Garth Crooks’ group of the week: Firmino, Salah, Mendy, Ndombele, Soyuncu

Chelsea maintained their place on the high of the Premier League by edging Brentford 1-0 on Saturday.

Late targets gave Leicester Metropolis a 4-2 victory towards Manchester United whereas Wolves fought again to edge a thriller with Aston Villa 3-2.

Newcastle United’s new period following their takeover ended with a 3-2 dwelling defeat by Tottenham Hotspur whereas Southampton beat Leeds United 1-0 and Norwich Metropolis drew 0-0 with Brighton.

Take a look at my group of the week after which make your individual choices in the direction of the underside of the article.

Garth Crooks' team of the week

Goalkeeper: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)

Edouard Mendy

Edouard Mendy: The times when goalkeepers are anticipated to place their our bodies on the road week in week out have lengthy gone. They do their job and go dwelling. Edouard Mendy then again had the ball smashed in his face in a manner that might have knocked mere mortals out chilly. The Senegal worldwide merely shook his head, sprung to his toes and went on to make various unbelievable saves. The tip over the bar from Christian Norgaard’s overhead kick was fairly magnificent.

Brentford’s supervisor Thomas Frank stated in his post-match interview that he thought Chelsea had been fortunate. No, Mendy was excellent.

Do you know? Edouard Mendy has now prevented greater than three targets along with his saves within the Premier League this season, primarily based on our anticipated targets on course mannequin – that is greater than every other goalkeeper within the competitors.

Defenders: Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester)

Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester)

Angelo Ogbonna This was a powerful efficiency by any normal away from dwelling by West Ham. The Hammers appear to have discovered an additional layer of confidence since final season. What was additionally spectacular about this victory was their defensive unit, particularly the partnership between Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma. They appeared impenetrable at instances towards Everton.

To be completely trustworthy I did not suppose Zouma would work out fairly in addition to he has, making an allowance for I gave him an enormous construct up after his debut for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Nonetheless it’s Ogbonna who has grown right into a top-class Premier League defender and Zouma would do nicely to stay intently to him.

Do you know? All eight of West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna’s Premier League targets have come from set items, together with seven from corners (one free-kick). All eight have additionally been scored towards a distinct opponent.

Virgil van Dijk: Make no mistake, this was a masterclass by Liverpool’s pink arrows. Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane weren’t simply again to their attacking finest however had the form of collaboration that received them the title two seasons in the past. What’s extra, Virgil van Dijk appears as imperious as ever. I have to say Joel Matip appeared spectacular too, alongside him.

As for Watford, they acquired what they deserved. Any membership who can dismiss their managers with such scant regard cannot count on any sympathy from me.

Do you know? Virgil van Dijk made extra clearances (two) and contested extra aerial duels (six) than every other participant, whereas no defender recovered possession extra usually than the Netherlands defender (eight). Solely towards Manchester Metropolis and Norwich (seven) did he full extra lengthy passes than he did towards Watford (six) in Premier League video games this season.

Caglar Soyuncu: It takes loads of braveness to make 5 adjustments towards a group like Manchester United but it surely did not appear to make a scrap of distinction to a Leicester facet filled with grit, willpower and an terrible lot of capacity. Manchester United’s star-studded group, then again, simply lacked grit.

Caglar Soyuncu clearly does not get phased by stardom. In reality, the higher the opposition the higher he appears to carry out. That is the second time I’ve seen the Turkey centre-back rating towards a United facet anticipated to win however who failed flip up.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an issue. It will take Alex Ferguson with all his managerial prowess to get the very best out of this group of superstars – and Solskjaer is not any Ferguson.

Do you know? Two of Soyuncu’s three Premier League targets have come towards Manchester United, with the Turkey defender netting in back-to-back matches towards the Pink Devils.

Midfielders: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis), Declan Rice (West Ham), Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis), Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham)

Kevin de Bruyne: I do not suppose Kevin de Bruyne is enjoying the very best soccer I’ve ever seen from him however when you possibly can strike the ball in addition to he can, with both foot, you do not have to be good each week. The sport was over for Burnley the second De Bruyne stepped inside and struck the ball along with his left boot. The Belgium midfielder did not even have to take a look at the goal.

De Bruyne has been in that place so many instances in his profession he is aware of precisely the place the purpose is and has the power and composure to execute the talent. The purpose, just like the strike, was fantastic. A bit like De Bruyne on an off day.

Do you know? Kevin de Bruyne scored in consecutive Premier League appearances in a single season for the primary time since July 2020.

Declan Rice: If ever there was a participant to take over the captaincy of West Ham from Mark Noble then Declan Rice was that participant. He will get higher with each sport. He appears to cowl extra floor than anybody in his group and you may assure 100% effort each week. Little doubt that is exactly what David Moyes and England supervisor Gareth Southgate consider him. Rice confirmed all of these redeeming qualities towards Everton.

West Ham followers will not like me for saying this however how lengthy can the East London membership maintain onto him? This lad ought to be enjoying Champions League soccer. It is solely a matter of time.

Do you know? Declan Rice accomplished extra passes (71) than every other participant on the pitch throughout West Ham’s 1-0 win over Everton, whereas he was the one Hammers participant to make a couple of block (two).

