Premier League: Team of the Week ft. Man United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton

FA Women’s Super League striker and Wales international Helen Ward picks her performing side of the week. 
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GK – David De Gea (Manchester United)

A close game against Southampton was the first time this season that the shot-stopper has been vital to securing all three points for Manchester United. His fifth clean sheet in six games is very impressive, but none have been more important than this one with Romelu Lukaku’s strike the only thing to separate the two teams at St Mary’s.

RB – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Two assists from the right side of a back three is no mean feat – especially two assists of this quality. Cesar Azpilicueta has become a stalwart for Chelsea in recent years. Not only is he great going forward but he is solid defensively too, increasingly rare in the modern game. 

CB – Adrian Mariappa (Watford)

Another week and another Hornet I’m afraid. Watford’s perfect away record was preserved at Swansea on Saturday and a lot of that was down to the often unfancied Adrian Mariappa at the heart of defence. With a less than convincing display earlier in the season against Bristol City in the Carabao Cup, you could be forgiven for thinking he didn’t have much of a future at Vicarage Road but with injuries and suspensions taking their toll manager Marco Silva had little choice but to put him in the side. The player more than delivered with a series of important blocks and clearances which allowed Watford to go on and win the game.

CB – Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield) 

German defender Christopher Schindler put in a fantastic performance against Burnley this weekend and kept an in-form £15m Chris Wood very quiet indeed. There is little surprise that Huddersfield have kept four clean sheets in six Premier League games with him at the back.
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LB – Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)

Strictly speaking another centre-back, but he played on the left side of a back three and had to be in my team. Alexandre Lacazette will steal the headlines for his double against West Brom at the Emirates but Nacho Monreal has really stepped his game up and looked more comfortable than ever in his slightly new position. An exceptional clearance off the line in the first half preserved the home side’s slim 1-0 lead. As well as being sound defensively his passing was terrific providing break after break for his teammates.

RM – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Raheem Sterling has started the season in good goal-scoring form despite many believing his days at Manchester City might be numbered. He always seems to have doubters. Although his final delivery and finishing undoubtedly still needs work, recently he’s been popping up in the right areas and added another two goals to his tally on Saturday in another comfortable win for City against Crystal Palace.
CM – Philipe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Any doubts about Philipe Coutinho’s mental state and commitment to the Reds can be put to bed after he made a wonderful return to Premier League football against Leicester on Saturday evening. A wicked cross for Mo Salah to net the opener was followed up by a sublime free kick past Kasper Schmeichel to help Liverpool on their way to a crucial three points. When he is in this sort of form it is clear to see why Barcelona were happy offer up such extraordinary fees for the little magician.
CM – Christian Erikson (Tottenham Hotspur)

Danish playmaker Christian Erikson finally seems to be getting the credit his performances deserve. Yet another dominant display in the middle for Tottenham, he seems to be involved in everything good that happens for the team whether it is setting the forwards away for a chance on goal, or grabbing an assist or a goal for himself. His finish against West Ham on Friday was a show of ultimate composure and calm when many others would have lashed the chance over the bar. A class act
.LM – Tom Davies (Everton)

Not strictly a left midfielder but I had to get him in the team somehow. Tom Davies has had to bide his time so far this season after making such a good impression last year. The youngster certainly stepped up to the plate when he came on as a substitute on Saturday at home to Bournemouth. His pass to Oumar Niasse for the first goal was sublime and I’d like to see him get a chance to start in the coming weeks.
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FW – Oumar Niasse (Everton)

Another Everton sub coming on to prove a point to his manager. Having been treated somewhat unfairly by Ronald Koeman (Oumar Niasse didn’t even have a locker at the training ground at one point) he came off the bench to great effect on Saturday to turn the game around and score his second and third goals in two games to hand Everton all three points. Will his two excellent finishes and a display full of energy, enthusiasm and class be enough to convince the Dutchman that he can be the man to replace Romelu Lukaku?
FW – Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)

Amid the talk of Diego Costa’s departure, Alvaro Morata has quietly gone about his business and leads the way with Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku on six goals so far this season. For some reason people still seem to be questioning whether he can be the man to replace the Brazilian but, as far as I can see, his work rate, finishing and eye for an assist are exceptional. he will only getting better as the season goes on and he settles further. A classy hat-trick, his second goal a fine individual strike, awill surely have Antonio Conte delighted.

Follow Helen on Twitter at @helenwardie10


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