The Premier League Matchweek 2 Team of the Week features some huge names as the matchweek goes down in the history books as one of the most entertaining. We provide a rundown of the best players from the second week back in the English top-flight…
Premier League Matchweek 2 Results
|19th September 2020||Everton||5-2||West Bromwich Albion|
|19th September 2020||Leeds United||4-3||Fulham|
|19th September 2020||Manchester United||1-3||Crystal Palace|
|19th September 2020||Arsenal||2-1||West Ham United|
|20th September 2020||Southampton||2-5||Spurs|
|20th September 2020||Newcastle United||0-3||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|20th September 2020||Chelsea||0-2||Liverpool|
|20th September 2020||Leicester City||4-2||Burnley|
|21st September 2020||Aston Villa||1-0||Sheffield United|
|21st September 2020||Wolverhampton Wanderers||1-3||Manchester City|
Premier League Matchweek Manager of the Week – Graham Potter
After a valiant effort in their opening game against Chelsea, Brighton made another strong start in their second Premier League game against Newcastle. Potter’s side took an early two-goal lead thanks to French forward Neal Maupay, with former Chelsea full back and promising youngster Tariq Lamptey becoming the latest English star in the right back position.
Newcastle were limited to just six shots, with none finding the target, earning Mathew Ryan a quiet afternoon thanks to a strong defensive effort from another young star. Ben White, a player Leeds United desperately wanted to return to Elland Road this season, was a part of a solid back line against the Toon which also included countrymen Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster.
Premier League Matchweek Player of the Week – Heung Min Son
This could have gone to several players this week, as the standard for the best player in this matchweek was immense. However, you can’t score four goals and not be the best performer, and that is exactly what South Korea’s Heung Min Son did at Saint Mary’s Stadium against Southampton.
The forward took advantage of some below-par defending from the Saints and got on the end of passes from goalscorer-turn-provider, Harry Kane. His pace was electric and the Saints back line simply could not recover in time to stop the deadly finishing of the South Korean.
Kane broke a record in the league, becoming the first player to assist four times to the same player in a single Premier League match. The Englishman’s array of passing and vision makes him a very close second in the best player this week.
Goalkeeper: Emi Martinez (7.8 Player Rating)
After a somewhat surprising move away from the Gunners recently, despite his incredible form in an Arsenal shirt, the Argentine stopper proved once again why he is much more than a backup keeper. Despite Sheffield United going down to 10-men, they earned themselves a penalty in the first half. Up stepped Jon Lundstrum, but Martinez met his kick with a diving save to keep Aston Villa’s clean sheet and earn three points for his side. What a Premier League debut in a Villains shirt for Martinez.
Right Back: Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.8 Player Rating)
The quality of the Liverpool full back was on show once again, especially as the Englishman had more licence to get forward when Chelsea went down to 10-men. Alexander-Arnold was playing as a winger for most of the match, and that enabled him to attempt shots on goal and get plenty of crosses into the box, his speciality. With tremendous competition for the England right back spot, the 21-year-old knows he cannot afford to drop his performance levels in the next few weeks.
Centre Back: Ezri Konsa (8.1 Player Rating)
Another Villa player in the side is the goalscorer of the only goal of the game, and it came from an unlikely source in Ezri Konsa. The English centre back made four clearances, two interceptions, and won nearly all of his duels against the depleted Sheffield United frontline. With so many goals being scored this matchweek, it was certainly not a weekend to be a defender, and Konsa and co. helped Aston Villa to the only one of three clean sheets in the Premier League.
Centre Back: Tyrone Mings (7.7 Player Rating)
Konsa’s centre back parter Tyrone Mings joins to the TOTW as the England international in fact set up Konsa’s goal and earned himself a rare assist. Mings made three clearances and won 10 aerial duels as Villa saw off the Blades to earn a huge win and keep a clean sheet which could be invaluable later in the season. With Harry Maguire out of sorts, the centre back positions for England are up for grabs more than ever, and Mings will know he only needs a few more performances like this to claim a deserved spot in the Three Lions back line.
Left Back: Lucas Digne (7.7 Player Rating)
The Frenchman is back again for a second week running and showed his quality once again from the left back position of Carlo Ancelotti’s newly transformed Everton side. Digne made two tackles and one clearance, but it was his attacking contributions that caught the eye once again. He completed five crosses and four long balls as he advanced further up the left side of the Everton attack once Kieran Gibbs saw red for West Brom. You wouldn’t put it against the former Barcelona man to earn another spot in the Premier League TOTW next week.
