SportPesa Premier League Team of the Week
Goalkeeper: Ben Foster (Watford)
It’s the second week running that Ben Foster makes the final cut, and his performance against Norwich City on Friday night helped Watford register their first win of the season. The Hornets have endured a difficulty start to the season, but Foster has been immense since day one and they should be grateful for his presence.
Defender: Trent Alexander Arnold (Liverpool)
Once again, Manchester City targeted Liverpool’s right-hand side thinking that Raheem Sterling could get the better of Trent Alexander Arnold, but the Liverpool full-back was flawless in dealing with the threat. Combine that with his attacking prowess and he was vital in ensuring Liverpool took three points.
Defender: Chris Basham (Sheffield United)
Not much was expected of Sheffield United this season, but their resilience at the back has been admirable and Chris Basham is a central part of that. He was superb against Spurs on Saturday as The Blades took a deserved 1-1 draw and if it wasn’t for the craziness of VAR then Basham would’ve been celebrating a famous win.
Defender: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)
Another impressive weekend for Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City and starring for The Foxes was Ricardo Pereira. The talented full-back has been revelation since joining Leicester and his impressive form was maintained on Saturday as he tore into a desperate Arsenal side as Leicester strengthened their grip on a top four place.
Defender: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)
A lot will be made of Andrew Robertson’s delightful cross to Mohamed Salah, but the Scottish left back was stunning in defence as he broke up several Manchester City attacks. Liverpool’s full-backs have been a constant nuisance all season and their 3-1 victory over their title rivals saw both Robertson and Alexander Arnold in full flow.
Midfielder: Fabinho (Liverpool)
One of the goals of the weekend as Fabinho’s long range strike gave Liverpool a 1-0 lead over Manchester City, but there was so much more to admire about the leggy Brazilian. One of Liverpool’s best performers this season, Fabinho can be relied on no matter the occasion and his presence in this Liverpool side is highly valuable.
Midfielder: Tom Davies (Everton)
There’s a big buzz amongst Everton fans surrounding Tom Davies and the young midfielder impressed yet again against Southampton and his performance brought a well-deserved goal. Davies’ energy coupled with his passing ability has brought a calmness and assurance to Everton’s midfield and you can clearly see the difference his inclusion has made.
Midfielder: Ruben Neves (Wolves)
A lot was made when Wolves sighed Ruben Neves. A star for Porto and with a wealth of European experience, Neves swapped life in Portugal for the English championship and Wolves haven’t looked back since. Against Aston Villa on Sunday, Neves’ strike from the edge of the area was simply unstoppable and it provided a platform for Wolves to go on and take all three points.
Forward: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
The managers may change regularly at the King Power Stadium, but Jamie Vardy’s goalscoring form never alters. Under Brendan Rodgers, Vardy’s improvement has gone up another level and with Saturday’s win against Arsenal confirming Leicester as genuine top four contenders, Vardy’s input is going to be crucial in Leicester building on their excellent start.
Forward: Richarlison (Everton)
Everton’s win over Southampton on Saturday was a victory that appeared narrow on paper, but it was a game that the Merseyside club dominated for large portions. Richarlison was a constant nuisance for Everton, and the Brazilian was in the right pace at the right time to give Everton a crucial goal that proved to be the winner.
Forward: Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
It’s been a remarkable few weeks for Christian Pulisic. The American international arrived at Stamford Bridge with a big reputation, but he’s had to be patient to earn the trust of Frank Lampard. Since winning the approval of his manager, Pulisic has been in superb form and he hit the net once more against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon as Chelsea registered another win.