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PREMIER LEAGUE POWER RANKINGS GAME WEEK 16: Who are the 17 most important players heading into the next round of Premier League fixtures?

Tom Sheen
Thursday 10 December 2015 16:22
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The unthinkable happened last week with Chelsea losing at home to newly-promoted Bournemouth.

Leicester City won again to stay top of the Premier League but this time it wasn't Jamie Vardy on target, Riyad Mahrez scoring all three goals as the Foxes beat Swansea - a result that this week cost Garry Monk his job.

Manchester United failed to score (again) and Manchester City suffered a surprise defeat at Stoke.

Aston Villa finally managed to pick up a point and Newcastle pulled off a surprise win against Liverpool.

We all know who the best players are but defining those with the power to shape events in the Premier League is not so simple - so we've created The Independent's Premier League Power Rankings.

Ahead of every round of fixtures in the top-flight our team of experts get together to define the 17 players who hold the power.

Rather than being based on who the best or most talented footballers are, it's defined by current form, league position, next fixture and any other factors which could influence events.

Players move up and down the rankings, battling to be number one. Some will drop out and new entries will emerge. You might not agree (in which case let us know why) - but that's half the fun.

These are the 17 most important players in the Premier League right now...

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