With some scares for the top 2 teams, week 11 of the Premier League has wrapped up. Leicester continued their spellbinding run. Chelsea gained back some momentum after the midweek loss against Man United. The red devils themselves failed to capitalize on their recently gained momentum with a loss against Bournemouth. A lot of great football and it wouldn’t have been possible without some terrific performances. Here’s the Team of the Week.
GK: Ben Foster (Watford)
In spite of suffering a 2-1 defeat, Ben Foster proved that you can still stand ours positively despite conceding. The number of impossible saves he made was simply staggering. Chelsea would’ve had more goals if not for some acrobatic dives from the English keeper. Not only was there quality, but quantity as well, with him providing 8 saves throughout the match. He even got close to scoring once via header but was ironically denied by a brilliant save from Kepa.
LB: Jetro Willems (Newcastle United)
Ever since he showed how good of a fullback he is the win against Manchester United, Jetro Willems has not let the momentum waver. This was most evident in his recent match. He was a key figure in Newcastle’s nail-biting 3-2 win over West Ham. He was master of the left flank where he managed 2 tackles and assists, along with 2 clearances and interceptions. He also managed an important assist with a superb long ball to Fernandez, who impressively headed it into the net. Willems is slowly gaining more deserved popularity thanks to some incredible performances as the weeks go by.
CB: Steve Cook (Bournemouth)
Bournemouth managed a historic 1-0 win over Manchester United this week and aside from the goal, Steve Cook was a huge factor in their clean sheet. He was extremely alert and made sure the Man United players wouldn’t cause any problems. He was incredible in the air with 5 battles won. His sharpness as a defender was clearer thanks to key interceptions and quick clearances. Cook managed a whopping 9 clearances and 3 dribbles.
CB: Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City)
Leicester continued their impressive run with a victory over 2-0. Not only was Soyuncu impressive in defence but he was just as good in attack. He made 2 tackles and a staggering 8 clearances. He was dominant in the air, using his tall frame to his advantage and managing 7 aerial wins. Most importantly he scored 1st goal of the match, giving Leicester the breakthrough they needed.
RB: Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Signature Kyle Walker as Manchester City escaped the clutches of defeat at the hands of Southampton with a 2-1 victory. Walker’s pace and passing were on overload as he took a 1-0 trailing Manchester City and got them the 3 points. The first goal from Aguero was due to a clever long and grounded pass courtesy of the Englishman. The second goal was extremely impressive as Walker himself darted into the penalty box and shot the ball into the back of the net.
CM: Jorginho (Chelsea)
Chelsea is playing better with each week and Jorginho has been of their definitive players. He was exceptional this week, in large part due to his passing. Not only have some passes been incredible but he’s maintained a nice accuracy. In the most recent game, he was 94% accurate with his passing. He also managed 2 key passes. Last but certainly not least, there was his incredible assist from way out. He cleverly crossed the ball to Tammy Abraham who was yards ahead of him, in an incredible display of vision as well as beautiful passing.
CM: John McGinn (Aston Villa)
McGinn made himself somewhat of a highlight despite losing 2-1 to Liverpool. He managed 3 dribbles and 4 tackles proving strong on both attack and defense. His passing was clever and he was relentless in his pursuit to give Aston Villa a shot at victory. This was perhaps best exemplified in his free-kick where he found Trezeguet from a long distance. The latter found the net with ease thanks to the ball from McGinn who has been Aston Villa’s most consistent player this season.
CAM: John Lundstram ( Sheffield United)
Sheffield United is brilliantly settling into the Premier League after their promotion. Lundstram has been the man to look out for in their team. He has proved to be a rather capable midfielder with a penchant for handling both attack and defence. In the most recent 3-0 win over Burnley, he scored 2 of the 3 goals proving how threatening of an attacker he can be. Both goals showed his excellent sense of positioning and finishing.
LW: Sadio Mane’(Liverpool)
League leaders Liverpool maintained their undefeated streak in the Premier League and it was close this time but thanks Sadio Mane’s they were able to pull through. The Senegalese forward somehow gets better with each game and this one was no exception. It seemed mostly over for the reds as the game went on but everything changed in the late stages thanks to Mane’. He was trying to get the ball past the keeper and that tenacity paid off. There was first Mane’s exceptional weak-footed cross to Robertson from the right-wing. The second goal came at the dying moments as he netted the ball at the end of a corner taken by Trent Alexander Arnold.
RW: Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
With his hat-trick last week and his goal this week, Pulisic is proving why Chelsea spent the buck bucks to get him. His dribbling was exceptional throughout the game. The youngster was smart with his passing and shooting showcasing his talent for offensive football. He managed 4 dribbles and 3 shots with an 85% passing accuracy. Last but not least, there was the matter of his goal, taking advantage of Tammy Abraham’s delightful pass and his own sense of positioning. He would’ve scored some more but was denied thanks to the previously mentioned Ben Foster.
ST: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
Tammy Abraham continues his offensive prowess with another bountiful game in the Premier League. The 22-year old Englishman is having a super season with 9 goals already and only 1 behind Jamie Vardy. His positioning and game sense as an attacker is critical and that was clear in the 2-1 win against Watford. He was upfront for Jorginho to pick out with a sensational pass. The second goal was impressive as well and it was all because of Abraham’s stellar pass towards Pulisic in the heart of the penalty pass from the right. Abraham is simply building on what looks to be the super season for the young Englishman.