Cristiano Ronaldo is straight in after a goalscoring Man United second debut but Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Son Heung-min miss out due to injury… so, who tops the charts in our Premier League POWER RANKINGS?
- Sportsmail will bring you the top 10 hottest Premier League players each week
- Manchester United are top the league table after beating Newcastle United 4-1
- Arsenal finally got off the mark with a 1-0 victory over last-place Norwich City
- Crystal Palace secured their first win under manager Patrick Vieira on Saturday
Premier League action returned last weekend following the international break and there were some high quality performances on display in another thrilling weekend of top-flight action.
Every week, Sportsmail will be bringing you a Power Rankings table, listing the top 10 players in the Premier League after each weekend’s action is completed.
As the season continues to unwind, the rankings will provide a form guide with players moving in and out of the top 10 depending on both their performances in the previous fixtures and also in recent weeks.
Manchester United are top the league table after beating Newcastle United 4-1 on Saturday
Cristiano Ronaldo helped Manchester United beat Newcastle 4-1 to sit at the top of the table, while Arsenal finally got off the mark with a 1-0 victory over last-place Norwich City.
Crystal Palace also struck gold – beating Tottenham 3-0 to secure their first win under manager Patrick Vieira. While Chelsea continued their impressive start to the 2021-22 campaign by overcoming Aston Villa at home.
The fixture at Stamford Bridge also saw Romelu Lukaku score two fine goals on his first home appearance since returning to the club.
So, with all of that taken into account, how have Sportsmail’s latest batch of Power Rankings taken shape?
Romelu Lukaku (centre) scored twice on his first home appearance since returning to Chelsea
LAST WEEK’S TOP 10
1. Michail Antonio
2. Dominic Calvert-Lewin
3. Said Benrahma
4. Paul Pogba
5. Mohamed Salah
6. Mason Greenwood
7. Ferran Torres
8. Son Heung-min
9. Bruno Fernandes
10. Romelu Lukaku
10. Demarai Gray (new entry)
Demarai Gray deserves a place in this week’s top 10 after continuing his stunning Premier League form against Burnley on Monday night.
The former Leicester City winger captured fans and pundits attention after providing a stellar performance in Everton’s 3-1 win.
Having cost the Toffees just under £2million, Gray has proved to be one of the best investments they have made.
The 25-year-old scored his third goal of the campaign against Burnley on Monday – making him the club’s second highest goalscorer this term.
His previous goals came during Everton’s 2-2 draw against Leeds United last month, as well as their win over Brighton.
Rival fans even took to Twitter after the Toffees clash with Burnley to praise Gray for this efforts on Monday – claiming he will become ‘the next big thing’ in the Premier League.
Gray will look to continue such fine form as Everton face Aston Villa next in the Premier League.
Demarai Gray deserves a place in this week’s top 10 after continuing his stunning form
9. Mason Greenwood (down three)
Mason Greenwood remains in this week’s top 10 list despite providing a slightly more lacklustre performance against Newcastle.
Last gameweek, Greenwood dealt a fatal blow to Wolves’ hopes of earning their first point of the season with his third goal in as many Premier League games.
The goal came from a clean right-footed strike and saw United go unbeaten in their last 28 Premier League away games – the longest run of its kind in English Football League history.
However, this time round Greenwood saw little of the ball until half-time when he helped Ronaldo secure his first goal since returning to the club.
He received the ball and cut onto his left food before shooting at goal. His shot was spilled by Freddie Woodman – giving Ronaldo the chance to tap home from just a few yards out.
Despite having a slightly more quiet game, Greenwood did make some important contributions to see Manchester United beat Newcastle 4-1. Therefore, he moves down to ninth place in this week’s power rankings.
Mason Greenwood’s shot fell nicely to Cristiano Ronaldo – who made his second debut
8. Ferran Torres (down one)
Manchester City forward Ferran Torres has had an impressive start to the season. He has proven why the club’s failed transfer swoops for Harry Kane and Ronaldo were unnecessary.
Playing in the No 9 role, Torres has adapted well and has subsequently become Pep Guardiola’s first-choice striker.
Leading the line for a fifth-successive game, Torres further cemented his place as the manager’s first pick by contributing well to Manchester City’s 1-0 win over Leicester.
However, he failed to add to his goal tally – seeing him drop a place in this week’s power rankings. Nevertheless, he did head home City’s final goal in their 5-0 rout of Mikel Arteta’s men the week before. He also registered the assist for Rodri’s sublime effort.
He will now look to add to his 15-goal tally for Manchester City when the club face RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Wednesday and Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Ferran Torres has proven why City’s failed bids for Harry Kane and Ronaldo were unnecessary
7. Said Benrahma (down four)
West Ham managed to hold onto a 0-0 draw and maintain their unbeaten run on Saturday despite Michail Antonio’s red card in the dying minutes of the game.
Said Benrahma was once against the forefront of West Ham’s attack. The 26-year-old threatened multiple times in the first half and advanced will up the pitch with the ball.
Benrahma also placed a perfect cross onto the head of Tomas Soucek – who failed to find the net – in the second half.
Nevertheless, the Algerian footballer was surprisingly taken off for newcomer Nikola Vlasic in the second half.
Said Benrahma was once against the forefront of West Ham’s attack against Southampton
6. Bruno Fernandes (up three)
Many questioned whether the return of Ronaldo would dim Bruno Fernandes’ light this season. However, Saturday’s performance has shown signs that this may not be the case.
