Premier League power rankings: Rooney, Kane, Sanchez? Who are the 20 most important players between now and the end of the season?

We've ranked the players who will decide the Premier League season

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It's an often-asked question: Who is the best player in the Premier League?

The answer you'll get will be different depending on who you ask and will be determined by a lot of factors - the team that person supports, they type of player they prefer, who had performed the best in a recent big game and so on.

Rather than tackle that question head on, we've decided to try and come up with a way to rank the Premier League's best and brightest; by looking at how influential they are.

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Edin Dzeko is a very good striker - but he is unlikely to have much of a bearing on how the Premier League will end up this season

For example, if you were to name the 10 best strikers in the Premier League someone like Edin Dzeko would make the list ahead of Charlie Austin or Danny Ings; clearly Dzeko is a 'better' player who would start for maybe 15 teams in the Premier League if he were to make a move.

But with Dzeko starting just 12 games this season and scoring only four goals, and Wilfried Bony now at the club, someone like Austin is going to be more influential to the outcome of the division between now and the end of the season.

Austin has started 28 games this season scoring 16 goals and adding four assists; Queens Park Rangers have no chance of staying up if he gets injured.

This ranking attempts to find the men who will mean most to the league between now and the final day, 24 May.

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Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have won hand on the title

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... but Arsenal are hot on their heels with the two sides meeting on 26 April

You'll notice that players from the mid-table clubs (Swansea, West Ham, Stoke, Crystal Palace, Everton, Newcastle, West Brom) have been omitted. Although players in these teams will have a bearing on the battles at both ends of the table - Palace have to play Sunderland, Hull, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool - those teams have little to play for right now except positions within that mid-table group.

That could change in the coming weeks as teams win and lose - with that reflected in the rankings which will change weekly between now and then end of the season.

But as of right now, these are the 20 most important players in the Premier League...

 

Disagree with our rankings? Let us know in the comments below (and be nice, it's subjective after all)...

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