Bernardo Silva: This lad is having an exquisite begin to the season, which is simply in addition to De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are barely off the boil. Regardless, Manchester Metropolis aren’t struggling an excessive amount of. Portugal playmaker Silva merely ran the present towards a Burnley facet that, had they taken their possibilities, may need come away with a degree.

As for Sterling, in contrast to De Bruyne, he is misplaced a few of his confidence when enjoying for Metropolis however not for England. I sensed for a while now that the connection between Pep Guardiola and Sterling isn’t what it was.

Possibly it’s time for Sterling to depart. The query is, the place?

Do you know? Solely Riyad Mahrez (4) had extra pictures than Bernardo Silva (three) within the sport with Burnley whereas, together with the opening purpose, no participant created extra possibilities than the Portugal midfielder (three).

Tanguy Ndombele: The victory towards Newcastle was worryingly straightforward for Tottenham and offers a transparent perception into the duty going through the brand new homeowners at St James’ Park. The scoreline is irrelevant – it was Newcastle’s efficiency I discovered so regarding.

The environment within the stadium was wonderful and the Magpies could not have had a greater begin. Nonetheless, the longer the sport went on the extra Spurs took management and the extra Newcastle had been discovered wanting. Tanguy Ndombele scored an excellent equaliser and stood out in midfield however that was as a result of no-one supplied any actual resistance. Newcastle had been torn to shreds by a Tottenham facet who for as soon as had been within the temper.

Learn extra about what I take into consideration the Newcastle takeover within the ‘Crooks of the Matter’ under.

Do you know? Every of Tanguy Ndombele’s final eight targets for Spurs have come away from dwelling, whereas he managed 5 pictures towards Newcastle – the outright most he is ever had in a Premier League sport.

Forwards: Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Roberto Firmino: It isn’t usually somebody scores a hat-trick within the Premier League and is not named man of the match. Nonetheless, that is what occurred to Roberto Firmino. The Brazil ahead was in blistering type towards Watford however not in the identical class as Salah. Firmino will not give two hoots about who was thought of the very best man on the pitch however he’ll care concerning the hat-trick. He’s again among the many targets and Liverpool are second within the desk.

Do you know? Roberto Firmino is the primary Brazilian to attain a couple of hat-trick within the Premier League, with the Liverpool ahead additionally bagging three towards Arsenal in December 2018.

Harry Kane: How good to see Harry Kane enjoying like a centre-forward once more and never like an attacking midfield participant. His purpose towards Newcastle in a cauldron of flag-waving Geordies was precisely why he should not solely lead the road however at all times be accessible to hit.

It has taken Kane a very long time to return to what he beforehand was in a Tottenham shirt. Gross mismanagement of a switch that actually ought to have taken place has clearly taken its toll on the participant. Nonetheless, all that now looks like a nasty dream and the England captain appears like he is having fun with his membership soccer once more. His return to type was very unlucky timing for Newcastle and their new homeowners as they had been hoping for a optimistic outcome and a celebration to observe.

Do you know? Solely Wayne Rooney (94) has scored extra away targets in Premier League historical past than Harry Kane (88), who netted his fifth purpose in his final three visits to St James’ Park.

Mohamed Salah: The ball from Salah for Sadio Mane which produced Liverpool’s opening purpose towards a completely outclassed Watford had me applauding in entrance of the tv. Why Danny Rose needs to go toe-to-toe with Salah and never insist that at the least certainly one of his team-mates offers him with some help on that facet I do not know. Did not Rose see Salah take 4 world-class defenders aside towards Manchester Metropolis and end with scary composure?

As for Craig Cathcart, he wanted a ticket to get again within the floor after Salah had dumped him on his bottom and left him sliding in the direction of the touchline earlier than ending a wonderful solo effort. Salah is just unplayable in the mean time.

Do you know? Mohamed Salah has scored in every of his final eight video games for Liverpool in all competitions; the longest run of scoring in consecutive appearances for the membership since Daniel Sturridge in February 2014 (eight).

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The Crooks of the Matter

On Friday, new part-owner Amanda Staveley confirmed that Steve Bruce would keep in cost for Newcastle’s Premier League sport towards Tottenham after PIF had taken over the membership from Mike Ashley. How very good of her contemplating Bruce was at Newcastle lengthy earlier than she arrived at St James’ Park and is the person answerable for maintaining the membership within the high division that meant she and her colleagues discovered it sufficiently engaging to purchase.

Permitting Bruce to take cost of Newcastle for his a thousandth match was the least she might do. He was, in any case, born and bred within the space and, by way of no fault of his personal, out of the blue finds his profession on the membership thrown within the stability by the takeover. Staveley may need to stick with Bruce a little bit longer, after Brendan Rodgers and Rafael Benitez stated they’d not be leaving their managerial posts any time quickly.

A victory towards Tottenham was a should and it could have purchased the supervisor a while however the second he or his group falters, his doubters and tits, and he has many, will need him gone – and no-one can survive lengthy in these circumstances. That’s the reason Bruce won’t be taking his beloved Newcastle into the ‘huge time’.

The earlier the membership stops this terrible pretence by offering the slightest trace he’s something apart from a ‘caretaker supervisor’ the higher for all involved. Come clear and put him out of his distress. It is the least he deserves and the very best for all involved.

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