Philani’s EPL team of the week GW10

The weekend’s action started off with a 9-0 dismantling of Southampton by the high-flying Leicester City. City beat Aston Villa 3-0, Bournemouth and Watford drew 0-0. Brighton beat Everton 3-2, while Chelsea ran out 4-2 winners over Burnley, West Ham versus Sheffield and Newcastle versus Wolves ended 1-1. Manchester United were 3-1 victors over Norwich and Liverpool reminded us just how unbeatable they can be at home beating Spurs 2-1 from behind. There was a lot of drama in Arsenal’s 2 all draw with Crystal Palace, painting a dark image for the club’s immediate future.

GK – Ederson

The Manchester City keeper has exceeded expectations, if its even possible for someone that talented to find a new gear. He made two crucial stops in the first half and contributed immensely with the boot when he found Jesus who created a goal for Sterling. He is well on his way to be the league’s undisputed best. Ederson has a whopping 41 clean-sheets since 2017/18, with his form and key defenders set to return I wouldn’t be shocked he ends the season in the mid-fifties.

RB – Alexander-Arnold

The English right-back was world class with his passing on Sunday, he has the goods to make him a superb attacking option for Jurgen Klopp and is easily one of the top players in his position. Mane, Firmino and Salah all benefit from his well-timed passes and crosses which set things going often. That said it comes as a surprise then that he is not in the top ten assist creators this season, something he must improve as soon as possible.

CB – Maguire

How much better has Manchester United got since signing him? Some would say a lot, while others maybe be a bit more cautious and some can say not at all. I will give Maguire this though, the United defence looks steadier and up for the task than they did last season and that is down to Maguire’s presence. And versus Norwich he cut a cool, calm and collected figure and seemed oblivious to any of the pressure that surrounded his side, leadership!

CB – Lascelles

Another leader of men, another resolute performance to salvage a point/points by a Newcastle side that seem to understand that every game is a fight for survival. They have for the time being silenced many critics and they have their captain to thank for that, solid performances and excellent leadership skills are infectious and make Lascelles their MVP. He is the sort of man missing at Arsenal.

LB – Wan-Bissaka

Ohhh no, I didn’t!! I hate it when I see a team of the week that puts a player in a position which they don’t play, but please forgive me. I can not ignore how good Wan-Bissaka was versus Norwich. His numbers make for a great read, 11 tackles, 4 interceptions, 4 ball recoveries, 2 blocked crosses and 21 final third passes to cap off an incredible performance. Someone please investigate why when Maguire has a great outing Wan-Bissaka shows up to.

CM- Kovacic

Kovacic is one of the many Lampard finds of the season, yes, I know he was Blue last season but has been a new man under Lampard. His combination with Jorginho undid the Burnley midfield like I have never seen before. Kovacic did however outshine his counterpart and gets the nod for a spot in the team of the week.

CM – Gundogan

Can there be a credible team of the week without a Manchester City player? I think not. This week I am not giving the nod to Kevin De Bryune, David Silva, Bernado Silva or Raheem Sterling this time around. Gundogan was the driving force of the team in most phases and the glue that held the midfield together versus the Villa eager midfielders in some key moments.

CAM – Pulisic

Imagine scoring your first three Premier League goals scored in one match, if someone says they saw this coming they are a liar. The American who many had been questioning showed up big on Saturday scoring Chelsea’s first “pure” hat-trick since Didier Drogba. The onus is on Pulisic to now cement a place in the starting eleven and prove his worth.

RW – Mane

The best player in the Premier League for me! His style of play was a thorn in the side for a Spurs side that looked to upset the apple cart. Mane is carrying Liverpool now and deservedly so, his work off the ball has matured and has made him an even bigger star amongst fans. He is a marquee player for Jurgen Klopp and showed it again this weekend.

CF – Vardy

Jamie Vardy’s hat-trick was exactly what the doctor ordered if you are a Leicester fan, nothing could have pleased the fans more than seeing their main striker get back to being as ruthless as ever. Vardy was hungry all game and that is a key factor of how Brendan Rodgers wants his team to play. For Vardy to get his hat-trick with the last kick of the game and make it 9-0 was just superb.

LW – Perez

Ayoze Perez will be hoping that his hat-trick is a sign of things to come, as he found his goals effortlessly helping Leicester to a rout of Southampton. He has blown hot and cold so far for the Foxes and this should reinvigorate him to tap into the devasting Ayoze Perez opposition fans love to hate. Perez became the first player in the Premier League to score a hat-trick in back-to-back appearances against a single opponent since Luis Suarez against Norwich City in September 2012.

Philani Mukwakwami

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