Premier League Player Power Rankings: Cahill, Hazard and Lallana Star
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player power rankings, where we deduce the top 10 in-form players in England's top tier.
It was a seriously tough assignment this week as only five league games were played; the decisions in moving players who haven't played up and down were not easy in the slightest.
Nevertheless, we welcome two new faces and have a new No. 1!
Dropping Out/Honourable Mentions
Leighton Baines entered our rankings at No. 10 last week but drops straight back out due to not playing in the Premier League. Loic Remy also makes way.
There was a genuine shortage of options this weekend as only 10 EPL teams took to the pitch. Luke Shaw and Cesar Azpilicueta, both left-backs, played very weak on Saturday for their respective clubs.
10. Robert Snodgrass, Norwich City
Last Week: New!
Robert Snodgrass had a game to forget at Villa Park last weekend—who in a Norwich City shirt didn't?—but barring that anomaly he's been in strong form for a month.
He bagged the winner against Tottenham Hotspur several weeks ago in an all-action, Man of the Match display, scored against Cardiff City in a loss last month and provided the assist for the Canaries goal against Stoke City this weekend.
9. Jordan Henderson, Liverpool
Last Week: 8
Jordan Henderson slips a place due to not playing this weekend, but he can take solace in the fact that he furthered his claims for an England spot very well midweek.
He's been on fire for the last month, and with Roy Hodgson recognising that, "Hendo" took his chance by starring against Denmark alongside multiple Liverpool colleagues.
8. Adam Lallana, Southampton
Last Week: New!
Adam Lallana has been on the fringes of our top 10 for a while now, and a superlative performance against Crystal Palace tips him over the edge.
He created five clear-cut chances at Selhurst Park in a wondrous show, and while Jay Rodriguez will get the credit for a great solo goal, "Adz" was the man pulling the strings all day long.
7. Olivier Giroud, Arsenal
Last Week: 7
Olivier Giroud was in glorious FA Cup-form this weekend, albeit off the bench, as Arsenal beat Everton 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
He retains his place in seventh and will hope his two-goal cameo will be enough to convince Arsene Wenger he's worth a start again for the Gunners.
Yaya Sanogo has been deputising, but he's yet to score.
6. Yaya Toure, Manchester City
Last Week: 6
Yaya Toure looked absolutely gassed as he left the pitch on Sunday afternoon.
It wasn't a Premier League game so it doesn't hurt his stock here, but question marks abound as to whether he should have even played following international commitments midweek.
5. Nemanja Matic, Chelsea
Last Week: 5
Nemanja Matic may not have blown up the statistics sheet this weekend as he usually does, but it was another extremely solid midfield display.
His size and identification skills allow him to drop into the box and mark a spare man, then drift out with the ball and play Chelsea into an attack on the deck.
He's literally amazing.
4. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
Last Week: 3
Daniel Sturridge falls in our rankings after sitting out the weekend's action.
Liverpool didn't play Premier League or FA Cup football, and the England international's showing at Southampton the weekend before wasn't his usual.
He was excellent against Denmark midweek, though.
3. Gary Cahill, Chelsea
Last Week: 4
Did anyone successfully predict Gary Cahill's meteoric rise to stardom this season? If so, kudos to you.
The Chelsea defender gave Emmanuel Adebayor absolutely no change whatsoever on Sunday, successfully shutting the Togolese hitman down and limiting him to very little in and around the box.
England fans take delight in each Cahill masterclass as the World Cup draws closer.
2. Luis Suarez, Liverpool
Last Week: 1
Luis Suarez is knocked off the top spot just a week after reclaiming it...because he didn't get the chance to play.
Harsh, we know, but football is a cut-throat business, and this is a cut-throat top 10. Liverpool sat out after being expelled from the FA Cup by Arsenal several weeks ago.
1. Eden Hazard, Chelsea
Last Week: 2
Eden Hazard moves back to the summit of our power rankings, though he wasn't overly impressive against Tottenham Hotspur.
That's not a slight on him—he's set lofty expectations, and Chelsea didn't have to play well to beat Spurs—but he does move back to the top because Suarez didn't get the chance to play.
In any event, he converted his penalty very well.