Another week, another 26 goals scored. Some of our players featured in five goal wins while others appeared in goal-less stalemates though. Here’s our Premier League team of week 9.
Goalkeeper: Mat Ryan. Newcastle United 0-1 Brighton.
There’s no way to be nice about it: Brighton’s record on the road since they reached the Premier League has been abysmal. It would be worse were it not for Mat Ryan. He saved a clear-cut chance while the score was 0-0 at Newcastle, then made five more saves after the Seagulls took the lead. The Australian amassed the third most defensive points this week, so is worthy of his spot between the sticks.
Right-back: Cedric Soares. Bournemouth 0-0 Southampton.
Regular readers will know it’s often hard to find a right-back for the team of the week; nobody grows up wanting to be Gary Neville, after all. Soares may have scraped into the top 50 at #47, like the fourth single released off a popular album, but he defended his flank well and played some incisive passes.
Centre-back: Antonio Rüdiger. Chelsea 2-2 Manchester United.
The Chelsea centre-back is our captain in week nine. As he scored the opener and should really have bagged the winner, that’s fair enough. Rüdiger was in the team last time too, is he becoming a fixture in these parts?
Centre-back: Lewis Dunk. Newcastle United 0-1 Brighton.
Dunk was the top defensive performer in the Premier League this weekend. That the next two top players were also in the Brighton back line illustrates how hard Newcastle tried to get back into the match. Dunk’s main contribution was blocking three shots, but as his dashboard attests he also made numerous other interventions in the Seagulls’ box.
Left-back: Andrew Robertson. Huddersfield 0-1 Liverpool.
Liverpool have had fewer Team Of The Week players than any other big six team. Watford or Burnley have had more than the Reds too. Robertson’s performance at Huddersfield didn’t pick up much praise on social media either. However, the captain of Scotland was this team’s top off-ball performer for starters. Robertson also defended his flank well, making a whopping 14 ball recoveries.
Midfield: David Silva. Manchester City 5-0 Burnley.
Silva has appeared in this team in weeks five, seven and nine. Southampton had better watch out on November 4th. It was a pretty standard performance by the Spaniard; I wonder how many of his numerous assists have been cutbacks from the byline?
Midfield: Abdoulaye Doucouré. Wolves 0-2 Watford.
Doucouré wins the ‘like buses’ award this week. Prior to Saturday, the Watford midfielder had assisted a total of five Premier League goals in two-and-a-bit seasons. He then assisted two goals in 58 seconds to enable the Hornets to fly home from the west Midlands with the points.
Midfield: Etienne Capoue. Wolves 0-2 Watford.
Doucouré is joined in the heart of our team’s midfield by his Watford colleague, Etienne Capoue. The former Spurs man had a tidy enough game, but it was his long rang opening goal which earned him his place in our XI this week.
Forward: Riyad Mahrez. Manchester City 5-0 Burnley.
Prior to the start of this season, cynics wondered how much Mahrez would actually play for Manchester City. Yet the Algerian has appeared in all nine league games so far, and this is his second Team Of The Week cap. His first came in another 5-0 win, which suggests he’s doing something right. Mahrez picked up the most attacking points in the team this week.
Forward: Sergio Aguero. Manchester City 5-0 Burnley.
Aguero picked up the most shot points this week. On those points alone, he would’ve been the 14th best performer in the Premier League this weekend. The Argentine only scored once, but he had several other top quality chances so should really have got more.
Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal 3-1 Leicester.
At approximately 9:15 on Monday evening, Anthony Martial had the final berth in our team. But then Unai Emery sent on Aubameyang with the score tied at 1-1, and five minutes later the former Dortmund man had both put the game to bed and secured a team of the week cap. Aubameyang featured in our team last time out too; will he make it a hat-trick against Crystal Palace next weekend?