Mata leads Van Persie as Premier League's top player

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Juan Mata was an FA Cup and Champions League winner with Chelsea, while he also triumphed at Euro 2012 with Spain last season, and could justifiably feel bemused that he gets not so much as a mention on the 23-man Ballon d'Or shortlist.

Following on from his successes last season, the Chelsea midfielder has started the new campaign on a hot streak and, although it may be no way near as prestigious as the Ballon d'Or, leads the EA Sports Player Performance Index.

It may, perhaps, serve as a minor consolation to Mata following his FIFA snub, but it demonstrates how imperious the Spaniard has been for Chelsea this term.

Players in the EA Sports PPI are given points for winning performances, receiving man-of-the-match awards, minutes on the pitch, scoring goals, claiming assists and keeping clean sheets.

Here are the top five players so far this season...

5. Fernando Torres, Chelsea

Overall PPI score: 182

Fernando Torres may seem like a rather surprising entrant given the troubles he has faced at Chelsea, but the Spanish striker has been a key performer in the Blues' impressive start to the campaign.

The 28-year-old has featured in 779 of Chelsea's 810 minutes of Premier League football this season, during which time Torres has scored four goals for Roberto di Matteo's side.

Torres had previously been in the top four of the EA Sports PPI, but drops down to five following his red card in Chelsea's defeat to Manchester United.

4. Leighton Baines, Everton

Overall PPI score: 184

Leighton Baines has established himself as arguably the best attacking full-back in the Premier League this season, and continues to be a pivotal player for Everton.

The England international has scored twice and registered two assists and has played in every minute of Everton's league fixtures this term.

Baines has also helped Everton register two Premier League clean sheets.



3. Carlos Tevez, Manchester City

Overall PPI score: 204

Carlos Tevez played a winning hand in Manchester City's defeat of Swansea City last weekend to firmly establish himself among the players of the season so far.

The Argentina international scored the decider in a close encounter with the Swans at the Etihad Stadium, and now has four goals in nine Premier League appearances.

Tevez also has three assists and has been awarded the man-of-the-match on two occasions.

2. Robin van Persie, Manchester United

Overall PPI score: 212

Robin van Persie has made quite an impact since his summer transfer from Arsenal to Manchester United, with the Dutch striker having scored seven league goals after arrival at Old Trafford.

Van Persie scored all three goals in a 3-2 win for Manchester United against Southampton, while he also netted the decisive strike in the victory over Liverpool at Anfield.

The 29-year-old also has three Premier League assists, while his partnership with Wayne Rooney continues to flourish.

1. Juan Mata, Chelsea

Overall PPI score: 217

Juan Mata has scored seven times in his last seven appearances for Chelsea, four of which have come in the Premier League, while he has weight in almost equal measure with assists.

The 24-year-old has set-up five goals for his Chelsea colleagues in the league this term, while Mata has created 18 clear opportunities for the Blues.

Mata has also made 297 passes in the opposition half and played a decisive hand in winning to Premier League matches for Chelsea.



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