De Bruyne, Rashford, Kane: Premier League Team of the Week – game week 7

The Premier League table is beginning to take shape after game week seven.

There is a familiar look to the top six, barring the surprise inclusion of Burnley, who continued their excellent start to the season with a 1-0 win away to the hapless Everton.

Manchester City beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in an early season title clash, whilst Manchester United ensured they remained on equal points with their city rivals with a 4-0 win at home to Crystal Palace, who are still pointless and goalless.

Spurs are up to third after a 4-0 win away to newly promoted Huddersfield Town, whilst Arsenal kept up their impressive run of form with a 2-0 victory at home to Brighton.

Newcastle and Liverpool played out a 1-1 draw and Stoke beat Southampton 2-1 at home.

Watford scored a last gasp equaliser against West Brom to make it 2-2 whilst Bournemouth and Leicester City drew 0-0.

RealSport pick our Premier League team of the week. 

GK- Ederson: Manchester City

City’s new signing is the modern day sweeper keeper. It is at times like having an extra outfield player on the pitch.

Ederson is exceptional with the ball at his feet and is proving crucial to the way Pep Guardiola instructs his side to play out from the back.

It may be a risky game the Brazilian plays; at one point with City 1-0 up, Ederson moved out to the right wing back position to pass the ball down the line. However, the world’s second most expensive keeper is also a great shot stopper and looks a safe pair of hands. He has kept six clean sheets already for City, just three off Claudio Bravo’s record last season.

CB- James Tarkowski: Burnley

Questions were asked when Sean Dyche failed to sign a replacement for star defender Michael Keane.

However, Tarkowski is showing exactly why he didn’t need to.

The centre half fits into the Burnley and Dyche ethos superbly and is proving himself to be an excellent low block defender. In fact, his partnership with Ben Mee has seen the pair block a total of 30 shots in the league so far this season. That’s more than 16 other Premier League sides.

Tarkowski didn’t give the Everton forward line a sniff in their impressive 1-0 away victory yesterday. 

CB- Maya Yoshida: Southampton

Since the Saints returned to the Premier League, they have had a wealth of centre backs that have been the envy of other clubs. Dejan Lovren, Jose Fonte, and Toby Alderweireld all moved on to other clubs after impressive performances whilst Liverpool were desperate to sign Virgil van Dijk in the summer for what would have been a world record fee for a defender. However, Maya Yoshida has remained the only constant and is the unsung hero at the back.

Yoshida sets an example and was given the captain’s armband at the weekend. He is a solid defender and provided the only goal in their 2-1 loss away to Stoke City.

Not only that, he is somewhat a ball playing centre half, making 75 passes against Stoke, with only Oriol Romeu making more on 108.

CB- Nacho Monreal: Arsenal

After 1,660 days, the Spaniard finally scored a Premier League goal again.

Monreal has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent and hard working performers in recent seasons.

He ran more than any other Arsenal player last season, covering 352km, way ahead of second placed Mesut Ozil on 318km.

It was also Monreal’s first ever Premier League goal at the Emirates and will no doubt be a day he will never forget.

RM- Alexis Sanchez: Arsenal

What a relief it will be for the Gunners faithful they kept hold of the Chilean over the summer.

Sanchez is a world class footballer who has exceptional end product and can provide a moment of magic out of nothing. His back heel to set up Alex Iwobi for the second goal was beautiful.

The job for Arsene Wenger now is to convince the former Barcelona forward that his future lies at the Emirates Stadium.

CM- Jonjo Shelvey: Newcastle United

Shelvey is a talented central midfielder, of that there is no doubt. However, ridiculous decision making, such as the stamp on Dele Alli on the opening day of the season has blighted his career.

However Shelvey was excellent for Newcastle against his former club.

He displayed a great range of passing the vision and technique he showed to play the midfield and defence splitting pass for the Joselu equaliser was sublime. If he can stay in the headlines for the right reasons, he will become an integral player for Newcastle and even England.

CM- Marouane Fellaini: Manchester United

The Belgian is so often the fall guy for United when things don’t go well, which in fairness, hasn’t been the case this season.

Jose Mourinho is constantly lauding Fellaini’s importance to his team, both defensively and offensively.

His two goals against Crystal Palace has taken his season tally to three, one more than his previous two seasons combined.

CM- Kevin De Bruyne: Manchester City

Once again, the Belgian is in the team of the week.

The playmaker is the best player in the division and was the difference in the title clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

There is no player in world football better at playing the early ball through the lines and his speed of thought and technique is constantly slicing the opposition open.

His goal against Chelsea was exceptional, striding onto the ball before sending a rasping left footed drive into the top corner.

LM- Ben Davies: Tottenham Hotspur

Danny Rose who? Davies is becoming one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most important players. He has gone from a reliable and honest defender to an aggressive, attacking wing back. He scored one and set up another in the 4-0 away win at Huddersfield on Saturday.

ST- Marcus Rashford: Manchester United

The English forward may not have scored against Palace, however was a menace in the game and provided two assists for United in a single match for the first time in his career.

Rashford was constantly getting the better of the isolated Joel Ward in one-on-one situations. Rashford was exceptional and has all the tools to become a superstar.

ST- Harry Kane: Tottenham Hotspur

Probably the only man in the league who can rival De Bruyne for the most places in the team of the week.

We have simply run out of superlatives to describe Kane.

His two strikes against the Terriers mean the English international scored 13 goals during the month of September. To put that into context, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored no more than 13 in a single month in their career.

There was zero doubt he would score the first when put through on goal and his second was a sublime left footed strike into the top corner.

When he was substituted off, Kane received a standing ovation from all sections of the crowd, and deservedly so.

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