You know the drill by now. We compile a leaderboard for the weekend’s games, and pick the bones out of it to hammer it into a vaguely cohesive XI. Here’s our Premier League team of week 11.
Goalkeeper: David de Gea. Bournemouth 1-2 Manchester United.
Rival fans like to joke about where United would be if de Gea ever left; ‘League One’ is the most common response. That may sound extreme, but with six saves (including one clear-cut chance) he kept his side in the game long enough to win it yet again.
Right-back: Seamus Coleman. Everton 3-1 Brighton.
Coleman scored a fine goal on Saturday, but it’s clear from his dashboard how well he defended too. Four ball recoveries in the opposition half isn’t too common for a full-back, so take a bow, Seamus.
Centre-back: Lewis Dunk. Everton 3-1 Brighton.
I can’t recall players from opposing side partnering up in defence before. Two defenders scoring in the same match doesn’t happen very often though. While Dunk obviously focussed mostly on defending in this game, we can see he played some incisive, long range passes too.
Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk. Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool.
Liverpool caught Arsenal offside seven times – they’d averaged two per game prior to this match – and van Dijk was at the heart of that, marshalling his back line superbly. This enabled the Dutchman to be the top ‘off ball’ performer in our XI.
Left-back: Jonny. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur.
Jonny only picked up 13 points more than Ryan Sessegnon did this weekend. Winning a penalty got the Wolves man the slot here. Better luck next time, Ryan.
Midfield: David Silva. Manchester City 6-1 Southampton.
Another week, another David Silva masterclass. This is his fourth team of the week cap in the last seven weeks. Who needs Kevin de Bruyne, eh?
Midfield: Granit Xhaka. Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool.
Xhaka is our team’s top defensive performer, and it’s easy to see why on his dashboard. His 16 ball recoveries would be a lot in any game, but to do so when your side has 62% possession is truly remarkable.
Midfield: Felipe Anderson. West Ham United 4-2 Burnley.
Mr. Anderson is our captain this week. His two goals put him second on the shots chart, and he put in a defensive shift too. It’s rare for a player to break the 4,000 points barrier, but Felipe Anderson managed it on Saturday.
Forward: Richarlison. Everton 3-1 Brighton.
This was the first match in his Premier League career where Richarlison broke the one xG barrier. It won’t be the last.
Want to find your way into this team? Win one penalty and then convert another. But being second top for attacking points certainly helps too.
Forward: Raheem Sterling. Manchester City 6-1 Southampton.
Let’s keep this brief: two goals, two assists, job done. Sterling is having a fabulous campaign. Will he or de Gea feature here next week after the Manchester derby though?