Our new Premier League player Power Rankings have landed and plenty of stars from Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Wolves feature heavily.
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Matchweek eight provided plenty of shock results and our rankings reflect that with 15 new entries.
Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League. If they didn’t play in the last matchweek, they aren’t getting in this list!
Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections.
1. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) – New entry
2. Aaron Connolly (Brighton) – New entry
3. Jorginho (Chelsea) – Up 3
4. Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) – New entry
5. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – New entry
6. Matt Longstaff (Newcastle) – New entry
7. Adama Traore (Wolves) – New entry
8. John McGinn (Aston Villa) – Up 11
9. Aaron Mooy (Brighton) – New entry
10. Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool) – Even
11. Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) – Even
12. Willy Boly (Wolves) – New entry
13. Rui Patricio (Wolves) – New entry
14. Calum Chambers (Arsenal) – New entry
15. Dean Henderson (Sheffield United) – New entry
16. Wilfried Ndidi (Leicester) – Down 4
17. Gary Cahill (Crystal Palace) – New entry
18. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – New entry
19. Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) – New entry
20. Wesley (Aston Villa) – New entry
Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson got the call: He’s headed for the Three Lions.
An injury to Burnley’s Tom Heaton opened the door for Henderson, who is on loan from Manchester United.
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The call-up had been around the corner for some time, and Blades boss Chris Wilder actually mentioned Henderson’s England prospects while referencing a mistake against Liverpool.
Henderson has represented England at the U-16, U-17, U-20, and U-21 levels.
He’s never played for Manchester United’s first team, but has succeeded in loan stints to Shrewsbury Town, Stockport County, and Grimsby Town as well as Sheffield United. This is his second year on loan with the Blades.
He was a PFA Team of the Year keeper for the Shrews in 2017-18, and claimed the Championship’s Golden Glove Award last season.
A forgettable draw at Vicarage Road saw Watford and Sheffield United each take a point.
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The visitors move 12th with nine points, while last-place Watford remains winless after eight matches and has three points.
Three things we learned
1. Chances untaken by Hornets…: When your club is playing poorly, even the good things go sour. Roberto Pereyra was a spark plug, and should’ve had Watford up 1-0 inside of 10 minutes when he swept a cross around Tom Heaton and onto the path of Andre Gray. Gray might’ve been proven offside by VAR but it didn’t get that far as the former Burnley man slapped his shot over the bar.
2. …Or anyone for that matter: Between goalkeepers Ben Foster and Dean Henderson, there was a total of five saves. Watford was credited with the only big chances created in the match (three)
3. Norwood the star man: Look to the captain. If anything was going to happen, it seemed like the Blades skipper was going to be the man who got it done. Our Man of the Match, Norwood had 115 touches and completed 88 percent of his passes in the middle of the park. A lackluster Man of the Match? Sure, but it was a lackluster game.
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There were chances for both teams in the early stages — see Point No. 1 above — and Watford was unable to take care of some disorganization from the Blades at the back.
But Sheffield United’s pursuit of a goal seemed more likely to produce something, creative rather than relying on errors from the Hornets.
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is not taking any moral victories from a 1-0 home loss to league-leading Liverpool, and he’s not shielding his young star goalkeeper after a howler deciding the match at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
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“If he wants to play for the top teams, he wants to play for England then he needs to do better,” Wilder said of Dean Henderson, who watched a fairly routine Georginio Wijnaldum shot go through his hands, off his backside, and into the goal.
“He needs to concentrate more, it’s a disappointing day for him. I am not going to put my arms around him, simply he needs to do better.”
Those thoughts mirror Wilder’s overall take on the loss, as the Blades could’ve easily equalized if Leon Clarke and his attacking teammates had their finishing boots on.
Chances were there, and Liverpool was not on its game. Wilder was asked if he was proud of his Blades.
“I’m not bothered about the pride. I’m bothered about the result. It’s three points when Liverpool had an off day. Whether that was our shape, or our attitude towards the game. We missed an opportunity to get a big result today and that’s been in our changing room that that’s happened.”
My kind of manager. On a day Sheffield United could easily have patted each other on the back, its hometown hero is making sure his men know it blew a chance to collect a point or three which could prove invaluable in the race for relegation. And that mindset may prove to be just as vital to those hopes.
Both Jurgen Klopp and Georginio Wijnaldum agree: This wasn’t a fun win for Liverpool, but acquiring all three points is another good sign for Liverpool.
The Reds beat Sheffield United 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a grievous error from Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson. The Manchester United loanee lost Wijnaldum’s shot between his legs, and Sheffield United couldn’t take advantages of the opportunities opened up by the Reds back line.
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“A few years ago we would not have been able to win these games,” Wijnaldum said. “It could be a really important three points. It’s really good to keep collecting the points.”
Jurgen Klopp was asked about his visible frustration on the touch line, as the Reds never really found their form over the course of 90-plus minutes. Bailed out indeed.
“I’m frustrated not any more,” Klopp said. “We started well. You have to do the same things again and again. It starts with the center halves. How we take the ball, how we pass the ball. They are little things.
“Usually you draw a game like this, or you lose it maybe with a set piece, but we were concentrated absolutely over 95 minutes for set pieces, which is very important. They are really strong in that. They have six or seven different routines. The boys were really spot-on, and we didn’t play our best football, sorry for that.”
That’s the right take, and it took a howler for Liverpool to get all three points. There’s a team of destiny feel about the Reds this year. Looks a bit silly to the eye, but it’s heading into the win column nonetheless.