Andrew Ryan picks his best eleven from Game week seven. Do you agree with him?
Although we are still in the twilight era of the Premier League season, results and big performances are still necessary. In this article, Andrew Ryan picks his best eleven from Game week seven in a 4-5-1 formation.
GK – Ederson (Manchester City)
There was a lot of talk about Manchester City’s goalkeeping struggles last season. Claudio Bravo lacked attributes with his basic shot-stopping responsibilities, while he also proved quite disappointing when attempting to play out from the back.
Fortunately for Pep Guardiola though, if last week is anything to go by, Ederson may be the answer to City’s prayers. Although he is the most expensive goalkeeper in history, he looked impressive when going up against Antonio Conte’s Chelsea. He looked secure when both troubled and coming off the line, as well as maintaining a high-quality standard of distribution when on the ball.
If he can keep these performances up to that high-standard, then he may prove to be an excellent signing by Pep Guardiola.
RB – Ashley Young (Manchester United)
Earlier on Saturday, Manchester United set the pace for Manchester City to keep up, after a routine 4-0 win at home against Crystal Palace. Jose Mourinho’s side played with pace, energy and power, with a lot of that coming down the left-hand side, occupied by the impressive Ashley Young.
Young offered great support from left back, providing reinforcement for the excellent Marcus Rashford when going forward, while being characteristically solid in defence also.
Like his delivery for United’s only goal against Southampton the previous week, Rashford’s cross for Marouane Fellani’s first goal was of the quality that is now expected from him when cutting in onto his right foot.
CB – Thomas Christensen (Chelsea)
There was very little to cheer for from a Chelsea perspective following their defeat to Manchester City on Saturday evening. They rarely troubled Ederson in the Manchester City goal, and they were dominated by the Sky Blues to such an extent that the 1-0 score line flattered Conte’s men.
However, the performances by some of the men at the back should reassure some of those disappointed Chelsea fans, especially Thomas Christensen. Christensen looked very assured at the heart of the Chelsea back 3, coming up with timely interventions to keep his side in the game against a far superior opposition.
CB – Kurt Zouma (Stoke City)
Stoke City pulled off a coup by bringing in Kurt Zouma from Chelsea on loan, and Saturday afternoons match against Southampton proved why.
Deceptively quick, strong, and mindful of everything that is around him, Zouma was an imposing figure in Stoke’s victory over the Saints. His positioning in the box was near flawless as he seemed to get to practically every ball that came his way, while still being secure enough on the ball to get the Potters going the other way.
His experience at Stoke is sure to benefit the club itself, while also helping his development plenty for when he returns to his parent club.
LB – Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur)
Tottenham Hotspur continued their excellent away form in the Premier League with a dominant and routine 4-0 win over Huddersfield Town.
Harry Kane was, of course, the star of the show with his 2 goals but Ben Davies put in a fantastic performance down Tottenham’s left-hand side. He capped off a brilliant team move to double Spurs’ lead in the 16th minute with a neat finish, before supplying the assist for Moussa Sissokho’s first Spurs goal and his team’s fourth of the day.
Tottenham needed Davies to step up this season with Danny Rose out through injury. However, if Davies keeps up this level of performance in the weeks and months ahead, Rose may find it difficult to break back into the team at all.
CM – Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)
Well who saw this coming?
Marouane Fellaini has enjoyed a turbulent time at Manchester United since signing for the club in 2013. His limitations have drawn the ire of Manchester United fans week-in-week-out. Despite this, José Mourinho has stuck by his man, constantly informing the public of his importance to the team, and this trust that José has place in the big Belgian seems to have paid off.
Fellaini was excellent against Crystal Palace on Saturday, proving a nuisance of a holding midfielder while also chipping in with 2 goals of his own. He looked more assured and composed than he has looked in a very long time.
So good was the performance that Fellaini’s name was chanted by the Manchester United fans, a scenario nobody would have seen coming 12 months ago.
CM – Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
The best player in the Premier League right now. Hands down.
Kevin de Bruyne started this season off in stunning style for Machester City, and that continued on Saturday evening against Chelsea.
It was not a match where individuals could show their sparkling talent, and de Bruyne himself will have better games, but it was what he did when he was called upon which counts. Collecting a neat one-two from Gabriel Jesus, de Bruyne took one touch before smashing a left footed strike past the helpless Thibaut Courtois. Just like that, City’s star performer stood up when he was most required.
Of course, this sort of form should be no surprise to anybody that followed him last season, during which he collected a league record of 18 assists, while also chipping in with 6 goals himself.
Manchester City look truly formidable right now, scoring goals for fun while they also look more concrete at the back in comparison to last season. Only time will tell if they fall off as they did last season, but with Kevin de Bruyne pulling the strings, there is no team they won’t fancy beating.
CM – Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)
Undoubtedly, Jonjo Shelvey is one of the most frustrating players in the Premier League. One day he is petulant and ill-disciplined while on others he shows a level of composure in the middle of the park that puts him in the minds of people for an England call-up.
Fortunately for Toon fans, Sunday’s draw at home to Liverpool was very much a case of the latter. Not only was the former Liverpool man more committed and disciplined when competing for the ball, but his composure and passing accuracy was pivotal in Newcastle’s success against the Merseysiders.
His pass for Joselu’s bizarre equaliser was absolutely outstanding in its execution. While people will rightly question the Liverpool defence for the goal, the pass itself was magnificent.
RW – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)
Arsenal are quietly becoming one of the form teams in the Premier League. Since losing to Liverpool back in August, the Gunners have won 6 of their past 7 games in all competitions, including a 2-0 win at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.
On Sunday, Sanchez was back to his best as a constant handful for the Brighton defence. Not only was it his slick backheel pass that set up Alex Iwobi’s goal for Arsenal’s second, but he also had a shot cleared off the line which shows why he is the most important player on the pitch for Arsenal.
LW – Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
The common fixture for Manchester United this season has been the competition for game time between Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial down the left-wing.
During the week, Martial laid down the marker with a fine display in the Champions League against CSKA Moscow, leaving Rashford to respond against Crystal Palace. And respond he most certainly did.
Rashford well and truly roasted Joel Ward in the Crystal Palace defence, using his terrific pace to get behind the Palace line on several occasions. Not only that, but he supplied two terrific assists while on the pitch.
The first, a cut back for Juan Mata just three minutes into the match, came straight after a brilliant piece of skill that took Rashford past Ward.
The second was a powerful free kick smashed across the face of goal to be turned in by Marouane Fellaini.
Martial would impress when he came on for Rashford later in the game, but if this competition between the two brings with it excellent performances as we have seen in recent weeks, Mourinho is in for a real dilemma.
ST – Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
What can possibly be said about Harry Kane that has not been said already?
The Spurs front man had an amazing September following a barren August. He has scored 11 goals in the month of September, with two of them coming on Saturday. His first was relatively routine, latching on to a long Kieran Trippier header to slot past Lossl in goal. His second, however, was far from routine. Receiving the ball from Trippier once again, Kane drove inside before smashing a left-foot strike past the Huddersfield goalkeeper.
So good was Kane that, when he was subbed off after 87 minutes, the entirety of the John Smith Stadium applauded him, Huddersfield and Spurs fans alike.
The sky is the limit for Harry Kane, especially if he can learn to score in the month of August.
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