Is there a new leader in our Premier League POWER RANKINGS?

Phil Foden and Son Heung-min dazzle their way into the top 10… but have Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku done enough to stay in our Premier League POWER RANKINGS this week?

  • Another week of hectic Premier League action led to plenty of drama and goals 
  • Title favourites Manchester City and Liverpool played out an enthralling draw 
  • Elsewhere, Manchester United dropped points and Chelsea beat Southampton 
  • But who tops Sportsmail’s Power Rankings this week, and who makes the list? 

Another hectic week of Premier League action and now another international break. The drama this season is at full tilt, and there are plenty of twists and turns to come.

Manchester City and Liverpool, two title hopefuls, collided at Anfield in the game of the season so far, with both teams eventually settling for a point after four goals, including a wonder strike from the magical Mohamed Salah.

However, it is Chelsea who sit top of the league after their 3-1 victory against Southampton. Timo Werner doubled down on his recent purple patch of form with a goal, while Trevoh Chalobah and Ben Chilwell, a late addition to the England squad this week, also netted.

Manchester City and Liverpool played out an enthralling 2-2 draw in the weekend’s action

Elsewhere, an ailing Manchester United dropped yet more points at home after being held to a draw against Everton, while Brentford continued their fairytale campaign with a last-gasp victory over similarly high-flying West Ham.

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 fixture and also in recent weeks.  

So, with all of that taken into account, how have Sportsmail’s latest batch of Power Rankings taken shape, and do we have a new leader? 

LAST WEEK’S TOP 10

1. Salah

2. Saint-Maximin

3. Sarr

4. Ronaldo

5. Benrahma

6. Lukaku

7. Jimenez

8. Saka

9. Cancelo

10. Kante 

10. Cristiano Ronaldo (down six)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United have certainly thrown up a few surprises already this season, and not all of them have been good.

The decision not to start Cristiano Ronaldo was one of those, although it may have been justified had United not fallen to a meek 1-1 draw against Everton.

Instead, the superstar was left on the bench until around the hour mark, and he failed to make the desired impact with United pegged back shortly after.

Bizarrely, the only player to pull off his iconic run and jump celebration was Andros Townsend at the other end of the field as he made it 1-1, summing up the hosts’ struggles on the day.

Having struggled to pick up the ball, Ronaldo was largely a peripheral figure, forced to watch on as Everton grew more and more into the game.

He will have better weeks in that hallowed red jersey, there is no doubting that, but for now, he will be left infuriated after another shocking team showing.

After full-time, his storming and muttering down the tunnel said it all. 

Cristiano Ronaldo was brought off the bench in Manchester United’s limp draw with Everton

9. Romelu Lukaku (down three) 

Six appearances, three goals. It has been a very promising start indeed to Romelu Lukaku’s second spell at Chelsea.

That made Antonio Conte’s insistence that the club, and Thomas Tuchel, don’t know how to use their big-money frontman that bit more confusing.

He hit the ground running, but endured a drop in form in defeats against Manchester City and Juventus. In both those games, he was notably isolated up front.

It was those performances that led to Conte believing that Tuchel has not yet figured out the best approach for Lukaku, a point the German coach disagrees with.  

‘He [Conte] was obviously not on the telly after the Tottenham game,’ Tuchel said, via Chelsea’s website before their clash with Southampton. 

‘Of course, if you watch this game against Juventus isolated, he is right on that point and he’s obviously in the TV studio to analyse this one game – so he’s right. But it’s not a general thing. If you watch the other games he’s maybe not right. 

‘I don’t feel offended. I even saw [him on TV] while I was showering before the match in the hotel.’

Lukaku’s standards were high during the victory at the weekend, but again, at times, he resembled a lonely figure with his back to goal.

Romelu Lukaku was back on the winning side for Chelsea but delivered another mixed showing

8. Bryan Mbeumo (new entry)

Brentford as a whole are defying their doubts and spectacularly going above and beyond their ‘bus stop in Hounslow’ tag.

Riding on the wave of early season momentum, they also sit in seventh spot and just four points off top spot, having lost just once so far. A big part of the team tearing up the top-flight is Bryan Mbeumo, their in-form and flexible forward playing with a smile on his face.

‘He gives me a lot of confidence,’ Mbeumo said of Brentford boss Thomas Frank, who has helped shape him into a supremely talented prospect.

