On a day where results will have made a huge impact at both ends of the Premier League table there were certainly some star performances on show.
With big wins for Liverpool, Huddersfield, Brighton and Watford as well as three draws being played out, here are the men deserving of both the plaudits and the headlines.
4. Rajiv van La Parra – Huddersfield
Huddersfield’s clash with West Brom was a relegation six-pointer, one which neither side could really afford to lose.
Van La Parra has been the Terriers’ star man so far this campaign and this was again the case as he started the game brightly, with a brilliant save from Ben Foster denying him a certain goal.
However, he remained a thorn in West Brom’s side all afternoon, and did well when latching onto a low cross when giving his side the lead. He contributed at both ends of the field, flying in with six tackles, and by taking the game to the opposition. An excellent performance from the Dutchman, who will be on the radar of plenty of clubs given his current form.
3. Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
It is simply delightful to watch Mohamed Salah in full flight. Took the game to West Ham from the offset, linking up excellently with strike partners Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. He hit the woodwork early on and it proved a sign of things to come, causing the Hammers a world of problems down the right with his constant forward probing.
His efforts were rewarded in the second half with a finely taken finish on the turn, and was pivotal in allowing his teammates to get on the scoresheet as well. 25 goals in his last 25 games, Salah is fast becoming the name on everyone’s lips for the Player of the Year Award, and with performances such as this rightly so.
2. Glenn Murray – Brighton
The Brighton forward is enjoying a hot-streak in front of goal, with four in his last four outings and another brace on Saturday means the south coast club take a giant leap toward Premier League survival. Murray notched from the spot early on, further re-affirming his reputation as an incredibly reliable penalty taker, and it was he who made sure of the points late on with a second.
Glenn Murray has scored 10 PL goals this season – only 3 Englishman have scored more (Kane, Sterling & Vardy)
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 24, 2018
While not always a livewire up front, if a chance is presented to him, you can be rest assured he will take it. He now has double figures in the league this campaign, and goals are what win football matches. Murray is the star man at Brighton at present, and the fact he has scored five of his last six shots speaks for itself.
1. Dwight Gayle – Newcastle
Although Newcastle threw away a 2-0 lead to draw with Bournemouth, the first half efforts of Gayle should not go unnoticed. He caused serious problems for the Cherries’ defence as Newcastle dominated the early proceedings – and although fortuitous to find the ball at his feet on 17 minutes, he cleverly improvised to backheel home.
It was a case of right place, right time for his second goal following some promising build-up play, but his goals will go a long way in Newcastle securing their Premier League status for another season. A handful to mark on his day, with confidence on his side – Gayle can spearhead the Toon’s push for survival.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena