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Premier League Weekend: Heroes and Villains

Hero: Aleksandar Mitrovic

Fulham have been desperate for their fiery Serbian forward to start producing the goods. Ten brutal hours without a goal had coincided with his side plummeting down the table. In their crucial 3-2 home victory, Mitrovic was at his menacing best and ended his drought with two very tidy goals. His first was an outstanding header which looped just out of reach in past a despairing McCarthy, a truly top class bit of work from a man who could well drag his team to safety this season.  Dilly-ding dong!

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Villain: David Luiz

On Saturday, the big Brazilian put in one of the worst displays of any Chelsea player in living memory. A defender can make a mistake, but you cannot condone turning your back on the ball. Luiz was at his Sideshow Bob worst against Spurs, and cowering away from a tamely struck Harry Kane strike was the icing on pretty awful cake.

A defender has got to be prepared to get in the way and take one for the team. Luiz looked more interested in keeping his hair in place, than blocking the ball at Wembley. Woeful stuff.

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Hero:  Aaron Mooy

If Huddersfield somehow beat the drop this season, there could well be a few newborns christened Aaron, in the West Yorkshire Town come May 2019.  The Australian has been one of the few consistent Premier League level performers for The Terries since their promotion and was in inspired form again on Sunday afternoon at Wolverhampton. His brace secured a huge three points for his team which could well galvanize David Wagner’s men, with such a vital period of the season due to begin.

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Villain: James Maddison

It was pretty grim stuff from James Maddison against Brighton on Saturday. In what has been a brilliant break out season for the Leicester midfielder, he did a lot to spoil his good name with this performance. If you’re going to get sent off, probably best not to do it by blatantly diving to win a penalty when you’re already on a yellow. He was left as red faced as the card he was staring at as his side were left with an uphill battle at The Amex. The Foxes somehow salvaged point, no thanks to Mr Maddison’s early bath though.

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Hero: Leroy Sane

In all honesty you could have taken your pick from any one of City’s attackers during their 4-0 romp in East London. However, Leroy Sane’s brace was a thing of beauty.

His first goal was the definition of a man brimming with confidence as he dummied, shifted the ball and sat down both the ‘keeper and the despairing West Ham defender, before firing in to an empty net from close range. If he carries on like this he’ll definitely make Germany’s next World Cup squad.
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Villain: Jefferson Lerma

There are own goals and there are riffled volleys past your own ‘keeper. Jefferson Lerma has undoubtedly scored the best OG of the season so far, as he helped Arsenal to an important lead and ultimately all three points against Bournemouth. Even he probably couldn’t tell you what was going through his head, but it was truly a spectacular effort, too bad it wasn’t at the other end Jeff.

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