Premier League power rankings: Bamford leads group of new entries

Patrick Bamford arrives in the Premier League with a bang while Son Heung-min’s partnership with Harry Kane goes from strength to strength… so, who makes top spot in this week’s Sportsmail POWER RANKINGS?

  • Sportsmail’s Premier League power rankings return following matchday six
  • Patrick Bamford is a high newcomer after a stunning display against Aston Villa
  • Michail Antonio is proving his worth as a central striker for West Ham United 
  • Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are first and second after linking expertly again 

Each week throughout the 2020-21 season, Sportsmail will bring you a Power Rankings table, listing the top-10 hottest players in the Premier League.

As the stories of the season unravel, the rankings will provide a form guide with players moving in and out of the top 10 depending on both their performances in the previous fixtures and also in recent weeks.

Matchday six was something of an odd affair and certainly didn’t match up to the goal-rich weekends of previous weeks.  

Patrick Bamford’s hat-trick as Leeds won 3-0 against Aston Villa was one of the highlights as was Son Heung-min linking up yet again with Harry Kane as Tottenham won 1-0 at Burnley. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin failed to find the net as Everton were found out at Southampton while Michail Antonio was a constant threat to Manchester City’s defence despite Pep Guardiola spending heavily to shore his side up at the back.  

With all of that in mind, how do Sportsmail’s latest batch of Power Rankings look? 

10. Edouard Mendy – (new entry)

For all the attacking options Frank Lampard loaded his Chelsea side with this past summer, it was at the back where he knew he had to tighten up in a big way.

Lampard was particularly happy then when Chelsea got the signing of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes over the line a week before the transfer deadline last month.

It put an end to the difficult situation Lampard had found himself in with Kepa Arrizabalaga. 

Edouard Mendy has kept two clean sheets in his first two Premier League games for Chelsea

Mendy has started excellently, too. Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford – in which he denied Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Juan Mata – made it two clean sheets in the 28-year-old’s first two Premier League matches.

It’s the first time a Chelsea stopper has managed that since Petr Cech, who also joined from Rennes and now works with Mendy as a goalkeeping coach, in August 2004. 

9. Wilfried Zaha – (new entry)

It’s not that long ago Wilfried Zaha was ready to leave Crystal Palace in the pursuit of European football. 

Zaha didn’t get his wish and he could have sulked, lost interest and slowly but surely faded away at Selhurst Park.

That, however, has never looked like happening. It helps, of course, that Zaha is managed by Roy Hodgson. A manager of Hodgson’s experience knows how to motivate a player and that certainly appears to have happened over the last few weeks.

Palace’s 2-1 win over struggling Fulham saw Zaha take his tally to five league goals for the season. He is halfway to matching his best ever return of 10 top flight goals, which he managed in the 2018-19 campaign.   

Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has put his wishes to play European football to one side for now

LAST WEEK’S TOP 10

1. Dominic Calvert-Lewin

2. Son Heung-min

3. Jack Grealish 

4. Harry Kane

5. Emiliano Martinez 

6. Thiago Alcantara

7. Mohamed Salah 

8. James Rodriguez

9. Ross Barkley

10. Danny Ings 

READ LAST WEEK’S POWER RANKINGS AND ALL THE REASONING HERE. 

8. Michail Antonio – (new entry)

Jarrod Bowen made his way into this chart earlier in the season. Rightly so, of course. 

But as much as Bowen has shown how well he has settled at West Ham since joining from Hull in January, Michail Antonio simply can’t be overlooked any longer.

Antonio produced an excellent display against Manchester City. While his overhead kick, which gave West Ham the lead, was technically brilliant, it was his first touch and movement off the ball that caught the eye.

A central striker needs to be able to keep the ball close to them before picking the best moment to dash forward, nudging the ball in front as they go. 

Antonio’s strength to hold off players when out on the wing is well known but at the weekend it was his ability to keep the ball close to him while moving in a central positon, barging City defenders out of the way as he went, which demonstrated how far he has developed as a lone striker. 

Michail Antonio offers a completely new threat after being converted into a central striker

7. Jamie Vardy – (new entry)

Arsenal fans must be sick to the back teeth of Jamie Vardy. Vardy’s strike at the weekend was his 11th against Arsenal. Indeed, there had been hope for Mikel Arteta and his players that Vardy wouldn’t even be in the travelling Leicester squad on Sunday.

A calf injury had prevented Vardy playing in Leicester’s previous two outings but he was named on the bench against Arsenal.

