Premier League team of the week
The best of the best from the weekend
Welcome to Monday, and it’s the day of the week we take time out to mull over our dream team, pick the star performers from the big-name duds, and offer up our best of the weekend.
League leaders Chelsea aren’t in action until Monday night, so we will have to give the slot set aside for Fabregas to someone else. This was, perhaps, the most difficult line-up we have put together for a while, simply because there were so many star performers from the round. Mostly all in attack too, and we had to drop three very good players in Lukaku, Vardy and Arnautovic, because there were others slightly better. Follow our 4-3-3 formation below…..
Goalkeeper: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)
We never know what to expect with the ex-Celtic goalkeeper. He was terrible last week, inspirational this, saving a penalty from Ibrahimovic. He was always going to be in for a busy day, but was a match for the challenge.
Defender: Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool)
The Reds certainly need a defender or two that they can rely on, and could probably find a place for Sakho who’s playing out of his skin at Palace. Klavan came in for Lucas and was a real eye-catcher, grafting to keep his place in the team.
Defender: Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace)
Another mention for Sahko, who is doing Big Sam a real treat at the back, sorting out his leaky defence. A real commanding presence, and just what you need in a relegation dog fight. When he plays well, Palace have every chance.
Defender: Marcos Rojo (Man Utd)
United didn’t get the result they were hoping for on Saturday, but 26-year-old Rojo did his bit at both ends of the park. Intelligent going back, he also got forward to great effect, scoring his team’s opener on 23-minutes
Defender: Antonio Valencia (Man Utd)
The Red Devils right back is another who put in a big shift on Saturday in that draw with Bournemouth. He had a big hand in the opening goal, seeing his initial shot come off Rojo and fly into the net. Capable of playing anywhere on the right.
Midfielder: Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)
Was a bundle of energy in an important Palace win, and we saw just what staying in this division means to him and his teammates on Saturday. Scored Palace’s second goal on 84-minutes to make the points safe.
Midfielder: Nathan Redmond (Southampton)
The Saints revival has been a joy to watch as they cut their way through the rankings. Redmond had a massive say in Saturday’s 4-3 win away to Watford, scoring two goals, and having a positive impact all over the pitch.
Midfielder: David Silva (Man City)
If it was good play by City on Sunday, it went through David Silva. It was a real leader’s performance, and he was always wanting the ball in advanced areas. Great passing made life easy for his teammates in a 2-0 win.
Forward: Harry Kane (Tottenham)
His usual self, that’s all we really need to say about Kane at the minute. He is a spectacular striker, and followed last week’s hat-trick with a double to win a tough match vs Everton on Sunday.
Forward: Fernando Llorente (Swansea)
Grabbed two goals, the first and the last, including an injury-time winner to swing the match in the favour of the Welsh club. You won’t see much better from him than what we got on Saturday. A real class act.
Forward: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
A big game player if ever there was one. Best on the pitch in that 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield, setting up the first and scoring the second. What would The Reds do without him?