Bryan Gunn’s TOTW: Stoke goalkeeper stuns Manchester United but Tottenham stars rule the roost

Former Norwich City goalkeeper Bryan Gunn is back after another week of Premier League action to run the rule over the eleven players who impressed him over the weekend.

 

Goalkeeper: Lee Grant (Stoke City)

At 33, Lee Grant was making just his second Premier League appearance when he walked out at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Signed as emergency cover for Jack Butland, Grant was in inspired form, denying Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard with superb saves and also denying several others with good saves in the second half. It’s largely thanks to Grant that Stoke walked away with a point.

 

Centre-back: Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City)

A key part of former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands side at the 2014 World Cup, Martins Indi put in a top display at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Whilst Stoke allowed United to have several big chances, Martins Indi – alongside Ryan Shawcross – dealt with crosses into the box and the pair threw themselves in front of anything United had to offer during a late onslaught.

 

Centre-back: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)

Undoubtedly one of the best buys by any Premier League clubs over the last couple of years and for such a reasonable fee too.

Alderweireld was once again superb as Tottenham kept Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at arm’s length to ensure they now remain the only unbeaten side in the league.

 

Right wing-back: Nordin Amrabat (Watford)

After initially struggling during a first half in which Bournemouth did a lot of the pushing, Amrabat came to life in the second half and put in an inch-perfect cross so Troy Deeney could draw Watford level.

He improved along with the team and was denied several times by Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc so he was unlucky to not play an even larger role in the result.

 

Left wing-back: Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)

On a weekend where Spurs dominate large parts of our team, Danny Rose responded to the threat from England team mate Ryan Bertrand last week with an excellent performance of his own against Manchester City.

Rose was in the mood at White Hart Lane, regularly getting forward at every opportunity and enhancing the view he is currently England’s best left-back.

 

Defensive midfield: Joe Allen (Stoke City)

We haven’t seen the best of Wales maestro Joe Allen in a Stoke City shirt yet due to his side’s struggles this season but the midfielder made a big impact at Old Trafford.

Allen got forward to support the Stoke attack when he could and had a good chance to score past David De Gea before he did finally bundle home the equaliser less than 10 minutes from the end of the match to earn Stoke a vital point.

 

Defensive midfield: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur)

Victor Wanyama was the midfielder Spurs lacked going into the new season. They had a defensive minded player in Eric Dier and the excellent Moussa Dembele but they didn’t have the physical presence Wanyama has brought to the side.

Wanyama did a superb job against an excellent Manchester City side on Sunday and shut off most City attacks with his positional sense and strength against the opposition.

 

Attacking midfield: Roberto Firmino

After enduring a frustrating first half at Swansea, Firmino was restricted to long range efforts as Liverpool struggled to find a way back from 1-0 down.

But his cool header early in the second half brought Jurgen Klopp’s side right back into it and he was also involved in the build up to the penalty as he once again showed his ability to influence a match.

 

Attacking midfield: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

Whilst he may now go by the name Dele, Alli was in superb form and a key reason as to why Spurs were able to defeat Manchester City on Sunday.

Linking midfield with attack as he did so devastatingly during his debut season, Alli calmly slotted home his side’s second goal and once again rampaged forward through the City defence to earn the penalty which Erik Lamela missed.

 

Attacking midfield: Son Heung-Min

It’s rare a game now goes by where Son doesn’t find the net but his role in Tottenham’s victory can’t be understated. Playing further forward yet again in the absence of Harry Kane, Son’s confidence was visibly sky high and it showed.

Looking a completely different player from last season, Son played some beautiful passes and probably would have had a goal if Erik Lamela hadn’t wrestled the penalty off him.

 

Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

Unstoppable on his day, Lukaku can frustrate at times but his free-kick gave Everton a well-earned lead at Goodison Park on Friday night.

Whilst his night was quiet at times, he held the ball up well but was outdone in the end by his Belgian compatriot Christian Benteke who nicked the Palace equaliser.

 

You can follow Bryan Gunn at @MrGunny1963

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