Premier League player Power Rankings

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Premier League player Power Rankings are here!

Our fifth player Power Rankings of the 2021-22 season have arrived, as plenty of superstars have got off to a flying start in the campaign.

Simply put: it was incredibly tough to put 20 players in this list based on the crazy results across the Premier League in recent days.

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Stars from Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool dominate our player Power Rankings after some impressive wins, as plenty of the big boys continue put down a marker early in the season.

With the likes of Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden all still working towards full fitness, plenty more stars will be included in this list in the weeks to come.

There were also some new stars who shone and with so many amazing goals, wins and comebacks, this is going to be one heck of a season. Add to that the fact that fans are now back in full Premier League stadiums, this is what it is all about.

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Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. It is all based on their current form and which way they are trending, right now!

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the player Power Rankings.


Premier League player Power Rankings – Week 5

1.  Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Up 4
2. Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) – Up 1
3. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – Up 5
4. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – New entry
5. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) – Down 4
6. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) – Even
7.  David de Gea (Man United) – Up 10
8. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) – Up 6
9. Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United) – Down 7
10. Ivan Toney (Brentford) – New entry
11. Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) –  Down 4
12. Thiago Silva (Chelsea) – New entry
13. Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – Down 3
14. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle) – New entry
15. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) – New entry
16. Ismaila Sarr (Watford) – New entry
17. Matty Cash (Aston Villa) – New entry
18. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – New entry
19. Neal Maupay (Brighton) – New entry
20. Leon Bailey (Aston Villa) – New entry

Transfer news: Anthony Martial to Barcelona; Dean Henderson wants loan

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The transfer news just keeps on coming, as Anthony Martial and Dean Henderson have been linked with moves away from Manchester United in January.

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With just a few months to go until the transfer window opens up again on Jan. 1, there are going to be a lot of reports starting to pop up once again.

Let’s dig a little deeper into these latest reports on Anthony Martial and Dean Henderson, as both players are on the outside looking in when it comes to the starting lineup at Manchester United.

Well, that’s the situation right now.

Anthony Martial wants move; Barcelona linked

A report from Eurosport says that Martial, 25, has been given the ‘green light’ to search for a new club in January.

However, the main problem is that United want $55 million for Martial and he still has three years left on his contract.

The French international has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho this summer, plus Edinson Cavani extending his stay at United for another season. When you have Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood at the club too, Martial’s chances of playing week in, week out will be very limited.

Martial has been at United since the summer of 2015 and has scored 78 goals in 263 appearances for the Red Devils. But he scored seven times in an injury-hit 2020-21 campaign and hasn’t scored in five outings this season.

Despite scoring some stunning goals, he’s never quite hit the heights expected of him when he joined from Monaco as a teenager. He has won the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League but United never seem to have found his correct position. He’s not an out-and-out winger, but he’s not a clinical central striker either. He’s a number 9.5…

The report states that Barcelona are interested in signing Martial, but where are they going to get the cash from to sign him?

It seems likely that a loan move away from Manchester United could be Martial’s best route to regular action and that will be at the forefront of his mind as he battles for a place in France’s 2022 World Cup squad. His quality is undoubted but due to injuries, losses in form and just not having the right manager at the right time, Martial hasn’t elevated himself to become one of United’s mainstays.

Dean Henderson keen on another loan

Multiple reports state that goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 24, also wants to leave Manchester United in January.

The English goalkeeper established himself as United’s starter at the end of the 2020-21 season and was due to take the No. 1 spot this season.

However, over the summer Henderson contracted COVID-19 and has been suffering with the impacts of long-COVID which has seen David de Gea given the chance to reestablish himself as United’s main man in goal.

It will be intriguing to see which teams make a move for Henderson in January, if he is allowed to leave. His two loan spells at Sheffield United went very well and with Tom Heaton the third-choice goalkeeper at Manchester United, the Red Devils could be happy enough to let Henderson move on loan.

The academy product is well-liked, he’s ambitious and he plans to push Jordan Pickford all the way for the starting spot for England.

VIDEO: PST unfiltered – Man City’s fortunes, Messi and Ronaldo, USMNT latest

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ProSoccerTalk is back with another year of video content, alongside the written work you’ve come to know, for the 2021-22 Premier League season.

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Each week ProSoccerTalk writers Joe Prince-Wright, Andy Edwards, and Nick Mendola will analyze the Premier League action, preview the fixtures, and handle the big news from around the soccer world.

Expect opinions, analysis, and insight, as well as plenty of friendly banter along the way and maybe a beer or two among these Premier League videos…

Basically, they have these chats on their own anyway so we thought we would record them and let them loose on the Premier League, USMNT, and everything in-between. This is going to be a lot of fun and a lighthearted look at all of the action from across the soccer world each week.

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With JPW based in England — heading to PL games and traveling to stadiums/training grounds — plus Andy and Nick based Stateside, we will be checking in with them regularly to get their views on just about anything when it comes to Pro Soccer. Because, well, ProSoccerTalk.

Below we break down the latest news across the Premier League and the United States men’s national team


Messi, Ronaldo have opposite starts with new clubs

Lionel Messi has a knee injury and Paris Saint-Germain a keen focus on one competition, while Manchester United is putting Cristiano Ronaldo in a great place to have a hot start.

What’s in store for two of history’s greatest footballers moving forward?


PL Matchweek 5 review: Manchester City in trouble?

What to make of Man City’s 0-0 draw with Southampton, and what else can we glean from an interesting weekend in the Premier League?


