Harry Kane, Christian Pulisic and Kevin De Bruyne surge into the top 10 after shining during the business end of the season… but who sits top of our Premier League POWER RANKINGS heading into the final round of games?
- The Premier League heads into the final round of fixtures on Sunday afternoon
- There is still plenty to play for in terms of the top four race and beating the drop
- Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester are battling it out for the top four
- Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth are all in danger of being relegated
After a long 12 months, the Premier League is finally drawing to an end but there is still plenty to play for as we head into the final round of fixtures this weekend.
The last round of matches saw Liverpool see off Chelsea 5-3 before finally getting to lift the title, while Manchester United were held at home by West Ham, and Aston Villa did their survival hopes the world of good by beating Arsenal.
After each round of games, Sportsmail compiles the Power Rankings, looking at the best performers and those players in top form. Here’s our latest top 10 countdown…
TOP 10 LAST TIME OUT
Here’s how our Premier League Power Rankings looked last time out…
10) Ruben Neves (Wolves)
9) Willian (Chelsea)
8) Trezeguet (Aston Villa)
7) Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
6) David Silva (Man City)
5) Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
4) Mason Greenwood (Man United)
3) Raheem Sterling (Man City)
2) Michail Antonio (West Ham)
1) Bruno Fernandes (Man United)
10. HARRY KANE (Tottenham) – New entry
It has been a frustrating season for Tottenham and Kane, especially considering his injury problems, but things have looked much brighter over the last couple of weeks.
The England striker has netted four goals in his last two games against Newcastle and Leicester as Tottenham eye a top-six finish.
They face Crystal Palace on Sunday at Selhurst Park in their last match, and Kane will be confident of getting onto the scoresheet once again against a team who have massively struggled since the season resumed.
9. MOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool) – Down four
Salah, who finally got his hands on the Premier League trophy on Wednesday, has endured a frustrating couple of games after putting Brighton to the sword at the beginning of July.
The Egyptian has failed to score in his previous two matches, in Liverpool’s defeat at Arsenal and their thrilling 5-3 home victory against Chelsea.
He got into plenty of good positions against his former side on Wednesday but just lacked that cutting edge, and was substituted in the 79th minute as Jurgen Klopp opted for fresh legs at Anfield.
Harry Kane netted twice as Tottenham convincingly beat Leicester 3-0 on the weekend
8. CHRISTIAN PULISIC (Chelsea) – New entry
Chelsea may have fallen to a 5-3 defeat, but Pulisic was arguably the stand-out player on the pitch as Frank Lampard’s side went down fighting on Merseyside on Wednesday night.
The USA international came on in the 59th minute at Anfield and was close to inspiring a Chelsea comeback, setting up Tammy Abraham before netting an emphatic strike himself to peg the scoreline back to 4-3, briefly.
Pulisic has scored nine times and created six assists for Chelsea in his debut season in the Premier League, and he looks to be getting better as the weeks go by. With Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech alongside him next season, the Blues will have a formidable attack.
Christian Pulisic terrorised Liverpool’s defence after coming on in the second half at Anfield
7. DANNY INGS (Southampton) – New entry
Ings just can’t stop scoring at the moment, and on Sunday against Bournemouth he netted his 21st goal of the season – he also missed a penalty – putting him just two behind Jamie Vardy in the top-scorer charts heading into the final round of fixtures.
The former Liverpool striker was also on target against Brighton, netting Southampton’s equaliser at St Mary’s with a composed finish.
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will be desperate to keep the English striker, who is sure to have plenty of suitors in the upcoming transfer window thanks to his incredible form at St Mary’s.
Danny Ings netted his 21st goal of the Premier League season at Bournemouth on the weekend
6. TREZEGUET (Aston Villa) – Up two
How vital a goal could the one against Arsenal be for Aston Villa in their fight to beat the drop? The hosts ran out 1-0 winners against the Gunners thanks to the heroics of Trezeguet, moving them out of the danger zone with one game to play.
Trezeguet lashed home a fierce half-volley for the hosts from a corner, leaving Emiliano Martinez with no chance in the Arsenal goal at Villa Park.
The Egyptian has been in fine form for Dean Smith’s side recently, scoring twice as Villa beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on July 12, and they will be counting on Trezeguet to help keep them up when they take on West Ham away on Sunday.
Trezeguet scored an emphatic winner as Aston Villa secured 1-0 victory over Arsenal
5. KEVIN DE BRUYNE (Manchester City) – New entry
The Belgian playmaker is on the brink of etching his name into the Premier League history books once again after shining during City’s 4-0 thrashing of Watford at Vicarage Road.
De Bruyne got his 19th assist of the Premier League campaign, swinging in a delightful corner for Aymeric Laporte to head home as Pep Guardiola’s side ran riot on Tuesday.
The City midfielder is now just one short of Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in a Premier League season, but he will be quietly confident of surpassing this when Guardiola’s side host relegated Norwich on Sunday.
Kevin De Bruyne needs two assists against Norwich to surpass Thierry Henry’s record
4. BRUNO FERNANDES (Manchester United) – Down three
Since his big-money arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January, Fernandes has taken the Premier League by storm but for the first time this season, the Portuguese midfielder appears to be tiring as the campaign draws to a close.
Fernandes struggled to make a real impact at Old Trafford as United were held to a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham on Wednesday, which could prove costly come the end of the season in the race for top four.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be counting on him when United visit Leicester in a crunch match on Sunday. The Red Devils need to pick up a point at the King Power Stadium to claim their place in the Champions League next season.
Bruno Fernandes struggled to make a real impact as Manchester United drew 1-1 vs West Ham
3. MASON GREENWOOD (Manchester United) – Up one
Another English striker who just can’t stop scoring at the moment, and it appears just a matter of time until Gareth Southgate calls him up to the Three Lions squad after shining for United.
The 18-year-old scored his 10th goal of the Premier League at home to West Ham, as he struck home a devastating equaliser early on in the second half – and with that goal he placed himself alongside some of United’s most clinical strikers.
In all competitions, Greenwood has scored 17 times this season – the only other United teenagers to get to that tally are George Best (1965-66), Brian Kidd (1967-68) and Wayne Rooney in 2004-05.
Mason Greenwood continued his fine form by scoring the equaliser against West Ham
2. MICHAIL ANTONIO (West Ham) – No change
Antonio has been the man of the moment for the Hammers as they retained their Premier League status this season after enduring worrying times at the London Stadium.
After bagging four goals in their hammering of Norwich two matches ago, Antonio followed that up by grabbing West Ham’s equaliser at United – keeping his composure to slot home from the penalty spot past David de Gea.
Antonio has arguably kept David Moyes’ side up this season thanks to his relentless work rate and efficiency in front of goal since the Premier League restarted in June.
Michail Antonio has been the Hammers’ stand-out player since the Premier League restarted
1. RAHEEM STERLING (Manchester City) – Up two
England international Sterling just seems to get better and better and his improvement under Guardiola has been incredible since the Spaniard arrived at the Etihad Stadium four years ago.
On Tuesday, Sterling tormented Watford’s defence and scored twice for City, including a thumping finish into the top corner to leave Ben Foster with absolutely no chance.
The winger has a fantastic 19 goals for City in the English top flight, while producing four assists – a brilliant return. And he will be desperate to cap off a fine campaign by triumphing in the Champions League.
Raheem Sterling out Watford to the sword by scoring twice during a 4-0 win at Vicarage Road
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