At the end of MW7 in the Premier League, we are left with an even more unpredictable table. Much of the traditional big teams performed, but Aston Villa and Everton picked up their second losses in two weeks. Jozef Kostecki provides a run through on the best players from this week’s games…
Premier League Matchweek 7 Results
|30th October 2020||Wolves||2-0||Crystal Palace|
|31th October 2020||Burnley||0-3||Chelsea|
|31th October 2020||Liverpool||2-1||West Ham|
|31th October 2020||Sheffield United||0-1||Manchester City|
|1st November 2020||Aston Villa||3-4||Southampton|
|1st November 2020||Newcastle||2-1||Everton|
|1st November 2020||Tottenham||2-1||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|1st November 2020||Manchester United||0-1||Arsenal|
|2nd November 2020||Fulham||2-0||West Bromwich Albion|
|2nd November 2020||Leeds United||1-4||Leicester|
Premier League Matchweek 7 Manager of the Week – Frank Lampard
It took seven weeks, but on Saturday it finally looked like we would see what Frank Lampard’s ideal starting eleven would be. But as Christian Pulisic pulled up with an injury and had to be replaced under an hour before kick off, this was thrown into disarray. Forced into a change the Chelsea manager showed exactly why he is the man for the job. His signings gelled perfectly and from the moment the ball was first kicked the winner was clear.
After taking some flack for not integrating Hakim Ziyech into the starting eleven after his return from injury, Lampard showed that there was a method to his madness. The Moroccan just like the entire eleven was excellent, and under ‘Super Frank’s’ tactics the Chelsea team showed the most complete performance on any Premier League side this weekend.
The Blue’s were superb yet again against one of the arguably weaker sides in the league. Lampard will now surely be hoping to match this form against the best the Prem has to offer, especially with a London derby against Spurs just three games away.
Premier League Matchweek 7 Player of the Week – James Ward-Prowse
Finding himself involved in the first three of Southampton’s goals. The Saints captain showed he was not only the best player on the pitch in that game, but instead the best player out of any player in the Premier League.
A man who lives and breathes Southampton Football Club, Ward-Prowse has played for the club since he was eight years old and on Saturday he gave a performance to be proud of for the club he loves. Having a slight mishap, picking up an early yellow, did nothing to discourage the England international. Instead of his head dropping, Ward-Prowse instead stepped up and showed everyone who watched what a set-piece specialist can do. A pin-point cross to assist the first, was soon followed by two sublime free kicks that will make up Premier League goal compilations for years to come.
Goalkeeper: Aaron Ramsdale (7.9 Player Rating)
Coming up against Manchester City is never something to look forward to, but when your team has one point from six Premier League games, it only intensifies those feelings. Needing a win more than ever, the Sheffield keeper took it upon himself to do anything to try to secure his team a point.
Making an impressive seven saves Ramsdale did everything and more. If it was not for a beautifully placed outside of the box strike from Kyle Walker, Ramsdale’s hard work would have paid off.
Having big shoes to fill after Dean Henderson returned to Manchester United, Ramsdale has proven on multiple occasions he can do that since his arrival from Bournemouth.
Right Back: Nelson Semedo (8.2 Player Rating)
With tough competition for this position this week, Semedo takes his place in this week’s TOTW after a really well rounded showing. The former Barcelona man provided an attacking option with his frequent overlapping runs, which combined brilliantly with a series of crosses. A player of the Portuguese internationals talent would never be limited to just attacking, instead he put a tremendous shift on the defensive end. Winning all eight of his duels and making three tackles without committing a foul.
Coming in to replace Doherty was always going to be a tall order for Nelson Semedo, but a performance like this goes a long way to put any doubts to rest. However, there is still his injury record hanging over the player’s head for now.
Centre Back: Thiago Silva (8.0 Player Rating)
Many will consider Saturday’s Premier League game against Burnley was Thiago Silva’s best performance since signing for Chelsea. Perhaps unfairly criticised after making a series of errors in his first game against West Brom, since then Silva has really upped his game to the standard expected of a Champions League finalist.
The biggest praise you could hand Silva is the way he leads the Chelsea team. In a team full of so much youth and re-stocked with seven new signings this year, for one of them to come into the team and lead and marshal his team is hugely impressive. The Brazilian’s ability to do this has resulted in him being made vice-captain, and the way he took control of his team against Burnley, it is easy to see why.
Centre Back: Conor Coady (8.0 Player Rating)
With another international break coming this month, Conor Coady seems to play every week with his place in the England team in mind. The month of October has been a brilliant one for Coady in the Premier League, consistently excellent and pushing now more than ever for that starting role in Southgate’s side.
Against Crystal Palace, Coady was the key element in Wolves retaining a clean sheet. Not only was he excellent throughout the ninety minutes, he also provided a last ditch tackle which was vital in securing the three points.
The Wolves captain has played to a top level for multiple seasons now, and there surely soon will come a point where he will get the appreciation from the wider audience he deserves. It will not only praise Coady will look for, but also a place in the England squad. Not just for the Nations League, but also for this summer’s European Championship.