‘He talks to me often and tells me every time that I to keep believing in me and keep smiling and move forward every time.’

So far, this faith has been repaid with two goals this season, but it is the all-round nature of his game that has earned him a spot on this list.

He links up sharply with Ivan Toney up top with both frontmen on the same wavelength. Mbeumo darts in behind, dragging defenders away with him. 

This move led to the first goal in Brentford’s win at West Ham, another impressive result which, provided they keep their standards high, will see them beat the drop.  

Bryan Mbeumo is linking up superbly with Ivan Toney as Brentford’s fairytale start continues

7. Said Benrahma (down two) 

It was already an irritating afternoon for Said Benrahma, and that was before Yoane Wissa fired home through a crowd of bodies against West Ham to win it for Brentford.

Starting behind striker Michail Antonio once again, the playmaker was unable to get a grasp against his former club, and ended up on the losing side.

One quiet display will not place a black mark on his superb start this campaign, however, and Benrahma has outlined his lofty ambitions. 

He said: ‘It’s always important to be well prepared, so this season I feel a lot better, but now I’ve had a good start it’s also very important that I don’t rest on my laurels.

‘I’m going to keep working every day, striving to improve and hopefully I can get even better.’

This determination to build on last season is proving crucial, although Brentford were able to prevent him getting, or creating, any clear-cut chances. In the end, his only moments of note were a curling effort sent the wrong side of the post and a free-kick palmed over by goalkeeper David Raya. 

His tally of three goals so far is a solid foundation to build on and Benrahma is already looking poles apart from the struggling performer initially brought into the team. 

Said Benrahma has hit the ground running this term but was unable to net against his old club

6. Allan Saint-Maximin (down four) 

He may be the shining light through the doom and gloom shrouding Newcastle at the moment, but even Allan Saint-Maximin is human after all.

An electric performer, the tricky winger possesses magic feet, and is able to weave his way in and out of a defence in the blink of an eye. But this was not the case against Wolves. Once again, Saint-Maximin was his team’s best player, but it was a frustrating trip to Molineux for him.

He should have buried a good chance when positioned just yards out, with Jose Sa denying him with a sharp stop, and everything positive came through him. 

The visitors’ goal from Jeff Hendrick, which ultimately proved a mere consolation, was sparked by a through ball from Saint-Maximin sparking chaos in the box. 

Other than that, though, the renowned speedster lacked a little in creativity and was also largely marshalled well by the hosts’ five-man backline. 

With the defeat Newcastle sit in 19th spot, remaining without a win. Despite Steve Bruce’s assurances he can turn the ship around it is looking bleak for them. 

Their only saving grace is the talent of Saint-Maximin, and several elite clubs around Europe are certain to be keeping a close eye on him for a future move.

Allan Saint-Maximin remains Newcastle’s best player but was left frustrated against Wolves

5. Demarai Gray (new entry) 

Initially played down as just a dip into the bargain bin, Everton’s swoop for Demarai Gray has proven to be a masterstroke.

With three goals to his name already, and an assist, Gray has banished his woes at Leicester to flourish under the tutelage of Rafa Benitez.

Thriving in the system at Goodison Park, Gray is typically at the heart of every Everton attack, carving out openings and not being afraid to shoot.

He again enjoyed a starring role at the weekend in the draw at Manchester United with his driving run through midfield helping slice the home side open.

‘That’s probably been my issue [consistency] of the last few years, but I’m enjoying my football again,’ Gray told EvertonTV.

‘I have a manager and a team that believe in me and give me the freedom to express myself.

‘Everything’s clicked well here. I just want to keep working hard to maintain my level and keep improving.’

Not content to rest on his laurels after winning the Premier League during his previous spell in the top-flight, Gray is out to catch the eye once again.

Demarai Gray (right) is looking a shrewd signing for Everton after his Old Trafford heroics

4. Raul Jimenez (up three)

Wolves supporters burst into ecstasy after Raul Jimenez scored his first goal since a horror skull fracture against Southampton last week, and rightly so.

He was similarly in top gear in his team’s last fixture, setting up two goals in their hard-fought victory over a struggling Newcastle side.

They were the first home strikes under new boss Bruno Lage and both were tucked away by Hwang Hee-chan after Jimenez picked him out superbly.

