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Ranking every Wolves player

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Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have earned their success after the Wolves boss used only 20 players in the Premier League, four of whom going less than 200 minutes.

It hasn’t stopped the Wolves from living on the precipice of the top four.

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Below we give each Wolves player a grade, ranking and grouping them together based on their season(s) so far.

If a Wolves player is listed in this ranking it is because they’ve played in more than five games in all competitions.


A-GRADE

Adama Traore: Only Kevin De Bruyne has a higher individual rating on WhoScored than Traore, who leads the league in successful dribbles per game with 5.2

Raul Jimenez: His 13 goals and seven assists come with 3.4 shots per game. That’s second-best in the Premier League to Mohamed Salah. He’s a force, and the fact that he’s done it while carrying tons of minutes is intense. How long will he stay?

Willy Boly: One of the best backs in the league, he missed 14 matches with injury. Wolves went 6W-5D-3L in that span, losing a fourth match when he was suspended for yellow card accumulation and a fifth with him on the bench awaiting full fitness. When Boly plays, Wolves are 4W-8D-1L.

Joao Moutinho: He’s good at absolutely everything, a passing maestro capable of the gritty stuff, too.

Matt Doherty
Rui Patricio

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B-GRADE

Diogo Jota: When he’s hot, he’s unstoppable. There’s a rich man’s Ayoze Perez quality to him, as Jota creates a lot more offense on his own than his Leicester City elder. Also: Real good at video games.

Leander Dendoncker: Only Coady and Moutinho have contributed more consistent quality passing to Espirito Santo’s side.

Ruben Neves: Known for his piledrivers from distance. Only five of the top 20 players for long ball completion in the league are field players. Neves and Conor Coady join goalkeeper Patricio in giving Wolves three players on that list.

Romain Saiss
Jonny


C-GRADE

Conor Coady: He’s played every minute of the Premier League season, so consider this ‘C’ for being unspectacular. Just shy of the B line.

Ruben Vinagre: Still just 21 and showing signs of taking the next step, but awaiting consistency. No surprise that his numbers are much better when he starts.

Pedro Neto
Ryan Bennett


D-GRADE

Patrick Cutrone: This went surprisingly poorly. Two goals in just 12 appearances on loan from Serie A.

Patrick Cutrone (right) with Ruben Neves in Europa League play  (Photo by Tim Goode/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

INCOMPLETE

Daniel Podence, Jesus Vallejo, Max Kilman, Morgan Gibbs-White

Ranking every West Ham player

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West Ham are in deep relegation trouble under new-new manager David Moyes after Manuel Pellegrini was fired but there are signs they can save themselves, so why don’t we reveal a ranking of how they’ve performed?

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Below we give each West Ham player a grade, ranking and group them together based on their season(s) so far.

If a West Ham player is listed in this ranking it is because they’ve played in more than five games in all competitions.


A-GRADE

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Lukasz Fabianski: At the start of the season he was the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and his untimely injury hit the Hammers hard. Roberto came in and had a shocker and West Ham’s entire defense looks more settled when Fabianski is in goal.

Michal Antonio: Runs himself into the ground each and every time he steps on the pitch. His pace is electrifying and he is better out wide but can be really effectively centrally, especially away from home. When he’s fit, which has been less often than he’d like, he has to start.

Robert Snodgrass: Adds quality on the ball and has come up with some big goals in recent weeks to drag them away from the relegation zone. Moyes trusts him and Snodgrass has the experience and composure they need.


B-GRADE

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Declan Rice: Now, we all know he is extremely talented but am I the only one who expected a little more from Rice this season? He has had an okay season but has looked a little shaky in possession and hasn’t been as dominant as the 2018-19 campaign. Rice, 21, is still wanted by several of the Premier League’s top teams for a reason and he’s a fine holding midfielder.

Arthur Masuaku
Mark Noble


C-GRADE

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Sebastien Haller: What a strange season for Haller. Scored some cracking goals along the way after his club-record arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt but he’s suffered from the West Ham new striker curse. How many have they bought over the years!? Haller has quality and he’s still adapting to the Premier League and if Moyes can tell his wingers to keep whipping balls into the box, he will get plenty more goals. Hold up play needs improving as he often gets isolated.

Issa Diop: Not a vintage campaign for any of West Ham’s defenders but Diop has had some really good games. He’s also had a few awful outings. He is still young and has time to develop and he’s been linked with a move to Arsenal and others. A solid 7/10 center back and not much between him, Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbeuna.

Pablo Zabaleta
Angelo Ogobonna
Andriy Yarmolenko
Fabien Balbuena


D-GRADE

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Felipe Anderson: Just a really poor season. He has some much quality on the ball but doesn’t see much of the ball. Anderson drifts in and out of games and isn’t the kind of player you can rely on in a relegation scrap. In a very good team he would flourish but he’s never really taken to life in the Premier League.

