Premier League Player Rankings: Ramsey, Lukaku and Negredo Shine
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player rankings on the back of a wild weekend of action.
With 29 goals scored, there is plenty of attacking talent on show, but based on recent form, who made the cut? Daniel Sturridge bows out following his medium-term injury, and we've got three new faces.
All statistics are from WhoScored.
Honourable Mentions / Dropouts
Daniel Sturridge has been a mainstay in our Premier League player rankings since the very first edition but drops out on an automatic basis after being ruled out for up to eight weeks.
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley returned to the bench for his side's 4-0 win over Stoke City and therefore loses his spot at No. 10.
Adam Lallana has put in two average showings, albeit against tough opposition, and slips out.
Yaya Toure put in another very strong showing at the Etihad Stadium, as did Pablo Zabaleta.
Liverpool's loss to Hull City was poor, but Steven Gerrard at least acquitted himself relatively well with a beautiful free-kick.
Samir Nasri, Mathieu Debuchy, Gareth Barry and Phil Jagielka have all impressed too.
10. Romelu Lukaku, Everton
Last Week: N/R
Romelu Lukaku has wasted no time in settling in at Everton, becoming their de facto No. 1 striker and notching eight goals in eight starts.
He was on the scoresheet yet again this weekend and could have had more were it not for Gerard Deulofeu's excitement-induced greed. Last week, he bagged two in the Merseyside derby.
9. Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United
Last Week: N/R
Newcastle United have been quietly putting together an excellent run, and they're currently sitting on an impressive four-win streak.
Their victories have all been sourced from strength and creativity in midfield first and foremost, and Yohan Cabaye appears back to his very best after a contentious start to the season.
When he's on form, he can dictate without opposition.
8. Dejan Lovren, Southampton
Last Week: 6
Dejan Lovren returned to Southampton's defensive line on Sunday, but it made very little difference.
After taking an early lead, the Saints were on the back foot for long periods. While the Croatian did come up with some rather timely interceptions and blocks, he was beaten poorly for Demba Ba's late goal.
Both club and player will hope for better midweek against Aston Villa.
7. Alvaro Negredo, Manchester City
Last Week: N/R
Alvaro Negredo makes his long-awaited appearance in our top 10 after scoring yet another goal in the Premier League.
The only thing holding him back previously was that his better work was being done in the UEFA Champions League, but his strike against Swansea City made it six goals from nine starts.
Welcome to the big time, Alvaro.
6. Loic Remy, Newcastle United
Last Week: 8
Loic Remy had a lively, impressive game at St James' Park on Saturday evening, but his performance was marred by a dive that warranted a yellow card.
He didn't score, for once, but laid on an assist for Moussa Sissoko to kill the game off—even if the Frenchman's goal was a 25-yard thunderbolt into the top corner.
5. Luis Suarez
Last Week: 5
Luis Suarez had a day to forget at the KC Stadium on Sunday, as he appeared toothless in a gutting 3-1 loss to Hull City.
Liverpool as a whole looked pretty poor in truth, but the Uruguayan's frustrations took over, his greedy side reared its ugly head and he started snatching at chances in and around the box.
Uncharacteristically, he didn't complete a single dribble.
4. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
Last Week: 7
Manchester United's draw with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane was an interesting one, as momentum seesawed from one side to the next every 10 minutes.
The one constant in David Moyes' side was Wayne Rooney, though, who had a stellar 90 minutes at both ends of the pitch.
He scored both goals to haul the away team level on two occasions, made some key tackles and headed two balls clear from his box.
3. Sergio Aguero
Last Week: 3
Manchester City rolled Swansea City over 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, but Sergio Aguero didn't make it onto the scoresheet.
His frustration at that fact was very clear, as despite taking pleasure in another team victory, he knows this was a golden chance to extend his golden streak.
He still leads the Premier League with 10 goals, so we'll forgive him this time around.
2. Olivier Giroud
Last Week: 2
Olivier Giroud had a bit of a strange game at the Cardiff City Stadium, as he gave himself up as offside in a one-on-one situation despite the linesman missing the call.
It's admirable to see someone extremely aware of breaking the rules and subsequently pulling up to stop, but Arsene Wenger won't be happy with him, we assure you.
Good job the Gunners didn't lose 1-0.
1. Aaron Ramsey
Last Week: 1
As is customary, Aaron Ramsey walked onto the pitch at yet another stadium and destroyed the opposition.
His two goals—one looping header that Alan Shearer would be proud of, one poked finish Michael Owen would adore—were sublime, and he was applauded by all four corners of the ground.
We're starting to think he simply won't slow down.
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