Premier League Team of the week – 31/10/2016

Written by Richard Williams

A great weekend of football, some great goals, some arguable penalty shouts and some brilliant footwork. There have been lots of easy choices this week. I’ve opted for a 4-3-3 formation, due to so many great defensive displays. So here we go!

Goalkeeper – This week saw Tom Heaton have the performance of his life for Burnley. He denied the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic several times, forcing Manchester United to be held to a draw with the Clarets. Heaton has undoubtedly been Burnley’s saviour this season so far displaying phenomenal goalkeeping.

Defenders – My back four this week is made up of Kyle Walker, David Luiz, Joel Matip and Kieran Gibbs. All putting on a great example of good defending. Walker, as per usual was a machine down the right flank, constantly up and down the field. He doesn’t seem to get tired, unstoppable. David Luiz is really coming into form now in Chelsea’s new set up, he looks like a serious defender now. When he arrived back at Stamford Bridge, he looked like he hadn’t learnt anything at his time with PSG, making silly mistakes, but now looks ready to be a key player for Conte. Onto Joel Matip, same applies to him as I said about Luiz, he looked very shaky in the opening few games for Liverpool, but now is starting to thrive under Klopp. Given the Merseyside outfit are struggling to keep clean sheets but I think they still deserve a little credit when due. Finally Kieran Gibbs, a few seasons ago I would of told you Gibbs wasn’t any good, but now my opinion has completely changed on him. What a talent, he offers so much on the pitch.

Midfield – My defensive midfielders are made up of, Ilkay Gündogan and Dele Alli. I was very impressed with both players on Saturday, great show. Gündogan who missed the first 3 games of the season through injury, has blossomed in recent games grabbing a brace in Manchester City’s demolition of West Brom. When he first arrived at the Etihad, I was excited to watch him in the Premier League having watched him for the last 2 seasons at Borussia Dortmund. In weeks to come I think he’ll be a stand out player for City. And Alli, such a young promising talent Spurs have on there hands. He still has his best years ahead of him in my opinion, Tottenham should really do everything in there power to keep hold of the England international.

Centre attacking midfield – Again this man stands out, none other than Liverpool’s Philppe Coutinho. Despite not grabbing a goal this weekend, Coutinho offered a lot going forward for Liverpool against Crystal Palace, showing some sensational footwork. For me, he’s one of the highly rated Brazilians to grace the Premier League. Such flair in his game.

Forwards – Reasonably easy choice here, I have Arsenal duo, Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez and Sergio Aguero. I’ll start with Sanchez, this man is easily one of the best players I’ve seen for long while. When he plays through the middle for the Gunners he is outstanding, he finds space and sniffs out a goal. An impressive brace as Arsenal tore apart Sunderland. Next, onto Giroud, another Arsenal player to grab a double, I have to say I really admired his headed goal which flew past Jordan Pickford. For me, Giroud is one of the most underrated strikers in the league. And moving on finally to, Sergio Aguero. What a performance, his second goal was astonishing, he had barely any space to get the shot away but buried it from distance. This guy is very, very special, City really need to keep hold of him.

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Player ratings:

Tom Heaton- 8

Kyle Walker- 8

David Luiz- 8

Joel Matip- 7

Kieran Gibbs- 7

Deli Alli- 7

Ilkay Gündogan- 8

Philippe Coutinho-7

Sergio Aguero- 9

Alexis Sanchez- 9

Olivier Giroud- 8

So there you have it, another Team of the Week. Agree? Let us know in the comments below!