Premier League Team of the Week

Premier League MW3 TOTW: Penalties, handballs, upsets, and a sublime Vardy Party at the Etihad!

The Premier League Matchweek 3 Team of the Week features some surprise names as the matchweek goes down in the history books as one of the most entertaining. Jozef Kostecki provides a rundown of the best players from the third week back in the English top-flight…

Premier League Matchweek 3 Results

26th September 2020 Brighton & Hove Albion 2-3 Manchester United
26th September 2020 Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton
26th September 2020 West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Chelsea
26th September 2020 Burnley 0-1 Southampton
27th September 2020 Sheffield United 0-1 Leeds United
27th September 2020 Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Newcastle United
27th September 2020 Manchester City 2-5 Leicester City
27th September 2020 West Ham United 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
28th September 2020 Fulham 0-3 Aston Villa
28th September 2020 Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

Premier League Matchweek 3 Manager of the week – Brendan Rodgers

As Manchester City took the lead with an outrageous strike, it looked like we were in line for yet another dominant performance, and in a way we were, just not from the side we were expecting. The Midlands club showed up and played the Manchester squad off the pitch, tactically spot on, attacking a poorly disciplined and unfamiliar Man City back line, drawing three penalties, whilst simultaneously keeping that deadly attacking trio quiet.

A lineup rife for questioning at its announcement, and with questions hanging over Leicester’s performances at the end of last season, the way the team has started off this year has quickly put those doubts to rest.

Premier League Matchweek 3 Player of the week – Jamie Vardy 

If Rodgers was Dr Jekyll, then Jamie Vardy was Mr Hyde, a veritable monster on the pitch and a goal scoring one at that! Every time the ball fell to him you knew it was only going one place, straight into the back of the net. Potentially the biggest statement that age is just a number the Premier League has ever seen, and with no signs of slowing down yet, this rags to riches story keeps rolling.

Vardy now has five goals in his first three games this season, with four coming from the penalty spot. If referees continue to award a high number of penalties this season with the ease of handballs and contact in the box, Vardy could easily look to net over 20 league goals this season.

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Goalkeeper: Karl Darlow (9.2 Player Rating)

In black and white Harry Kane scores goals, Heung-Min Son scores goals… Until they don’t, until they met Karl Darlow. An exceptional performance from a man who before the start of this season had not made a Premier League appearance for over two years.

With a showing like this, Darlow is more than staking a claim for him to remain the club’s number one when Martin Dubravka makes his return. (estimated next month). 

Right Back: Timothy Castagne (6.7 Player Rating)

After featuring in my fellow writers’ honourable mentions last week, Castagne makes the team this week. Manchester City’s deadly attacking options were kept quiet, mute even, and a large part of that is down to Castagne. The sky-blue opposition seemed shy to even attack his side, and it’s no wonder why.

He easily kept both De Bruyne and Foden quiet. For all his defensive plaudits, he was even better in attack, even grabbing the assist for the Vardy Cruyff-like flick over Ederson. That £21.5 million seems a real bargain and a half.

Centre Back: Tyrone Mings (7.9 Player Rating)

It was dominant from the big man; calm and composed in the back line. A true leader’s performance, Jack Grealish may be captain, but the way Mings controlled the team, it is clear he is the one setting the bar what we should expect from the rest of the team.

He gave everything you could want from your centre-back and even grabbed a goal. With just two England caps to his name, the question has to be asked, Mr Southgate, are you watching?

Centre Back: Aaron Cresswell (7.6 Player Rating)

The first of three West Ham players to make the cut this week. Finding himself on the left side of a centre-back trio, Cresswell handled himself professionally and whilst some of this has to be attributed to a well below par Wolves squad, he still had a game to be proud of.

Committing zero fouls, and doing well to block two different Wolves shots, it has to be said he more than played his part in securing the clean sheet. He also has a right to feel hard done by having an assist ripped away after it was deemed an own goal.

Left Back: Arthur Masuaku (7.2 Player Rating)

Whilst it was still clear on Sunday night that Masuaku has his faults defensively, through the brilliant tactics of a home-stricken David Moyes these were expertly hidden. Masuaku, knowing full well he would have the cover of fellow TOTW entrant Aaron Cresswell, bombed forward and created real trouble for the normally cultured Wolves defence. The DR Congo international has been in and out of the side in the Premier League but thoroughly deserved his assist by the end of the game.

Right Midfielder: Jarrod Bowen (8.2 Player Rating)

Sometimes a team just clicks, and that was the case for West Ham on Sunday night. Going into the game as complete underdogs, with European contenders Wolves in their way, the London based club were incredible and never looked for so much as a second that they were ever in any danger.

Jarrod Bowen was vital in this showing, whilst not playing as a traditional winger (did not register a single cross), Bowen made his impact on the game by grabbing two goals, and on another night may well have got his third. A night to remember in the Premier League for the 23-year-old Englishman.

Centre Midfielder: Mason Mount (8.4 Player Rating)

It would shock you to see a Chelsea player in this week after that first half performance against West Brom. However, if there is one player in that team who should take some level of pride in their performance, it’s Mason Mount. The young 21-year-old did what the rest of the Chelsea team failed to do, and he played without fear.

He covered every blade of grass, took shots, made passes, attempted crosses, and undeniably deserved his brilliantly taken goal. Super Frank may have spent his millions, but right now it’s Mason Mount saving him from embarrassment.

Centre Midfielder: Conor Hourihane (8.5 Player Rating)

In a relatively young Aston Villa squad (average player age 25.5 years), it was the oldest player in the starting 11 who was an obvious man of the match. Hourihane provided both a goal and an assist, and gave a genuine spark to Aston Villa in this game against a potential relegation rival. If he was to keep performances like this up, you could see a move to a side up the table in his near future.

Left Midfielder: Jack Harrison (7.2 Player Rating)

The lowest rated player in this week’s TOTW, Harrison has more than staked his claim as the best left winger from this week’s fixtures. Ambitious in his passing, he always looked like the player who would give that spark to the Leeds team. He was just that, whipping in a perfect ball straight onto Patrick Bamford’s head, which resulted in the winning goal. 

Striker: Callum Robinson (8.4 Player Rating)

The lone striker facing up against a more than capable defence which included 2020 Champions League finalist Thiago Silva, Callum Robinson handled himself like a top player, pouncing on his chances, and if there was any West Brom player who deserved the 3 points, it was him.

Two well taken goals and a top showing from the former Sheffield United man, Robinson will hope these two goals help to establish himself as a Premier League striker.

Striker: Jamie Vardy (9.6 Player Rating)

Wow! From Halifax town to becoming a Premier League winner, to now once again being the catalyst of a huge Leicester City win. At 33, the Jamie Vardy story is reading brilliantly. An overlooked player in the Premier League’s history books, the day will come where he is talked amongst some of the best finishers the league has ever seen.

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Honourable Mentions for Premier League TOTW 3

Andy Robertson: The Liverpool full back was once again exquisite, they showed that when they need to be the heroes of Liverpool, they can be.

Illan Meslier: The Leeds keeper was the Man of the Match of their win against Sheffield United, and if it wasn’t for a true masterclass of keeping from Darlow, he would’ve been a shoe in for the team.

David Moyes: Ok, well… Little confession. I believe David Moyes to be this week’s manager of the week. However, I just could not do it. With no disrespect to the Moyes man, I just could not place a manager who was at home as the manger of the week. Get well soon, David.

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