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Who tops Sportsmail’s latest Premier League POWER RANKINGS?

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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.

After another international break, the Premier League made a welcome return on matchday nine. Tottenham swept aside Manchester City, injury-hit Liverpool made light work of Leicester and there were crucial wins for Manchester United and Everton.

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

Tottenham recorded another eye-catching result in their 2-0 victory over Manchester City

Tottenham recorded another eye-catching result in their 2-0 victory over Manchester City

10: Patrick Bamford (down five)

The Leeds man has made an electrifying start to the season under Marcelo Bielsa, scoring seven goals to date.

He hit a wall against Arsenal, however, with Mikel Arteta’s men having to dig deep to repel the Leeds attack at Elland Road after they were reduced to 10 men in the second half due to Nicolas Pepe’s moment of madness.

But for a striker in as electrifying form as Bamford, 40 minutes against a tiring and weary defence would have been an enticing prospect. Unfortunately for the 27-year-old, he drew a blank and drops five places in the rankings this week. It was still a good point for his side, though.

Patrick Bamford was unable to continue his relentless scoring form as Leeds drew with Arsenal

Patrick Bamford was unable to continue his relentless scoring form as Leeds drew with Arsenal

9: Jamie Vardy (down seven)

Like Bamford, it was a similar story for Vardy. After two weeks off and a depleted Liverpool defence to face at Anfield, Vardy must have been licking his lips at the prospect of getting back into action for Leicester.

But it was a really quiet Sunday evening for the 33-year-old. Joel Matip and a returning Fabinho expertly marshalled him out of harm’s way for Liverpool and in the occasional moments where he did get in behind for a sniff at goal, Alisson was straight off his line to stifle any danger. 

It was a fruitless afternoon for Vardy, who has eight goals to his name so far this campaign.

Jamie Vardy had a quiet match as Leicester were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday

Jamie Vardy had a quiet match as Leicester were beaten 3-0 by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday

8: Andy Robertson (new entry)

The Liverpool left-back had fitness worries of his own during the international break, with concerns over a hamstring issue after leading Scotland out of the international wilderness and into Euro 2020.

But judging by his performance against Leicester, there is no need for concern. He produced a robust and menacing display down Liverpool’s left flank, as vital to the defensive as he was the attack.

He capped his tireless display with an assist through a brilliant cross for Diogo Jota’s goal, which gave Liverpool a bit of breathing space at 2-0. He really had earned his full-time hug from Jurgen Klopp.

Andy Robertson produced a magnificent display in a commanding win for Liverpool

Andy Robertson produced a magnificent display in a commanding win for Liverpool

LAST WEEK’S TOP 10 

 1. Harry Kane

2. Jamie Vardy

3. Dominic Calvert-Lewin

4. Heung-min Son

5. Patrick Bamford 

6. Edouard Mendy

7. Hakim Ziyech

8. Ollie Watkins

9. Bruno Fernandes

10. James Ward-Prowse 

CLICK HERE TO READ LAST WEEK’S POWER RANKINGS 

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7: Tammy Abraham (new entry)

It must have been a daunting summer for Tammy Abraham at Stamford Bridge. 

After a season of running through walls for Frank Lampard in his first campaign as Chelsea boss, he saw the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech rocking up to compete for his place.

And so far, he has risen to the task superbly. 

His goal against Newcastle made the game safe for Chelsea and, for a few hours at least, sent them top of the Premier League.

Abraham has scored five goals already for Chelsea this season and with two in his last two games, he looks to be coming into top form at just the right time with games coming thick and fast.

Chelsea have a tricky run of Premier League games coming up against Tottenham, Leeds, Everton and Wolves where Abraham will need to be firing on all cylinders as Lampard looks to balance domestic demands with their Champions League campaign.

Tammy Abraham has two in his last two Premier League games as Chelsea beat Newcastle

Tammy Abraham has two in his last two Premier League games as Chelsea beat Newcastle

6: Edouard Mendy (non-mover)

It was not only another win for Chelsea at the weekend, it was also another clean sheet and another game that has gone by with the goalkeeping issue looking less and less of a problem for Lampard.

Edouard Mendy has now kept seven clean sheets in his first nine Chelsea appearances and seems to have introduced a steadying influence over what for so long looked to be a haphazard defence.

Bigger tests are on the horizon – Chelsea face Tottenham this weekend, for example – but the Blues have a rotten record away at Newcastle and a win at St James’s Park is a good accomplishment for Mendy and his team-mates.

