FA Women’s Super League striker and Wales international Helen Ward picks her top performing players from the weekend’s Premier League action.
GK – Ederson (Manchester City)
The City goalkeeper may not have had too many saves to make but the way Pep Guardiola has his team playing means his goalkeeper needs to be able to keep the ball moving and start counter-attacks.
Ederson does just that. His ability on the ball is excellent and he showed that once again at Stamford Bridge. He has also been seen to be very brave and quick off his line, something that has got him injured but has also saved his team on more than one occasion.
RB – Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur)
The full-back has been in and out of the team since Kyle Walker’s departure but against Huddersfield a the weekend he looked to be over his injury problems and back to his best. Spurs’ success last season was often down to the attacking threat from both full-backs and although the personnel may be different this term, the threat is just the same.
CB – James Tarkowski (Burnley)
When Michel Keane left Turf Moor for Sunday’s opponents, Everton, many wondered how Sean Dyche would fill the void that he’d left. Step forward James Tarkowski. He was defensively solid at Goodison Park with a series of blocks, tackles and clearances but he also had the best passing statistics of all his team-mates. An excellent all-round display.
CB – Kurt Zouma (Stoke)
Zouma was back in the team against Southampton after sitting out the Chelsea game due to ineligibility, and how Stoke must have missed him. Solid as a rock as he kept Shane Long quiet and constantly put his body on the line to block the efforts of the Saints’ front line – much needed with the injuries to Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi.
LB – Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur)
Davies is in a very rich vein of form for club and country at the moment. His forays into the oppositions box are becoming more frequent and as a result he is racking up assists and goals on a far more regular basis. He got one of each on Saturday against Huddersfield in what was another top performance from the Welshman.
CM – Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
I don’t know how many times I have actually included KDB in my team but I am pretty sure I have at least considered him every single week. Against Chelsea he was once again City’s driving force. Everything good comes through him and of course he topped it off with a wonderful winning goal.
CM – Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)
The much maligned Fellaini finally seems to be winning over the United fans and two goals against Crystal Palace will only serve to help his cause. Clearly trusted by Jose Mourinho, the Belgian has started the season in fine form and that has surely softened the blow of losing Paul Pogba to injury.
CM – Jeff Hendrick (Burnley)
Burnley’s away form this season has been in stark contrast to last. Jeff Hendrick’s goal at Goodison sealed the points for Burnley against Everton and he put in an all-round good performance in a fantastic win. A wonderful first touch in the Everton box set him up to finish smartly under Jordan Pickford.
RW – Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Rashford caused Palace problems all afternoon on Saturday and his two assists are just rewards for a fine individual performance. After a stop-start season as Mourinho steadied the ship last season, he is now getting a run of games and being allowed to showcase his obvious talents. Not only does he create ad score goals but his work rate and desire to track back will probably please his manager even more. A very exciting talent.
CF – Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
After seemingly giving his rivals a couple of weeks head start on the goalscoring front, Harry Kane has certainly made up the ground over the last few weeks. Another two goals on Saturday were taken in typical Harry Kane style as he finishes the week with 7 goals in 3 games. Not bad form to take into international duty.
LW – Richarlison (Watford)
The young Brazilian has hit the ground running for Watford and scored his second last-minute goal in as many games to earn the Hornets a deserved point at West Brom on Saturday.
Like Rashford, his defensive work is equally as impressive as his attacking threat as he runs full-backs ragged week after week. Another assist for Watford’s opening goal was added to with an equaliser in the 95th minute. A real talent and definitely one to watch out for as he develops and progresses.
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