Left Back: Joao Cancelo (7.6 Player Rating)
It was another solid game from Joao Cancelo at left back for Manchester City, and as a result he finds himself in the TOTW for the second week running. It may not have been an overly remarkable performance, it instead was another showing of pure consistency from the full-back.
He made four key passes in the game and both his crosses met their mark, so perhaps if Manchester City had an out-and-out striker fit, he may well have picked up an assist.
Whilst he may not have been signed specifically for that position, the performances he has shown he can manage when combined with the resurgence of Kyle Walker, it’s now definitely possible for Cancelo to hold down the left back slot for years to come.
Centre Midfielder: James Ward Prowse (9.0 Player Rating)
Making a returning appearance in the TOTW, Ward-Prowse has improved his game substantially this week. Scoring two goals of the month contenders within ten minutes of each other and providing the assist for a bullet header, it was an elite performance. Because of such a brilliant performance, Southampton now find themselves in the European places. Only one place away from a Champions League slot, Ward-Prowse is doing all he can to keep this form up. He now sits at top of the passes made and chances created for Southampton, showing that he has so much to his game.
Ward-Prowse turned twenty-six on game day, and there really cannot be many better ways to celebrate your birthday than leading the team you have spent seventeen years at to a win as club captain.
Centre Midfielder: Jack Grealish (8.6 Player Rating)
If there was one player fighting tooth and nail against Southampton to respond it was Villa captain Jack Grealish. Going into the half three goals down and conceding a fourth later, Grealish took it upon himself to instigate any level of fight back. Playing a part in all three of Villa’s goals, he would assist, score and draw a penalty. If a miracle was to be on the cards, it would have to come through Grealish.
Whilst it was not meant to be, full credit has to go to Grealish for the fight back the Villains showed. He was everything you would want from your captain and star player, never believing you are out and always giving it your all. The performance he would get his team to end on will serve them well to restore some level of confidence, something that is needed with a tough away trip to Arsenal next on the calendar.
Centre Midfielder: Youri Tielemans (8.3 Player Rating)
As the last game of the week reached its final whistle, it was Leicester City midfielder Tielemans who stood tall as the best player on the pitch. Grabbing two goals from the middle of the park, he showed parts of his skill set that rarely get seen. His first goal showed great positioning: getting on the end of a Jamie Vardy shot after Leeds keeper Illan Meslier spilled it.
The second was an exceptionally well placed penalty, not only did he send the oppositions keeper the wrong way. He also scooped it perfectly into the top left with a real swagger. Whilst we won’t see many more of these penalties as long as Vardy is fit, it still was a top goal to round up the week’s fixtures.
Right Winger: Hakim Ziyech (8.1 Player Rating)
Finally getting his long awaited start in the Premier League Ziyech showed the hype was worth buying into. Out of Chelsea’s three goals, Ziyech contributed to two out of three of them. The first being a strike from outside of the box where he completely wrong-footed Burnley keeper Nick Pope. Ziyech would place the ball into the net with real venom. He would also assist fellow new boy Timo Werner for Chelsea’s third, a goal that would put the game beyond whatever doubt there could be.
It has been over eight months since Chelsea first announced their agreement to sign Ziyech. It has been an endless wait for Chelsea fans. But with the quality he has shown this week, grabbing goals on both his European and Premier League debut, it will make them feel this has been worth the wait.
Striker: Callum Wilson (8.7 Player Rating)
The highest rated attacker in this week’s TOTW. Callum Wilson’s two goals ended up bagging Newcastle a huge three points against high flying Everton. The former Bournemouth man had a complete strikers performance, providing both goals and link-up play.
Unlucky to come away with zero assists, the Englishman provided a brilliant pass to slot through Allan Saint-Maximin early on, only for him to be denied. The same would happen again in the second half when Wilson would set Sean Longstaff up for an opportunity. However, Olsen would again deny him an assist.
Not to be denied goals and assists, Wilson first won and scored a penalty early in the second half to give his team the lead. He would then double this tally in the eighty-fourth minute with a lucky goal, but some credit has to go to his positioning. It is perhaps a shame Wilson would then be subbed off, denying any chance of a hat-trick.
Left Winger: Pedro Neto (8.1 Player Rating)
The final of three Wolves players in this week’s TOTW it was really an outstanding performance from the young twenty-year-old. Whilst he may have walked away from the game with only one assist, he was really unlucky to do so. Making four key passes and creating three big chances. The Wolves’ number seven looked sharp, playing with the maturity of a player far older than him. He showed intelligence to come into the box occasionally, but he primarily excelled with his high number of crosses.
The one assist Neto got however was brilliant, a perfect cross to land at fellow winger Daniel Podence. Both would come off in the seventy-sixth minute and have started this season playing brilliantly together.
Honourable Mentions for Premier League TOTW 7
Gareth Bale: Picking up his first goal since returning to Spurs, great cameo appearance but not enough to make the team.
Thomas Partey: Deserves huge praise for his showing against United, him and his fellow midfielders were easily the best players on the pitch.
Kyle Walker: An incredible strike was the icing on the cake of a top showing from the City right back.
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