BBC pundit Garth Crooks has selected his Premier League team of the week, and it looks like he’s done a pretty good job after this weekend’s action.
The 58-year-old is always good for sparking debate with his selections, but ultimately he’s picked out several star performers who were key in their side’s successful results.
Paul Robinson is a man that probably didn’t expect to be mentioned in this again, but the veteran shot-stopper is back after being called into action for Burnley against Manchester City as he pulled off one stunning save in particular to deny Sergio Aguero.
In front of him, Antonio Valencia, Southampton stalwart Virgil van Dijk, Angelo Ogbonna and Liverpool man James Milner form the backline with the latter getting the nod after another solid performance as he continues to be a reliable presence for Jurgen Klopp.
Another man who has become a firm favourite with his manager is Victor Moses, who forced home the winning goal on Saturday in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Tottenham.
Antonio Conte has deployed him at right wing-back in his 3-4-3 system, and it has worked a treat as Moses has been a revelation this season.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Leroy Fer and Fernandinho all played pivotal roles in wins for Swansea City and Manchester City respectively and certainly deserve their places in the team. Fer continues to contribute crucial goals, while Fernandinho is arguably somewhat of an unsung hero with his work in midfield and deserves plenty of credit for his display at Turf Moor.
It’s hard to argue with the front pairing, with Aguero and Alexis Sanchez both helping themselves to two goals at the weekend as they secured wins for their teams to keep their Premier League title hopes on track.
As always, there will be a few omissions that will disappoint and frustrate certain supporters, but ultimately Crooks has done well as each individual named above undoubtedly deserved recognition for their work in this week’s round of fixtures.