortably as they continued to climb the Premier League table, while Liverpool’s struggles this year continued at home to Leeds.
Manchester United held strong against West Ham to earn three crucial points as Chelsea had an afternoon to forget in a 4-1 drubbing of Brighton.
So with all this in mind, Sportsmail have brought you a Power Rankings table – listing the top 10 players in the Premier League after this weekend’s action.
10. Casemiro – NON MOVER
Manchester United’s Casemiro has been ranked 10th in our Power Rankings after a dominant midfield performance against West Ham.
The Brazilian made nine recoveries, four clearances and two tackles against the Hammers and was a key reason for United’s clean sheet.
It was exactly the sort of performance United fans were hoping he would deliver when he moved from Real Madrid for £70million this summer.
Since making his first start for the Red Devils, they have conceded just 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 in 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 by Everton at Craven Cottage.
The Serbian couldn’t continue his goalscoring form and equal Harry Kane, despite having 10 attempts against the Toffees.
His 17 per cent shooting accuracy was poor but his tackle on Idrissa Gueye – which could easily have been a red card – was worse.
Another day he scores a hat-trick but Jordan Pickford and Co frustrate him at Craven Cottage.
Aleksandar Mitrovic was lucky to escape a red card for a late challenge on Idrissa Gueye
8. Leandro Trossard – NEW
Leandro Trossard kicked off Brighton’s 4-1 rout of Chelsea on Saturday afternoon as Potter had an afternoon to forget back at his old club.
The Belgian winger broke the deadlock in the opening five minutes of the game before the Seagulls went on to give Roberto De Zerbi his first win as manager.
In doing so, Trossard broke a league record by becoming the first player in history to score the first five goals of 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 kick-started Brighton’s demolition of Chelsea with his seventh league goal
7. Reiss Nelson – NEW ENTRY
Replacing Bukayo Saka on Arsenal’s right wing is no easy feat for any player – but Reiss Nelson made it look easy.
Following Saka’s injury in the first half, Nelson entered 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 the 22-year-old had been without first-team minutes this season as he tore apart the Nottingham Forest defence.
He scored twice in quick succession after the half-time break and was a constant threat to Steve Cooper’s defense as the Gunners won 5-0.
Reiss Nelson got in good shape on his first Premier League appearance since August 2021
6. Harry Kane – DOWN ONE
Kane drops one place in this week’s rankings after failing to get on the scoresheet for the second game in a row.
After having a match-winning goal against Sporting Lisbon disallowed in midweek in controversial fashion, the England captain was once again unable to get on the scoresheet on the trip to Bournemouth.
Instead, Kane collected a yellow card for his troubles as the rest of the Spurs team pulled together for a dramatic 3-2 comeback at the Vitality Stadium.
A rare form 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 in midweek was that Spain boss Jose Enrique, in sending in 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 manager when Man United faced West Ham as he put in a stunning display in goal for the Red Devils.
The 31-year-old made four saves throughout the match including two sensational stops late in the match.
The crowd at Old Trafford were in disbelief when 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 also breathtaking.
David de Gea produced a sensational save in the 93rd minute to deny Declan Rice’s long-range effort
4. Callum Wilson – NEW ENTRY
If Gareth Southgate’s World Cup selection dilemma wasn’t difficult enough already, Callum Wilson is doing his best to make it so.
The Newcastle forward took his Premier League tally to six goals for the season after scoring a fine 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 game and helped Eddie Howe’s side keep the pressure on third-placed Tottenham.
He has scored more goals than Tammy Abraham and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and is two behind Ivan Toney despite playing four fewer games. Food for thought, Gareth?
Callum Wilson continued his impressive goalscoring 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 put in jeopardy.
The 21-year-old, who England’s doctors hope has not sustained a serious injury, provided the assist for Gabriel Martinelli’s opener inside five minutes with a lovely weighted delivery onto the Brazilian’s head.
But soon after, disaster struck. The Arsenal winger collided with a billboard and was subsequently forced off the pitch due to injury.
With just three weeks to go until the World Cup, Saka has a nervous time ahead as he waits to learn the extent of his injury.
Bukayo Saka is waiting to learn the extent of his injury sustained against Nottingham Forest
2. Erling Haaland – DOWN ONE
Haaland drops the top spot in our rankings, inevitably, after missing Man City’s 1-0 win against Leicester through injury.
The Norwegian was forced off the field at half-time during City’s 0-0 draw with his former team Borussia Dortmund during the week.
And ahead of the match 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 goals before he’s back…
After taking a knock against Dortmund, Erling Haaland missed City’s trip to Leicester
1. Miguel Almiron – UP TWO PLACES
It would take a lot to displace Haaland at the top of our Power Rankings, but Miguel Almiron has done just that.
The Paraguayan looks to be a man reborn this season and there appears to be no sign of letting up as he added to his impressive goal tally on Saturday.
The Newcastle No.24 grabbed his seventh league goal with a beautiful curling effort that left Aston Villa’s Robin Olsen flapping in the air.
With six goals in his last seven appearances, Almiron makes Jack Grealish’s comments – where the Man City winger mocked him during the title celebrations last season – look pretty silly now.
Miguel Almiron has been a major factor in Newcastle’s rise up the Premier League table
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