See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting fifth weekend in the Premier League. Liverpool and Watford provide two players, while there is one each from Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Manchester City, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.
Jordan Pickford (Sunderland)
TOTW – 1
It’s not often that we pick goalkeepers that end up on the losing side but this week we will make an exception for Pickford. If it wasn’t for him, Sunderland could have lost 10-0 instead of just 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur. The 22-year-old made a total of eight saves, the joint-most of any keeper this season, but saved the best for a curling Erik Lamela effort that was heading in for the far corner until he got the tiniest of fingertip touches.
Seamus Coleman (Everton)
Everton’s impressive start to the season under Ronald Koeman continued, as did Coleman’s. The Irishman scored a superb solo goal in the comfortable 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough. He could have easily been mistaken for a centre-forward after that excellent finish. The full-back was also solid defensively and never looked troubled.
Dejan Lovren (Liverpool)
TOTW – 1
The Liverpool centre-back was in fine form as Jurgen Klopp’s men claimed three points from Stamford Bridge for the second consecutive season with a 2-1 win on Friday night. The Croatian not only scored the opener but was also excellent at the back and for the most part, kept the in-form Diego Costa quiet despite a whopping black eye. Lovren kept calm, put in the tackles that were needed and repelled Antonio Conte’s men.
Sebastien Prodl (Watford)
TOTW – 1
This was “the battle of the buns” with Prodl coming out on top. The Austrian international was a rock at the back in Watford’s impressive and well-deserved 3-1 victory over Manchester United. He was outstanding throughout the game and managed to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic quieter than any other centre-back has done this season. He was also an influence defensively, winning one major tackle on the Swede as he looked destined to score after going through on goal. A man of the match performance.
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
TOTW – 1
Henderson has faced a lot of criticism for his performance as Liverpool captain, and rightly so on occasions. However, against Chelsea, he was outstanding and revelled in his new role in the heart of Liverpool’s midfield. He did particularly well to shackle the threat of Oscar and Eden Hazard. As for his goal, well, it was special. Little looked on when he picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, but his spectacular strike left Thibaut Courtois with no chance.
Etienne Capoue (Watford)
Who would have thought that out of the two French midfielders on display at Vicarage Road that Capoue would come out on top? Not only did he deal with the threat of Paul Pogba but also scored the opener. What has happened to the Frenchman? Having scored just once in his first three Premier League seasons, he has scored four times already this term. Credits must be given to Walter Mazzari for offering Capoue more freedom and getting the best out of him.
Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)
TOTW – 1
Townsend took Glen Johnson, who was starting his first game since February, to the cleaners as Crystal Palace swooped all over Stoke City in a 4-1 rout on Sunday. Whether going inside or outside, the England international was a constant threat with his blistering pace and skills, and put in a number of dangerous crosses. His goal was an individual moment of quality, dribbling in from the left flank before blasting it into the back of the net with his right foot.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
TOTW – 2
“Messi is on a table on his own. No one else is allowed. But the table beside, Kevin can sit there.” That’s Pep Guardiola discussing the best players he has coached. De Bruyne is second only to Messi, apparently, and based on his performances in the past couple of weeks, he may not be far off the mark. For the second week in a row, the Belgian was on another level and was involved in all four goals City put past Bournemouth, including a clever free-kick to open the scoring. If he carries on with this form, he will find himself a major contender for the Player of the Season.
Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion)
TOTW – 1
Club record signing, scoring two goals and setting two up on your home debut for your new club? Yes, that’s Chadli for you. After scoring an early penalty he then set up goals for Salomon Rondon and James McClean before tapping home his second and his side fourth. At £13m, the Belgian could be considered a risk given he had two pretty average seasons at Spurs, but his performance against West Ham must have delighted the new Chinese owners and Tony Pulis.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
TOTW – 1
It was very tough to choose as to who gets to play as the second striker, with four contenders jostling for position after fine weekends. Son Heung-Min was once again brilliant for Spurs against Sunderland, but should have scored at least once. Raheem Sterling was superb and did manage to find the net, while Alex Iwobi was influential in Arsenal’s win over Hull City. But we have gone for Sanchez as he scored a crucial brace for the Gunners and put in an all-round brilliant display.
Islam Slimani (Leicester City)
TOTW – 1
Two goals on your Premier League debut is not a bad way to start especially if you are the club’s record signing. Not only did Slimani scored twice with his head but also showed terrific signs of forging deadly partnerships with both Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez as Leicester outclassed Burnley. Not all of the Foxes’ signings have bedded in quite the way they did last season, but the Algerian might be a key addition as he offers them a physical edge up front.
Subs: Heurelho Gomes (Watford), Scott Dann (Crystal Palace), Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City), Idrissa Gueye (Everton), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
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