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Arsenal, Liverpool & Man Utd stars among Prem?s most improved XI

WhoScored.com returns to ying the yang of last week’s feature and highlight the player’s whose ratings have had the biggest positive difference of players to have made 15 or more top-flight appearances last season and five or more starts this campaign.


Artur Boruc – Bournemouth (Rating increase +0.54)

Artur Boruc

Bournemouth have started the season impressively and boast one of the best home records in the Premier League, which is a boost considering only Aston Villa took fewer home points (11) than Eddie Howe’s side (20) last term.

Part of the reason has been Artur Boruc’s renewed solidity between the sticks. The Pole struggled for the Cherries last term, but his WhoScored.com rating has increased from 6.46 to 7.00, with his save success rate improving from a disappointing 60.3% to a respectable 70.5%.


Kyle Naughton – Swansea (+0.53)

Kyle Naughton: Won his red card appeal.

The versatile full-back features having established himself as a first team regular for Swansea. While Naughton struggled for game time last term, he has played every minute of the league campaign for the south wales side, with his WhoScored.com rating (7.21) the second best of all Swansea regulars this season.

His defensive figures have improved, with the former Spurs man averaging more tackles (2.6 up from 1.5) and interceptions per game (2.3 up from 1.8) this campaign than he did last season.


Daley Blind – Manchester United (+0.36)

Daley Blind: Wanted by Inter Milan

When Jose Mourinho took charge of Manchester United, many expected Daley Blind to be phased out of the squad, but rather the Dutchman has consolidated a first team spot under the new manager.

He’s been more proactive in his approach to defending, with clearances per game increasing (5 up from 3.4) this season, while his reading of the game remains a strong point, with Blind averaging the third most interceptions per game (2.8) of all United players, that figure up from last season’s 2.3.


Scott Dann – Crystal Palace (+0.48)

Scott Dann: Wanted by Everton

Crystal Palace wanted to quickly move on from last season’s FA Cup heartbreak and a thoroughly underwhelming end to the campaign and while the Eagles have now failed to win back-to-back league games, their squad is all the more stronger this season, with Scott Dann impressing once more prior to injury.

The most notable increase comes in interceptions per game, which have leapt up from 1.8 to 3.8, with Dann readily moving forward to cut out opposition attacks. With two league goals to his name from five starts, the 29-year-old is primed for another strong campaign under Alan Pardew upon his return.


Seamus Coleman – Everton (+0.36)

Seamus Coleman: Back on United radar

No defender really covered himself in glory for Everton last season, with former manager Roberto Martinez often neglecting his side’s defensive duties.

Seamus Coleman was among those who struggled for consistency last term, but Ronald Koeman’s methods are reaping the rewards.

A WhoScored.com rating of 7.21 is the fifth best of all Everton players, while a rating increase of 0.36 from last season suggests the 28-year-old right-back is returning to his best form.


Joe Allen – Stoke (+0.90)

Joe Allen: Scored the equaliser at Old Trafford

Having failed to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, Joe Allen’s Stoke switch presented him with a fresh opportunity to prove his Premier League credentials and he’s grabbed the chance with both hands.

In just nine appearances, he has four goals to his name, his best return since his four-goal haul in the 2011/12 campaign for Swansea. A WhoScored.com rating of 7.47 is second only to Xherdan Shaqiri (7.51) of all Stoke players, while a huge rating increase of 0.90 is among the best in England’s top tier.


Heung-min Son – Tottenham (+1.33)

Heung-Min Son: Spurs' matchwinner in Russia

“After the Olympic Games his idea was to leave to go to Germany,” Mauricio Pochettino said of Heung-min Son following Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Sunderland earlier this season.

The South Korean star failed to force his way into his manager’s plans last term, in part due to injury, as Son made just 13 league starts. How times change, however.

Son is now the highest rated Premier League player with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.89, with four goals and two assists contributing to that return.

With his rating last season a lowly 6.53, an improvement of 1.33 is far and away the best in the top-flight of English football.


Premier League improvers


Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool (+0.54)

Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool’s fluid attack is considered one of the best in the Premier League, with Philippe Coutinho playing an influential role in the Reds’ front three.