Centre Mid: Dani Ceballos (8.4 Player Rating)
The Real Madrid-loanee contributed strongly at both ends of the pitch to earn his side a narrow and ugly win against West Ham United at the Emirates. The Spanish midfielder made three clearances, four interceptions, blocked two shots and provided the assist for the winning goal scored by Eddie Nketiah. The 24-year-old had a 90% pass accuracy and his performance in the middle of the field was one of the main reasons for Arsenal eventually overcoming the Hammers and earning an important three points for Mikel Arteta’s men.
Centre Mid: Andre Zambo Anguissa (7.8 Player Rating)
Despite being on the losing end in a seven-goal thriller, Fulham’s Andre Zambo Anguissa stood out as one of, if not the best performer in the match that saw an abundance of chances at both ends. The Cameroon midfielder, who spent time at Villarreal last season on loan, has opted to play for the Cottagers this season. The 24-year-old showed a bit of everything as he completed eight successful dribbles, won 15 ground and aerial duels and assisted one of Fulham’s three goals. He could be a key man if Fulham are going to stay up this season.
Centre Mid: Kevin De Bruyne (9.6 Player Rating)
Arguably the best player in the league, Kevin De Bruyne is not saving his best performances for later in the season. The Belgium superstar was the key man for Manchester City against Wolves, earning and scoring a penalty and also assisting Gabriel Jesus late on. He made five tackles, seven key passes and won eight duels on the ground. The 29-year-old also tested Rui Patricio throughout the night, with all four of his shots going on target. If City are going to close the gap on Liverpool, De Bruyne’s performance could be the catalyst to carry them to the title.
Left Wing: Heung Min Son (10.0 Player Rating)
It’s the first 10 of the season, a potentially scarce occurrence for a player to have the perfect game, but Heung Min Son did against Southampton. The 28-year-old netted his first just before halftime to switch the momentum of the game completely. The high line of the Southampton defence played completely into the hands of Spurs in the second half as Harry Kane found his forward partner on three more occasions. Son made one successful dribble, two key passes, but was ruthless in front of goal, scoring all four of his shots on goal.
Striker: Harry Kane (9.9 Player Rating)
A rating so high is strange for a player that only scored one goal you might wonder, however with a record-breaking four assists to his name, Harry Kane was very close to earning himself the player of the week award. The sensational range of passing and vision to find Heung Min Son was outstanding as England’s number nine showed just how good he can put the ball on a plate for his teammates. Considering he only made 13 passes in the whole game shows that he made most of them count. The in-sync partnership now has Gareth Bale waiting to add to the deadly quality in attack and make Spurs a serious threat going forward.
Right Wing: James Rodriguez (9.1 Player Rating)
Building on his strong Premier League debut performance away at Spurs, James Rodriguez scored his first Premier League goal as Everton ran riot against West Brom at Goodison Park. The Colombian creative spark operated on the right but drifted inside and caused chaos with his left foot once again. The 29-year-old hit three key passes, seven long ball and assisted a second goal for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to make it 5-2. Considering the move to Merseyside from Real Madrid cost Everton nothing, Rodriguez could arguably be the buy of the summer so far.
Honourable Mentions for Premier League TOTW 2
Timothy Castagne: After scoring on his debut last week away at West Brom, Castagne proved what an astute signing he has been for the Foxes. The attacking full assisted Leicester’s first goal for Harvey Barnes and also crossed a ball which led to an own goal, so technically created two assists. Ricardo Pereira’s return may provide a good selection headache for Brendan Rodgers.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin: After a sensational headed goal scored last week, DCL netted three a Premier League hat-trick for Everton as they crushed WBA 5-2. Calvert-Lewin seems to relish the opportunities that are being created for him by his new teammates in Carlo Ancelotti’s system, and an England call up is on the cards for the 23-year-old with this form.
Alison Becker: The Brazilian shot stopper saved a penalty from Jorginho at a crucial point in Liverpool’s game against Chelsea. Had he conceded, the momentum swing could have seen the Reds drop points to big-spenders Chelsea so early into the new Premier League season.
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