Content to drop into a deeper spot and let his team-mate take the limelight, Jimenez was devastating at unpicking Newcastle’s shaky backline apart. His unpredictability around the final third left defenders with a conundrum they just couldn’t handle, leaving Hwang to capitalise in ruthless fashion. 

For the opener, Jimenez escaped the attentions of Sean Longstaff before teeing up Hwang with a perfectly-weighted pass, which he duly dispatched. 

In similar style, the striker flitted about causing havoc in the build-up to Wolves’ second and he again slotted in Hwang allowing him to score.

Quizzed on the partnership between Hwang and Jimenez, captain Conor Coady described them as ‘phenomenal’ footballers and ‘brilliant people’. 

Raul Jimenez teed up Hwang Hee-chan for both of Wolves’ goals in their win over Newcastle

3. Son Heung-min (new entry)

His team may have fallen to a defeat inspired by Son Heung-min but Aston Villa boss Dean Smith was happy to heap praise on his worthy opponent.  

‘Sometimes games change on players and today they had the outstanding player on the pitch in Son,’ Smith said after Tottenham picked up a crucial 2-1 win.

He may have laid on both of the home team’s goals but Son wasn’t content to rest there. For 90 minutes he raced around, hunting the ball everywhere.

And that is the beauty of the player. There is often cutting edge and quality but when these factors take a dip there is still good old-fashioned hard work.

Nuno Espirito Santo, who has started to feel the heat in Spurs’ hot seat, owes much to Son after Harry Kane endured another below-par afternoon.    

‘Sonny, the way he took the team forward and the way he imbalanced them on one-v-one situations was very important,’ Nuno said post-match.

‘But all the team, there were a lot of good individual performances and when this happens the team plays better, it is natural, so I am pleased.’

The most advanced player on Spurs’ team during the clash, Son pinned Villa back superbly and came up with the crucial passes when they were needed.  

The pressure was lifted off Nuno Espirito Santo after Son Heung-min starred at the weekend

2. Phil Foden (new entry) 

It would not have been a surprise if James Milner admitted to seeing spots, and flashbacks of Phil Foden, when trying to sleep last night.

For the veteran, shoehorned in at right back yet again in the absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold, was left scampering, tripping and falling over with little grace as Foden breezed past him time and time again.

Quite simply, it was a performance that underlined just why Foden, despite all of Manchester City’s riches and talent, is one of his club’s most important players.

His decision-making for his tender age is outrageously good and the youngster looked as though he knew every trick in the book to embarrass Milner.

Both men, young and old, shared a touching moment after the game, with Milner pulling Foden into a joking headlock. He knows he was lucky to avoid a red card up against the City star.

As well as delivering a performance enough to make every former full-back wince, Foden was on target at Anfield and also played a role in City’s late leveller. 

He excelled against Chelsea last week too, that time through the centre, and jinked in constantly from the left against Liverpool, scoring with one of these runs. 

‘I feel like it is going to go all the way and we will fight until the end,’ Foden remarked on the title race. It very well might, and he is sure to have a big say in that. 

Phil Foden defied his age to take up a starring role in City’s hard-fought point against Liverpool

1. Mohamed Salah (non-mover) 

‘This club never forgets these things to people will talk about this goal for a long time – in 50 or 60 years’ time they will remember this goal.

Eloquently put, Jurgen Klopp, and no-one will disagree with him this time. Mohamed Salah’s shimmy, pirouette and crashing finish against Manchester City was sublime.

It was perhaps even football at its finest, a reminder of why the so-called ‘beautiful game’ actually has every right to have earned that affectionate moniker.

Hurtling towards City’s defence like a master craftsman, Salah took in Curtis Jones’ pass and set about twisting past three different players around the box.

First up, Bernardo Silva fell. Salah took a couple of neat touches, before feigning to head inside before rolling the ball under his foot. Silva, quite literally, toppled.

Laporte was the next to go. Perhaps trying to keep Salah away from his wand of a left boot, the defender tried everything in his might to keep him on the outside.

It was not enough, however. Salah shifted across to his right and, without a second’s hesitation, slammed an unerring shot across the helpless Ederson. 

Wheeling away to celebrate his ninth goal of the season, Salah continued his fine form. He has now netted in his last seven appearances, keeping him in our top spot. 

Mohamed Salah’s superb goal against City will be remembered for decades, Jurgen Klopp says




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