In the 60th minute he came on and 10 minutes before time the 33-year-old planted a header past Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno. The goal was all the more satisfying given it helped Leicester move up to fourth in the league.  

A calf injury couldn’t prevent Jamie Vardy from coming off the bench to score against Arsenal

6. Sadio Mane – (new entry)

Sadio Mane is one of the reasons why Liverpool have been so effective in recent years. It’s not just his ability as a footballer but his mentality as a competitor, which is shared by others at Anfield, that has spurred Liverpool on.

Much was made of Mane’s displeasure at Mohamed Salah not passing to him for what would have been an easy tap-in against Sheffield United – similar to what happened at the start of last season at Burnley – yet perhaps the focus should have been on his role in both of Liverpool’s goals.

Mane supplied the cross for Diogo Jota’s winner and had earlier forced Blades stopper Aaron Ramsdale to parry his shot into the path of Roberto Firmino, who struck for his first goal of the season. 

It was an outstanding all-round performance by Mane and it won’t be his last either. 

Sadio Mane continues to demonstrate how important he is for Jurgen Klopp’s champions

5. Danny Ings – (up five)

No goals this week for Danny Ings but two assists against Everton was a very handy return for a striker who is proving his worth as a scorer and a provider. 

The partnership he has formed with Che Adams – whom he set up for Southampton’s second goal – continues to blossom. 

Adams, who at 24 is four years younger than Ings, appears to have an understanding with the former Liverpool player which allows them to unsettle opposition defenders while working their way up the pitch with the support of James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu directly behind them.

Ings being able to provide as well as score is a major plus for a Southampton side that needs to have both strikers involved in every attack given how often they are isolated by defenders. Both are successfully bamboozling opposition players which in turn is helping Southampton reach a different level. 

Danny Ings registered two assists at the weekend as he proved himself as a quality provider

4. Patrick Bamford – (new entry)

There was a perhaps unfair suggestion on BBC Radio 5Live’s Monday Night Club that Patrick Bamford is flourishing because there are no fans to get on his back.

Questions have long been asked of Bamford, who last season was the eighth top scorer in the Championship with 16 goals.

How satisfying it must have felt for him on Friday night when he put three past Aston Villa. Instinctive finish after instinctive finish, Bamford announced himself as a Premier League striker.

The doubts – at least for now – have gone and it wouldn’t be a surprise should he continue the run of form that has already seen him score six goals for Marcelo Bielsa’s Premier League newcomers.   

Patrick Bamford answered some of his critics on Friday night by scoring three at Villa Park

3. Dominic Calvert-Lewin – (down two)

James Rodriguez wasn’t fully fit and Everton were without Richarlison who has such an influence on how the forward line moves. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin was expected to work harder for space and in all honesty he did little wrong.

Those same forward runs, which have already troubled a number of defences, were made and he still made aerial presence known but given how disconnected Everton’s attack was it all accumulated into a deeply frustrating afternoon on the south coast for the 23-year-old. 

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin endured a frustrating afternoon on the south coast 

2. Harry Kane – (up two)

It is getting more and more difficult to talk about Harry Kane without mentioning Son Heung-min.

But for the purpose of this chart we must separate them and sadly for Kane he doesn’t quite get the nod for top spot.

How reassuring it must be for Tottenham fans watching Kane in action, knowing that he is never far away from influencing a game. 

You expect him to be there, in the box, ready to strike. Against Burnley he was there, too, although this time to flick a header into the path of Son who glanced past Nick Pope. Remarkably it was Kane’s eighth Premier League assist of the season – four more than Aston Villa’s John McGinn, the next best provider.

Harry Kane leads the Premier League assist chart having set up eight of Tottenham’s goals

1. Son Heung-min – up one

From the top of the assist charts to the top of the scoring charts. Son Heung-min, the man who can’t stop performing for Tottenham, now has eight Premier League goals this term. 

Indeed, four of those came in the 5-2 demolition of Southampton in September – the same game Kane registered four assists – but there is no escaping the claim that Son is the Premier League’s most in-form player.

Similar to Kane, there appears to be somewhat of a guarantee that Son will score whenever Spurs take to the pitch. 

And you have to wonder how much that rubs off on the opposition. If it’s not Kane charging down the middle or holding back to supply a killer pass they’re worrying about it’s Son and his ability to manoeuvre himself into a goalscoring position from where time and times again he has proven so lethal.

Son Heung-min is the Premier League’s in-form player and he looks unstoppable at present




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