Premier League Player Power Rankings: David Silva Rises, Rooney and Hazard Down
Welcome back to our latest edition of the Premier League power rankings, as we take a look at the big performances from the weekend and apply them to our season-long assessment of the in-form players.
Last week we had three Liverpool players occupying the podium spots, while Wayne Rooney's brilliant brace also saw him rise high. This time around Rooney wasn't even in Manchester United's matchday squad, while Eden Hazard was also on the bench for Chelsea.
It all means there's plenty of movement around the middle section, plus we have one new entry to our top 10.
Drop-Outs and Honourable Mentions
Adam Lallana is our only player from last week to drop out of the top 10 after he couldn't do much to inspire his side against title hopefuls Manchester City.
As a result, we have just one new name in the frame—and he figured in the very same match as Lallana.
Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta remains a model of consistency and had another impressive outing in their win over Stoke City.
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, Everton's Steven Naismith and Manchester United's Juan Mata have also seen excellent performances of late. Lewis Holtby, Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany are also in the frame given recent displays, as are Romelu Lukaku and James McCarthy of Everton.
10. Yaya Toure
Last week: NEW!
Yaya Toure is back! The Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder only had a week or so out of our top 10 but put in another hugely influential performance against Southampton.
He netted the opening goal from the penalty spot early on in the match, but it was his all-round display which really impressed: He made more tackles than anyone in the match (seven), managed to hit the target with both of his shots and embarked on more than one memorable, powerful run from deep.
If he and certain of his other team-mates are hitting form right now, it could be perfect timing for City's title challenge.
9. Nemanja Matic
Last week: 10
After a drop last week, Matic looked back in imperious form for Chelsea against Stoke.
He recorded more passes made than anybody on the pitch (65), yet he also managed the highest completion rate, as 92 percent of his passes found their mark.
A controlled and disciplined performance was matched by his usual vigour and strength in the challenge, winning five tackles and making eight clearances.
8. Eden Hazard
Last week: 6
Not necessarily a reflection on Hazard's form, but the Belgian drops two places after only being named as substitute for Chelsea this weekend.
Of course, with a decisive Champions League game coming up, Jose Mourinho was keen to rest his biggest players in the hope of making a comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.
Hazard still had a good impact and was involved in a goal after coming on, but he only had 30 minutes on the pitch.
7. Daniel Sturridge
Last week: 5
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge had a somewhat indifferent game against West Ham United. He worked hard and dropped deep to find space and possession, but not much came off for him in the final third.
His opponents were well-organised and defended in numbers, making it difficult to find too many clear-cut chances. His best offering was a snatched-at volley which skewed over the crossbar.
With a big game at Anfield next weekend, he'll hope to rediscover his scoring touch once more.
6. Wayne Rooney
Last week: 4
Wayne Rooney is our third to fall this week, as he was not in the Manchester United squad which beat Newcastle United 4-0 and thus sits behind others who climb by default.
5. Jordan Henderson
Last week: 3
Like team-mate Sturridge, Jordan Henderson worked very hard and operated well in the middle of the pitch but was a little lacking in quality in the final third this time.
Liverpool struggled to create too many chances against West Ham, and Henderson was not often able to get involved in a way to make a difference in that regard.
His form has been excellent, but this wasn't one of his better matches.
4. David Silva
Last week: 9
David Silva entered our top 10 last week after a number of scintillating recent performances and was at his best again against Southampton.
Manchester City's playmaker excelled in a central role behind striker Edin Dzeko, creating six chances in total for his team, making more passes than anyone else (61) and attempting two through balls along the way.
He claimed one assist and was generally a big reason that Manchester City won so convincingly.
3. Martin Skrtel
Last week: 7
Into the top three we go, as Liverpool's Martin Skrtel rises to third after another imperious defensive display.
Up against the towering threat of Andy Carroll, Skrtel dealt well with the physical nature of West Ham's attacks, repelled plenty in the air and made 13 clearances during the 90 minutes.
He was also quick to spot danger and move off his line to intercept plays, and he was incisive and accurate in possession, completing 93 percent of his passes. Next to Mamadou Sakho, restored to the side due to Daniel Agger's injury, Skrtel marshalled the back line extremely well.
2. Steven Gerrard
Last week: 2
Liverpool's match-winner on the day at West Ham was Steven Gerrard, who scored two penalties and put in another faultless display at the base of his team's midfield.
Gerrard made more passes than anybody, saw only his centre-backs make more clearances than him and had well over 100 touches of the ball altogether. He kept the team moving forward whenever possible while also protecting the back four.
1. Luis Suarez
Last week: 1
Luis Suarez didn't have one of his best games for Liverpool but still hit the crossbar twice, created the team's best opportunities and won a penalty.
That's what he does when he's not at his best; for most that would be a solid afternoon's work.
Suarez couldn't score this time but still gave West Ham a lot to think about with his hard work, endless running off the ball and willingness to cover the entire width of the pitch. He remains top of our rankings once more.