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.
So, in a gameweek which saw astonishing results with champions Liverpool being hit for SEVEN by Aston Villa, Manchester United shipping six goals at home to Spurs, West Ham earning another scalp while Chelsea got back to winning ways, there was a lot to unpack.
With all of that in mind, how do Sportsmail’s latest batch of Power Rankings look?
It was another crazy weekend of action in the Premier League with goals galore throughout
10. Sadio Mane (down eight)
Liverpool fans don’t need reminding of just how integral Sadio Mane is to Jurgen Klopp’s winning machine, but Sunday’s astonishing 7-2 defeat by Aston Villa served as a timely reminder of the Senegalese’s importance to the Premier League champions.
The Reds’ 100 per cent record before their trip to Villa Park can be attributed to the efforts of their 28-year-old star, whose contributions, particularly against Chelsea and Arsenal, set Klopp’s men off to a very strong start to their title defence.
But a positive test for coronavirus ruled Mane out for the clash against Dean Smith’s side, and Liverpool were made to sorely miss their talisman.
Sadio Mane proved how integral he is to Liverpool with his absence sorely missed on Sunday
Conceding seven goals will understandably leave plenty of questions of the defence, with the typically unflappable pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez exposed, while stand-in goalkeeper Adrian was a significant step down in quality to the reliable Alisson Becker.
Klopp will, however, be aware that his side’s defence starts from the front, and Liverpool looked a different side altogether without Mane’s relentless pressure on the ball in the final third, allowing Villa to slice through the champions’ midfield.
He’ll hopefully be back for Everton in two weeks, in what is set to be one of the biggest Merseyside Derbies in years.
9. Jamie Vardy (down six)
It was a surprisingly quiet afternoon for Jamie Vardy as he drew a blank against West Ham
LAST WEEK’S TOP TEN
1. Dominic Calvert-Lewin
2. Sadio Mane
3. Jamie Vardy
4. James Rodriguez
5. Wilfried Zaha
6. Emiliano Martinez
7. Son Heung-min
8. Patrick Bamford
9. Callum Robinson
10. Jarrod Bowen
Not the weekend that many Leicester fans – and indeed Fantasy Football owners – expected from Jamie Vardy.
The Leicester striker put in a classic Vardy performance last week at Manchester City, bagging a hat-trick in what had been the surprise result of the season, before this weekend, of course.
It would not have been unwise to expect the former England international to extend his goalscoring form against the visiting West Ham, who are known to have a leaky defence with manager David Moyes looking for defensive reinforcements before the transfer window shuts.
Yet the Hammers managed to blunt the dangerous Vardy and Leicester, limiting the Foxes to just four shots – none on target – throughout the full 90 minutes, a surprisingly quiet afternoon’s work for the goalscoring machine.
His performance this weekend sees him drop six places from last week’s third spot, but don’t overlook the 32-year-old from rising back up the rankings in the upcoming weeks.
Write him off at your own peril.
8. Jarrod Bowen (up two)
When all seemed beyond repair at West Ham United, up stepped Jarrod Bowen to spearhead the Hammers to a set of remarkable results.
With David Moyes taking charge of the team via Zoom, owing to a positive coronavirus test, and owner David Sullivan conceding he was ‘depressed’ by the club’s transfer failings, many had written off the Hammers after just two games.
Jarrod Bowen continued his fine form with a goal at Leicester in another scalp for West Ham
But the winger, who joined from Hull City in January, has been integral in helping the east London club achieve a pair of remarkable results.
The 23-year-old backed up his two goals against Wolves last week with another goal against Leicester in their 3-0 victory at the King Power stadium.
Bowen is hitting the form many expected of him when he arrived in the Premier League, and his display on Sunday sees him move up our rankings by two places.
7. Emiliano Martinez (down one)
Dean Smith was acutely aware of where the weaknesses of his Aston Villa side lay last season and early indications show that the Villa boss has recruited very well to patch up those deficiencies.
And the signing of Emiliano Martinez already seems an astute piece of business by the Villans.
The Argentine took his chance at Arsenal to fill in for the injured Bernd Leno and his form for the Gunners convinced Villa to part ways with £20m to bring the stopper to the west midlands.
Martinez has settled to life at Villa Park with ease, and has been a commanding presence between the sticks. He notched two clean sheets in his first two games and, despite conceding twice to Liverpool on Sunday the 28-year-old keeps his place in our top 10.
Emiliano Martinez was solid once again for Aston Villa in their 7-2 rout of Liverpool on Sunday
6. Harry Kane (new entry)
Harry Kane won’t score goals under Jose Mourinho, they said. Just how wrong they were.
