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Premier League player Power Rankings are here!

Our sixteenth player Power Rankings of the 2020-21 season have arrived, as there are contrasting fortunes for the 20 teams after another hectic period in the Premier League.

Simply put: once again 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 Manchester City, Arsenal, Leicester City and West Ham dominate our sixteenth player Power Rankings of the season and there are plenty of stars starting to find their best form.

Simply put: there are a few stars consistently in the top 20, but there is still plenty of movement as the topsy-turvy season continues.

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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 going to be in this list!

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


1. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) – Up 2
2. Ilkay Gunodgan (Man City) – Up 3
3. John Stones (Man City) – Down 2
4. James Maddison (Leicester) – Down 2
5. Nick Pope (Burnley) – New entry
6. Joao Cancelo (Man City) – Up 3
7. Tomas Soucek (West Ham) – Up 6
8. Youri Tielemans (Leicester) – New entry
9. Riyad Mahrez (Man City) – New entry
10. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Even
11. Harvey Barnes (Leicester) – Even
12. Declan Rice (West Ham) – Up 6
13. Jack Harrison (Leeds) – New entry
14. Raheem Sterling (Man City) – New entry
15. Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal) – Up 12
16. Michail Antonio (West Ham) – Even
17. James Rodriguez (Everton) – New entry
18. Chris Wood (Burnley) – New entry
19. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) – New entry
20. Phil Jagileka (Sheffield United) – New entry

Premier League grades

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With the halfway point of the season here, it is time to reveal our mid-term Premier League grades for all 20 clubs.

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Let’s get to it, as we analyze who has surpassed expectations and which clubs have struggled mightily in the opening half of the 2020-21 campaign.

It’s safe to say there are some big boys flunking and a few underdogs top of the class, so far, as there are just eight points between the first place and seventh place team in the Premier League table.

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Below we dish out our grades for the first half of the 2020-21 Premier League.


Premier League mid-term grades for 2020-21

Arsenal: D-
Mikel Arteta’s side had a fine comeback over the festive period, but that doesn’t make up for an awful start to the season which had them in the relegation picture for most of it. The Gunners will be hoping 2021 is the year they kick on and prove their top four credentials.


Aston Villa: A+
What a start to the season for Villa! They are in the top four picture and have two games in-hand over most of their rivals, as Jack Grealish has pulled the strings, they’ve improved massively at the back and Ollie Watkins gives them an extra edge in attack. After just staying up last season, they’ve rode that wave of optimism spectacularly.


Burnley: C+
What you would expect, just about. Sean Dyche deserves credit as the club didn’t spend money in the transfer window due to the impending takeover, which is now complete, and he’s managed to steer Burnley just above the relegation zone despite a woeful start and they had a huge win against Liverpool. Still, they need to add key parts in January to kick on and away from the drop zone.


Brighton: D-
Pretty awful from a results perspective, as Graham Potter’s side continue to play lovely stuff but can’t get the job done as they’ve won just three times in 19 games so far this season. That isn’t good enough for this squad of players. A relegation scrap beckons.


Chelsea: C
For a few weeks it seemed like they were genuine title contenders, but the same few mistakes keep hitting Chelsea hard. They can’t finish chances off and they make silly defensive mistakes. Not a great combo. Big-money arrivals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have struggled in the Premier League and that means Frank Lampard was fired as a title bid has turned into a scrap to be in the top four picture. Not good enough considering the squad they have.


Crystal Palace: C+
Well, C+ is just about the most Roy Hodgson grade you can get. The Eagles continue to just exceed expectations, as Wilfried Zaha has been in great form and they have had a lot of injuries to deal with. Comfortably in midtable.


Everton: A-
After an amazing start to the season there was a lot of talk of a title push for the Toffees. That talk had dissipated, slightly, but a recent run of good form has them in the top four conversation. When Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and James Rodriguez are fit, they can beat anyone. Injuries haven’t been kind to them, but they’re finding a way to grind out wins.


