Premier League Player Rankings: Luis Suarez Soars, Aaron Ramsey Falls

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterDecember 11, 2013

Premier League Player Rankings: Luis Suarez Soars, Aaron Ramsey Falls

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    Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player rankings!

    We have two new entries, a new No. 1 and, as is custom, a significant amount of movement among the top 10. Who replaces Aaron Ramsey and ends his long, tyrannous streak atop our table?

    Read on to find out!

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Dropouts and Honourable Mentions

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    Dropping Out

    Yaya Toure and Alvaro Negredo drop out of our lineup on account of Manchester City's poor game at St. Mary's Stadium. The former, in particular, was rendered ineffective.


    Honourable Mentions

    Pablo Zabaleta was his usual reliable self despite his teammates' failings, while Per Mertesacker can consider himself unlucky to miss out on the top 10.

    Gareth Barry was inspirational in the centre of the pitch for Everton at the Etihad, and Jonny Howson has been fantastic for a number of weeks in a Norwich City shirt.

10. Loic Remy, Newcastle United

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    Last Week: 7

    Differential: -3

    Loic Remy wasn't really part of the game plan for Newcastle United this weekend, but the chances he did get were squandered.

    Alan Pardew chose to attack Patrice Evra with Moussa Sissoko as the focal point, and while Remy's runs in behind pulled the defensive line around, they didn't do too much for the team.

    There are better weeks ahead for the Frenchman.

9. Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United

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    Last Week: N/R

    Differential: New!

    After spending a week out of our lineup, Yohan Cabaye re-enters the upper echelons following a sublime display against Manchester United.

    He was used in an unfamiliar No. 10 role, instructed to press and harass the Red Devils' nervous midfield, and used the ball very sensibly in feeding his attacking outlets.

    He scored the only goal of the game, latching onto Moussa Sissoko's pass and finishing from 18 yards.

8. Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal

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    Last Week: N/R

    Differential: New!

    Laurent Koscielny has been playing superbly for a number of weeks and was deserving of this place a while ago.

    His performance in locking up Romelu Lukaku and keeping a dangerous Everton side limited on chances was sublime, and he appears to have left his dark side behind him after a questionable start.

    #KoscTheBoss is becoming a very popular Twitter hashtag. 

7. Romelu Lukaku, Everton

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    Last Week: 6

    Differential: -1

    It would not be a surprise if Romelu Lukaku was still trying to claw his way out of Laurent Koscielny's pocket.

    The Belgian, usually such a battering ram, was nullified almost entirely by an astonishing defensive display on Sunday.

    It's something the Chelsea loanee must bank, study and learn from as he progresses.

6. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

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    Last Week: 5

    Differential: -1

    Wayne Rooney was suspended for Manchester United's 1-0 loss to Newcastle United, and if anything it simply highlighted his importance to the side.

    Two Premier League home losses on the bounce is not the Man Utd way, and that Rooney has been a nonfactor in both tells you just how much he's carrying this side.

    David Moyes' men squeezed by Shakhtar Donetsk to stop the rot on Tuesday, but domestic form now needs serious addressing.

5. Phil Jagielka, Everton

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    Last Week: 9

    Differential: +4

    Everton's confidence on the ball at the Emirates was sourced from the swagger the defensive line had. Such was the Toffees' dominance, as they had very little defending to do.

    Phil Jagielka leads the line superbly, combining with longtime partner Sylvain Distin to give Roberto Martinez's side all the fluidity and confidence it needs.

    Eventually they yielded, but to limit Arsenal's high-powered attack to a single goal at home? Bravo.

4. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

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    Last Week: 4

    Differential: None

    Olivier Giroud didn't manage a goal this weekend against Everton, but he came oh-so-close to a golazo winner with the very last kick of the game.

    His performance, on the whole, was very strong again despite not troubling the scoresheet, and his movement to pull markers wide was absolutely sublime.

    It was a quality all-round showing from the target man, but he does need to work on his one vs. ones.

3. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

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    Last Week: 3

    Differential: None

    Sergio Aguero was his usual lively self against Southampton and got himself onto the scoresheet nice and early.

    His cute yet powerful finish from inside the box finished off a delightful Aleksandar Kolarov low cross, and that should have set the Citizens up for a windfall of goals.

    Unfortunately for Manchester City, the Saints woke up and dominated proceedings from there on, limiting the chances for "Kun."

2. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal

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    Last Week: 1

    Differential: -1

    For the first time in eight weeks, Aaron Ramsey's name is not atop our power rankings.

    It was one hell of a streak, and he'll probably just reclaim the throne next week, but his average performance against Everton—combined with a certain someone excelling again—is the reason for his drop.

    The Welshman was substituted as Arsene Wenger chased the game.

1. Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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    Last Week: 2

    Differential: +1

    Luis Suarez moves to the summit on the back of yet another excellent performance.

    He was credited with just a single goal (his second is now a Joey O'Brien own goal), but fear not: His tally still stands at five goals in two games and 14 in 10.

    The Uruguayan wasn't at his best in the first half against West Ham, but he turned it on in the second and appeared the best player on the usual.