On a weekend which saw Manchester City extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points while Chelsea overcame Manchester United – we’ve picked out the eleven star performers for our Premier League Team of the Weekend.
Nick Pope – Burnley
The Burnley stopper made a number of sensational saves to keep Southampton at bay – and his form as of late has been pivotal to the Claret’s rise up the league table. Should he keep his form up, Tom Heaton may be sitting on the bench for a while.
Cesar Apzilicueta – Chelsea
Regarded by many as one of the best defenders in England and rightly so – the Spaniard was composed at the back and provided a great assist for Alvaro Morata’s all-important winner against Manchester United.
Nathan Ake – Bournemouth
Although it was his defensive partner Steve Cook who will earn plaudits for his late winner – Ake was sensational against Newcastle, winning aerial duels all over the pitch as well as putting in some well-timed tackles to keep the scores locked before securing a crucial away win.
Davinson Sanchez – Spurs
A player who seems to be getting better with each passing game – Spurs had to fight for their win against Crystal Palace and Sanchez’ efforts went a long way to securing such. Looks to be one of the best signings of the summer.
Leighton Baines – Everton
The veteran full-back proved he still has plenty to offer – firing a late penalty to secure a sensational comeback victory over Watford. Baines also provided an assist in a leader’s performance from the back.
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
There is very little you can say about De Bruyne that hasn’t already been said. Took his goal excellently and was world-class all day long. The Belgian currently looks a shoe-in for the PFA Player of the Year Award.
Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea
Winning the midfield battle went a long way to securing victory for Chelsea – and coupled with the efforts of Tiemoue Bakoyoko and N’Golo Kante, Fabregas flourished in midfield for the Blues – dictating the game from the very beginning. A truly assured performance.
David Silva – Manchester City
Man City are a joy to watch as of late and in Silva we have one of the most underrated players in world football. The little Spaniard played out of his skin as City cruised ahead at the top of the table – grabbing an assist and hardly putting a foot wrong for 90 minutes.
Rajiv Van La Parra – Huddersfield
A threat to West Brom all day long – Van La Parra’s curled effort left Ben Foster helpless and will be a goal Huddersfield supporters will be talking about for years to come. Top class.
Mohammed Salah – Liverpool
Electrifying pace and clear composure are proving to be a lethal combination – as the Egyptian notched a brace to make it twelve goals in all competitions this season. His second goal epitomised his skill and just how fantastic a signing he has been for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Alvaro Morata – Chelsea
Morata bullied Phil Jones and had United defenders scrambling hopelessly all afternoon. His raw strength and tenacity paid off in the perfect manner – with a bullet header into the top corner to secure a massive win for his side. World class performance from the Spaniard.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.