Mason Greenwood looks like he could score in every game, Kelechi Iheanacho is the top flight’s form striker and Son Heung-min is finally given licence to attack… but who came out on top in this week’s Premier League POWER RANKINGS?
- The top flight dished up another exciting round of action amid a turbulent week
- Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham all lost ground in the battle for a top four spot
- Manchester United and City secured victory at the top of the Premier League
- Greenwood was key for the Red Devils as he netted twice against Burnley
- Tottenham beat Southampton as Ryan Mason won his first game as interim boss
LAST WEEK’S TOP 10
1. Jesse Lingard
2. Bruno Fernandes
3. Luke Shaw
4. Stuart Dallas
5. John Stones
6. Kelechi Iheanacho
7. Allan Saint Maximin
8. Callum Robinson
9. Trent Alexander-Arnold
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.
It was another action-packed gameweek as a handful of top-four contenders dropped points. Chelsea could only draw 0-0 at home to Brighton while Liverpool had to be satisfied with a 1-1 draw at Leeds United.
And high-flying West Ham United were brought down to earth as Newcastle picked up a vital 3-2 win to boost their survival hopes.
In a turbulent week that saw the European Super League come crashing down as well as a managerial sacking in Jose Mourinho, Spurs picked up a 2-1 win against Southampton in Ryan Mason’s first game in charge.
There were also wins for Manchester United and Manchester City.
A number of standout displays were dished up from individuals once again this week – but which players from last week’s list will drop out and who will come out on top this time around?
10. Joe Willock – (Newcastle United – NEW ENTRY)
If Newcastle are staying up this season, then Joe Willock has played a huge part in saving Steve Bruce’s skin.
The on-loan Arsenal man scored a late equaliser to pick up a point against Tottenham earlier this month before following that up with a dramatic winner against the Hammers to ensure of all three points after David Moyes’ side had pegged them back at St James’ Park.
What’s more remarkable is that he didn’t start either game – but may have just given Bruce a gentle nudge that he deserves to be picked for the next one against Liverpool.
Joe Willock has delivered dramatic goals in back to back games after his winner vs West Ham
Both goals were close range but demonstrated his desire to show his attacking intent and get on the end of crosses. His effort to win the game against West Ham was simple enough – getting up to bury Matt Ritchie’s ball in and powering it in off the bar.
He’s gaining the reputation of super sub – but Willock has shown he is much more than just that after twice securing vital points for the Magpies.
9. Jamie Vardy – (Leicester City – NEW ENTRY)
Welcome back Jamie Vardy. The Foxes frontman was finally back among the goals in Leicester’s 3-0 win over West Brom on Thursday night and it took him 11 games to get back on the scoresheet after previously netting back in February.
He’s still managed 13 strikes in the Premier League this season despite his mini goal drought, and he was back to his very best against the Baggies as he bagged a goal and an assist.
Jamie Vardy enjoyed a welcome scoring return as he scored and assisted against West Brom
His opener was one of the easier goals he’ll score for Leicester – a brilliant through ball played through to Castagne was simply squared across for him to tap into an empty net.
And to help seal the third, Vardy’s menacing pace was essential as he darted in from the left flank, taking the ball past one opponent before laying it off for Kelechi Iheanacho to cooly finish.
Vardy has been so influential to Leicester throughout the years – whether he is involved in a goal or not – but this was a display that summed up how important he is to Brendan Rodgers.
8. Son Heung-min – (Tottenham – NEW ENTRY)
No Harry Kane, no problem. Tottenham were up against it in midweek after losing their manager and main striker for their home clash against Southampton in midweek – but up stepped the energetic Son Heung-min to provide for interim boss Ryan Mason.
The South Korean was a menace throughout – having been given a new licence to attack the opposition, with his mazy, trademark runs on full display.
He had a role in Gareth Bale’s first goal to get the team back on level terms – collecting an incisive pass from Tanguy Ndombele and laying off for Moura, whose deflected effort fell to the path of the Welshman.
Son was unlucky not to put Spurs in front as he pounced on a swept back pass from Sergio Reguilon on the left hand side and rifled home with a first-time effort, but the goal was disallowed by VAR because Lucas Moura was obstructing Forster.
But he wasn’t to be denied a goal after Spurs were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes. He confidently stepped up and slammed his spot kick into the top right hand corner to hand them all three points.
Son, who has two goals in three games, has netted 15 Premier League goals this season and continues to be a saviour for the north Londoners. If Tottenham move to a more attacking style under Mason for the remainder of the season, it can only bring out better displays from Son.
7. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool – UP TWO)
We’ve seen the rise and fall of Liverpool’s local right-back, are we now seeing the rise again? Alexander-Arnold continues to put in solid displays in defence for Jurgen Klopp following a dip in form that cost him his place in the England squad.
He was a new entry in our rankings last time out after he netted the winning goal against Aston Villa, and while he couldn’t keep Leeds from scoring late on, he was largely faultess again and set up Sadio Mane’s early opener.
Trent Alexander-Arnold continues to go from strength to strength with another assist
Alexander-Arnold now has seven assists for the season and, while it is significantly lower than last season’s tally of 14, we’re starting to see the player that so many pundits were raving about as one of the best right backs out there.
He has a goal and two assists in his last three Premier League outings – showing he is having one of the biggest impacts in Jurgen Klopp’s squad of late.
6. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle – UP ONE)
We’ve known how important the Frenchman is to Newcastle’s prospects for quite some time, but both injury and Covid issues have held the speedy winger back, resulting in him making just 13 starts this term.
