FA Women’s Super League striker and Wales international Helen Ward picks her second top performing side of the season.
GK: Jack Butland (Stoke)
Stoke recorded a fantastic win against Arsenal this weekend and that was thanks in no small part to Jack Butland. He made a string of key saves to keep the Gunners at bay and I really think that if he can stay injury free this season he has a real chance of making England’s No.1 shirt his own.
LB: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
Although strictly deployed as a wing back for Chelsea I couldn’t not have him in my team. Alonso has secured Chelsea’s early title odds after a shaky start last week. Two goals to win the game that very few believed Chelsea would have a chance in at Wembley. A simply sublime free-kick opened the scoring and a burst forward at a time where Tottenham were on the front foot and pushing for a winner themselves paid dividends when he drilled it under the desperate Hugo Lloris. Andrew Robertson ran Alonso very close as he impressed on his Liverpool debut.
CB: Harry Maguire (Leicester)
A few eyebrows were raised when Leicester paid a reported £12m (potentially rising to £17m) for former Hull City man Harry Maguire but he has started the campaign well and scored a crucial goal against Brighton on Saturday. He is commanding at the back and very good on the ball, could become a key player for Leicester as the season goes on and I think he will more than justify his price tag.
CB: Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom)
The Baggies new boy has made it in for a second week in a row. The ‘Nesta of the Pyramids’, as he is fondly known by his new fans (for his similar style of play to Italian Alessandro Nesta) has fast become a favourite at the Hawthorns. He kept a physical and in form Sam Vokes very quiet and looks to have a very commanding presence at the heart of what was already a pretty strong back line. Excellent again.
RB: Victor Moses (Chelsea)
Back from suspension, Moses put in a assured display against Tottenham at Wembley. Again, deployed as a wing-back but was just as effective in keeping Spurs quiet as he was with his marauding runs up the right flank. What Antonio Conte has done to turn his Chelsea career around over the last twelve or so months is really quite astonishing.
CM: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)
I have to admit I haven’t seen much of Mooy or his team up until now but what a great performance from the former Manchester City man against Newcastle. His work rate was phenomenal and he was at the heart of all that was good about promoted Huddersfield including an excellent finish for the winner.
CM: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Man United)
In another good win for United, where the team scored four goals for the second consecutive game, the influence of Mkhitaryan cannot be underestimated. He is yet to score this season but his influence on the games was there for all to see. He makes United tick and has a very good passing accuracy rating. He won’t always grab the headlines but it is clear that Jose Mourinho has him down as one of his main men.
CM: Mousa Dembele (Tottenham)
Despite a disappointing defeat in their first game in their temporary home of Wembley, Dembele shone in the middle of the park. He showed strength and skill, repeatedly hold off his opponents and did all he could to drag his team back into the game. Rarely gives the ball away and often goes unnoticed amongst the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen but Spurs fans will know just how good the Belgian is.
RW: Jese Rodriguez (Stoke)
While Butland was providing the heroics at one end of the field to keep Arsenal out, Jese was busy at the other end running his opponents ragged. A really exciting signing by Mark Hughes, a player full of flair but more importantly, one with a great end product and an exceptional work rate. Took his goal well and the Potters fans will hope it is a sign of what’s to come.
CF: Javier Hernandez (West Ham)
A classic Chicharito double against Southampton has earned him a spot in my team. Two poacher’s goals that he made look easy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for him to win his side any points but his tally could prove crucial this season as West Ham look to work their way up the table.
LW: Richarlison (Watford)
I’ve managed to sneak a Watford player in again this week but it was hard not to. The whole team played exceptionally well but the boy from Brazil was the cherry on the cake. His skill, pace and strength caused Bournemouth’s back line all sorts of problems and he looks like he could be a really good find for Marco Silva. His movement and quick reactions allowed him to bundle the ball into the net to open the scoring.
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