Every gameweek we like to reward the best – and worst – of the Premier League action with our weekly awards.
This week’s column features Jamie Vardy’s unconventional celebration, Heung-min Son’s beauty of a goal, Wilfried Zaha’s wonderful performance, and Caoimhín Kelleher’s stellar debut.
Moment of the Week
When you score a last minute winner against your most hated team, then the only way to celebrate is by furiously smashing the corner flag into pieces as Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy did on Sunday night.
The optics of smashing a corner flag with the pride rainbow on it probably isn’t the best, but we’ll just put it down to over-exuberance. After all, what a way to win a match.
𝙑𝙖𝙧𝙙𝙮 𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 ⌚️ pic.twitter.com/vMamtaG4Eg
— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 6, 2020
Player of the Week
We often take into account the level of opposition when deciding Player of the Week in this column – hence why Riyad Mahrez’ hat-trick against lowly Burnley wasn’t enough to win it last week – but Wilfried Zaha deserves it despite facing one of the worst teams in the league.
The Crystal Palace winger scored twice against West Brom on Sunday while his shot was responsible for the own goal which opened the scoring. The Baggies, who are second last in the table with just six points from 11 games, were reduced to ten men in the first half, which naturally made it easy pickings for the Eagles.
But Zaha oozed class here, emphasising just how big an impact he has on this Palace team. Having missed the past two games, the South London outfit failed to score in two eminently winnable matches against Burnley and Newcastle United. With him, they never looked in doubt of winning here.
Goal of the Week
This might have been the most difficult week to pick out the best goals, as there was a plethora of phenomenal strikes across gameweek 11. But the quality of Heung-min Son‘s goal against Arsenal – the technical perfection, the aesthetic aspect of it, the difficulty of the chance – puts it over the top in a very crowded field.
This goal will never get old.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 6, 2020
Honourable Mentions: Harry Kane, Robbie Brady, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Georginio Wijnaldum, Wilfried Zaha.
Pass of the Week
Kalvin Phillips provided a wonderful pass in behind the Chelsea defence to set Patrick Bamford loose against his former club, giving Leeds United the lead on Saturday.
Save of the Week
Caoimhín Kelleher made a number of good saves on his Premier League debut against Wolves, but the Corkman’s stopping of Daniel Podence’s effort was the best of the lot.
👐 𝐁𝐈𝐆 𝐒𝐀𝐕𝐄 👐 pic.twitter.com/UJC03M0VEa
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 7, 2020
Miss of the Week
For the third time in four weeks, Timo Werner is the ‘winner’ of our Miss of the Week. The Chelsea forward missed three good chances against Leeds, but the worst of the lot came from just a yard out from goal. It looked like a great save from Illan Meslier at first, but in reality Werner should have buried it home.
According to The xG Philosophy, the German striker has missed six chances worth more than 0.40 expected goals each this season. His pace and power is giving defences so many problems, and the positions he’s putting himself in are very encouraging, but he really needs to be putting away more of these golden opportunities.
Stat of the Week
The J Rodriguez Derby is officially a thing.
James Rodriguez against Jay Rodriguez is the Premier League's first J Rodriguez derby since Jay Rodriguez's West Brom drew 1-1 with Jese Rodriguez's Stoke in 2017. Jay Rodriguez scored.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) December 5, 2020
Howler of the Week
Conor Coady didn’t so much get pickpocketed by Mo Salah as empty his pockets and let the Egyptian take what he wanted for the opening goal. A rare howler from Wolves’ Liverpudlian centre-back.
Donkey of the Week
As already mentioned, West Brom’s chances of getting anything out of their meeting with Crystal Palace were ended the moment they went down to ten men. The worst part of it is, there was absolutely no need for Matheus Pereira to get sent off. His needless kick out at Patrick van Aanholt was a soft red, for sure, but it was completely idiotic at the same time.
RED CARD 🟥
Matheus Pereira is shown a straight red for kicking out after a lengthy VAR check
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 6, 2020
This season is already going to be tough enough for the Baggies, they don’t need their own players making it tougher for them.
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