Edinson Cavani knocks Man United team-mate Bruno Fernandes off top spot while Joe Willock’s form for Newcastle earns him a place in our top 10… but which Liverpool star has forced their way into this week’s Premier League POWER RANKINGS?
- Another dramatic round of Premier League action unfolded during midweek
- Brighton came from two goals down to beat champions Manchester City
- Chelsea exacted revenge on Leicester in their FA Cup final replay on Tuesday
- Liverpool beat Burnley in convincing fashion to move back into the top four
- While Tottenham tasted defeat in the final home game of the season against Villa
- Sportsmail takes all this into account when devising the latest Power Rankings
OUR LAST TOP 10
1. Bruno Fernandes
2. Edinson Cavani
3. Chris Wood
4. Mason Greenwood
5. Son Heung-min
6. Kelechi Iheanacho
7. Jesse Lingard
8. Thiago Alcantara
9. Mason Mount
10. Marcos Alonso
Each week throughout the 2020-21 season, Sportsmail brings you a Power Rankings table, listing the top 10 hottest players in the Premier League.
As the stories of the season continue to unravel, the rankings 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.
With just one round of fixtures left to play, all that is left to decide is who will secure the final spots in securing European football for next season.
Liverpool’s late dash to secure Champions League football is alive and kicking after they convincingly beat Burnley to leapfrog Leicester into the final top-four spot.
Tottenham’s hopes of securing Europa League football suffered an almighty blow, with their 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa in their final home game of the season seeing them drop to seventh with other results also going against them.
West Ham look favourites to finish in the Europa League places should they match Spurs’ result on the final day of the season.
With all this in mind, Sportsmail takes a look at how the Power Rankings are shaping up as we prepare to approach the Premier League’s final round of fixtures for the season.
What a brilliant return to the Premier League it has been for Leeds.
While securing European football may be out of reach for them (barring any massive swings in goal difference), the fact Leeds are in the discussion for European football is commendable.
And at the heart of it, is Patrick Bamford.
Patrick Bamford broke the deadlock as Leeds beat Southampton 2-0 on Tuesday evening
The forward has done a superb job leading the line for Leeds and his breakthrough goal against Southampton helped Marcelo Bielsa’s men go on to secure a 2-0 win.
It is his second goal in three games for Leeds, who are now three points adrift of Spurs in seventh with an inferior goal difference.
He’ll be able to move up our final Power Rankings next week if he can continue his strong finish when Leeds take on West Brom this Sunday.
9. Roberto Firmino – Liverpool (NEW ENTRY)
Another forward finishing the season strong is Roberto Firmino.
Often criticised for his lack of goals for Liverpool, the Brazilian has turned it on for the home straight.
He scored twice in the 4-2 win over Manchester United last week before getting himself another goal in the 3-0 win over Burnley.
Roberto Firmino (right) is enjoying a good run of form when it matters for Liverpool
Quite importantly, his contributions have helped lift the Reds into the Champions League positions with just one game left to play, saving what has been an absolutely dreadful campaign for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Liverpool, who leapfrogged Leicester into fourth with the win over Burnley, now just have to match the Foxes’ result on the final day to secure Champions League football, given they have a better goal difference.
While Firmino has just nine goals and eight assists from 47 appearances this season, his late-season contributions could be what crucially saves Liverpool when it matters.
8. Thiago Alcantara – Liverpool (NON-MOVER)
Another Liverpool player that hasn’t quite enjoyed the best of seasons is Thiago.
After being thrown into an unorthodox position in a injury-depleted Liverpool midfield, Thiago has often been asked to sacrifice his own style of play in order to fulfil the needs of the team, with the likes of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson often dropping in at centre back.
However, now finding his feet under Klopp, Thiago is showing just the quality he possesses when given free rein to do so.
Thiago Alcantara (left) showed flashes of brilliance in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Burnley
The Spaniard oozed quality against Burnley at Turf Moor and showed flashes of brilliance as he and his team-mates stormed to a 3-0 win.
Liverpool will be desperate to put this season behind them and write it off as an anomaly, given the ridiculous amount of injuries key players had throughout.
But once their biggest stars return and they’re back to full fitness, Thiago will be able to show exactly what they’ve been missing this season.
7. Mason Mount – Chelsea (UP ONE)
After tasting defeat in the FA Cup final, Chelsea had just a few days to roll up their sleeves and exact revenge on Leicester in Tuesday’s Premier League meeting at the Bridge.
Antonio Rudiger, who broke the deadlock against the Foxes in their 2-1 victory, claimed their opponents ‘didn’t know how to celebrate’ after Daniel Amartey was filmed throwing Chelsea’s FA Cup final pennant on the ground.
While the video clip will have certainly spurred the Blues on to get the win, Brendan Rodgers insists Chelsea’s quality shined through before the Leicester manager singled out the quality of Mason Mount.
Mason Mount was praised by Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers after Chelsea’s win over Leicester
‘I want to mention Mason Mount because this is a young guy I’d heard early on in the season there was maybe doubts around him, whether he should be playing or not for Chelsea,’ Rodgers said after Tuesday’s defeat.
‘This boy is top, top level. They can be very proud of him here at Chelsea, the academy, he’s an incredible footballer and he’s going to be that.’
Mount has enjoyed an outstanding campaign thus far and was at the heart of everything good for Chelsea against the Foxes and has played a key role in the club’s push for a Champions League finish.
6. Kelechi Iheanacho – Leicester (NON-MOVER)
Iheanacho would have been higher in our Power Rankings if not for the defeat at Stamford Bridge.
The Nigerian forward continued his fine form in front of goal by providing the Foxes with a lifeline in the 76th minute, showing great offensive awareness to capitalise on a lapse in concentration before tucking the ball past Edouard Mendy.
