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Premier League Weekly Awards: Precise Ward-Prowse, poor Pogba, inspiring Olsen

Every week we reward the best – and worst – of the Premier League action, and this week’s awards ceremony features James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick masterclass, a screamer from a Fulham new boy, and Patrick Bamford reverting to his old ways.

There’s also Paul Pogba’s penalty pain, Robin Olsen’s inspiring journey to starting for Everton, and Roy Keane’s grouchy punditry returns.

Moment of the Week

A decade ago Robin Olsen was so disillusioned with the sport that he decided to play with his friends in the Swedish equivalent of Sunday League football.

Since then, he’s gone on to win four league titles in Sweden and Denmark, represent his country at a World Cup and now make his Premier League debut. Whether or not he remains Everton‘s number one this season, it’s a remarkable turnaround in his career.

Honourable Mention: Nat Phillip’s man of the match display on his Liverpool debut against West Ham; Gareth Bale scoring his first Spurs goal in over seven years.

Player of the Week

Two stunning free-kicks and an assist for another goal made it a weekend to remember for Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, who has scored 13% of all direct free-kick goals in the Premier League since the start of last season (h/t to Daniel Storey for that stat).

Honourable Mention: Jack Grealish, Aston Villa; Gabriel Magalhães, Arsenal.

The Premier League team of the week for Gameweek 7

Goal of the Week

This was a really competitive week for the best goal, we could have legitimately picked any one of about five or six, but we’ve gone for Ola Aina‘s swazzer against West Brom on Monday night. It was Fulham‘s second goal of the game and sealed their first three points of the season.

Honourable Mentions: Danny Ings, Southampton; James Ward-Prowse, Southampton; Kyle Walker, Manchester City; Jack Grealish, Aston Villa.

Pass of the Week

James Maddison’s pre-assist for Leicester City‘s third was very nice, splitting the Leeds defence to put the team in a position to score, but Cengiz Unger‘s lovely little chip to set up Jamie Vardy was just delicious.

The Premier League players who impressed us this week

Save of the Week

Robin Olsen got a lot of praise for his first-half save from an Allan Saint-Maximin shot, but his save from Sean Longstaff was even more impressive, requiring rapid reflexes to stop the close range effort.

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Miss of the Week

Ah, the old Patrick Bamford has reared its head. The Leeds United striker has been incredibly clinical this season, in sharp contrast to, well, the rest of his career. But he missed a number of chances against Leicester on Monday, including an absolute sitter in the second minute.

To compound Bamford’s woe, the Foxes went up the other end and Harvey Barnes scored almost immediately after. It’s a cruel world sometimes.

Stat of the Week

Gareth Bale can now be counted among the Premier League’s elites after scoring the winner against Brighton.

The best Premier League statistics of the weekend

Quotes of the Week

Howler of the Week

Paul Pogba‘s clumsy challenge on Hector Bellerín cost his team the game in a tight encounter. The Frenchman isn’t the sole cause of Manchester United‘s problems, but it’s the second time this season he has given away a penalty – and the third during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign – and deprived them of precious points.

Dishonourable Mention: Andre Gomes giving away a penalty against Newcastle United.

The players who had a mare in the Premier League this week

Donkey of the Week

Just Roy Keane being Roy Keane. Tim Cahill was a rock of sense when talking on Sky Sports after Arsenal‘s 1-0 win over Manchester United, but the cantankerous Cork man was having none of it. The Irishman fell back on his old school attitude, as his wont, while trying to shut down his colleague’s reasoned argument.

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