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Premier League Weekly Awards: Gundogan the great, Lowton’s golazo, Maja magic

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

Moment of the Week

Getting your first win in 12 Premier League games is a relief, but doing it at Goodison, where your club has never won in the league ever, is a special moment.

What makes it even better is, Josh Maja scored a brace on his first Premier League start to give his new team Fulham a massive 2-0 win over Everton.

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Player of the Week

The man of the moment, Ilkay Gundogan is in the form of his life. The German midfielder’s brace against Tottenham Hotspur brought him to 11 league goals for the season, the first time he has reached double digits in a single campaign.

Gundogan is the top scorer in the league since the beginning of December and in Europe’s top five leagues since the beginning of 2021. Most impressively, he didn’t score his first goal of the season until 15 December.

He’s swiftly moving into Player of the Year territory.

Runner-up: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal.

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Goal of the Week

Matt Lowton might have just scored the Goal of the Season for Burnley – and it’s his first goal in 119 Premier League appearances for the Clarets.

Honourable Mention: Danny Ings, Southampton (vs Wolves); Bruno Fernandes, Man United (vs West Brom).

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Assist of the Week

Every now and again Roberto Firmino pulls out an absolutely magic piece of skill like this.

Honourable Mentions: Ederson, Man City (vs Spurs); Jay Rodriguez, Burnley (vs Crystal Palace).

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Save of the Week

On 15 December West Brom’s Sam Johnstone stretches to make a magnificent save to his left late in the game to keep it 1-1 against Manchester City.

On 14 February West Brom’s Sam Johnstone stretches to make a magnificent save to his left late in the game to keep it 1-1 against Manchester United.

Where would the Baggies be without him?

Honourable Mention: Alisson’s diving effort to stop Jamie Vardy’s shot.

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Stat of the Week

Make that 16 for Manchester City.

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Howler of the Week

Goalkeepers are fundamentally broken right now. That can be the only explanation for the recent spate of howlers by so many alleged shot stoppers.

Alisson Becker committed yet another wojous error to go with his two last week against Man City. The defender Ozan Kabak doesn’t deal with the situation well either, but an experienced goalie like Alisson should take command of the situation.

Dishonourable Mention: Illan Meslier, Leeds United (vs Arsenal)

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Donkey of the Week

It’s becoming a weekly ritual at this point. Black footballer plays poorly, racist bigots abuse said player online. Rinse and repeat.

The victim on this occasion? Anthony Martial, who was on the receiving end of such abuse only last month. On this occasion the Frenchman was targeted following a listless display against West Brom.

“After the game, Martial was subjected to abuse on his Instagram account, with a number of users posting racist messages and symbols on his photos, and using the N-word,” Sky Sports reported on Sunday.

It’s beyond unacceptable and tiresome at this point. Instagram announced harsher penalties for accounts found to be partaking in such behaviour, but we’ll hold our breath on that one.

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