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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Eden Hazard tops European form rankings amidst Ballon d'Or nomination

Eden Hazard

As we prepare to look ahead to the upcoming internationals the latest break is a good time for reflection on the performances across Europe’s top five leagues thus far.

Our third player form rankings of the season are up to date and there’s a new leader at the top of the pile, along with a number of new qualifiers to the top top 20.

In fact, there are six new faces on the leaderboard, with Edinson Cavani highest among them in 12th. The Uruguayan was sacrificed in the first half following Presnel Kimpembe’s red card against Lyon but his sixth start of the Ligue 1 season means he is now eligible for a place in our rankings, having scored five times in said outings.

The same rules apply to the likes of David Silva (14th), Thomas Meunier (17th) and Yussuf Poulsen (20th), along with Juventus duo Mario Mandzukic (16th) and Joao Cancelo (19th), who both registered assists in a 2-0 win at Udinese. Meanwhile, said restrictions mean that Kylian Mbappe - who scored four times at the weekend - does not qualify as yet having started just four league games thus far.

Elsewhere three players have risen into the charts from outside of the top 20, with Real Valladolid left-back Nacho (18th) and Wolves’ Matt Doherty (15th) among them. Former Middlesbrough forward Cristhian Stuani is the biggest climber, however, up 22 places to sixth having taken the lead in LaLiga’s scoring charts with his seventh and eighth goals of the season for Girona.

There are only three players to have fallen down the rankings that remain in the top 20 this week, with Neymar dropping from first to third, Raheem Sterling from fourth to seventh and Lille’s Nicolas Pepe from eighth to 13th.

Ballon d'Or nomination

Source: whoscored

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