USMNT players inconsistent in leagues abroad

Ebbs and flows for the USMNT players in Europe. And right now…  a lot of ebbs with injured and/or struggling stars.


Premier League Matchweek 6 preview

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend with big, big games including a North London derby and Chelsea meeting Man City.

PSG release update after Lionel Messi suffers injury

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Lionel Messi is still searching for his first goal for PSG after being subbed off in the 76th minute (he was not happy with Mauricio Pochettino) of Sunday’s late 2-1 victory over Lyon, and it has now been revealed he has suffered an injury.

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Messi was hardly ineffective while he was on the field (he took four shots and put two of them on target), but the on-field chemistry between himself, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Angel di Maria is still a work in progress.

There has been plenty of focus on Messi in the days after his reaction and PSG have now given an update saying the Argentine superstar has a knee injury and will miss their midweek trip to Metz in Ligue 1.

“Following the blow received on his left knee, had an MRI this morning which confirms the signs of bone contusion, a new point will be performed in 48 hours,” PSG said in a statement.

Messi, 34, will also be doubtful for their home game against Montpellier this weekend, and could be in a race against the clock to be fit for the huge UEFA Champions League game against Manchester City next week.

What happened?

Mauricio Pochettino shared his reaction to Messi’s reaction, as the Argentine superstar let it be known he wasn’t happy to be subbed off.

Perhaps Pochettino was just protecting Messi, with a big few weeks coming up in the Champions League?

PSG fell behind in the 54th minute, when Lucas Paqueta streaked into the penalty area and grooved a near-post finish low and out of Gianluigi Donnarumma’s reach.

A dozen minutes later, Neymar was hacked down in the penalty area and PSG suddenly had a lifeline. The Brazilian stepped to the penalty spot and brought PSG level.

What happened?

Not long after that, Pochettino handed in his substitution card and the no. 30 flashed on the board in bright red.

The long, over-the-shoulder look says a lot about how Lionel Messi felt in that moment, but certainly not even half as much as he’d like to say.

Mbappe (4 Ligue 1 goals) and Icardi (3 of his own) have managed to carry PSG through the early part of the season, as Lionel Messi finds his way at a new club for the first time in his career. Neymar’s penalty on Sunday was also his first league goal of the season.

Mauro Icardi eventually played the part of hero, but not until the 92nd minute when it was looking like PSG would drop points in Ligue 1 for the first time this season. Mbappe floated a delightful ball into the penalty area and Icardi rose high to head it back across goal to send the Parc des Princes into raptures.

 

What did Mauricio Pochettino have to say?

Asked about the reaction from Lionel Messi, here is what Mauricio Pochettino had to say in his post-game reaction.

“I think we all know we have great players in this 35-man squad. Only 11 can play, we can’t play more. The decisions in the game are made for the good of the team and each player,” Pochettino said.

“Every coach thinks about that. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes players like it and sometimes they don’t. At the end of the day, that’s why we’re here. These are decisions that have to be made by the coach. As for his reaction, I asked him how he was, he said he was okay. That was it. That was our exchange.”

Les Parisiens sitting pretty in Ligue 1

PSG sit atop the Ligue 1 table with a perfect 18 points from their first six games, five points ahead of 2nd-place Marseille, who have a game in hand.

Up next for PSG is a trip to face 20th-place Metz on Wednesday.

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Barcelona avoid defeat with 90th-minute goal vs 17th-place Granada

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The headline says it all: The current state of Barcelona “More Than A” Football Club is scoring a 90th-minute equalizer to rescue a point, at home, against 17th-place Granada on Monday…

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MADRID (AP) Less than a week after a demoralizing loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Barcelona faltered at Camp Nou again, being held by winless Granada.

Barcelona needed a 90th-minute equalizer by defender Ronald Araujo, sparking jeers by many in the crowd of nearly 27,000.

The setback followed the 3-0 rout by Bayern in the team’s first defeat since losing Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain, and added pressure on coach Ronald Koeman and club president Joan Laporta.

Granada came to Barcelona winless in four matches and coming off two consecutive losses, including at home against Real Betis in the Andalucia derby last week. It defeated Barcelona at Camp Nou the last time they met in April.

“It’s a shame,” Araujo said. “If we had been able to score earlier we could have gotten the victory. After the early goal they sat back on defense and that made it difficult for us.”

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The draw left Barcelona in seventh place, five points from leader Real Madrid with a game in hand.

Coached by former Spain manager Robert Moreno, Granada opened the scoring two minutes into the match with a header by Domingos Duarte off a set-piece.

Barcelona squandered two great chances to equalize before halftime – Sergi Roberto hit the crossbar from inside the area and Araujo’s header was brilliantly saved by Granada goalkeeper Luis Maximiano.

Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong also failed to capitalize on scoring chances in the second half, but Araujo finally broke through with a close-range header in the 90th.

“We know that Barcelona isn’t going through a good moment and it was important to try to take advantage of that early on,” Duarte said. “Earning a point at Camp Nou is always good but we came close to getting the three points. In the end they had many chances too. It was a fair result.”

Koeman couldn’t count on several players because of injuries, including Jordi Alba and Pedri Gonzalez.

He added a few youngsters in the second half, including Riqui Puig and 17-year-old Gavi, who set up Araujo’s equalizer. Philippe Coutinho was one of the players replaced.

Veteran defender Gerard Pique played as a striker after coming into the game in the final minutes.

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