Written by Samuel Brady
Sub-edited by Sonny Turner
Hello and welcome to my Premier League team of the week for the weekend just gone. I have gone through and analysed this weeks top performers for each position, in my opinion, and decided to go for a 4-4-2 formation this week. Let me know your thoughts and who would you keep and swap?
GK: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham)
Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris kept his fifth clean sheet of the season in the North London derby. Tottenham won 2-0 thanks to goals from Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane, who also feature in this week’s team. Lloris, who is Spurs is captain, is a vital figure head for Tottenham and the world cup winner will hope to guide his team through the season which will hopefully end with some sort of silverware for Jose Mourinho’s men.
RB: Reece James (Chelsea)
The first of two Chelsea players in this week’s side is Reece James. The 21-year-old full back has been winning plaudits this season as being one of the, if not the best young English right back as of late. James has done his rising reputation no harm in the win over Leeds with one assist, two key chances, two big chances created, two interceptions, two clearances and two aerial duels won.
CB: Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
Kurt Zouma continued his superb start to the season, scoring his fourth league goal in the 3-1 win over Leeds on Saturday evening. Zouma has scored the most goals for a defender in the league so far this campaign and is even the clubs joint top scorer. It’s clear to see Zouma’s game has much improved since the arrival of centre back partner Thiago Silva which will please Chelsea boss Frank Lampard as he looks to cement a title push this season.Embed from Getty Images
CB: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham)
In this week’s team due to his defensive display and subsequent clean sheet is Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld. The Belgium led by example in the Spurs rear-guard as they stopped Arsenal from finding a way through to win the game 2-0. Mourinho’s team are structured around a strong defensive base and Alderweireld is showing his experience to help Spurs title charge.
LB: Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
One of Liverpool’s standout performers in their win over Wolves was Scot, Andy Robertson. The left back, often considered as one of the best in the world, Robertson registered an expectational 100% tackle rate as well as seven ball recoveries, 14 final third passes and an 89% pass accuracy.Embed from Getty Images
RM: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Wilfried Zaha helped Crystal Palace to a much-needed win against Newcastle. The Eagles won 5-1 with Zaha bagging himself a brace in the process. Zaha’s goal tally now stands at seven and was his second time scoring two or more goals in an away game this season, with the other coming in the away win against Manchester United earlier on in the season.
CM: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
Once again Bruno Fernandes takes a place in the TOTW but due to his game changing performance against West Ham he was impossible to leave out. Fernandes created eight chances against the Hammers which is more than any other player has managed in a PL game this season, despite Fernandes being subbed on at half time when United were 1-0 down. Fernandes’s world class form has seen rumours of United prepared to offer the Portuguese a new and improved contract to fend off interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.
CM: Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
Georginio Wijnaldum put in a near faultless performance in his sides 4-0 hammering of Wolves on Sunday. The Dutch midfielder misplaced just one pass in the game having completed 41 passes out of an attempted 42 as well as capping the display with a well taken finish.
LM: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Marcus Rashford played a key role in helping Manchester United come from behind, for the second game running, to beat West Ham 3-1. Rashford scored the third goal of the game, just his third of the season as well as registering a 94% pass accuracy, three ball recoveries and three successful take ons.Embed from Getty Images
ST: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Harry Kane continued his scintillating goal contributions against Arsenal in the North London Derby. Kane set up teammate Heung Min-Son for Spurs opening goal before going on to secure the win by netting for himself. Kane’s goal and assist now means he tops the chart for Europe’s most goal involvements with 18, more than the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
ST: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham)
Heung-Min Son, along with fellow teammate Harry Kane are easily the deadliest duo in current world football. The two combined to both score and assist for each other in Spurs win over rivals Arsenal including a spectacular finish by the South Korean. Son and Kane have now produced 27 goals and 18 assists in just 17 games as strike duo, by far the best there is.Embed from Getty Images