No player has won more WhoScored.com man of the match awards in England’s top tier this term than the Brazilian (3), while he has had the second most shots (37). Confident in his goalscoring ability, it’s seen Coutinho net four goals already this season and helped return the third highest WhoScored.com rating (7.83) in the Premier League.


Nacer Chadli – West Brom (+0.79)

Nacer Chadli

Of the 10 Premier League goals West Brom have scored this season, Nacer Chadli has been involved in six, with four goals and two assists to his name.

The Belgian’s time at White Hart Lane came to an end in the summer, with the Baggies the welcome beneficiaries of Spurs’ decision to sell.

Tony Pulis’ side were one of 13 teams to break their club-record transfer this summer and Chadli is repaying the faith shown in him.

With an increase in playing time, the 27-year-old has become a more consistent performer in the final third, marked in a WhoScored.com rating increase of 0.79.


Theo Walcott – Arsenal (+1.05)

Theo Walcott

Arsenal fans were perhaps surprised when they saw Theo Walcott on the teamsheet for the first game of the campaign and were somewhat vindicated when a first half penalty against Liverpool was saved.

However, the England international has acted accordingly to ensure this season isn’t another ‘what if’. Only Diego Costa (9) and Romelu Lukaku (8) have been directly involved in more league goals than Walcott (7) this term, while no Premier League player has scored more clear-cut goalscoring opportunities than the England international (4).

His fine form means he is the Gunners’ third highest rated player this season, with a WhoScored.com rating of 7.63.


Christian Benteke – Crystal Palace (+0.68)

Christian Benteke Crystal Palace

Like Allen, Christian Benteke was another whose style of play didn’t match Jurgen Klopp’s demands, with the Belgian shipped off to Crystal Palace in the transfer window. With the Eagles playing to his strengths, Benteke is rediscovering his best form and has three league goals to his name.

It’s little shock to see the 25-year-old winning more aerial duels per game (9.1) than any other Premier League player this term, with a WhoScored.com rating increase of 0.68 highlighting his effective performances in the final third for Palace.


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All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings. You can follow all the scores, statistics, live player and team ratings with the new free-to-download WhoScored iOS app.

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Everton F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Oct 19:38

Former Everton striker Francis Jeffers returns to the Toffees as youth striker coach

The 35-year-old is working towards his UEFA A-Licence and will work as a youth coach with the Toffees' academy strikers. Jeffers played 82 times, scoring 22 goals, in two spells with Everton.

Everton – teamtalk.com 25 Oct 10:13

McCarthy injured after Koeman accused ROI of ?killing? midfielder

Ronald Koeman’s worries over James McCarthy’s fitness have been realised with the Everton midfielder set to miss several weeks.

McCarthy has suffered a torn hamstring after Koeman recently criticised Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill of “killing” the player.

Toffees manager Koeman was angry that the 25-year-old started both of his country’s World Cup qualifiers in the space of four days having not played for six weeks following surgery on a groin injury.

“When James came back from Ireland, the message from Everton’s medical staff was that he was massively overloaded,” Koeman said.

“It’s ridiculous that he has surgery, five to six weeks out, three training sessions, plays 90 minutes and then, after three days, he plays another 80 minutes.

“Play him for 45 minutes, 60 minutes, but not 95 minutes after five to six weeks out. The second time, 80 minutes! You are killing the player.

“Ireland know what I think about it. I hope for more protection for players in the future.”

McCarthy went on to appear as a late substitute in the draw at Manchester City, but missed the defeat at Burnley on Saturday and now faces another spell on the sidelines.

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Everton – teamtalk.com 24 Oct 21:58

Former Everton striker returns as academy coach

Former Everton striker Francis Jeffers has returned to the club as an academy coach.

Jeffers, 35, is working towards his UEFA A-Licence and will work as a youth coach with the Toffees’ academy strikers.

He told Everton TV: “I’ll be working with all the forward-thinking players in the academy, trying to help them on their journey, which I know a bit about because I have been on it myself.

“I’m passionate about coaching and there is no better place to do that than at the club I love.

“You look at it now and teams play mainly with one striker, some play with none. Helping forwards be ready for that challenge is something I’m really passionate about because I believe the kids in the academy need more help as a striker.”

