Premier League Team of the Week
Goalkeeper: Ederson (Manchester City)
Not the busiest day for the Brazilian stopper, but when called into action, he was first class as usual. Christian Benteke’s header late on looked like it was going into the top corner to set up a nervy finish for City, but Ederson at full stretch produced one of the saves of the season to ensure City kept a clean sheet.
Defender: Lucas Digne (Everton)
A welcome return to form for the Everton left-back as Lucas Digne enjoyed a great day at Goodison Park. There were a number of players who turned out their best performances for Everton this season against West Ham and Digne was very much one of them with an industrious display.
Defender: Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Pep Guardiola is making the best of a bad situation with his current defensive crisis, but his fears were eased somewhat on Saturday as Fernandinho was rock solid at the heart of Manchester City’s defence. The likes of Wilfred Zaha and Christian Benteke must’ve been licking their lips when they saw City’s team sheet, but Fernandinho was impressive as he repelled every Palace attack.
Defender: Craig Dawson (Watford)
It was a fixture dominated by VAR due to the controversy surrounding Dele Alli’s late equalizer for Spurs, but before that, Watford’s Craig Dawson was immense as he stood up to the relentless attack of Spurs who were trying to restore parity following Watford’s excellent start.
Defender: George Baldock (Sheffield United)
Most neutrals were expecting Arsenal’s front three to inflict a lot of damage on Sheffield United’s defence, but George Baldock had other ideas. With his sleeves rolled up from the first minute, Baldock answered every question emphatically as wave after wave of Arsenal attacks were nullified by a Blades defence with Baldock at the heart of it.
Midfielder: Andre Gomes (Everton)
If this is the start of Everton rejuvenating their season, then Andre Gomes deserves massive credit for it. The Portuguese star has endured a torrid start to the season due to injury, but at his best, he is a constant threat for The Blues. Against West Ham on Saturday he was positive in possession and at the centre of everything great from Everton.
Midfielder: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
It can’t be long before Jack Grealish is capped by England. Gareth Southgate attended Villa Park to watch his former side take on Brighton, and he must’ve been delighted with what he seen from Grealish. As well making the scoresheet, Grealish was also a constant nuisance for The Villains as they continue their great start to life back in England’s top flight.
Midfielder: David Silva (Manchester City)
It’s a minor miracle how Crystal Palace emerged from their game with Manchester City with only two goals conceded. The current Premier League champions were a delight to watch and everything they created was largely down to David Silva. This is the Spaniard’s final season for Manchester City, and he’s determined to go out on a high.
Forward: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
He might not boast the prolific numbers of Manchester United forwards from yesteryear, but there’s definitely a great player inside Marcus Rashford when he decides to go full pelt. The bulk of his teammates were up for Sunday’s battle with arch rivals, Liverpool, and Rashford didn’t disappoint in leading the line and he was rewarded with a first half goal.
Forward: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Quickly becoming one of the world’s best players, Raheem Sterling is showing a new side to his game with a creative side that is benefitting his Manchester City teammates. His vision and creativity for David Silva’s goal was sublime and it’s refreshing to talk about the Englishman’s creative side rather than his goals.
Forward: Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)
It’s been a fantastic season for Chelsea’s youngsters, and although Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have taken the majority of the plaudits, it was time for Callum Hudson-Odoi to step up on Saturday as Chelsea beat Newcastle 1-0. The young winger created a hatful of chances for his teammates and could feel slightly underwhelmed that their 1-0 victory wasn’t more comfortable.