Roberto: An absolutely shocking spell which pretty much cost Pellegrini his job. Roberto came in for the injured Fabianski and made so many basic errors. David Martin replaced him and he was loaned out to Alaves in January.

Manuel Lanzini: To see Lanzini struggling like this is really sad. We all remember the Argentine playmaker ripping it up at Upton Park but the host of serious injuries he has suffered has really taken a toll. Has the magic pass, shot or flick to unlock a defense but so often not able to influence a game.

Pablo Fornals
Carlos Sanchez
Jack Wilshere
Ryan Fredericks
Aaron Cresswell
Albian Ajeti

Ranking every Watford player

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Watford’s roller coaster season was suspended just above the drop zone, as there’s been plenty of fun for the Hornets after an 11-match winless run to start the Premier League campaign.

The Hornets — for now — look to have saved their season with an inexplicably strong navigation of the congested festive fixtures, and they’ll continue to relish ending Liverpool’s run at a perfect season.

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Individual grades, however? Those are a bit tougher.

Below we give each Hornets player a grade, ranking and group them together based on their season(s) so far.

If a Watford player is listed in this ranking it is because they’ve played in more than five games in all competitions.


A-GRADE

Etienne Capoue: The Hornets leader in tackles and interceptions doesn’t get the acclaim of Abdoulaye Doucoure, but this year he’s been better for the side. Come to think of it, last year, too.

Gerard Deulofeu: His torn ACL in the big upset of Liverpool. Snapped to life under Nigel Pearson to propel Watford out of the bottom three.

Troy Deeney: The club legend has taken a beating in producing six goals and two assists in 18 appearances. Deeney’s 7.6 aerials won per match is second only to Sebastien Haller.


B-GRADE

Ismaila Sarr: There’s still work to do in adjusting to the Premier League, but just ask Liverpool how he can change a game (or season).

Christian Kabasele: The big center back remains with the Vicarage Road set, which is a serious boon to the Hornets. His 5.2 clearances per game join 1.6 tackles and 1.7 interceptions to make another fine line on the resume.

Abdoulaye Doucoure: At his best, he makes the Hornets a force in the middle of the park but this season was a step back in attacking production.

Daryl Janmaat
Ben Foster
Adam Masina

Ismaila Sarr celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal against Manchester United (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

C-GRADE

Craig Cathcart: A steady if unspectacular season doing a little bit of everything at the back. Call it a C-plus.

Will Hughes: After two-straight seasons of improvement, Hughes slipped a little bit. The versatile midfielder also missed out on two of Watford’s five wins.

Nathaniel Chalobah
Tom Cleverley
Craig Dawson
Kiko Femenia


D-GRADE

Andre Gray: Was having the least productive season of his career, with two goals in 716 minutes.

Roberto Pereyra: Still capable of the sublime, but he’s done it so rarely this season. Also saw his minutes sliced nearly in half.

Danny Welbeck
Adrian Mariappa
Jose Holebas

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INCOMPLETE

Isaac Success, Domingos Quina, Ignacio Pussetto, Sebastian Prodl, Dimitru Foulquier

Ranking every Tottenham Hotspur player

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It’s been a weird season, amirite, Tottenham Hotspur supporters?

No, we’re not talking about the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen your club step its game up to stadium-as-hospital levels, rather the on-field ride from Mauricio to Mourinho.

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Below we give each Spurs player a grade, ranking and group them together based on their season(s) so far.

If a Tottenham player is listed in this ranking it is because they’ve played in more than five games in all competitions.


A-GRADE

Harry Kane: Injury absences make it easy to forget how strong a player is, and Kane delivered 17 goals in 25 matches across all competitions (Eleven in 20 Premier League outings).

Steven Bergwijn: Very small sample size, but the displays are strong enough that you’d be on him to be a long-time contributor at the PL level.

Heung-min Son: Don’t let his pair of red cards — which matter — detract from his performance in the PL: Nine goals and seven assists in 1750 minutes, including the league’s Goal of the Season.


B-GRADE

Hugo Lloris: Looked to have put it together after his long injury absence. Stellar in the defeat of Man City.

Japhet Tanganga: Mourinho’s latest “look at this youngster,” following in the footsteps of Scott McTominay at Manchester United. Debuted as a starter in a huge spot and did not disappoint.

Dele Alli: He has not fulfilled the expectations of a star, but he’s still been a functional player capable of the elite (See the 3-2 defeat of Bournemouth).

Lucas Moura: Overlooked and maybe a bit underappreciated, Moura hasn’t hit the heights of 2018-19’s 15 goals across all competitions but has still been productive over 1700 minutes.

