Is it really a ‘week’ when it all takes place midweek? It’s the key question of our confused times, I’m sure you’ll agree. Here’s our Premier League Team of Week 15.
Goalkeeper: Ben Foster. Watford 1-2 Manchester City.
The Watford stopper was second in the defensive chart to Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka, but he chipped in with a couple of high value long passes (as we can see here) to take the goalkeeper slot.
Right-back: Kyle Walker. Watford 1-2 Manchester City.
Walker’s main point scoring contribution was to block a shot on the line. Too bad the ball was then poked home anyway, but more on the scorer of the goal shortly.
Centre-back: Fabian Schar. Everton 1-1 Newcastle United.
Schar was a very busy boy, as you can see here. It was worth it though, as Newcastle picked up a point. The Magpies have been the fifth best team in the division over the past six matches.
Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk. Burnley 1-3 Liverpool.
Big Virgil may have been second to his defensive partner Joel Matip in the off ball rankings according to Twelve’s algorithm, but his overall contribution made him the top defender this week. Van Dijk won 10/10 aerial duels in his own half, and assisted the goal which gave Liverpool the lead.
Left-back: Patrick van Aanholt. Brighton 3-1 Crystal Palace.
In a slow week for left-backs, it didn’t take too much for the Palace man to make the cut. We could arguably have put James Milner here, just as Jürgen Klopp did for the final 25 minutes at Burnley when he subbed off Moreno.
Midfield: Aaron Mooy. Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield Town.
Mooy picks up his second team of the week cap in quick succession. He scored twice on his previous appearance, but it was more of an all round performance which helped him make the cut here.
Midfield: Luka Milivojevic. Brighton 3-1 Crystal Palace.
Should a player who got over a third of his points from the penalty spot, whose team lost 3-1 in a derby while playing 10 men for an hour make the team? Don’t ask me, I just run the numbers and see what they spit out.
Midfield: Abdoulaye Doucoure. Watford 1-2 Manchester City.
Hornets fans won’t thank me for saying this, but how long before Doucoure gets a move to one of the big teams?
Forward: Riyad Mahrez. Watford 1-2 Manchester City.
Forward: Lucas Perez. West Ham United 3-1 Cardiff City.
Fifty-six minutes was all it took for Perez to top our shots leader board. Two shots, two goals. Lovely stuff, Michael.
Forward: Leroy Sané. Watford 1-2 Manchester City.
A thousand points for chesting the ball into the goal? They all count, you know.