Saturday’s Premier League action may have saw the top four sit it out – but still provided plenty of entertainment. With this in mind, here are the stand out performers from yesterday’s action.
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
It’s becoming unarguable that Salah has been the signing of the summer – as his brace against West Ham brings him to twelve goals in all competitions in a Liverpool shirt. Only Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku have been more prolific than the Egyptian, a fact which speaks volumes in itself.
Electrifying pace coupled with a clear composure inside the box – his second goal exemplified his technical ability and showed how he is really proving to be the main man for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season. There are few Premier League attackers better than Salah on his day.
Nick Pope – Burnley
With Tom Heaton sustaining injury, many would’ve thought Burnley would struggle in his absence. However, what has followed is a stark contrast – Pope’s incredible form could well keep Heaton out of the team sheet, as the Clarets stopper was simply unbeatable in another excellent away win for Sean Dyche’s side. Pope did excellently to deny Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal, Nathan Redmond and Maya Yoshida to keep his second clean sheet of the week.
Burnley are breaking into the top six, and they have Nick Pope to thank for their position. His form last time out saw him nominated for October’s Player of the Month – and he hasn’t started November too badly either.
Rajiv Van La Parra – Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield may have Jonas Lössl to thank for coming away with anything from yesterday’s game with West Brom, but the game will ultimately be remembered for a moment of brilliance from Van La Parra. There seemed to be little or no danger when he picked up the ball late in the first half, before whipping an unstoppable effort into the top right corner, leaving Ben Foster helpless and stunning all who witnessed it.
An early contender for the goal of the month, the wide man was a thorn in West Brom’s side throughout – and his first Premier League goal is one which he’ll be sure to never forget. David Wagner’s side are picking up plenty of good results under the radar, and the Dutchman has definitely more than played his part.
Peter Crouch – Stoke City
Although making his appearance from the bench, Crouch’s impact was described as the ‘golden cameo’ by Alan Pardew and Jamie Redknapp – and rightly so. The 6’7 veteran striker made a telling mark on the game, powering home an equalising header and very nearly grabbing all three points for his side in the end.
Leicester’s Harry Maguire looked uncomfortable when tasked with marking Crouch, and his aerial ability coupled with a desire to win the ball on all occasions changed the dynamic of the tie in Stoke’s favour. Though in the twilight years of his career, his third goal from the bench this campaign proves that the former Liverpool man still has plenty to offer Mark Hughes’ side.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.