The Premier League witnessed a great weekend of action where some records were broken, and some brilliant goals scored. Here is our team of week.
Goalkeeper: Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland)
It was a big win for the Black Cats and they see themselves moved out of the relegation zone. Of course, there is plenty of time for more twists and turns but Big Sam will be happy with what he saw against Stoke City and Pantilimon played a big part in the side’s second consecutive win with an assured goalkeeping performance, especially that one big save from Jonathan Walters when the game was still at 0-0.
Right back: Adam Smith (Bournemouth)
Bournemouth needed a point, and they somehow got that against Everton in a cracker of a match. It was an inspired substitution by manager Eddie Howe and Smith played a crucial part in getting the Cherries a point from the game. He scored a peach of a goal and also won the ball in the middle of the park, which led to Junior Stanislas’s equaliser.
Central defender: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)
Another commanding performance from the Spurs man, who is increasingly proving to be an early contender for the signing of the season tag.
Central defender: Chris Smalling (Manchester United)
Smalling seems to be in the prime of his form and once again, had a good game against Leicester. He almost single-handedly, ensured Jamie Vardy was kept from adding to his record-breaking tally.
Left back: Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland)
The Dutchman scored got on the scoresheet for his side and also kept the Stoke attackers at bay. Allardyce’s switch to a 3-5-2 formation has suited definitely suited the former Chelsea player as his attacking instincts don’t leave the defence unprotected.
Midfielder: James McArthur (Crystal Palace)
The Palace midfielder enjoyed an outstanding day against struggling Newcastle United. All season, the “all-action midfielder” has been quietly going about his job and against Newcastle, he enjoyed perhaps his best game this season, as he scored a brace in Palace’s 5-1 win.
Midfielder: Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth)
It might only have been a point, but with results not going the side’s way, it wasn’t surprising to see the fans celebrate this draw felt like their side won a cup final. Stanislas struck twice, including the dramatic 97th minute equalizer. This draw and the fashion it came in might give the Cherries hope for their survival
Midfielder: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
After a humiliating 1-4 loss to Liverpool last weekend and another loss to Juventus mid-week, Manchester City desperately needed a win against Southampton. Kevin de Bruyne ensured his side got that as he scored one and set up the other two goals.
Midfielder: Ross Barkley (Everton)
The Evertonian scored, what everyone thought was the winner, and assisted another goal in Everton’s 3-3 draw against Bournemouth. Barkey put on a performance that shows just why he has been rated so highly for so long. The 21-year-old has improved his end product massively and has 6 goals and 5 assists to his name this season.
Forward: Odion Ighalo (Watford)
Perhaps not much has been spoken about newly promoted Watford who sit in a very respectable 11th position in the table. Goals are necessary for survival – something Bournemouth seem to be lacking at the moment – and Ighalo has ensured Watford don’t feel the dearth of goals. An FPL favorite, Ighalo scored as well as assisted a goal as Watford registered a win against struggling Aston Villa.
Forward: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
The 28-year-old did what no one could have imagined when the season started. Forget beating a record, just scoring in 11 consecutive matches is an extraordinary achievement. And then of course, beating the record held by Ruud van Nistelrooy must have also been sweeter since it came against Manchester United. It’s proving to be one hell of a season for the side sitting in second position in the league.