Fulham: C
Poor start to life back in the Premier League but they’ve rebounded well. Scott Parker has found his preferred system of 3-4-3 which has shored up their defensive issues and still gives them a threat in attack. They need to score more goals, but their defensive additions late in the summer window were brilliant. Let’s see what January brings at the other end of the pitch.


Leeds United: B
This was what we expected from Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have gone for it in pretty much every game and the Premier League has been taken aback by how quickly they’ve settled with their high-press. Leeds are in midtable and primed for a top 10 push, at least. Patrick Bamford is scoring goals and if they didn’t have so many defensive injuries, maybe the great entertainers would be in the top six.


Leicester City: A+
You have to applaud Brendan Rodgers’ side for a wonderful season so far. After just missing out on the top four last season, they are right up there once again. Add in so many injuries, especially at the back, and the fact they’ve been in Europa League action, and it is quite remarkable. If Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi stay fit, they have a chance of pushing for the title. Seriously.


Liverpool: B+
Talking about a title push and injuries, the Reds have hung in there despite losing their two first-choice center backs in Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez but the last few weeks have been tough. Away from home, Liverpool have struggled and they have been lackluster in attack in recent weeks. Jurgen Klopp says he is focusing on a top four finish rather than winning the title. Surely that is lowering the expectations too much?


Manchester City: B+
Here. They. Come. After struggling through the opening months of the season — often without a striker as they struggled for goals without Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus — City have found their feet. Pep Guardiola’s side are more pragmatic this season and that is what they needed to do. Especially against the big teams. A different sort of City team, but still capable of dominating games as Kevin de Bruyne is running the show and John Stones is a man reborn. KDB is out injured, so they will have to deal with that in the next month.


Manchester United: A-
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has Man United in the title race? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has Man United in the title race. Whisper it, but United are in incredible form and they’ve finally found consistency. After a slow start, both in the season and during games, they have their top attacking talents firing on all cylinders. United are ahead of schedule and Bruno Fernandes is getting better and better, plus a shoutout to their much-maligned defenders Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw who have turned things around.


Newcastle United: C+
They’ve picked up more points than they deserved, and Steve Bruce is edging them closer to the 40 point marker. But that’s about it. Callum Wilson has been good for a squad hit hard by the long-term impacts of COVID-19. Not the most inspiring to watch, and the pressure is on Bruce after a wretched recent run.


Sheffield United: F
Just woeful. The Blades are playing well enough in games but in the key moments they aren’t good enough at the back and going forward they just can’t score. Five points and one win from their opening 19 games is historically bad, but they aren’t doing a lot different than last season. Perhaps they have been really, really unlucky? New signings Rhian Brewster and Aaron Ramsdale have struggled at either end of the pitch and they just have to score more goals.


Southampton: A+
The Saints are marching on. After a fine ‘Project Restart’ they improved after a shaky start and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side still high-press, but have shored things up at the back and are much better on the ball. As long as Danny Ings stays fit, Saints can push for the top six. James Ward-Prowse, Kyle Walker-Peters, Jannik Vestergaard, Oriol Romeu and Che Adams are all having fine seasons too.


Tottenham Hotspur: B+
A very good start to the season for Jose Mourinho’s side, and it needed to be after their big-spending summer. They’ve fallen away a little, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Sergio Reguilon have been great signings. They aren’t always the best to watch, but Harry Kane and Heung-min Son are on fire and make Spurs worth watching. They are still just about in the title race, and the League Cup final, and Mourinho is a master at getting teams over the line.


West Bromwich Albion: F
Slaven Bilic is a nice bloke, and a good coach, but he wasn’t backed in the transfer window after getting them promoted, and it showed. New boss Sam Allardyce needs to be backed in the window, or else they are going to get relegated very quickly. Going forward they are struggling for goals and the Baggies are really up against it at the back. Worrying.


West Ham United: B+
David Moyes has done a really good job and his two main signings, Coufal and Soucek, have been fine additions. West Ham aren’t always the best to watch but they’ve been economical and they’ve missed Michail Antonio badly. Defensively they are tough to break down and they can push for Europe if Antonio is fit and they bring in another forward in January.


