Each season different players will rise to the occasion and provide a real bump to their team’s chances. This list is not a measure of talent, as much as it is a list of the most impactful players this season. Season results, combined with “what have you done for me lately”, are just a couple of the factors taken into account on our Player Power Rankings.
1. Harry Kane
The Golden Boy from London is back! A hat trick from Kane against Bournemouth claims our top spot in this weeks Power Rankings. He will hope to use this success to kick start his year, which has started slowly. He has put in plenty of work, and this week saw him cashing in on that hard work.
2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Rising up our rankings this week is Aubameyang, coming in at #9 last week. The goals just keep coming from the Gabon international. Another hat trick to his total gets him the 2nd spot on this list. He has scored in nearly every game this season, truly the beacon of consistency for Dortmund.
3. Dom Dwyer
When Sporting KC desperately needed a goal to make the playoff, their star striker was the provider. His goal and subsequent backflip sealed their spot in the playoffs and the victory over the LA Galaxy. It isn’t so much the goal that puts him this high on the list, rather the implications of the goal. We will see if Dwyer can continue to produce critical goals.
4. Costel Pantilimon
Sunderland got their first Premier League win of the season by pitching a clean sheet in the Wearside Derby over Newcastle. Who better to claim the credit than the man in goal. Pantilimon was masterful as new manager Sam Allardyce takes the reins of the club. With the new Premier League TV deal money coming, it is ever important to stay up this season, and this win might just be the difference at the end of the year.
5. Clint Dempsey
The Deuce is loose! Dempsey is seemingly returning to form for Seattle, bagging a couple goals on decision day for the Sounders. With the USA beginning World Cup qualifiers, it is important that someone is scoring up front. Seattle has been struggling more the usual, but now that they are in the playoffs, anything can happen. They will only go as far as their star striker can take them, which is all the way if he plays well.
6. Darlington Nagbe
Nagbe recently received his US citizenship, which has opened the door for Jurgen Klinsmann to call in the new American. The USMNT is desperate for a creative midfielder, and Nagbe has all the attributes to make the engine turn. Portland knows about his talents, as he once again helped the team get into the playoffs, even upping his goal totals by scoring on Decision Day. Everything is seemingly on the up and up for this player, with a likely call up in his near future.
7. Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has picked up some of the slack in Lionel Messi’s absence. His hat trick was enough to dispatch Eibar this week, landing him at #7 this week on our power rankings. Barcelona continues to plug along, picking up victory after victory in La Liga. A star in his own right, Suarez will look to continue the winning ways at Barcelona.
8. Erik Lamela
The second Spurs player on this list has had a bit of a renaissance to his Tottenham career this season. Lamela continues to play well, notching a few goals this season, including one against Bournemouth. After a rough year or so, Lamela is really coming on and becoming a secondary creative force alongside Christian Eriksen.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo is still performing, but at a more human rate. Without his rival matching him stride for stride, it seems there is just something missing for Ronaldo. Either way, he is still putting the ball in the back of the net, which is enough to keep him on the list.
10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The final spot belongs to the aging Ibrahimovic. At 34, he is entering the twilight phase as a striker, but still putting his team in winning positions. This past week, he had a goal and set up another for PSG. With the Euro 2016 playoffs coming up soon, it is important that Zlatan be in form for the Swedes. It is likely his last shot at a major tournament.