Garth Crooks is at it again this week as he has selected his BBC Premier League team of the week and has made some questionable comments.
The BBC pundit is always capable of stirring debate, but for the most part he’s pretty faultless with his XI this week which is led by Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
Having scored the winning goal in his side’s triumph over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, the Spaniard continues to prove his class and is firing Chelsea closer towards the title every week.
Hat-trick hero Jamie Vardy joins Costa up front after he ended his goalscoring woes in emphatic fashion against Manchester City, while Stefano Okaka completes the three-man attack after his brace for Watford in their win over Everton.
Elsewhere, a trio of Manchester United players make it with goal hero Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marcos Rojo and David De Gea all earning their places after the 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, while Hector Bellerin makes an immediate return after coming off the bench and helping Arsenal mount a comeback in their win over Stoke City.
Jeff Hendrick scored a stunning goal in Burnley’s victory over Bournemouth and he’s joined by teammate Stephen Ward, while Gary Cahill completes the backline after some crucial interventions and a solid overall performance for Chelsea.
Now, while he deserves plenty of praise for his display this weekend, Crooks hasn’t been able to go a whole article without some criticism and it comes due to his assessment of Wilfried Zaha.
“Thank goodness Zaha is capable of producing the occasional performance like this,” he noted, as per BBC Sport. “I suppose if he did this every week, he’d be playing for Real Madrid and not Crystal Palace.”
It’s fair to say after a glance on Twitter that his comments haven’t gone down well. However, aside from the odd questionable selection with several included due to goalscoring exploits alone seemingly, Crooks gets the benefit of the doubt this week with a solid XI.