Wolverhampton Wanderers: C+
The injury to Raul Jimenez hit them hard but Wolves have shown plenty of grit to hang in there. They may not challenge for the top six, but you get the sense they will kick on in 2021. Adama Traore, Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto have shown flashes of brilliance but they haven’t been consistent enough. Willian Jo


FA Cup: Abraham hat trick guides Chelsea; Leicester bounce Brentford

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Three more Premier League sides — Chelsea, Leicester City and Burnley — booked their places in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, joining five others who did the same on Saturday alongside Wolves who went through on Friday.

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Chelsea 3-1 Luton Town

Tammy Abraham gave Chelsea an early 2-0 advantage with goals in the 11th and 17th minutes before Luton hit back right on the half-hour mark, but the Blues would allow just one more shot on target the rest of the way as they held the EFL Championship side mostly in check. Abraham added the third to complete his hat trick with 15 minutes left in the game.

Up next for Chelsea will be a trip to Barnsley as they face yet another Championship side in the fifth round.


Brentford 1-3 Leicester City

Leicester fell behind seven minutes into their visit to snowy west London before exploding for three second-half goals. Cengiz Under scored a curled beauty to make it 1-1 less than 60 seconds into the second half, and the Foxes’ tails went bushy and bouncy. Youri Tielemans scored what turned out to be the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 51st, and James Maddison added a third for good measure (and a bit of insurance) in the 71st.

Leicester will host Brighton & Hove Albion in an all-Premier League tie in the fifth round.


Fulham 0-3 Burnley

Fulham failed to show up to face Burnley, and the Clarets walked to a 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage courtesy of a brace from Jay Rodriguez and the second goal of Kevin Long’s 12-year Burnley career.

Up next, Burnley will host the winner of Tuesday’s clash between Bournemouth and Crawley Town.


FA Cup fourth round results

Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool — RECAP
Cheltenham Town 1-3 Manchester City — RECAP
Southampton 1-0 Arsenal — RECAP
West Ham United 4-0 Doncaster Rovers — RECAP
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Blackpool — RECAP
Sheffield United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle — RECAP
Chorley 0-1 Wolves — RECAP
Swansea City 5-1 Nottingham Forest
Millwall 0-3 Bristol City
Barnsley 1-0 Norwich City

FA Cup 5th round draw

Manchester United v West Ham United
Everton v Tottenham
Swansea City v Manchester City
Barnsley v Chelsea
Wolves v Southampton
Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Burnley v Bournemouth/Crawley Town
Sheffield United v Bristol City

Transfer news: Haaland to Chelsea, Zirkzee to Everton

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In the latest transfer news Erling Haaland to Chelsea is gathering pace, while Joshua Zirkzee to Everton is an intriguing report.

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First up, let’s check on a potential huge move for Chelsea as they chase yet another young attacking talent.

Movement on Erling Haaland to Chelsea?

A report from The Athletic suggests that Chelsea are trying to move ahead of the chasing pack to sign Haaland, 20, who is available for $90 million in the summer of 2022 due to a clause in his contract.

Manchester United, Manchester City and many others have been linked with a move for Haaland, but this report states that Chelsea want to move ahead of them and make Dortmund a huge offer this summer.

It would have to be close to $150 million, at least, for Dortmund to return Chelsea’s call.

That’s because the Borussia Dortmund and Norway star continues to have a superb season, despite Dortmund’s struggles in the Bundesliga. He has scored 19 goals in 17 games for Dortmund this season and 35 goals in 35 games since arriving at Dortmund last January from RB Salzburg.

Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have had a tough time converting chances over the last few seasons, and he’s asked for more from his current forwards. Lampard is after the same type of numbers Eden Hazard and Diego Costa previously produced at Chelsea and Haaland would do that, and he’s also extremely young which fits Chelsea’s recruitment policy perfectly.

Haaland is prolific and although Manchester City seem like the frontrunners to sign him as a replacement for Sergio Aguero, Chelsea have made their move.

Joshua Zirkzee to Everton an intriguing deal

Another young striker in the Bundesliga to keep an eye on is Joshua Zirkzee, 19, as he could be heading to Everton on loan.

