Mahrez-ToTW

Premier League Team Of The Week

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting opening weekend in the Premier League. Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham United provide two players each, while there is one each from Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City and Swansea City.

GK – Adrian (West Ham United)
FPL Points –
11

The Spaniard may not have been as busy in North London as he had expected to be, but was still needed to make a couple of smart stops at crucial moments. The stop he made with his left foot to deny Alexis Sanchez, late in the game, was an important one, but the save from Olivier Giroud was they key as from that save West Ham went straight up the other end to score the second goal.

RB – Matteo Darmian (Manchester United)
FPL Points –
8

Ever since Louis van Gaal took over at Manchester United, he has had a problem at right-back. Rafael struggled with fitness and didn’t convince on the field, which forced Antonio Valencia to play out of position. However, the signing of Darmian looks to have fixed all that. The Italian was rock solid at the back and made a total of five clearances, while contributing a lot in the opposition third.

CB – Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
FPL Points –
9

It was not Manchester United’s greatest start to the season, but they did get the three points largely through a very resilient back four led by Smalling. It is not often that we see the England international in the team of the week, but his performance against Spurs was composed and solid to say the least. He was instrumental in nullifying the treat of Harry Kane, made a vital challenge to deny Nacer Chadli and was assured at the back.

CB – Winston Reid (West Ham United)
FPL Points –
6

The Hammers registered a memorable victory at the Emirates Stadium and it would have been impossible without their influential captain. Reid showed why he was once an Arsenal target with a man of the match performance. The New Zealand international dominated his tussle with Giroud and made three crucial blocks, but perhaps his most important role was looking after debutant Reece Oxford.

LB – Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa)
FPL Points –
9

One of the promising acquisitions by Tim Sherwood this summer was Amavi and the left back showed why he is so highly rated in France. He was industrious and silky down the left as Villa had to withstand a spirited onslaught from Bournemouth in the opening hour, but, at the same time, looked very good when bursting down the flank and swung in a few dangerous crosses which asked plenty of questions of the Cherries’ defence.

CM – Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
FPL Points –
16

The Ivorian was accused of being past his best last season, but boy did he prove those doubters wrong with a two-goal display in City’s comprehensive 3-0 victory away at West Brom. Operating in the deeper midfield role, it was his drive and ambitious eye for goal that had the game won inside the opening 24 minutes for the Citizens. If Toure manages to build on his performance from Monday night, maybe City can start dreaming of the title.

CM – Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)
FPL Points –
10

Back in the Premier League, back playing under Alan Pardew and back on the scoresheet, Cabaye looked like he had never been away on a dream debut for the Eagles. The Frenchman showed his class in Palace’s 3-1 win at Carrow Road as he remained composed, to retain possession and relieve pressure from Norwich on his new team-mates. He capped a fine display with an injury time goal.

RW – Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
FPL Points –
15

The Algerian scored twice during an energetic display as he ripped Sunderland to pieces in the first half of Leicester’s 4-2 victory at the King Power Stadium. Mahrez was absolutely wonderful out on the wings, tormenting the opposition’s defence. A lovely header doubled the Foxes’ lead, before he added a third, winning a penalty and converting from the spot. He came close to a hat-trick after the restart, only for his effort to strike the post.

CAM – David Silva (Manchester City)
FPL Points –
6

Deployed in his best position as no.10 behind Wilfried Bony, Silva was at his mesmerizing best as City breezed past a potentially tricky away fixture on the opening weekend at the Hawthorns. He played a big part in the first goal and set up the third for Vincent Kompany. He used the ball well, controlled the game and provided a masterclass in passing around the edge of the area. No West Brom man got close to him all evening.

LW – Jefferson Montero (Swansea City)
FPL Points –
2

There are very few players who have given Branislav Ivanovic such a torrid as Montero did at Stamford Bridge, in what was an excellent match. The underrated, energetic Ecuadorian was a nuisance to the Chelsea right back throughout the game and made sure that the Serbian never settled. He provided the cross for Swansea’s first goal and had six successful dribbles in the whole game.

ST – Arouna Kone (Everton)
FPL Points –
11

This was a tough one between Bafetimbi Gomis and Kone, but in the end it is the Ivorian who gets the nod in the team. He came on in the second half and only played the last 28 minutes at Goodison Park, but without his introduction, there is a fair chance Everton would have lost the game. He set up the home side’s opener for Ross Barkley, before scoring himself late on to salvage a point.

Subs – Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Micah Richards (Aston Villa), Papa Souare (Crystal Palace), Reece Oxford (West Ham United), Marc Albrighton (Leicester City), Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea City).

Manchester United fan and Premier League lover. Founder of IntoTheTopCorner.