It was his 11th goal in as many games but, while his individual performances have been commendable, Leicester’s successive late season collapse in the Premier League is certainly on the cards.
Kelechi Iheanacho became the first Premier League player to score on every day of the week
However, team performances aside, Iheanacho can hold his head high.
His goal against Chelsea on Tuesday also set a new Premier League record, with the forward becoming the first player to score on every day of the week.
5. Leandro Trossard – Brighton (NEW ENTRY)
With a 10-man Man City leading 2-0 at the Amex, Graham Potter decided to go all-in and try and get a result against the champions.
It was a gamble worth taking, considering Brighton are safe and have secured Premier League football but even against the 10 men of City, getting a result against Pep Guardiola’s side is ambitious.
On came Leandro Trossard on the half-hour mark who replaced Danny Welbeck up front.
While the score was still 1-0 at this point, Trossand’s impact was immediate and it wasn’t until after Phil Foden bagged City’s second that Trossard struck with a superb solo effort.
Trossard’s superb solo effort against City was the spark that ignited Brighton’s comeback
The Belgium forward gave the Seagulls hope before his side went on to score two more
After receiving the ball from a wayward backpass from Rodri, Trossard ran at the City defence before cutting in on his right foot, preparing to shoot.
The Belgian forward was being closed down as he entered the box, so using some nimble footwork and a whole lot of patience, Trossard dance inside, went to shoot, sat down Ruben Dias, dummied again before unleashing a brilliant right-footed strike into the top corner past Ederson.
It was a superb goal and was the spark Brighton needed to ignite a memorable comeback in front of their returning fans.
4. Joe Willock – Newcastle (NEW ENTRY)
Having struggled to break into the starting XI at Arsenal, Joe Willock is out to prove just what the Gunners are missing with Newcastle.
Willock has bagged a number of late goals in recent months to snatch points and win games for the Magpies, which has seen Steve Bruce’s men live to fight another day and stave off relegation.
Against already-relegated Sheffield United, Willock left it until first-half stoppage time before striking again, powering a header past Aaron Ramsdale to clinch all three points for Newcastle.
Joe Willock (right) headed in Newcastle’s winner in first-half stoppage time against the Blades
It was his seventh goal in 13 appearances for Newcastle since he arrived on loan in January and has become the youngest player in Premier League history to score in six successive games as a result.
It was Willock’s first game in front of the Toon faithful and they will be desperate to make his loan move a permanent one before the start of next season.
3. Jesse Lingard – West Ham (UP FOUR)
It wouldn’t be a Sportsmail Power Rankings without these next two entries, would it?
Jesse Lingard, who has been a mainstay in our top 10 for some time now following his unthinkable rise to stardom at West Ham, helped the Hammers get all three points in their most recent outings on Wednesday.
David Moyes’ side are aiming to finish in the Europa League places this season but had it all to do when West Brom took a first-half lead at The Hawthorns, 24 minutes after Declan Rice missed from the penalty spot.
Jesse Lingard (right) set Michail Antonio (left) up to score West Ham’s third against West Brom
However, West Ham didn’t panic or let their heads drop as Tomas Soucek scored in first-half stoppage time to swing the momentum back in the Hammers’ favour going into the break.
Then, after Angelo Ogbonna put the visitors in front, Lingard helped round off the victory by playing Michail Antonio through to score a third – his fifth assist since joining on loan in January.
2. Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United (DOWN ONE)
Losing top spot from last week, Bruno Fernandes has been our most consistent player of the season when it comes to our Power Rankings. Usually occupying one of the top three spots, Fernandes has helped transform this United team into a solid top three side.
With second in the table secured and Champions League football wrapped up for next season, United only had pride to play for against Fulham but it proved to be a tough encounter against Scott Parker’s relegated Cottagers.
The Red Devils did get off to a sublime start on Tuesday (more on that shortly), with Fernandes being credited for the assist in United’s opening goal.
However, the honest Portuguese playmaker admitted after the match that he didn’t touch the ball, which should’ve seen the goal chalked off for offside.
Bruno Fernandes has enjoyed a remarkable campaign for Manchester United this season
‘Honestly I didn’t feel the touch,’ Fernandes admitted to Match of the Day.
‘The referee said I touched the ball. How it is, I don’t care honestly. I always say the most important goal is the one that hits the net, it doesn’t matter who gets the goal or the assist.’
He is now third in the goalscoring charts with 18 goals, despite playing in midfield while his ‘assist’ at Old Trafford takes him up to 12 – one behind front-runner Harry Kane.
If United are to make a solid charge for the title next season, Fernandes will be at the heart of the action.
1. Edinson Cavani – Manchester United (UP ONE)
After entering last week’s Power Rankings as a new entry, Cavani ensured top spot would be his with his unbelievable goal against Fulham on Tuesday.
While there is definitely an argument that the goal shouldn’t have stood, United fans will be delighted that VAR got this one wrong.
With United penned into their own half, David de Gea picked out Fernandes in the centre circle with a fine pass which eventually found its way to the feet of Cavani.
Edinson Cavani scored a sublime 40-yard chip to give United the lead against Fulham
His unbelievable effort sent the 10,000 United fans in attendance at Old Trafford into a frenzy
With just the goalkeeper to beat, the Uruguayan decided against carrying the ball closer to goal for a one-on-one and instead lobbed the Fulham goalkeeper from 40 yards out, sending the 10,000 United fans in attendance into a frenzy.
It was an utterly ridiculous finish, great piece of skill and the perfect way to repay United’s faith in him after extending his stay for another season.
It was a goal certainly worthy to win top spot in this penultimate week of Sportsmail’s Power Rankings.
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