Premier League Player of the Year Power Rankings #14


Premier League Player of the Year Power Rankings #14:

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(Published on 12/12/15)

As always, take a time to revel in the comings and goings of the Premier League Player of the Year Power Rankings over the season’s first five months.  Who has made it to #1?  Who has had injuries or a lack of form knock them out of the rankings entirely?  Answer all those questions and more with these previous editions of the Power Rankings.

#1 (Matchweek 2)                    #2 (Matchweek 3)                            #3 (Matchweek 4)

#4 (Matchweek 5)                    #5 (Matchweek 6)                            #6 (Matchweek 7)

#7 (Matchweek 8)                    #8 (Matchweek 9)                            #9 (Matchweek 10)

#10 (Matchweek 11)                #11 (Matchweek 12)                         #12 (Matchweek 13)

#13 (Matchweek 14)

It was quite the weekend for upsets in the Barclays Premier League.  Though they were just a few points from one another in the table, Bournemouth’s historic 1-0 win over Chelsea may have tightened the noose on Blues manager Jose Mourinho that much more.  There is zero pressure on Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at the moment, but that doesn’t make his side’s 2-0 loss to Newcastle any less disappointing.  Southampton could only scrape a 1-1 draw with an Aston Villa side that surprisingly drew first blood whilst continuing to sit rock bottom in the standings.  But the biggest shock started the Matchweek as Marko Arnautovic netted a brace as Stoke upended Manchester City 2-0.  This allowed Leicester City and Arsenal to squeeze by the Citizens as both clubs won their respective games.  So how did all that turmoil in the Premier League affect the Player of the Year Power Rankings?  Scroll on down and see for yourself:

5. Riyad Mahrez, M (Leicester City)  LAST WEEK: UNRANKED  (HIGHEST PREVIOUS RANKING: #1)

The Algerian midfielder has come and gone from the Power Rankings since his dethroning as the #1 ranked player, but he made a huge statement for being included again with his game against Swansea City.  Mahrez scored a hat trick to account for all of the Foxes’ offense against the overmatched Swans.  The decisive 3-0 victory put Leicester back at the top of the table, a place where legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes they could stay.  Mahrez has been overshadowed by Jamie Vardy during the latter’s meteoric rise to the top of the scoring charts, but as he showed against Swansea, and throughout the first month, he isn’t going away in this race any time soon.  A Monday night matchup with Chelsea looms as his next proving ground.

4. Romelu Lukaku, F (Everton)  LAST WEEK: UNRANKED  (HIGHEST PREVIOUS RANKING: #4)

He isn’t quite in Jamie Vardy territory yet, but Romelu Lukaku is carrying the scoring load for Everton at the moment.  The hulking Belgian has scored in five straight Premier League games and six overall for the Toffees if you include their Capital One Cup victory over Middlesbrough.  Everton is unbeaten during Lukaku’s scoring binge after losing two consecutive EPL games for the first time all year.  Lukaku has been a beacon in the middle of Everton’s attack with Ross Barkley, Arouna Kone, and Gerard Deulofeu all feeding him for goals and scoring when the defense latches on to him too much.  Everton will ferociously attempt to stave off many a suitor in January and next summer for his services.

3. Harry Kane, F (Tottenham Hotspur)  LAST WEEK: #3  (HIGHEST PREVIOUS RANKING: #3)

Dele Alli may have scored the goal for Spurs against West Bromwich Albion, but Harry Kane continues to be the straw that stirs Tottenham’s drink.  The Spurs have gone 14 games now unbeaten in the Premier League and that fact alone means that Kane is probably going nowhere from these rankings barring an injury setback.  Kane draws so much attention from defenses that it has allowed for the emergence of Alli as well as the re-invigoration of Erik Lamela.  Kane is tied for fourth in goals with eight and should get plenty more chances next week against a Newcastle side that could be due for a letdown after an immense high in besting Liverpool.

2. Mesut Ozil, M (Arsenal)  LAST WEEK: #2  (HIGHEST PREVIOUS RANKING: #2)

As you’ve probably discerned by now, since you are a smart reader, our top three in this week’s Power Rankings did not change at all.  But it isn’t for a lack of merit.  Another week in the Premier League goes by and that means Mesut Ozil got another assist.  Ozil has 12 helpers on the season now, the latest on a beautifully weighted through ball to Joel Campbell to score their opener against Sunderland.  His tally now doubles the pack in second place.  Though Campbell was the beneficiary this week, no other combination in the Premier League has been more potent this year than Ozil to Giroud.  With Alexis Sanchez still ailing, they’ll hopefully add to that Sunday morning against Aston Villa.

1. Jamie Vardy, F (Leicester City)  LAST WEEK: #1  (HIGHEST PREVIOUS RANKING: #1)

Well, the Vardy Party may be over but Leicester City is still riding high.  Jamie Vardy could not make it 12 straight Premier League games with a goal as he was shut out against Swansea City.  But it wasn’t as if Vardy didn’t have his chances.  But instead of taking every single ball he got near the box and ripping a wild shot at the goal, he played heady football and kept the flow of the game.  This wasn’t more evident then when Vardy got the ball on the edge of the Swansea penalty area in the 67th minute.  Instead of taking on three defenders, he deftly passed it off to a cutting Riyad Mahrez on the wing who slotted home his hat trick sealer.  Vardy will get a chance to get back on the goal sheet against Chelsea, but it is going to take a lot more than being shut out to knock Vardy off the #1 pedestal at the moment.  Hell of a season thus far for a player who has worked tirelessly to get to this point.

Dropped Out:

#5 Odion Ighalo, F (Watford)- Watford scored a huge win over Norwich and Ighalo got on the scoresheet, but he was a victim of circumstance this week with Lukaku and Mahrez playing the way they did.

#4 Kevin De Bruyne, M (Manchester City)- City were stunned by Stoke and although De Bruyne was probably City’s best player on the day, that just wasn’t good enough.

Just Missed The Cut:

Ross Barkley, M (Everton); Georginio Wijnaldum, M (Newcastle United); Marko Arnautovic, M (Stoke City); Toby Alderweireld, D (Tottenham Hotspur); Junior Stanislas, M (Bournemouth); Hugo Lloris, GK (Tottenham Hotspur); David Silva, M (Manchester City)

Did I leave your choice for Player of the Year thus far out?  Would you change the rankings in any way?  Leave a comment in the comment section below or let me know on Twitter @TREVORutley or the site at @PowerRank_More and as always make sure to come back next week to see where your favorite Premier League players fall on our list!

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Trevor tries to watch as much of every sport as humanly possible. This gets expensive though since he has been sans cable for several years.

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