Seb’s Premier League Team of The Week

Updated: August 16, 2016

Week one of the 2016/2017 English Premier League gave what we could have or couldn’t have expected. High score-lines, debut goals and a reasonable amount of draws.

Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City)

It could be argued that Skekelenburg should be the goalkeeper in team of the week but I feel the Polish goalkeeper just edged it with some very impressive saves against Burnley to give Swansea their first points of the season. Tom Heaton made a few saves as well but could be blamed partially for the goal and Fabianski keeps a clean sheet.

Right-Back: Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

A great assist for Lamela gave Tottenham a must deserved point at Goodison Park, although quite an abject performance in the first-half Walker improved immensely in the second-half and stormed past Baines on a regular basis being the main threat to Everton.

Centre-Back: Eric Bailly (Manchester United) 

A good Premier League debut for the Ivory Coast defender, he seemed composed, strong and in control throughout the game being well organised with Daley Blind. Unfortunately United were exposed on several occasions out wide with the full-backs caught too high up field.

Centre-Back: Curtis Davies (Hull City) 

A surprise first day victory for relegation favourites against reigning champions Leicester. There was nothing complicated about h0w Hull defended, they kept their shape brilliantly, that’s it! It reduced space for Vardy or Musa to create themselves enough chances, they did have very few chances but with a defence well placed in front of Leicester’s strikers, there was not much to be able to capitalise on. Next to midfielder Jake Livermore, Davies did extremely well to organise the defence correctly.

Left-Back: George Friend (Middlesborough) 

There weren’t any stand-out performances for any left-back in the Premier League this weekend, but Friend did a respectable job on keeping Stoke’s Shaqiri under control and making sure he didn’t create too many clear-cut chances.

Right-Midfield: Robert Snodgrass (Hull City)

Showing performances similar to what he did back at Norwich. He didn’t let Leicester defenders rest for a minute, making Fuch’s afternoon a nightmare that never stopped, he created most of Hull’s chances. His goal was well deserved and he could have got one more.

Defensive-Midfield: Fernandinho (Manchester City)

Fernandinho didn’t have an astonishing performance for City under new boss Pep Guardiola. He stayed very composed dropping into a centre-back roll throughout the whole game. His pass completion is currently the highest after the first day and has completed the most amount of passes on the first day. He will be key to Pep’s City revolution.

Left-Midfield: Eden Hazard (Chelsea) 

The Belgium star continued his form from the Euro’s and the season Chelsea when they won the title. He was constantly a threat to West Ham and seemed to have confidence in himself again taking on defenders non-stop and getting himself on the scoresheet and had chances to at least get himself two more goals.

Attacking-Midfield: Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool)

We can’t leave out the current top scorer in the Premier League. His free-kick was just typically of what Countinho is capable of doing and his second was more typical of a number 9 and not the number 10 role he filled so well through out the match. But his performance shouldn’t be too over-rated, he did have some moments of constantly giving the ball away. None-the-less, he was influential is Liverpool moving forward and pressing Arsenal’s defence.

Striker: Sadio Mané (Liverpool)

Mané is the perfect player to fit into the Coutinho and Firminio attack. His pace caused Arsenal problems in the second-half. His goal was without doubt one of the best this weekend with a solo masterclass accompanied with brilliant dribbling to fool the Arsenal defence.

Striker: Nathan Redmond (Southampton)

Not naturally a striker but has all the assets to be one. He showed this weekend that his technical abilities and pace are what is needed to replace Mané and so far he is showing that he can do better. If Redmond continues with such performances, it won’t be long until big clubs come in for him.


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