Former Norwich City goalkeeper Bryan Gunn is back again to pick through the best players from the latest weekend of Premier League action.
GK – Michel Vorm (Tottenham Hotspur)
Are you Hugo in disguise? The sweeper keeper role is a crucial one at Spurs. With Hugo Lloris out injured, Michel Vorm had no trouble emulating the Frenchman.
A superb save to deny Coutinho the highlight of an alert performance full of every keeper’s nightmare: races with Mane. Only Beaten by a James Milner penalty, can he maintain his place once Lloris returns?
RB – Danny Simpson (Leicester City)
Part of the famous Leicester back four. Danny Simpson can often go under the radar. Alongside the likes of Robert Huth and Captain Wes Morgan, it’s easy to see why. But the Englishman is a crucial part of the incredible Leicester machine.
Simpson had a all round solid game this weekend, much like most of last campaign. Although Ranieri is the tinkerman, there’s one thing for sure: he won’t be changing his right back anytime soon.
CB – Curtis Davies (Hull City)
There’s only one Curtis Davies and he gets in our team every week. If John Stones cost £50 million, then who knows how much Curtis could be worth at the moment. A club seemingly in turmoil, anyone looking for a centre back should act fast.
The 31-year old has taken a while to get going in his career. But is now playing at the peak of his powers. He was too good for Zlatan, too good for Rooney and too good for Pogba. An inspired Marcus Rashford broke Hull hearts late on. But Curtis will walk away with his head held high, following a commanding man of the match performance.
CB – Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)
The ultimate goal-scoring centre back was at it again this weekend. With a peach of a header to rescue a deserved point for Crystal Palace in the final minute.
Scoring goals remains a huge issue for Alan Pardew’s side, but the commanding Dann has to be one of the first names on the team sheet in a defensively sound unit.
With extra shooting practice with newly appointed striking coach, Scott Dann should do the trick for the Palace forwards. Benteke could certainly do with his help.
LB – Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)
Although the young left back has had a brilliant couple of seasons at White Hart Lane, he will always be remembered for that stunning debut goal against rivals Arsenal. It was another goal today which rescued a point for his side, that sees him feature in our team.
But this goal is not all the England man did this weekend. To face the frightening pace of Sadio Mane and live to tell the tale is a testament to how well Rose defended throughout. This is a level he will have to maintain if he is to stop a resurgent Luke Shaw from taking his England place.
CM – Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City)
After a shaky start to the season, the walking advert for hydration is back to doing what he does best: win the ball, long ball over the top to Vardy, 1-0 Leicester.
Perhaps we will finally get to see this combination in full effect for the national team as well, with Drinkwater earning a place in Sam Allardyce’s fist England squad.
CAM – Michail Antonio (West Ham United)
Defender? Midfielder? No one is sure yet. Regardless of where he is playing on the pitch, Michail cannot stop scoring. Although part of a West Ham team not enjoying a great start to the season, the ex-Nottingham Forest man continues to impress.
Big Sam is also an Antonio fan, as the versatile right-sided man has earned himself an England call up. About time…
CAM – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Pep is bad for your Hart – but so very good for your Sterling.
Despite the worst hairstyle of his career to date, Raheem Sterling is flourishing under Guardiola. Two goals and excellent performance from the young Englishman, who is finally fulfilling that much discussed potential as well as starting to pay back that mammoth price tag.
The Pep Guardiola system is working for Sterling, but we’ll see if he can replicate his early season form in an England shirt, as Sam Allardyce keeps faith with the 21-year-old.
RW – Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Watching Jamie Vardy run beyond the last man, chasing a Drinkwater ball over the top, has become one of the most satisfying sights in English football. He topped this move off with an expert strike in off the post to open his account for the season.
The Jamie Vardy of last season is alive and kicking, constantly a threat in perfect Vardy conditions. There’s only one thing we can say: he is back.
ST – Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Jose Mourinho tried to ignore him, but we could not. The young superstar is our first super sub of the season. A last-minute winner to kept the Red Devils hype train moving. Those extra training sessions with Zlatan appear to be paying off, although Marcus has always been incredible. But if anyone can make him better, it’s Zlatan.
His reward for this performance? A place in the England U21 squad. He will be delighted. Someone needs to get him a fake ID. Sam, we are sure he’s 22.
LW – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
After taking a well-deserved season’s rest, Eden Hazard has arrived back at Stamford Bridge, along with the rest of the Chelsea team.
Showing the kind of form that won him the player of the year award a season ago, Hazard was far too good for the Burnley defence.
The solitary goal does not do his performance justice, as several fantastic shots somehow failed to find the back of Tom Heaton’s net. There is more to come from Hazard and Chelsea this season. Can they keep the Manchester clubs at bay? So far, it would seem so.
Written by Jack Everitt
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