Premier League Team of Week 21

Premier League Team of Week 21: PEA Shooter

As enjoyable a match as Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Liverpool was, not one player from that game made it into our XI. An abundance of centre-backs and strikers high up the rankings means we’ve gone for a 3-4-3 this week. Here’s our Premier League team of week 21.

Goalkeeper: Ben Foster. Bournemouth 3-3 Watford.

How does a goalkeeper who concedes three goals earn a spot here? By being one of his sides top attackers.

Centre-back: Shane Duffy. West Ham United 2-2 Brighton.

Brighton often have a centre-back in this team – only Liverpool and Spurs have got more defenders into our XIs – and it’s often because they bag a goal.

Centre-back: Ben Mee. Huddersfield 1-2 Burnley

What a massive win this was for the Clarets. Mee was their top player and was the top defensive performer in the Premier League this week.

Centre-back: Nathan Aké. Bournemouth 3-3 Watford.

Aké appears for the second match week in a row, for scoring a goal while also conceding at least three for the second game in a row. Algorithms are weird.

Midfield: Christian Eriksen. Cardiff City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur.

I was surprised to see this was Eriksen’s first TOTW cap of the season. More to come, Christian?

Midfield: Aron Gunnarsson. Cardiff City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur.

While Spurs kept Gunnarsson busy at the back, his shot which we valued as 0.74 xG earned him a place in the XI.

Midfield: Granit Xhaka. Arsenal 4-1 Fulham.

Xhaka is a long time Twelve favourite, and this dashboard illustrates why. For all his faults, the Swiss international can certainly get the ball up the pitch.

Midfield: Ryan Fraser. Bournemouth 3-3 Watford.

Fraser is the Premier League’s top creator of clear-cut chances this season, and he added another to his tally here.

Forward: Marko Arnautovic. West Ham United 2-2 Brighton.

We’ve included the shots dashboard here, as the only other action on Arnautovic’s full chart was one pass. He’s in the team to score goals, and he duly obliged.

Forward: Troy Deeney. Bournemouth 3-3 Watford.

Deeney’s brace should really have won the points for the Hornets, but within ten minutes Bournemouth were level.

Forward: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsenal 4-1 Fulham.

Leaving the best until last, Aubameyang is our captain this week. However, despite scoring a goal and getting a 2nd assist, he missed three other high quality chances. What could’ve been performance of the season instead has to be satisfied with performance of the week.

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