Toby Alderweireld: Top ten in the Premier League for blocks and clearances per game.

Serge Aurier
Jan Vertonghen


C-GRADE

Giovani Lo Celso: A big part of the future with plenty to like — he’s been significantly better in the Champions League — the Argentine has not adapted quickly to the Premier League.

Moussa Sissoko: Much better in the weeks leading up to the league suspension, but the first two-thirds of the season were not ideal. Defensively, he’s back slid.

Tanguy Ndombele: Talk about feast or famine. When Ndombele’s played well, he’s looked the part of a transfer record buy. When he’s looked poor, he’s looked the part of a record bust. Someone’s gonna get him more consistent, and Mourinho might be the guy (if both take the chance).

Ben Davies
Paulo Gazzaniga
Davinson Sanchez
Erik Lamela

Tanguy Ndombele (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

D-GRADE

Eric Dier: One of the beneficiaries of the Jose Mourinho hiring, he’s suddenly a part of the future again. Still, he’s not often looked like the player of two and three seasons ago.

Harry Winks: A whole box full of “meh.” Not exactly fulfilling the prophecy of a 10-year star homegrown midfielder.

Ryan Sessegnon
Christian Eriksen
Danny Rose


INCOMPLETE

Kyle Walker-Peters, Oliver Skipp, Gedson Fernandes, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Juan Foyth, Troy Parrott, Victor Wanyama.

Ranking every Southampton player

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Southampton have recovered superbly after an awful start to the season as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s young side look set to be clear or relegation trouble, so why don’t we reveal a ranking of how they’ve performed?

Everyone loves a ranking.

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Below we give each Southampton player a grade, ranking and group them together based on their season(s) so far.

If a Southampton player is listed in this ranking it is because they’ve played in more than five games in all competitions.


A-GRADE

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Danny Ings: He has 15 goals in the Premier League and 18 in all competitions and his importance to Southampton cannot be understated. Ings grew up a few miles away from St Mary’s and loves being the hometown hero. He is now fully fit and his pace and pressing sets the tone for the entire team. Surely an England call up beckons. What a season for Ings.

Jan Bednarek: Nicknamed the ‘Polish Maldini’ by Saints fans for a reason, Bednarek times his tackles to perfection and reads the game well too. One of the only players who has been consistently excellent defensively. Still very young and is improving on the ball.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: The captain and leader in midfield, Hojbjerg has been linked with a move to some of the Premier League big boys with just one year left on his current contract. Hojbjerg hasn’t been as composed going forward as he was in previous seasons but his bite in the tackle, engine and power is perfect for a Hasenhuttl midfield player.

Nathan Redmond
Shane Long
Stuart Armstrong


B-GRADE

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Alex McCarthy: Replaced Angus Gunn after the 9-0 drubbing and is a solid, reliable goalkeeper. Makes the odd mistake when coming off his line but overall he is very steady and has made some fun reaction stops throughout the season.

Jack Stephens: What a turnaround this guy has had. Stephens has arguably been Southampton’s most improved played and his partnership alongside Bednarek is a big reason why they turned their season around. Old school center back who can also spray the ball around when needed.

James Ward-Prowse: The academy product has popped up with some important goals and in the 4-2-2-2 formation he’s finally found a spot in the team alongside Hojbjerg in one of the deeper roles. His set pieces are sensational and he’s added extra aggression to his game.

Ryan Bertrand
Moussa Djenepo
Michael Obafemi


C-GRADE

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Sofiane Boufal: The best way to describe his season is stop-start. A fans favorite who possesses more skill than any other player at the club, he can be so frustrating to watch. Boufal has picked up a few small injuries but when he’s at his best, he’s a magician on the wing. Can he stay fit?

Oriol Romeu: Always gives his all for the team but the Spaniard perhaps doesn’t fit Hasenhuttl’s high-pressing style that well. Solid and reliable but perhaps he may move on in the next six months.

Cedric Soares (left on loan to Arsenal)
Maya Yoshida (left on loan to Sampdoria)


D-GRADE

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Jannik Vestergaard: The towering Danish center back has never settled to the pace of the Premier League. He wins a lot in the air but so often he gets caught out of position. Vestergaard was an option for Leicester in January but Saints needed him as back up.

Che Adams: Look, this is tough. Adams ripped it up in the Championship and looked like a perfect signing but he has yet to score for Saints. He hit the post and bar early in the season and works so hard when he comes off the bench with some big-time assists. He is still young and Hasenhuttl believes in him and Obafemi.

Angus Gunn: Has never recovered from being in goal for the 9-0 drubbing to Leicester City and although he is still very young, he makes a lot of the same mistakes again and again.

Kevin Danso
Yan Valery