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Premier League Weekly Awards: Bale is back, De Bruyne delights, and Redknapp takes on Roy

Our weekly Premier League awards honour the best – and worst – of the football action from the past seven days.

Moment of the Week

Once again Roy Keane brightened up our Sunday while on punditry, this time by getting into a heated debate with Jamie Redknapp about Tottenham Hotspur.

Player of the Week

Gareth Bale read all of your tweets saying he was a flop this season, so he went and proved you all wrong by scoring twice and assisting another in Spurs’ 4-0 win over Burnley.

I mean, he probably didn’t read your tweets, he has a golf swing to be perfecting. But he did roll back the years with a sublime performance, scoring his second and third Premier League goals of the season.

Bale’s finish for the second was excellent, while his assist for Harry Kane was a pitch perfect ball over the top from his own half. The Welshman firmly put Keane in his place about his “team of average players” comment, anyway.

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Goal of the Week

Arsenal’s defence opened up in front of him, but Youri Tielemans still had to step through the door. The Belgian worked diligently to win the ball in the first place, before embarking on a thirty-yard run to score for Leicester City.

Pass of the Week

An injury to Kevin De Bruyne has kept a wonderful player away from the pitch in recent weeks, although it’s not as if Manchester City have missed him too much. Still, nice to have him back pinging balls into the box like he did to set up Ruben Dias for City’s opener on Sunday.

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Save of the Week

Martin Dubravka‘s brilliant save from Fabio Silva’s header late on in Saturday’s match secured a point for Newcastle United against Wolves.

Miss of the Week

It’s mystifying how Olivier Giroud, usually so clinical in this exact scenario, missed this chance against Manchester United. It was a glorious opportunity for the Chelsea striker to end United’s away streak.

Stat of the Week

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Quote of the Week

Sean Dyche is certainly brightening up press conferences these days.

Howler of the Week

We all talk far too much about referees these days, but Lee Mason made a holy show of himself on Sunday.

The official told Brighton’s Lewis Dunk he could take a direct free-kick and blew the whistle to signal this. But he quickly changed his mind when he saw that West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was not set. At this point the ball was already in the net and confusion reigned supreme.

Mason decided to rule it a goal, overruling his own change of mind. He then went over to the monitor to look at a replay of the incident, before once again changing his mind.

Mason, you have had a mare, son.

Premier League Team of the Week

Donkey of the Week

The admin of the official FPL Twitter account probably shouldn’t have hit send on this tweet.

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