Team of the weekend
Frank Monkhouse | 13 March 2017
Coral’s pick of the star performers
Interests were split between the Premier League and FA Cup this weekend, and drama was divided in equal measure too. We saw hard-fought points won by Liverpool and Bournemouth, while Arsenal and Spurs coasted through in the cup.
As usual, team of the weekend is always a hot-topic on Monday, and you will find our views on the best 11 below. Again, the major problem was getting the list down to just three strikers, as we saw plenty of goals scored. 4-3-3 set-up…..
Goalkeeper: Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough)
Was always going to be in for a busy day, but the American shot-stopper seemed to enjoy the challenge. Beaten twice, but the final-score would’ve been a lot worse for Boro had it not been for Guzan.
Defender: Alfie Mawson (Swansea)
A poor day for The Swans, but Mawson raised his stock further by getting another goal. The 23-year-old defender looks to have a big future in the game, and scored in injury-time to set up an interesting finish. A consistently good player.
Defender: Pablo Zabaleta (Man City)
Another impressive win for City to keep their cup dreams alive and Zabaleta started like a train, getting forward to set-up Silva after just three-minutes. Also cleared a header off the line at the other end.
Defender: John Stones (Man City)
Stones wasn’t the busiest player on the park, but is another who cleared off the line with Boro battling for a way back into the match. Was in the right place at the right time, and that’s what you’re wanting from your defenders.
Defender: Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
Had a hand in an important Arsenal goal, when seeing his cross turned into the net by Lincoln’s under-pressure Luke Waterfall. Not a lot of defending to do, but stuck to his task well. Part of a solid team effort.
Midfielder: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
Came on midway through the first-half and swung the game in Arsenal’s favour. No man on the pitch at the end had a bigger influence on Lincoln going out of the cup, and he seemed to enjoy the occasion too.
Midfielder: David Silva (Man City)
Silva is behind everything good about City’s upturn in form, and he pulled the strings again on Saturday. Scored early in the game to settle his side into things. Boro were left chasing the day ever since.
Midfielder: Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
Not many impressed in Liverpool’s ugly weekend win over Burnley, but Wijnaldum got a crucial goal and has now scored two goals in his last two games. He reserves his best for Anfield.
Forward: Joshua King (Bournemouth)
Scored a match-winning hat-trick against West Ham at home, and looked like he could get plenty more, given the service. He was the name on everyone’s lips at the full-time whistle.
Forward: Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
With Kane taken off injured, Spurs will need a replacement for the goals, and Heung-min staked his claim for the call with a super hat-trick. Was excellent from start to finish. Spurs will now need him to carry that into the league.
Forward: Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Lukaku is just a fantastic striker. Strong, pacey, athletic, he seems to have it all, and got another goal on Saturday. I’d be surprised if he’s at Goodison next season, and is in with a shout of finishing as the league’s top-scorer.