Edouard Mendy recorded yet another clean sheet in Chelsea's win away against Newcastle

Edouard Mendy recorded yet another clean sheet in Chelsea’s win away against Newcastle

5: Diogo Jota (new entry) 

Another week, another goal for Diogo Jota, but this time, an even bigger slice of Liverpool history. 

The Portuguese’s header meant he is the first and only player in Liverpool history to have scored in his first four Anfield matches. His goal, Liverpool’s second against Leicester in the 3-0 victory, made the game safe for Klopp’s men in what was marked by many as a particularly difficult clash for the Premier League champions with the injuries piling up. 

There was no Mohamed Salah for Liverpool on Sunday after his Covid-19 diagnosis but with Jota in this form, it didn’t matter for the Reds. Jota’s goal also helped Liverpool extend their unbeaten Anfield run to 64 matches, a new club record.

Diogo Jota's latest goal for Liverpool earned him another piece of Anfield history

Diogo Jota’s latest goal for Liverpool earned him another piece of Anfield history

4: Bruno Fernandes (up five)

It was far from an enterprising display from Manchester United as they ground out a 1-0 win over West Brom at Old Trafford, but it was another slick display from star man Fernandes.

Yes, he missed a penalty before scoring from the retake but it was the only minor glitch on an otherwise flawless display and his strike from the spot takes his tally to the season for seven. He produced all the impetus in United’s display and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs other players to step up to the plate in the way Fernandes does.

In his post-match analysis, Paul Scholes asked where United would be this season without Fernandes in their ranks. For United supporters, it probably doesn’t bear thinking about too much.

Bruno Fernandes netted the decisive goal in Manchester United's win against West Brom

Bruno Fernandes netted the decisive goal in Manchester United’s win against West Brom

3: Son Heung-min (up one)

It cannot be underestimated just how thrilling the South Korea international’s current form is. His confidence was encapsulated in his fabulous finish after just five minutes of Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Manchester City.

Latching on to a floated ball over the top, Son controlled the pass with his right and drilled the ball through the legs of Ederson with his left to hand Jose Mourinho’s men a dream start. 

It was his 11th goal for Tottenham this season and he has been in as impressive form as anyone in the league up to now. And after a result like this for his Spurs side, the number of people doubting their title credentials will have gotten much smaller. 

Son Heung-min continued his incredible form with Tottenham's first goal against Man City

Son Heung-min continued his incredible form with Tottenham’s first goal against Man City

2: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (up one)

The Everton man’s form looked to have dwindled alongside that of his team before the international break. Before facing Fulham on Sunday, Everton had been winless in four, losing three of them. 

But at Craven Cottage, Calvert-Lewin led the way to haul Carlo Ancetotti’s Toffees back into winning form (just). Their slender 3-2 win came thanks to two goals from Calvert-Lewin, the first of which arrived inside the first minute of the game.

Fulham fought back but it was Calvert-Lewin who took the headlines. His brace makes him the top scorer in the Premier League at present with 10 goals and three points lifted Everton up to sixth in the standings. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's double for Everton against Fulham got his side back to winning ways

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s double for Everton against Fulham got his side back to winning ways

1: Harry Kane (non mover)

It is quite remarkable how Harry Kane has potentially got better by scoring less. It is not like the goals have dried up – Kane has still bagged 13 in 15 appearances this season, a frankly astonishing scoring rate.

But it is his contribution to Tottenham’s overall play that feels likes such a substantial development to his overall game and against Manchester City, his work-rate and connecting play deeper was tremendous. He set up Giovani Lo Celso for Tottenham’s second, taking his total of assists for the season to nine.

Gary Neville couldn’t praise Kane highly enough and said it was one of his best ever displays. 

Harry Kane produced yet another superb display as Tottenham beat Manchester City

Harry Kane produced yet another superb display as Tottenham beat Manchester City

‘He is messing with them [Dias and Laporte] like you wouldn’t believe,’ Neville said. ‘I remember a few years ago at Wembley when they played against Liverpool and Kane was sensational against Dejan Lovren that day and he got substituted. 

‘This is as good as I’ve seen Kane play since. He’s has some brilliant games but this in a top game, a hard game against Manchester City. He’s been spectacular. Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias are £40million-£50m centre-backs. These are top centre-backs, and they’ve been given the run-around.’

And that means he retains top spot in the Power Rankings. Tottenham’s clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday promises to be something special.

Gary Neville said that Kane's performance ranked among the best in his entire career

Gary Neville said that Kane’s performance ranked among the best in his entire career

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