He built upon last week’s performance and provided several moments of brilliance during United’s 3-0 win over Newcastle. Not only did he score an absolute screamer from 25-yards out for the Red Devils’ third goal, he also provided a constant attacking threat.
One moment of brilliance that seemingly flew under the radar was when he controlled a long ball in a back heel-like motion. The graceful touch saw him beat his defender and advance through on goal to launch Manchester United into an exciting attack.
Man United’s Bruno Fernandes proved he can play alongside Ronaldo despite the doubt
5. Fabinho (new entry)
Fabinho was one of the standout stars from the weekend – making him a newcomer to this week’s power rankings. He was instrumental in the Liverpool press that saw them win 3-0 against Leeds on Sunday.
Fabinho sat in front of the back four and allowed Liverpool to push their midfielders on. He took responsibility for the defensive line in behind, giving the Reds confidence to attack with intent.
He continually cut out long passes from the Leeds defenders and dispossessed any attacking players running through the middle of the pitch.
Fabinho also scored Liverpool’s second goal during the 3-0 triumph and said he did so in honour his late father.
Fabinho was one of the standout stars from the weekend – making him a newcomer
4. Mohamed Salah (up one)
Mohamed Salah established himself as an all-time Liverpool great after reaching 100 goals in his Premier League career. He hit the milestone during the Reds 3-0 win over Leeds United on Sunday.
Ninety-eight of his goals have been scored in a Liverpool shirt while just two came during his brief stint at Chelsea. Therefore, it is clear to see that Salah has excelled at Anfield.
The Egyptian King will soon overtake Matt Le Tissier, who ended his career with 100 goals, and he only needs 20 more to equal the total scored by former Reds skipper Steven Gerrard.
Mohamed Salah established himself as an all-time Liverpool great after reaching 100 goals
Despite becoming the fifth-quickest player in the competition’s history to hit the century milestone, Salah has some way to go before surpassing all-time leading scorer Alan Shearer – who managed 260 during his career.
Nevertheless, Salah will be delighted with his performance against Leeds on Sunday. He was continually fouled throughout the game and was given little in return from referee Craig Pawson.
However, this only demonstrated Salah’s quality as he was able to excel despite the circumstances.
He not only scored his 100th Premier League goal, but also linked well with Trent Alexander-Arnold and provided several opportunities for others.
Liverpool could have scored more than three goals if Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota capitalised on Salah’s deliveries.
Ninety-eight have been scored in a Liverpool shirt while two came during his stint at Chelsea
3. Paul Pogba (up one)
Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo may have stolen the limelight after making his first appearance following his return to the club, but Paul Pogba proved to be instrumental in the Red Devils’ success against Newcastle.
Pogba has continually proved doubters wrong after becoming one of United’s most criticised stars. The French midfielder has already registered seven assists in just four games. He has also provided United will 266 penetrative passes and 34 accurate long balls so far this season.
Saturday’s fixture against Newcastle saw Pogba provide the all-important assists for United’s third and fourth goals – setting up Bruno Fernandes and then Jesse Lingard after Ronaldo’s openers.
The game also saw Pogba play more passes into the final third than any other midfielder has managed in a Premier League game so far this season. Additionally, Pogba accurately played 92 per cent of his passes and provided nine successful long passes.
Pogba play more passes into the final third than any other midfielder has managed this term
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (new entry)
Cristiano Ronaldo’s second Manchester United debut couldn’t have gone better if he tried. He inspired a 4-1 victory over Newcastle to help United secure a place at the top of the Premier League table.
Many doubted whether the striker could re-establish his dominance in the English top-flight given his age, but the 36-year-old appears to be doing so early doors. Ronaldo took just 45 minutes to find the back of the net in his first games for the Red Devils in over 12 years.
The Portuguese striker scored his opening goal after Newcastle goalkeeper Woodman failed to keep hold of Mason Greenwood’s shot. The ball fell favourably to Ronaldo, who slotted it home from close range.
Ronaldo’s second goal demonstrated his super-human qualities as he reached a top speed of 20.2mph after Luke Shaw provided him the ball. Having picked it up in his stride, Ronaldo advanced forward at pace before firing it between Woodman’s legs.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s second Manchester United debut couldn’t have gone better if he tried
1. Romelu Lukaku (up nine)
Chelsea spent £97.5million on Romelu Lukaku – in a hope that he would provide crucial goals for the club and transform the Blues into genuine title challengers. It’s safe to say that the Belgian striker has done exactly that since his return to the top-flight.
Saturday’s performance against Aston Villa was another example of the impact Lukaku can have – scoring two sublime goals during his first home appearance since returning to Chelsea.
Romelu Lukaku has done nothing but prove his worth since return to Chelsea this season
Lukaku’s first goal of the game came after he latched on to a perfectly weighted pass from Mateo Kovacic – who rode through two challenges inside his own half to spot the Belgian striker’s run in behind the Aston Villa defence.
Lukaku demonstrated impeccable composure and ruthlessness tp provided Chelsea with the opener in the first 15 minutes of the game on Saturday. He then followed up with another goal in the 93rd minute of the game by using his power and spectacular left-footed strike from the corner of the box.
With Lukaku having now scored three goals in three appearances, Thomas Tuchel’s side have accumulated 10 points from their opening four Premier League matches and only conceded one goal.
He scored two sublime goals during his first home appearance since returning to Chelsea
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