See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting second weekend in the Premier League. Manchester City provide four players, while there are three from Everton, and one each from Chelsea, Leicester City, Norwich City and Swansea City.
GK – Asmir Begovic (Chelsea)
FPL Points – 4
It’s not often that a keeper who concedes three goals will make the Team of the Week, but the fact is that if it was not for Begovic, Chelsea could well have conceded five or six goals and that was just in the first half. The Bosnian international, who stepped in for the suspended Thibaut Courtois, denied Sergio Aguero on four occasions before the Argentine maestro finaly found the back of the net.
RB – Steven Whittaker (Norwich City)
FPL Points – 8
Whilst Manchester United’s Matteo Darian made a strong case to keep his spot in our Team of the Week, Whittaker was the standout performer at right back over the weekend as he was good both offensively and defensively against Sunderland. The Scot dealt with the pace and trickery of Jeremain Lens well at the Stadium of Light, and topped his performance with a brilliantly taken rare goal.
CB – John Stones (Everton)
FPL Points – 7
When you consider that Louis van Gaal has not played David De Gea because the Spaniard has been unsettled by the transfer speculation surrounding him, Stones’ performance against Southampton appears even more impressive. The 21-year-old was solid and alert in the Toffees’ win over the Saints and kept Graziano Pelle quiet for much of the contest on the South Coast. With performances like this, it is easy to see why Jose Mourinho is so keen to buy him.
CB – Vincent Komapny (Manchester City)
FPL Points – 11
He is back, and that’s a menacing thought for the rest of the Premier League. After a personal season to forget last term, Kompany has scored two in two, yet it is a return to his ruthless defensive qualities which gets him into this team. He was on top form against Chelsea, bullying Diego Costa into submission and looked fired up than ever. The fact that he kept the Chelsea attack so peripheral is a huge testament to his return to form.
LB – Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City)
FPL Points – 9
With Gael Clichy providing competition, the Serbian has not always been the first choice left-back at the Etihad Stadium. However, Kolarov has hugely benefited from a recent injury to the Frenchman, and looked back to his elegant best against Chelsea by combining with David Silva and Raheer Sterling on that left flank throughout the game. He defended excellently and tore Branislav Ivanovic ragged going forward.
RM – Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
FPL Points – 10
Mahrez has quickly become a name on everyone’s lips as he continues his impressive start to the new campaign. The Algerian winger’s performances has typified the start Leicester City have made to the new season under Claudio Ranieri – full of pace, invention and guile. He netted his third of the campaign following his brace against Sunderland with another smart finish as the Foxes beat West Ham 2-1 at Boleyn Ground.
CM – Ross Barkley (Everton)
FPL Points – 11
The England international struggled to find his best form for Everton last season, but is already showing signs he is ready to fulfill his massive potential this time round. Barkley was influential in the Toffees’ 3-0 win at Southampton. He started the move for Romelu Lukaku’s opener before rounding the performance off with a cool finish. If he can keep this form up, he will surely make the England squad for Euro 2016 in France next summer.
CM – Fernandinho (Manchester City)
FPL Points – 9
The Brazilian was lucky to make it to half-time after an ugly elbow on Diego Costa saw him get away with just a yellow card. But it was his best game in a City shirt and was excellent alongside Yaya Toure in the heart of the midfield, nullifying the Chelsea threat, controlling Cesc Fabregas and ensuring a difficult afternoon for Nemanja Matic. He capped an industrious performance with a well-taken goal.
LM – Jefferson Montero (Swansea City)
FPL Points – 6
The Ecuadorian is that winger you don’t want to face at the moment. After terrorizing Branislav Ivanovic last week, Daryl Janmaat became Montero’s latest victim. The Newcastle United defender experienced just 41 minutes of torment before being sent off for picking his second booking. Montero ran the left flank, hit the post with a firm strike and provided the cross for Andre Ayew’s goal to seal the victory.
ST – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
FPL Points – 6
Considering he was the Golden Boot winner last season despite several injuries, it’s scary to think just how many he might get this campaign with the form he is in, unless you are a City fan. The Argentine absolutely terrorised the Chelsea defence and if it weren’t for an inspired Begovic, we could have been talking about an Aguero hat-trick before half time. He scored the opener with some typical Aguero footwork and his display was so devastating, John Terry had the indignity of being hooked at the break – the first time under Jose Mourinho.
ST – Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
FPL Points – 13
Last week, another Everton striker made our Team of the Week, and Arouna Kone put in another solid performance this week. However, it is the big Belgian Romelu Lukaku who shone and scoring twice as the Toffees ran out 3-0 winners in an impressive away performance against Southampton. Not only did he score a stunning brace but looked the powerful focal pint in the attack that he has the potential to be and caused constant problems to the Saints defence all afternoon.
Subs – Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Ashley Williams (Swansea City), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), David Silva (Manchester City), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Christian Benteke (Liverpool).