Premier League Team of the Week
After the weekend’s action covering matchday two in the Premier League season, there were some fantastic performances, worthy of a place in the TBR Premier League Team of the Week.
Kasper Schmeichel – Leicester City
Chelsea’s hard fought win over Leicester City contained the best two goal keeping performances of the weekend. Courtois made one particularly good save from Dave Nugent in the second half and was generally the personification of calmness at the back. However, with the quality that Chelsea possess going forward, and the fact that of ten strikes on target only two found the net is testament to Leicester’s talented young goalkeeper.
Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea
One of the men peppering Schmeichel’s goal on Saturday was Serbian man mountain Ivanovic. He bombed forward to great effect all afternoon and was solid at the back. He assisted Costa for the breakthrough goal and after his strike against Burnley last week is proving an extremely effective offensive option.
Eric Dier – Tottenham Hotspur
Although Dier actually started at right back against QPR on Sunday, it is at centre back that he’s been chosen for the team of the week. He showed his versatility in shifting to full back and in scoring in consecutive games became the first defender to score in his first two Premier League games. Looks set to be one of the purchases of the season.
Curtis Davies – Hull City
Davies has matured greatly as a defender since his move to the Tigers’ and he was immense again during the one draw with Stoke City. After the sending off of central defensive partner Chester, it could have proved a tricky afternoon for Hull defensively. Unlucky to concede a late and somewhat fortuitous equaliser, it will not be long before Davies graces a top six club.
Andrew Robertson – Hull City
A virtual unknown outside his native Scotland this £2.85 million pound summer signing has so far repaid Steve Bruce’s faith in him. Dangerous from the left early on where he was giving Phil Bardsley a torrid time and then defensively solid as the game wore and Hull had to play with ten men. Will feel aggrieved that a suspect decision led to the equalising goal.
Eric Lamela – Tottenham Hotspur
Unable to make any impact last season and criticised by the Match of the Day pundits somewhat unfairly after his performance against West Ham last week, it was good to see this undoubtedly talented midfielder put in an effective display. He was the best player on the park and picked up two assists as part of what looks to be a dangerous Spurs outfit.
Etienne Capoue – Tottenham Hotspur
Another player who struggled last season and appeared to be on his way out of the club, this classy defensive midfielder has been excellent so far this season. He is the league’s most accurate passer thus far and is soma player of the type that Arsenal and Manchester United both sorely lack.
Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea
After two majestic displays upon his return to the Premier League, Cesc Fabgregas appears likely to appear in team of the week’s more regularly than most. The most complete midfielder in the league was the driving force behind Chelsea’s second half improvement, creating a number of chances and grabbing a third assist in two games.
David Silva – Manchester City
Manchester City laid down a marker to their rivals in their entertaining three one win over Liverpool at the Etihad. Whilst not his most spectacular game in a City shirt Silva’s effortless grace and gentle probing and passing threatened Liverpool all game. The little Spaniard will prove crucial in the Citizen’s attempts to retain the title.
Stevan Jovetic – Manchester City
The real star of the show at the Etihad was Montenegrin Jovetic. He showed a good goal poachers instinct to sniff out the first of his two goals and then a lovely touch and expert finish when linking up with Nasri for his second. His build up play all night was a joy to behold and he provides City with yet another dangerous option going forward.
Mauro Zarate – West Ham United
After a fairly unproductive spell several years ago with Birmingham City, it is unlikely that Crystal Palace or indeed West Ham fans thought that the diminutive Argentinian would have such a significant impact on Saturday’s result. Yet Zarate inspired West Ham to a stylish and comprehensive win away from home. He scored a spectacular goal and was constantly picking up space in front of Palace’s back four. A constant menace.
Who finds their way into your Premier League Team of the Week? Have we ignored an obvious candidate from your club, and do you think that there are some in the side who do not deserve their place? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @TBRFootball .