Jeffers played 82 times, scoring 22 goals, in two spells with Everton in a career that also took in Arsenal, Charlton, Blackburn, Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Motherwell.

He won one England cap, scoring in a 3-1 defeat to Australia in 2003.

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Everton F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 24 Oct 17:15

Everton midfielder James McCarthy suffers new injury blow after tearing a hamstring in training

Everton midfielder James McCarthy is facing another three weeks out after tearing a hamstring in training. The 25-year-old had only just returned to fitness after a hernia operation.

ESPN FC - Everton News 24 Oct 13:44

Liverpool U23 Brooks Lennon happy to prove his worth in Everton win

Brooks Lennon (centre) is hoping to make an impact at Liverpool. BIRKENHEAD, England -- Liverpool youngster Brooks Lennon believes he fully grasped his opportunity to prove his worth by scoring in the Under-23's 2-0 victory over Everton on Sunday. The U.S. forward opened the scoring in the mini-Merseyside derby with a well-taken header shortly after half-time before captain Harry Wilson secured the win for Liverpool's second string in the 77th minute. Manager Michael Beale wanted Lennon to replicate the performances of striker Danny Ings, who has been firing...

Everton – teamtalk.com 24 Oct 10:08

Power Rankings: Liverpool stay top, Man Utd languishing mid-table

Chelsea were the big movers in our Power Rankings thanks to their 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United – but Liverpool remain top.

Antonio Conte taught Jose Mourinho a lesson or two as Chelsea stunned United thanks to Pedro’s goal after only 30 seconds, before putting the visitors to the sword with further strikes from Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante. The result left the Blues only one point behind Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, who are tied on 20 points at the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool remain top of our Power Rankings, but perhaps should have extended their lead further having missed a host of chances and conceding late on to Gareth McAuley in their 2-1 victory over West Brom.

Arsenal, meanwhile, were frustrated by Middlesbrough at the Emirates, but were ultimately left with Petr Cech to thank for securing a 0-0 draw – a result which sees the Gunners drop out of the top four in our Power Rankings.

Elsewhere, Burnley, Stoke and Leicester all recorded morale-boosting victories to move further away from the bottom three in our table.

In Power Rankings, we award points from 0.5 to 7, decided by an algorithm based on bookmaker odds and winning margins.

It rewards teams scoring lots of goals and also those defying expectations but sees odds-on favourites penalised for sneaking past inferior opponents by the odd goal.

West Ham, who are 18th this time around, claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.

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Week 9

Chelsea – 6pts: Thrashed Manchester United to reignite their title challenge.

Burnley – 4pts: Last-gasp victory over Everton helped the Clarets move away from drop zone.

Leicester – 4pts: King Power remains a fortress after an impressive win over Crystal Palace.

Stoke – 4pts: Greater class told at Hull.

West Ham – 2pts: Needed a last-minute winner to beat Sunderland.

Liverpool – 1.5pts: Big favourites to beat West Brom and should have scored more.

Middlesbrough – 1.5pts: Impressive draw at Arsenal, could have snatched a win.

Bournemouth – 1.5pts: Well-organised display to hold out Tottenham.

Southampton – 1.5pts: Gifted a draw at City thanks to John Stones’ blunder.

Watford – 1.5pts:  Solid away result at Swansea.

Swansea – 1pt: Off the mark under Bob Bradley.

Arsenal – 0.25pts: Frustrated to drop points against Middlesbrough.

Manchester City – 0.25pts: Extended their winless run to five matches.

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Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Liverpool 21.5 20
2. Chelsea 20.5 19
 3. Tottenham 19.5 19
4. Man City 19.25 20
5. Arsenal 18.25 20
6. Watford 18 12
7. Bournemouth 17.5 12
8. Everton 16.5 11
9. Crystal Palace 15 11
10. Manchester Utd 13.25 10
11. West Brom 13 10
= Southampton 13  13
13. Leicester 11.5 11
 14. Stoke 11  9
15. Hull 10  7
= West Ham 10 10
= Burnley 10 10
18. Middlesbrough 7.5 7
19. Swansea 6.5 5
20. Sunderland 2.5  2

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ESPN FC - Everton News 23 Oct 22:05

Prem: 19 goals in 90 seconds

From Shaqiri's screamer to Fuchs' sensational strike, watch every goal from week 9 of the Premier League in 90 seconds.

