Premier League Valora Futbol Fans' Top Five

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Andy Carroll has been on fire for the Hammers.

Each week, Sport360 brings you the best five players from the English Premier League, as chosen by you the supporters through our ValoraFutbol fan ratings tool.

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1. ANDY CARROLL (WEST HAM) – 8.5

Carroll has been in a rich vein of form since his latest return from injury, and he was at it again on Saturday. His brace led West Ham to a 3-1 away win over Middlesbrough, and prompted the striker to entertain thoughts of an England recall.

2. JAMES WARD-PROWSE (SOUTHAMPTON) – 8.4

Ward-Prowse is the latest in a long line of talented, young Southampton midfielders and against champions Leicester on Sunday he ran the show. The youngster opened the scoring with a smart finish before setting up Jay Rodriguez with a pinpoint free kick.

3. FERNANDO LLORENTE (SWANSEA) – 8.2

Who saw Swansea’s shock win at Anfield coming? Llorente was key as the Swans took advantage of Liverpool’s shaky defence, scoring twice to put Swansea 2-0 ahead. The striker is reportedly wanted by Chelsea, but Paul Clement will surely want to keep him to boost Swansea’s survival hopes.

4. DARREN FLETCHER (WEST BROM) – 7.6

The Scot is known as a composed passer, a tough-tackler, and an energetic midfielder. A scorer of great goals, though? Fletcher’s smooth turn and volleyed finish would have surprised many, although it was upstaged by West Brom’s second goal, a screamer from Chris Brunt.

5. GYLFI SIGURDSSON (SWANSEA) – 7.6

As in previous seasons, Sigurdsson has been one of Swansea’s best players, and he popped up with a crucial goal after Swansea’s 2-0 lead at Anfield had evaporated. His cool finish to put the Swans back in front clinched a shock result for the Premier League’s erstwhile bottom side.

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STATS: Fabregas remains Chelsea's assist king

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The Spaniard is still a key man.

Cesc Fabregas was one of the high-profile casualties of Antonio Conte’s arrival at Chelsea, with the Italian relegating Fabregas to the bench as he preferred a central midfield partnership of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic.

Although Fabregas at times shone as a substitute, there have been persistent rumours this season that Fabregas does not fit into the Italian’s long-term plans and will be offloaded either during this transfer window or in the summer. However, statistics suggest this would be a bad idea.

Despite making only five Premier League starts, Fabregas is the joint-leader among Chelsea players on the league assists chart, taking his tally to six after setting up Gary Cahill’s goal against Hull City on Sunday. Nemanja Matic also has six.

Fabregas remains one of the best playmakers in Europe, and he is able to influence games despite his limited playing time. His assist rate, when compared to the best in Europe, shows why Conte would be wise to keep the Spaniard around.

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5 things we learned from Premier League weekend

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Our takeaways from the EPL.

While Chelsea are still league leaders, other teams found the going a bit tough this past weekend.

Manchester City and Tottenham settled for a point, Liverpool were stunned by Swansea and United too managed to rescue a share of the spoils.

Here are five takeaways from Premier League action this weekend.

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XHAKA HAS SERIOUS ISSUES

Granit Xhaka’s £35m transfer to Arsenal brought with it a responsibility to perform consistency but such a task is difficult to perform when you’re not on the field.

The Swiss earned his second red card of the season for Arsenal on Sunday and his ninth since 2014 (club and country).

This is an issue Arsene Wenger has faced before with Patrick Vieira and although Arsenal have long needed some grit and steel in his midfield, they also require discipline.

OTAMENDI IS A LIABILITY

It’s a given now that any worthwhile shot on Manchester City’s goal is more than likely to end in the opposition scoring, Claudio Bravo is playing that bad.

But the Chilean’s shoddy displays, and constant focus on John Stones are masking other nearby deficiencies, namely the performances of Nicolas Otamendi.

The Argentine is becoming a law unto himself; breaking forward with reckless abandon, not marking closely while positionally he’s all over the place. Why was Stones dropped instead of him?

HAMMERS MAY NOT MISS PAYET

Since Dimitri Payet declared his intentions to return to France, West Ham have won twice and scored six goals.

It’s the latter number that’s the most significant because Payet has been their best source of goals – either scoring or creating – since he arrived at the club in the summer of 2015.

Victory over Crystal Palace is nothing to get particularly excited about but the 3-1 win at Boro on Saturday was a little more eye-catching given Aitor Karanka’s side have previously conceded just 10 in 10 home games.

CLEMENT UPS THE PACE AT SWANSEA

It was a win which again exposed Liverpool’s limitations but also showed us a little more about what Paul Clement is trying to achieve at Swansea.

The Welsh side played with real pace, not just in transition but in the way they passed the ball. Players weren’t holding onto it for too many touches and it ensured the Reds’ defence could never get properly organised.

Swansea’s own defensive issues could be their undoing but they should be exciting to watch under Clement.

KOEMAN HAS STEADIED THE SHIP

Just over a month ago, Everton fans were booing their team following a 3-2 defeat to Watford. The Toffees were ponderous in attack and vulnerable at the back.

But since Boxing Day they have won four and drawn won, with four clean sheets.

Koeman has switched to a back three, has embedded young stars Tom Davies and Mason Holgate into his team and got offensive players Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas back at optimum levels.

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