After yet another action packed weekend of Premier League football, it’s time to pick our team of the week.
We’ve gone for the kind of attacking formation that Kevin Keegan himself would be proud off, with our team featuring just three defenders and loads of talent in forward areas.
Much criticised this season for struggling with the ball at his feet, the veteran reminded everyone of his qualities with a strong performance to frustrate Everton and help earn Unai Emery’s men a valuable three points.
It may have taken the young defender a while to find his feet in English football, but Diop is beginning to show why West Ham forked out £22m for his services this summer. Impressive in last week’s win at Everton, the 21-year-old again shone as West Ham kept a clean sheet and brought Chelsea’s 100% record to an end with a 0-0 draw at The London Stadium.
The Cameroonian has had to wait patiently for his chance following strong performances from Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez. He was given his opportunity this weekend, and the centre-back responded by powering home a header for his first Anfield goal.
After a summer of uncertainty in which he was linked with a move away, Rose returned to form this weekend with a performance that showed his pedigree. He got forward well down the left from his full-back role and provided the assist for Erik Lamela’s winner as Spurs ended a run of three consecutive defeats.
Perhaps the bargain of the summer so far, Wolves paid just £5m to bring the experienced Portuguese playmaker to Molineux this summer. His partnership with Ruben Neves has paid dividends, and his smart left-footed finish earning the Championship champions a vital point at Old Trafford.
A player who has made a seamless transition to the top-flight, James Maddison’s stunning free-kick was his third Premier League goal in just five appearances. With England suffering from a lack of midfield creativity, full international honours may not be far away.
I’m sure we speak for the entire football community when we say it is a joy to see Aaron Lennon with a smile on his face and playing well. His end product has let him down in the past, but a goal and two assists in Burnley’s convincing 4-0 win over Bournemouth were vital in getting The Clarets stuttering season back on track.
Yet to establish himself in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City machine, record-signing Mahrez announced himself with a smartly taken double as the champions comfortably dispatched newly promoted Cardiff.
A source of much criticism from his own fans in recent times, German international Gundogan responded with a strong performance against Cardiff. One assist and a goal bent perfectly into the top corner, Gundogan should have kept his critics at bay for at least another week.
Left on the bench as Burnley looked for a first league win of the season, Barnes responded by firing in a double from the bench as The Clarets secured a first three points of the season.
The recently retired England international showed his pedigree with an unselfish lay-off to set up strike partner Kelechi Iheanacho for Leicester’s opener. Vardy then secured the points with a deft chipped finish as Leicester secured all three points.