ESPN FC - Everton News 23 Oct 18:12

Idrissa Gueye a bright spot in Everton's dismal defeat at Burnley

Burnley's Scott Arfield scored in the 90th minute to earn his side three points against Everton. Idrissa Gueye was a leader in midfield but it wasn't enough as Everton beat themselves at Burnley on Saturday. Everton never cease to amaze with their ability to turn a position of control into an agonising setback. This last gasp 2-1 defeat at Burnley was a familiar story draped in a new setting. From the messy opening goal to the belated recovery and unrewarded dominance preceding the inevitable reality check, there was a painful predictability to this late loss. Ronald Koeman's team did not deserve to lose but had only themselves to blame for doing so. That Burnley match-winner Scott Arfield should...

Everton F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 23 Oct 14:55

Andre Gray's return from suspension will not force a change in style, says Burnley boss Sean Dyche

The Clarets have been without Gray for the past four games due to a FA suspension imposed on him for homophobic tweets he sent four years ago while still a non-league player.

Everton F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 23 Oct 12:57

Everton winger Yannick Bolasie happy to break his Blues duck but last-gasp defeat by Burnley dampens his joy

Yannick Bolasie is pleased to have got off the mark with his first goal since joining from Crystal Palace - but the winger's joy was bittersweet after his side were beaten by a clinical Burnley.

Everton – teamtalk.com 23 Oct 10:20

Paper Talk: United, Arsenal target Atletico ace; 20m Cesc talk

Manchester United and Arsenal are both chasing Atletico Madrid centre-back Jose Gimenez, while Man City are eyeing a £20million move for Cesc Fabregas, all in today’s papers.


Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly preparing to do battle for Atletico Madrid’s £40million-rated defender Jose Gimenez.

The Sunday Mirror claim United have been watching the 21-year-old for a while after he came to their attention while they were scouting striker Antoine Griezmann.

The Uruguay international has made giant strides in La Liga since moving from Uruguayan side Danubio for around £750,000 in July 2013. He has only played twice this season after injuring his abductor muscle in the 1-0 win over Deportivo last month, but he is set to return in the next week.

He featured 37 times last season and scored once and while he has developed into one of the most exciting defenders in La Liga it’s debatable whether he “has an eye for goal” with one to his name last season.

Gimenez was linked with a move to Real Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal in the summer, while last month the Daily Mirror again suggested United scouts were tracking the player after watching him in action in the 1-0 win over PSV.

Reports in the summer suggested he had £56million buy-out clause in his contract which runs until June 2018.

Arsenal “have already made enquiries” but Atletico boss Diego Simeone is desperate to keep hold of the Uruguay international, but if Simeone moves on in the summer then Gimenez could well follow him out of the Vincente Calderon.



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Pep Guardiola is set to make a shock £20million bid to bring Cesc Fabregas to Man City, according to a report.

“Guardiola is keen to sign his fellow Spaniard in January,” according to The Sun.

The 29-year-old has found himself down the pecking order under Antonio Conte at Chelsea this season and he has started just once in the Premier League – the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal when he was hooked just after half-time.

The Spain international is believed to have turned down AC Milan and Juventus in the summer and may well be open to a switch to City, who could offer a future move to their sister club New York as a sweetener.

Fabregas is understood to be keen on winding down his career in the MLS and so a move to City followed by a transfer to New York City could well appeal.

Guardiola, who is reportedly looking to add some creativity to his midfield, bought Fabregas for Barcelona from Arsenal in 2011 for £35million and he was magnificent scoring 20 goals and adding 15 assists as Barca won four trophies that season.

The Blues are happy to improve Fabregas’ current £160k-a-week deal, which runs until June 2019.



Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says former captain Steven Gerrard is “always welcome” at the club, after the midfielder suggested he might leave American side LA Galaxy at the end of the season. (Various)

Bayern Munich are planning to make a £65m bid for Everton’s Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 23. (Sun on Sunday)

Lorenzo Insigne

Lorenzo Insigne’s agent is pushing for talks with Liverpool over a January move to Merseyside to help end the striker’s spell at Napoli. (Star on Sunday)

Dominic Solanke is on the verge of signing a new contract at Chelsea after lowering his wage demands. (Star on Sunday)

Everton’s James McCarthy will be a target for a host of clubs in the January transfer window after failing to impress boss Ronald Koeman. (Star on Sunday)

Gareth Bale is set to sign a new contract with Real Madrid. The Wales forward, 27, will sign a deal worth £350,000 a week, with a £420m buy-out clause. (Sunday Express)

Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal career is over after the 24-year-old midfielder was sent on loan to Bournemouth, according to former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United have signed teenage Dutch winger Millen Baars. The 16-year-old had been on the books of Ajax but fell out with coaching staff. (Mail on Sunday)

Former Roma and Lille manager Rudi Garcia claims he was approached to take over from Slaven Bilic as West Ham boss, before taking a job at Marseille this week. (L’Equipe)

Pep Guardiola wants to replace Sergio Aguero with Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Sunday Express)

Bayern Munich have dealt Manchester City a fresh blow – by warning Pep Guardiola to forget about David Alaba. (Sunday Mirror)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is targeting Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman as a replacement for Gareth Barry. (Sunday Mirror)


Tim Sherwood thinks Manchester City could buy Michael Carrick in January as the midfielder struggles to get in to the Manchester United side under Jose Mourinho. (Sun on Sunday)

Arsenal could remove the season tickets of fans who regularly fail to attend games after the board became concerned over the number of empty seats at Emirates Stadium. (Sunday Telegraph)

Shanghai SIPG and former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson is attempting to bring Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, 30, to the Chinese Super League. (Sunday Mirror)

Juventus want to sign Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva, 32, from French champions Paris St-Germain on a free transfer.(Rai)

Tottenham’s Netherlands forward Vincent Janssen, 22, consulted former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy before making his £17m switch from AZ Alkmaar in the summer. (Helden)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been given “unprecedented levels of control” at the club after threatening to get rid of underperforming players. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United could recall 21-year-old left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from his loan spell at Wolves, with the defender struggling for first-team football at the Championship side. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea are set to offer the England Under-21 midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, 21, a new contract to stay at Stamford Bridge. (Sunday Mirror)

Former Brazil forward and two-time world player of the year Ronaldinho, 36, is considering three offers to continue his career.(O Jogo)

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Everton | BBC 23 Oct 00:17

Burnley 2-1 Everton

Scott Arfield's 90th-minute winner gave Burnley their third win of the season in a match dominated by Everton at Turf Moor.

ESPN FC - Everton News 22 Oct 23:50

Sean Dyche happy as Burnley get back to basics in beating Everton

Sean Dyche is fully aware Burnley must 'play their game' if they are to defeat some of the Prem's best. Sean Dyche was pleased to discuss a Burnley he is more familiar with after Scott Arfield's late goal maintained their impressive home form against Everton. A week after a frustrating display at Southampton the Clarets moved on to 10 points, all of which have been attained at Turf Moor, courtesy of a 2-1 success which was earned by Arfield's 90th-minute half volley following an effort from Johann Berg Gudmundsson that struck the crossbar. Sam Vokes had earlier given the hosts the lead from a Maarten...

ESPN FC - Everton News 22 Oct 21:01

Highlights: Burnley 2-1 Everton

Burnley's Scott Arfield scored in the 90th minute to earn his side three points against Everton.

Everton F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 22 Oct 20:26

Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard work on Pogba-inspired handshake en route to London(and check out 89m star's 24-carat gold-plated rucksack!)

They are viewed as two of England's most promising talents, and Manchester United pair Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have revealed their relationship is just as healthy off the field.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Everton | BBC 20 Oct 17:16

Barkley no longer young talent - Koeman

Ronald Koeman says Ross Barkley "is no longer a young talent" as the Everton boss reveals he expects better from the midfielder.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Everton | BBC 15 Oct 22:49

Manchester City 1-1 Everton

Maarten Stekelenburg saves two penalties for Everton, who escape with a point against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Everton | BBC 14 Oct 22:49

'Barkley needs consistency' - Osman

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley must be more consistent under new boss Ronald Koeman, according to Leon Osman.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Everton | BBC 1 Oct 00:13

Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Everton miss the chance to move second in the Premier League as Christian Benteke earns Crystal Palace a deserved draw.

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