Now Saint-Maximin has put his troubles behind him, it appears nothing can stop him as he turned in another top performance to help the team beat West Ham.
He wasn’t on the scoresheet and didn’t provide an assist, but he was still Newcastle’s best player on the day.
Allan Saint-Maximin terrorised the West Ham defence with his speed and dribbling
His speed and dribbling was crucial in breaking the deadlock as he pounced on a loose Hammers pass and drove forwards at goal – zigzagging to drag players out of position before moving to the right and firing at goal, with his effort canoning in off defender Diop for an own goal.
Newcastle have won seven games with Saint-Maximin in the line-up versus just two without him – giving him a win percentage of 37 per cent while playing – and his presence cannot be understated.
Last week he inspired a turnaround against Burnley with a goal and an assist to help them win 2-1 and is starting to get into his groove following a season of disruption. We can only imagine where Newcastle would be in the table if he had been fit for the full campaign.
5. Luke Shaw (Manchester United – DOWN TWO)
This is arguably Luke Shaw’s best season in a Manchester United shirt and put in another solid display against Sean Dyche’s men – playing every minute of the game and providing a real threat down the left.
He was once belittled by former boss Jose Mourinho, who told him he was playing with his body, but his manager’s brain – but now he looks like the player that was promised after powering through the ranks at Southampton.
Luke Shaw was solid for United against Burnley and provided a real threat down the left flank
Shaw will face a battle with Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell for the No.1 left back spot this summer but he has done his chances of starting in that first game against Scotland no harm whatsoever.
He has one goal and six assists overall for Manchester United this season and has played 40 times in all competitions – the joint-most he has made since moving to Old Trafford in 2014.
4. Mason Greenwood (Manchester United – NEW ENTRY)
The teenager loves to finish a campaign with a flourish, doesn’t he?
Greenwood was the name on everyone’s lips at the end of the 2019-20 campaign as he fired in a string of goals for Manchester United and breaking a number of records in the process.
It’s easy to forget he’s still only 19 and he’s at it again as this campaign begins to wind down, lashing in a brace against Burnley and playing the full 90 minutes.
For his first goal he hammered home after a scintellating United attack started by Marcus Rashford, with Bruno Fernandes letting the ball run between his legs for Greenwood to sweep up.
Mason Greenwood looks like he could score every game after his double against Burnley
His second – putting United 2-1 up after James Tarkowski’s leveller – was from distance and an angle, as he collected a cross on the right flank, feigned to shoot and slammed an effort into the corner that took a cruel deflection.
Burnley were punished for failing to prevent him from shooting with his stronger right foot, but Greenwood looks like he could score every week in the form he is currently showing.
He masterminded United’s win over Tottenham with an assist for Edinson Cavani followed by a stunning finish of his own, and also scored the winner against Brighton earlier this month. He appeared to be well out of contention for the Euros this summer but should he carry on in this vein Gareth Southgate will be forced to reshuffle his pack.
3. Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United – DOWN ONE)
It turned out to be an eventful and turbulent week for Manchester United after their participation in the European Super League debacle, in which Fernandes would play a more significant part than in their 3-1 win over Burnley.
The Portuguese playmaker was one of the first players to speak out against his club’s plans to enter the controversial competition, saying ‘dreams can’t be bought’.
It outlined serious passion from Fernandes, who has been one of the star performers in the Premier League this season, and while he didn’t manage a goal contribution for the second consecutive game, he remains a dangerous focal point under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Bruno Fernandes was a lively presence at Old Trafford but did not manage a goal contribution
He was involved in Mason Greenwood’s early goal as he let the ball run through his legs and had four efforts at goal, with an 87 per cent pass completion rate.
Fernandes is third in the top scorers list this season with 16 strikes, and has the second highest number of assists with a haul of 11.
2. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester – UP FOUR)
The Nigerian forward has only headed in one direction this season at the King Power, and he continues to go from strength to strength.
No longer an outcast that offered so much promise at Manchester City, Iheanacho is now one of Brendan Rodgers’ go-to men, and proved that again by slotting home to secure his fourth goal in three games against West Brom.
Iheanacho showed he is a fox in the box as he was in the right place at the right time to collect Vardy’s pass in the six-yard area and calmly dispatch into the net to make it 3-0 to the home side.
Kelechi Iheanacho is one of the form strikers of the Premier League after scoring his fourth goal in three games against West Brom
He now has nine goals in the Premier League, having only netted his first goal in the top flight in February – that is some turnaround after working his way into Rodgers’ plans this season.
His lightning displays have earned him a new contract at Leicester as well as being crowned March’s player of the month after scoring seven times in that period.
1. Jesse Lingard (West Ham – NON MOVER)
West Ham must have produced the signing of both windows this season – Lingard simply cannot stop scoring.
It’s another week, and another place at the summit of Sportsmail’s rankings for the ever-impressive Lingard.
Lingard was amongst the goals yet again for West Ham as he slotted home from the spot
He keeps his place at the top after finding the net yet again during West Ham’s 3-2 loss to Newcastle. It wasn’t Lingard’s best game since moving to east London, but he was clinical from the spot to slot home a penalty to make it 2-2 with just ten minutes remaining following a handball by Ciaran Clark.
It looked like his efforts would secure a crucial point for West Ham in the race for an unlikely Champions League spot before Joe Willock stepped up to crash in the winning goal late on.
He now has four goals and an assist in his last three games – taking his Premier League tally to nine strikes in just 10 games under David Moyes. He simply has to be a shoe-in for England at the Euros.
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