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Premier League Player Rankings: Suarez Impresses, Sturridge Dives

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 17, 2014

Premier League Player Rankings: Suarez Impresses, Sturridge Dives

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    Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League player rankings, where we sort and rank the top 10 in-form players in England's top tier based on form and recent performances.

    We have a new No. 1, as Eden Hazard severely underwhelmed at Villa Park, three new additions to the lineup and some much-deserved Steven Gerrard love.

    Take a look at our top 10 and see if you agree!

Honourable Mentions and Dropping Out

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    Dropping Out

    Despite Arsenal's victory over Tottenham Hotspur, Olivier Giroud put in a frustratingly poor performance. Adam Lallana was outshone by his colleagues in Southampton's win against Norwich, and Robert Snodgrass underperformed in the same game.

     

    Honourable Mentions

    Per Mertesacker just misses the cut, Jon Flanagan is looking consistently excellent, Jay Rodriguez is heating up and Fabian Delph is winning many admirers.

10. Ron Vlaar, Aston Villa

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    Last Week: New!

    Differential: New!

    Ron Vlaar has been performing superbly for several weeks now, and his showing against Chelsea has enabled him to burst into our top 10.

    He was a leader at the back as wave after wave of Blues attacks crashed upon Aston Villa's defence on Saturday, and he guided the cumbersome Nathan Baker through the ordeal with aplomb.

9. Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal

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    Last Week: New!

    Differential: New!

    Laurent Koscielny has been superb in the Arsenal back line of late, and it was tough choosing between him and Mertesacker for a spot in the top 10.

    It was the Frenchman's stellar game at White Hart Lane on Sunday that tipped the scales in his favour, with a last-ditch block on Nacer Chadli a particular highlight.

8. Steven Gerrard, Liverpool

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    Last Week: New!

    Differential: New!

    Steven Gerrard re-enters our top 10 after a couple of strong showings in back-to-back 3-0 wins for Liverpool.

    He was the width of a post away from a historic hat-trick of penalties at Old Trafford, but while sub-editors across the UK sighed with despair, the man himself was just happy to be on the end of yet another winning margin.

7. Yaya Toure, Manchester City

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    Last Week: 6

    Differential: -1

    Yaya Toure upped his performance at the KC Stadium by grabbing an assist for David Silva's goal, but he's far from 100 percent and looks like he needs a rest.

    It was a far better performance than the one he put in against Wigan Athletic (he was hauled off early in the second half), but we've come to expect better from him in a more advanced attacking role.

    He drops one.

6. Nemanja Matic, Chelsea

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    Last Week: 5

    Differential: -1

    Nemanja Matic's perfect Chelsea career hit a bit of a road bump on Saturday.

    The Serbian normally shackles opposing midfielders with ease but struggled with Fabian Delph for 90 minutes, and he also saw a first-half goal ruled out due to a hand-ball in the buildup.

    He drops a little, but not too much.

5. Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

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    Last Week: 4

    Differential: -1

    Daniel Sturridge is feeling the heat after he dived to win a penalty at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    Nemanja Vidic lunged in but made no contact whatsoever, and replays confirmed the Serbian was right to stand up and lambaste the England forward for his conduct.

    Gerrard missed the penalty, and the game was over, so no harm was done. But it's a worrying disease, as Tony Pulis puts it, that must be stamped out.

4. Jordan Henderson, Liverpool

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    Last Week: 9

    Differential: +5

    Jordan Henderson has been on fire recently, and that some fans were disappointed with his strong performance at Old Trafford is indicative of the form he's been in.

    The energetic box-to-box midfielder provided solidity and running in the centre as Liverpool won the duel in the centre of the park, helping relieve the pressure on Gerrard and Raheem Sterling.

3. Gary Cahill, Chelsea

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    Last Week: 3

    Differential: 

    Gary Cahill's strong form at centre-back continued on Saturday at Villa Park, but Christian Benteke gave him the best tussle he's had in a while.

    The Englishman won just 50 percent of his aerial duels—a rare low figure—and had to be alert for the full 90 minutes as Aston Villa looked to counterattack at pace.

    There's nothing he could have done for the goal.

2. Eden Hazard, Chelsea

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    Last Week: 1

    Differential: -1

    Eden Hazard has run riot on the wings in almost every Premier League game this season, so it was a surprise to see him muzzled by none other than Joe Bennett.

    The Aston Villa left-back takes a harsh rap from his own fanbase but won some favours on Saturday, locking up the Belgian and limiting his influence on the game.

1. Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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    Last Week: 2

    Differential: +1

    Luis Suarez got his just reward late at Old Trafford, converting a cool finish from close range to seal a glorious Liverpool victory against their bitter rivals.

    He was lively throughout and caused the Manchester United defenders plenty of trouble with his pace and dribbling ability. He slipped up a few times on the ball, but Hazard's poor showing at Villa Park was enough for the Uruguayan to move back to the summit here.

     

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