Reports suggest that Zirkzee is keen to play regularly as the Dutch striker has become a bit-part player off the bench for Bayern under Hansi Flick in the last 12 months.

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“The two clubs have discussed an initial loan deal, with an obligation to buy the young striker in the summer. Negotiations, however have stalled over the Bundesliga Champions’ demands for a £10m transfer fee to make the move permanent. Insiders at Everton have dismiss the reports for this window, saying they are not currently pursuing the player.”

With Dominic Calvert-Lewin around as a central striker, plus Richarlison and James Rodriguez supporting him, Everton’s front three are set. But what about after that? There isn’t much depth, is there.

Cenk Tosun has never been able to be a regular, while Gylfi Sigurdsson was used in a false nine position in the win at Wolves recently such was Everton’s lack of attacking options without DCL. Carlo Ancelotti needs some more squad depth in attacking areas if Everton are going to sustain their top four push.

Zirkzee may struggle for regular minutes at Everton but he would surely play more often for the Toffees than he has at Bayern so far this season.

Three things we learned from Wolves – Everton

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Wolves – Everton: Alex Iwobi and Michael Keane scored as Everton overcame a blown lead with a 2-1 bounce-back win over Wolves at the Molineux on Tuesday.

Everton has won five of six to move back into the top four, four points behind leaders Manchester United and a point off of second-place Liverpool.

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Ruben Neves scored Wolves equalizer but Nuno Espirito Santo’s men continue to flail without Raul Jimenez.

Wolves are 14th, 11 points clear of the bottom three but seven points off seventh.


Three things we learned from Wolves – Everton

1. Carlo’s new recipe cooking up success: Everton stormed out of the gates this season with Richarlison, James Rodriguez, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin pouring pressure on the opposition and producing lots of goals. James’ injury made Carlo Ancelotti turn to the defense and the Colombian’s return saw him playing a more complete role. Defense is in no way James’ strong suit, but Everton’s lack of possession and 13-5 deficit in shot attempts is misleading in that the big chances were hard to find for Wolves. Some nice moments again from keeper Jordan Pickford, who was poor to start the season.

2. Recovering Raul’s absence haunting Wolves: Mexican star Raul Jimenez remains out following his terrifying head injury suffered in the 2-1 defeat of Arsenal on Nov. 29. Wolves have one win and two draws in the eight matches since the El Tri hero was hurt, scoring seven goals in that stretch (including three in one match). Wolves were 5W-2D-3L at the conclusion of the Arsenal match and weren’t exactly lighting up the score sheet but Jimenez does so much for the club up top. He also hasn’t been able to groom young Fabio Silva, which is a double whammy.

3. Everton dialing it up at right time: The Toffees can challenge for the FA Cup and lofty Premier League table placement, especially if they take a win over fellow dark horse Aston Villa this weekend. The Toffees will not have Champions League schedule congestion when it faces Chelsea and Liverpool, who certainly will be more taxed by the months ahead. The Champions League is far from certain but absolutely in play.

Man of the Match: Ruben Neves

Scored and could’ve had two, the Wolves midfielder physical and dynamic in the middle of the pitch. Just wasn’t enough in a losing effort. Keane and Iwobi were also good, the goal scorers definitely the best players on the pitch.


Wolves – Everton recap

Everton went ahead after five minutes through Iwobi, who started the move on the left end line before zipping toward the 18 for his goal. He had acres of space to hammer Lucas Digne’s cut back of a James Rodriguez cross for 1-0.

Neves answered off a corner kick, alone at the back post when Ait-Nouri crossed the initial service back over the fray for a tidy near-post finish.

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford put his team in an awkward spot with a parry of a corner but soon made a terrific stop on Fabio Silva as the action continued into the 18th minute.

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Keane made it 2-0 in the second half, thumping a header past Patricio off a sweeping cross with 15 minutes to play.

Ruben Neves clipped the bar with an 85th-minute free kick, a bid for a brace and equalizer just missing at home.