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Rating the best Premier League game changers

Friday 27th October 2017
The Premier League is blessed with quality players in each position. But who possesses the talent to change the outcome of a game single-handedly?

Over the years there have been some truly exceptional individual performances that have won games, and sometimes even trophies. David Beckham for the Three Lions against Greece in 2001; Diego Maradona to eliminate the English on the world's biggest stage in 1986, which took Argentina a step closer towards global domination; and, perhaps most famous of all, Geoff Hurst completing a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final to ensure England defeated its arch-rival, Germany.
Here are seven more players who are all capable of producing when it matters most. They are the best game changers the Premier League has to offer.

Alexis Sanchez

For any club other than Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez would be setting the world alight. The Chilean is one of the Premier League's most complete players. Pace, power, accuracy and also good at defensive duties - Sanchez is, without doubt, a game changer. Or he would be had his move away from the Emirates materialised in summer.

Philippe Coutinho

If you believe the press, Barcelona remain very interested in Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho. It is easy to see why as the Brazilain epitomises class every time he steps onto the pitch. If anyone remembers a game wherein he wasn't an active threat to the opposition, you should comment immediately. Coming from a Manchester United fan - Coutinho is world class every week.

Sergio Aguero

The last forward who didn't need a guaranteed supply line to score goals was the prolific Dutchman, Ruud van Nistelrooy. Sergio Aguero would no doubt be flattered by that comparison. Perhaps Thierry Henry had a similar quality. But Aguero's ability to retrieve the ball from deep and carry it forward is superior to all who have come before him.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Among all the supremely talented individuals in Chelsea's squad, Cesar Azpilicueta has been the number one game changer since he was converted from a regimented full-back to free running wing back. Chipping in with goals and preventing guaranteed scoring opportunities, week in week out, makes Azpilicueta the most indispensable player at Stamford Bridge.

Nemanja Matic

Holding midfielders rarely draw too much attention, as they spend a lot of time dictating play and doing the work others shy away from. Nemanja Matic, however, approaches the role completely differently. It has seen him become United's most crucial player ahead of Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, and even David de Gea. Game changers make goals, score goals and prevent goals - Matic does all three.

Javier Hernandez

Although Javier Hernandez has yet to hit his stride with West Ham, the Premier League is already well aware of his talents from within 18 yards. He can go unnoticed during a match but then carve out an opportunity for himself - it is remarkable. Chicharito's poaching prowess is certainly game-changing. He will thrive again before too long, reminding everyone of his true potential.

Marcus Rashford

Bias? No, as Marcus Rashford is the Premier League's most capable game changer. Unpredictable, unstoppable and incomparable. He can be relied on to turn a game on its head, both as a starter and from the bench. The youngster from Wythenshawe will soon be among the world's best players.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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