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Premier League Team Of The Week

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting second weekend in the Premier League. Manchester United provide three players, while there are two from Burnley and Manchester City and one each from Arsenal, Hull City, Middlesbrough and Tottenham Hotspur.

Tom Heaton (Burnley)
TOTW – 1

Heaton has been a stalwart between the sticks for Burnley no matter what division they are in and has always been crucial to the success they have enjoyed. And that didn’t change on Saturday as he was an authoritative presence between the sticks against Liverpool. He made some smart stops when called up and organised those in front of him in a customary fashion which produced a defensive masterclass, beating Jurgen Klopp’s men despite having less than 20% possession.

John Stones (Manchester City)
TOTW – 1

A lot is expected of the £47.5m defender but he has started his City career well and put in a fine display against Stoke City. He showed there is much more to his game than composed footballing from the back, with a couple of vital interceptions and some rugged work in the air. In the very short time Stones has been at City, he has matured since and is carrying out the instructions of his manager. He seems destined to become a very good ball playing defender.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
TOTW – 1

After Arsenal were ripped to shreds by Liverpool last weekend, Koscielny was rushed back into the starting XI by Arsene Wenger. And what a difference it made. He showed why he is the mainstay of this Arsenal defence with a standout performance against the champions. The Frenchman was a composed and a commanding presence for his inexperienced partner. At the same time, he looked sharper and snuffed out the threat of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez to help the Gunners to a clean sheet.

Curtis Davies (Hull City)
TOTW – 2

When Hull were promoted from the Championship via the play-offs back in May, the Tigers were the favourites to go straight back down. However, with two wins out of two they have proven their doubters wrong and their defence, led by Davies, has been the main reason behind it. The former West Brom, Aston Villa and Birmingham City man put in another towering display against Swansea City. He helped subdue Fernando Llorente, produced a fine block to keep out Kyle Naughton late on and nodded on a telling assist for Shaun Maloney’s goal. If he can continue with this form, the Tigers could become the surprise package of the season.

Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
TOTW – 1

Growing in confidence with every game after missing almost the whole of last season with a broken leg, Shaw was a thorn in his former side’s heart. He looked solid defensively and showed the threat he possesses by going the other way and winning the penalty that was converted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He was key in all phases of the game and looks like the player Southampton sold a couple of years ago.

Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough)
TOTW – 1

The Uruguayan, who scored the goal that took Middlesbrough to the Premier League, will be the toast of Teeside this week following his double against local rivals Sunderland. The first was an absolute rocket of a finish, doubt we’ll see a better strike all season, while his second was a confident tap-in to cap off a delightful move of passes. Up and down the right side, Stuani offered balance throughout the game and worked hard defensively.

Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur)
TOTW – 1

When Spurs signed Wanyama from Southampton in the summer, they wouldn’t have imagined him scoring too many match winners and that too in a London derby. After all, he had scored just four during his time for the Saints. But the Kenyan came up with the late clincher to hand Spurs a vital 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on his home debut, a fitting end to a very solid debut. In his usual style broke up play, while his distribution was also intelligent with a 93% pass accuracy.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
TOTW – 1

The pressure was on Pogba as he made his second debut for Manchester United. But the world-record signing looked as assured as he was impressive in the 2-0 win over Southampton on Friday night. His first touch in the match was awful, but from then on he hardly put a foot wrong. His dynamism was on full display, as he provided the extra edge in the attack and also worked hard defensively. It’s clear to see he is exactly what United have needed in the middle of the park for years, someone who is strong physically whilst also possessing great technical ability.

Andre Gray (Burnley)
TOTW – 1

Gray’s goals were crucial to the Clarets Championship success last season but questions have been asked over whether he could hack it in the Premier League. While Burnley were dominated by Liverpool, in him they had an outlet who terrorised a shaky Reds defence. He set up the opener for Sam Vokes and then grabbed the winner with an excellent finish. Burnley need him to score regularly if they are to stay up this term, and his display on Saturday suggest he might just do that.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
TOTW – 2

Many doubted whether at the age of 34 Ibrahimovic would be able to perform in the Premier League. But after four goals in three game, he looks at home, in fact, he looks like he has been playing in England for years. Against Southampton, he opened the scoring with a towering header, out-jumping Jose Fonte and powering past Fraser Forster, and then showed confidence to bury a penalty on his home debut at Old Trafford.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
TOTW – 1

Despite missing two penalties in midweek, when the referee pointed to the spot Aguero was more than happy to step up. Thankfully for him (and all those who have picked him in their FPL teams) he buried it and then added a second with a flicked header. Always a threat, he has started the season in fine form under Pep Guardiola scoring six goals in three games and if stays fit, he may well hit the 30 goal mark in the Premier League this term.

Subs: Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City), Mason Holgate (Everton), Michael Keane (Burnley), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Gareth Barry (Everton), Michail Antonio (West Ham United), Diego Costa (Chelsea).

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This article is written by Shantanu Ambekar, you can follow him on Twitter at @ShantanuAmbekar. What are your thoughts? Let us know by dropping a comment via our comments box below. Make sure you follow us on TwitterGoogle+, Instagram and like us on Facebook.

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