Premier League 2016/17 Player Power Rankings: Matchday 3

After the third round of Premier League fixtures has passed and we head into the first international break of the season, we’ve started to get a proper look at what we might expect from the current crop of players in the top flight.

Each of the top-three’s star men make up three of the top four in this week’s rankings, and are joined by a particular Hull City centre-back, whilst we see new entries from a Hammer who’s earned himself a debut national call-up, and the likely captain of said national team.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
  • Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace)
  • Harry Arter (Bournemouth)
  • Shay Given (Stoke)
  • Petr Cech (Arsenal)
  • Daniel Ayala (Middlesborough)

20 – Michail Antonio (West Ham)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY!

His second goal in his last two matches sees Antonio creep into our power rankings for the first time this season – another landmark in a great week for him after his first England call-up.

19 – Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)

Deviation: -3

After what has frankly been a shockingly good start to the season for Fellaini, the big Belgian did look a little bit clumsy in a few tackles against Hull, but he keeps his place in our top 20 for what was a pretty good display in keeping possession.

18 – Daley Blind (Manchester United)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY!

Blind continued his solid start to the season versus Hull, and keeps proving that you don’t need to be particularly fast, strong, or tall to be successful as a centre-back as long as you can read the game as well as he does.

17 – Etienne Capoue (Watford)

Deviation: -9

Having shown off his qualities in the final third in Watford’s opening two fixtures, Capoue’s first real test of the season as a defensive midfielder came in the form of Arsenal, and in all honesty he was completely dominated by the Gunners’ attacking four.

16 – Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough)

Deviation: -5

A six-place drop for Stuani does seem a little harsh considering how well he played against Sunderland, but the Uruguayan failed to make any real impact against a pretty poor West Brom side.

15 – David Silva (Manchester City)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY!

After a slow start to the season for the Spaniard, the David Silva we’re used to was back against West Ham, getting himself his first assist of this term.

14 – Álvaro Negredo (Middlesborough)

Deviation: -4

Having burst out of the blocks in Middlesborough’s opening two fixtures, Negredo was a bit of a ghost against West Brom in a game where his side would have been looking to him to make a difference.

13 – Leroy Fer (Swansea)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY!

Leroy Fer was brilliant in Swansea’s opener and once again against Leicester but was unable to prevent his side from a loss. The Swans will be hoping he can up his consistency a bit for the rest of the season.

12 – Eric Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY!

Although he did give away the penalty which saw Spurs go 1-0 down, he still got the assist which rescued a draw for his team. Lamela’s been the unlikely hero for Tottenham so far, so they’ll be hoping he can keep it up while the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen find their form.

11 – Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY!

I don’t think anybody doubted that Arsenal’s winless start to the season would be ending soon, and as they breezed past Watford on Saturday, Sánchez was incredible in what was probably the individual performance of the weekend.

10 – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY!

Wayne Rooney has been a frustrating one so far this season – particularly for Manchester United fans like myself – because although his performances have been pretty average, he’s still managed to get a goal or an assist in every game so far this season, including the assist for Marcus Rashford’s dramatic late winner against Hull.

9 – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY!

After getting his second assist in as many games for Manchester City, it’s looking likely that, if he can avoid picking up an injury like he did last season, De Bruyne is going to be one of the best creators of goals this season and will likely be vital in City’s title charge.

8 – Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)

Deviation: -2

Aguero got off to a stunning start this season, but has now received a ban for a vicious elbow on Winston Reid on Sunday, meaning he will miss the Manchester derby following the international break.

7 – Eric Bailly (Manchester United)

Deviation: 0

Bailly and the rest of the Manchester United defence were rarely troubled against Hull, with the Ivorian’s role in the Red Devil’s late celebrations being his highlight of the weekend.

6 – Nolito (Manchester City)

Deviation: NEW ENTRY!

After netting himself a late brace against Stoke last week, Nolito earned a starting role versus West Ham and he sure delivered, registering an assist against the Hammers.

5 – Diego Costa (Chelsea)

Deviation: +13

I was reluctant to have Costa too high in the rankings until this point, because although he was scoring goals, his impact over the course of Chelsea’s games thus far has been relatively small. However, against Burnley, his performance throughout was fantastic, grabbing an assist as well.

4 – Zlatan Ibrahimović (Manchester United)

Deviation: -3

Zlatan slips off top spot this week after failing to make much of an impact against Hull, however I don’t expect that to interrupt his spectacular goalscoring form very much at all.

3 – Curtis Davies (Hull City)

Deviation: +2

By far the Premier League’s top performing defender so far this season. It seems odd to have a defender moving up the rankings when his team lost, but once again Curtis Davies was fantastic against Manchester United, and in all honesty I was fairly surprised at the lack of mentioning towards him and Big Sam’s first England squad.

2 – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Deviation: +7

Many of us are wondering why Sterling has been so spectacular so far this season after what was a pretty atrocious Euro 2016 for the young winger, but I guess that’s just the effect that Pep Guardiola can have, the 21-year-old looking practically unplayable against West Ham.

1 – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Deviation: +3

Speaking of the impact a manager can have on a player, Antonio Conte is really showing us how to get the best out of Eden Hazard once more, and in my opinion he has been easily the best player in the Premier League so far this term.