Premier League Player Power Rankings: Rooney Rises, Giroud Falls, Aguero Drops

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterDecember 18, 2013

Premier League Player Power Rankings: Rooney Rises, Giroud Falls, Aguero Drops

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

    It's been a busy week for sorting out the ups and downs of our beloved stars. No fewer than four players have dropped out due to injury, suspension or loss of form.

    That, in turn, makes room for four new additions, while there's also plenty of movement at the top. 

Dropouts / Honourable Mentions

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    Dropping Out

    It may seem harsh, but to be consistent in our policy, we say goodbye to Sergio Aguero for the time being. He's been ruled out for at least a month with a calf injury, per Stuart James of The Guardian.

    Laurent Koscielny falls after his poor performance against Manchester City, and Loic Remy drops after failing to score yet again.

    Yohan Cabaye's absence on Saturday, due to suspension, leaves him in limbo right now.

    Honourable Mentions

    Alvaro Negredo has returned to scoring form, Eden Hazard is looking particularly dangerous right now, and Jonny Howson impressed once again. 

10. Gareth Barry, Everton

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    Last Week: N/R

    Differential: New!

    Gareth Barry is the first of four Everton players in our top 10 this week. That's a testament to how well they are playing.

    The Manchester City loanee is playing for a contract next year, and each week he delivers solidity and calmness to anchor a frantic, free-flowing Toffees formation.

    England manager Roy Hodgson should be watching his connection with Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines very carefully. 

9. Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool

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    Last Week: N/R

    Differential: New!

    After a slow start, Mamadou Sakho is coming good and appears undroppable in Liverpool's central defensive setup right now.

    He's technically very strong, imposing in the air and decisive in his movements. He was a little rash when he first joined and his teammates' errors continually sold him down the river, but as the team have improved, he's grown exponentially. 

8. Seamus Coleman, Everton

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    Last Week: N/R

    Differential: New!

    Seamus Coleman has troubled our rankings in the past, but at no point has he hit form like that which he's enjoying right now.

    In Everton's match against Fulham, he scored his second goal from right-back in four games. Since Leighton Baines' injury, he's really stepped up and provided an opportunistic outlet drifting in from the flank.

    When he's on his game, he's a real monster. 

7. Pablo Zabaleta, Manchester City

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    Last Week: N/R

    Differential: New!

    Pablo Zabaleta was, as usual, instrumental in most of Manchester City's strong play against Arsenal on Saturday.

    Jack Wilshere was charged with picking up his runs from deep and failed miserably, with the Argentine showing guile, cleverness and experience in working good positions.

    He provided the assist for Alvaro Negredo's goal and tracked back superbly. 

6. Romelu Lukaku, Everton

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    Last Week: 7th

    Differential: +1

    Romelu Lukaku failed to score for the third game running, but he chimed in with another assist to keep things ticking over quite nicely against Fulham.

    He's getting into all the right positions and making great runs, but this entire Everton team are hungry for goals and are taking on a number of shots themselves.

    Still, he's leading the line superbly. For a player like Lukaku, there's more to the game than goals. 

5. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

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    Giroud (left) fights for the ball.
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    Last Week: 4th

    Differential: -1

    Olivier Giroud had a game to forget against Manchester City. To be frank, he looks absolutely exhausted.

    He chimed in with two or three big misses from close range and looked exasperated for most of the 76 minutes he played, while replacement Nicklas Bendtner scored a goal that the officials cruelly ruled as offside.

    Food for thought for Arsene Wenger. 

4. Phil Jagielka, Everton

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    Last Week: 5th

    Differential: +1

    Phil Jagielka had a quiet day's work against Fulham, but he will bemoan the lack of a clean sheet all the same.

    A second cleverly won (questionably won?) penalty by Alexander Kacaniklic in as many weeks—again converted by Dimitar Berbatov—was enough to ruin the England international's day. However, Everton still claimed a precious 4-1 victory to continue their superb start.

3. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United

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    Last Week: 6th

    Differential: +3

    Wayne Rooney played a deep, creative role in Manchester United's side on Sunday and proceeded to rip Aston Villa's defence to shreds with long-range passing and accurate through-balls.

    He supplied Antonio Valencia early and often on the right flank, and with Rafael bombing forward, Villa caved under the pressure, ultimately allowing three goals.

    It's a position Rooney admits to hating, but boy, does he do well in it! 

2. Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal

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    Last Week: 2

    Differential: None

    A crazy game at the Etihad Stadium saw Aaron Ramsey commit the good and the bad.

    He provided a sweet assist for Theo Walcott's second by dinking a ball over the heads of the Manchester City defence from close range, but Fernandinho later dispossessed him in a dangerous area, leading to a City goal.

    Don't read too much into it, though, as there were so many individual errors in that game that you'd be hard-pressed to draw any reasonable conclusions.

1. Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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    Last Week: 1

    Differential: None (two consecutive weeks at the top)

    After scoring two last week against West Ham in a performance that moved him to the summit of our rankings, Luis Suarez followed up with a spectacular brace against Tottenham Hotspur.

    He's now scored 17 goals in just 11 starts since returning from suspension. That has been enough to prompt a wide variety of speculation with regard to his future.

    If £40 million was rejected in the summer, good luck getting him now.