The England captain re-enters our rankings after yet another masterful display in the latest Spurs rout. This time against Manchester United.
Harry Kane put in a classic No 9’s performance as the England captain starred at Old Trafford
Kane has always had a good eye for a pass but his performances of late, in which he has dropped slightly deeper, exemplifies the 27-year-old’s ability as an all-round centre forward.
Tottenham’s star striker worked beautifully in tandem with Son Heung-min to blow United out of the water, and establish Spurs as a real force this season.
With Gareth Bale waiting in the wings, and new loan signing Carlos Vinicius snapping at his heels for a starting place, don’t expect Kane to take a backwards step now.
5. Ollie Watkins (new entry)
For Dean Smith, it may be a case of third time lucky in his pursuit of a recognised striker to lead the line for Aston Villa.
Villa shelled out £33m for Ollie Watkins from Championship side Brentford – more than what they spent for flops Wesley and Mbwana Samatta combined – but after his hat-trick against Liverpool, that deal already looks like money well spent.
Ollie Watkins announced his Premier League arrival with a superb hat-trick against Liverpool
In a thrilling 90-minute display, the 24-year-old singlehandedly laid to bare the flaws of the Premier League champions’ high line and, in truth, ought to have bagged more than the trio of goals he put past Adrian at Villa Park.
The step up from the Championship to the top flight can often prove a perilous task for players, but Watkins has made his mark in the best way possible and is rewarded with a place in our rankings.
4. Jack Grealish (new entry)
New deal signed, and a new lease of life for Jack Grealish.
The Aston Villa captain’s decision to sign extended terms with the Villans was questioned, with many believing the 25-year-old risks wasting his best years at his boyhood club.
But this new-look Villa may well be the perfect place to be for their talisman, who suffered last season due to a lack of creativity around him.
There is little sign of those problems arising again, with Watkins providing intelligent runs in behind while it looks as though the Villa captain has already struck up a burgeoning partnership with new loan signing Ross Barkley.
Two goals and three assists against the champions. Not a bad weekend for Grealish, who takes fourth spot in this week’s rankings.
Jack Grealish is set to thrive in this new-look Aston Villa, producing a starring role on Sunday
3. James Rodriguez (up one)
Everton’s star signing is quite simply superb.
The Colombian was linked with an array of top clubs but none were willing to take the risk on the Real Madrid outcast, given his tumultuous spell in the Spanish capital.
But Carlo Ancelotti’s faith in the midfielder is paying dividends and then some, with Rodriguez proving the class act that he is in what has been a fantastic start to life in the Premier League.
James Rodriguez continued to demonstrate the class act that he is with another great display
And the 29-year-old put in his best performance yet in the Toffee’s 4-2 win over Brighton on Saturday, netting twice to keep Ancelotti’s side marching on with a 100 per cent record.
Next up is a Merseyside Derby against the champions.
Rodriguez will be eager to steal the show and make a huge statement to their neighbours and the rest of the top flight.
2. Son Heung-min (up five)
Normal service resumed for Son Heung-min and Tottenham.
The South Korean hobbled off at half time in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle last week and there had been fears that the attacker would be unavailable for the trip to Old Trafford this weekend with a hamstring strain.
But Son showed no signs of fitness concerns in yet another scintillating performance from the 28-year-old, with his two goals and assist obliterating United in a display that sent shockwaves through football.
Son Heung-min moves up the rankings after proving unplayable in the 6-1 win over United
When he plays like this, there is absolutely no stopping the South Korean.
His first goal of the game exemplified his combination of electrifying pace and deftness of touch with a cute finish past David de Gea, while he occupied positions which left £80m man Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly bamboozled throughout a torrid afternoon.
He’s back up five places, but is pipped by another man in unstoppable form…
1. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (no change)
And here’s our No 1!
No player has benefitted more from the Carlo Ancelotti revolution at Everton than Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Englishman was once earmarked as a talent of the future, offering promising cameos and glimpses of the centre forward he could become.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin keeps his place at No 1 in the week he earned his first England call up
The 23-year-old’s start to the season shows that he is very much a star of the here and now. Nine goals in six games has been rewarded with a richly deserved England call-up, and you sense the best is still to come for the striker.
Calvert-Lewin kept up his fine form with a goal against Brighton on Saturday, and he’ll be licking his lips for the visit of Liverpool after his time with the national team.
All eyes will be on the young striker, who will no doubt be relishing the chance to get one over Everton’s arch rivals.