EPL Fans’ Top 5: Hat-trick hero Andy Carroll in pole position

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Hat-trick hero Andy Carroll leads the way in this week's ratings.

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1) ANDY CARROLL (WEST HAM UNITED) – 7.76

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic described his towering forward as the best in the world at heading a football after the 27-year-old’s hat-trick in the 3-3 draw against Arsenal.

Carroll pushed his claims for a Euro 2016 berth with England after ending the Gunners’ title hopes at Upton Park.

The hitman stole a march on the Arsenal backline to nod in Aaron Cresswell’s centre moments before half-time to make it 1-2, before he pounced on sloppy defending to acrobatically steer the ball home in added time at the end of the first period to make it 2-2.

The ex-Liverpool ace was then on hand to head in Michail Antonio’s searching ball to the back-post and seal his hat-trick, proving that once again, on his day, he is a force to be reckoned with.

For Carroll now, the question is whether he can sustain his form and fitness and carry the east London side to Champions League qualifation.

2) SERGIO AGUERO (MANCHESTER CITY) – 7.48

The Argentine superstar is well in the mix for this season’s golden boot after netting his 18th Premier League goal of the campaign in the 2-1 home success over West Brom.

Aguero, who converted a first-half penalty for City, has scored 11 league goals in 2016 – more than any other player in the top flight.

And Manuel Pellegrini’s side are certainly relying on their little magician up top to help secure Champions League football next term.

City are currently fourth and four points ahead of fierce rivals Manchester United with only six games left to play.

3) ERIK LAMELA (TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR) – 7.14

The Argentine winger tormented Manchester United with a vintage display in the Whites 3-0 romp at White Hart Lane.

Lamela scored Spurs’ third goal of the afternoon and his 10th of the campaign to seal an impressive win for the hosts, which helped them stay in touching difference with league leaders Leicester – the gap is seven points, with five matches to play.

As well as scoring, the 24-year-old played a key role in every goal – launching the move that led to Dele Alli’s opener and supplying Toby Alderweireld for Tottenham’s second with a well-measured free-kick.

Despite enduring a difficult start to life in England when he arrived in 2013, the £30m man has become a key figure in Mauricio Pochettino’s revolution in North London – with the Argentine boss instilling faith and confidence in his fellow countryman to perform.

4) HEURELHO GOMES (WATFORD) – 7.05

The Brazilian goalkeeper was handed the man of the match award after helping Watford end their rut of four successive Premier League defeats with a 1-1 draw against Everton at Vicarage Road.

Gomes produced a string of top-quality saves to deny Aaron Lennon, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu in the second-half as the Hortnets held on for a valuable point.

5) JAMIE VARDY (LEICESTER CITY) – 6.95

The England striker hit his 20th and 21st Premier League goals of the season to help the Foxes to yet another impressive victory, and take his team a step closer to a famous title triumph.

Vardy displayed his blistering pace to latch onto an inch-perfect Danny Drinkwater through ball and finish with great aplomb to make it 1-0 after 66 minutes, before he raced clear in stoppage time to finish off hapless Sunderland.

The 29-year-old forward has been one of the stars of the season and if he maintains his prolific form then the title is surely heading to Claudio Ranieri’s men.

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has not given up on the top four.

The 3-0 defeat at White Hart Lane has left United with plenty of work to do as the Red Devils trail Manchester City by four points with six games remaining.

It was also the eighth consecutive match United failed to score more than one goal and while Anthony Martial should have finished off a brilliant run early in the second half, they created precious few clear opportunities.

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Leicester had beaten Sunderland earlier on Sunday to move 10 points clear before Spurs kicked off but Pochettino’s men held their nerve, thrashing United 3-0 to reduce the gap back to seven.

Three goals in six minutes from Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela sealed the win at White Hart Lane and Tottenham must now hope the Foxes capitulate with six games left to play.

“I think it’s true we sent a message that we are there, waiting and fighting,” Pochettino said.

“If Leicester fail we need to stay there, it’s important. Seven points is a difficult gap to reduce but we need to believe.

“The performance and the result showed that this team believes.”

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