Premier League Team Of The Week

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting third weekend in the Premier League. Manchester City and Manchester United provide two players, while there is one each from Arsenal, Chelsea, Hull City, Leicester City, Middlesbrough, Stoke City and  Tottenham Hotspur.

Shay Given (Stoke City)
TOTW – 1

Even in scoring an own goal Stoke’s Given impressed. The stopper was very unfortunate to concede as he got fingertips to Leighton Baines’ penalty before the ball rebounded off the post into the back of his head and into the net. It was very cruel that he conceded at all considering his eight saves, three to deny Ross Barkley, in the 1-0 defeat at Everton, most by any keeper in the Premier League over the weekend. Still top class at 40-years-old.

Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
TOTW – 2

Has anyone benefitted more by Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford than the Ecuadorian? The winger looks reborn at right-back this term, and is pummelling the right touchline with vigour defensively and no shortage of threat when on the attack. He has been consistently excellent in the opening weeks of the season, and was perhaps the best United starter on display at Hull City.

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough)
TOTW – 1

Gibson showed why there are rumours of a potential England call-up for the 23-year-old with another mature performance and a first Premier League clean sheet. Donning the captain’s armband, Gibson was rock solid at the back and shackled West Brom’s physical strikeforce which included the likes of Salomon Randon, Saido Berahino and Matt Philipps to ensure Middlesbrough go into the international break unbeaten in the league.

Curtis Davies (Hull City)
TOTW – 3

So Hull City lost 1-0, but Davies put in perhaps the best performance of his career against Manchester United. Once a big money signing by Aston Villa, this was a display that showed why he was once rated among the country’s most promising defenders. His physicality was too much for Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was kept quiet all evening, while Wayne Rooney was given no time or space on the ball as the defender put his body on the line and repelled balls into the box. Hull’s pre-season struggles were well documented but the presence and example of their captain could be a huge factor in helping them avoid relegation.

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
TOTW – 1

Rose showed why he is England’s current first choice left-back with a very lively display against Liverpool and was perhaps the best performer on the field alongside Michel Vorm. A lovely touch and a cool finish secured a point for Spurs, but he offered defensive stability and was an attacking outlet on the left flank for his side. He was also tasked with keeping up with Sadio Mane while going forward he was as dangerous as ever.

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
TOTW – 2

‘Reborn’ has become the buzzword concerning Sterling recently and there’s no denying that Pep Guardiola has reignited the 21-year-old’s spark. Some thought his City career could be over following the arrival of the Spaniard and influx of talent signed in the transfer market. However, it’s been quite the opposite. He scored twice against West Ham in a man-of-the-match performance. His first was very well taken but his second epitomised the confidence Guardiola has injected into his game.

Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City)
TOTW – 1

Outstanding for the majority of last season, the opening two games of the new season suggested the England international may be missing his former teammate, N’Golo Kante, but so would anyone. Yet Drinkwater seems to be coping with it and looked more like his 2015-16 vintage during the reigning champions’ win over Swansea, with an industrious display at the heart of midfield. His long ball for Jamie Vardy’s goal was classic Leicester.

David Silva (Manchester City)
TOTW – 1

In the commanding win over West Ham, Silva was integral, as he so often is in City’s better performances. The Spaniard was at the heart of everything as City dominated the early runnings. The playmaker is enjoying life under compatriot Guardiola and it showed again as he asked questions of a defence that they simply couldn’t answer. He assisted a goal and created four more scoring chances during the game.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
TOTW – 1

If body language or state of mind has anything to do with the quality of a footballer’s performance then Hazard is back to his best. The 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year ran the show against Burnley last Saturday and was the best player on the pitch throughout the game. He scored the opening goal and it was a surprise he didn’t score more considering his four attempts on targets. He looks happy under Antonio Conte and if he can continue with this form, Chelsea are serious contenders for the title this season.

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
TOTW – 1

The Chilean was again given the nod to lead the line by Arsene Wenger, and the Frenchman was rewarded with a devastating performance from the Gunners talisman. Despite being chosen to lead the line, Sanchez’s movement into the wide areas caused havoc for the Watford defence and allowed midfield runners such as Mesut Ozil to find space. He won the penalty from which Arsenal opened the scoring, scored the second and crossed for Ozil to make it 3-0 as he looked back to his best.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
TOTW – 1

He didn’t start for United and only played 20 minutes, but in those 20 minutes Rashford was simply unplayable and showed that Mourinho can trust the 18-year-old. Trust him to trouble the opposition defences and make things happen. His crucial goal in injury time was a mere tap in but it offered evidence of his predatory prowess, arriving in the right place at the right time to stab home the winner. Expect many more performances of this kind throughout the season.

Subs: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth), Mason Holgate (Everton) Scott Dann (Crystal Palace), Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).


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