Avid followers of Rush Football, all three of them, will know that Monday nights can only mean one thing – it’s time for our Team of the Week!
It’s certainly been a tough one to narrow down this time around with some fantastic games to take in and big results.
And, with the international break upon us, we’ve been eager to make sure we go into it on a high with some decent selections.
Time to have a look, then, at what we came up with…
GK: Kasper Schmeichel
The Leicester stopper is about the only man who can say he’s performed well all season and he certainly earned his wages in this one. The Danish ‘keeper ensured the Foxes held on to their win as West Ham bombarded them in the second half.
CB: Gary Cahill
He gave away a penalty admittedly but it was quite a soft one and he duly stood up and made himself count at the end of the game. Grabbed the winner and led his side as Stoke tried to kick the life out of them.
CB: Craig Dawson
What a game this man had. He’s a centre-back but has often found himself as a full-back this season for West Brom. It didn’t matter where he was at the weekend, though, as Arsenal couldn’t get near him – allowing him to bury two bullet headers.
CB: Antonio Valencia
Okay, so he’s not a centre-back but tell Antonio Conte that about Cesar Azpilicueta. The South American was a real nuisance all day for Middlesbrough and his engine led him to grabbing an, albeit fortunate, sealing goal on Sunday.
LM: James McClean
You could see from the off with the first game of the weekend at The Hawthorns that West Brom were going to counter Arsenal. They did it superbly, too, and McClean was a huge part of implementing that plan with his directness and persistence.
CM: Christian Eriksen
Harry who? A lot of the talk ahead of Spurs’ game against Southampton was about how they’d cope without Harry Kane but we got a pretty emphatic response. Eriksen is going to be a big part of the back-up plan and underlined that at the weekend.
CM: Marouane Fellaini
Fellaini has been criticised many times throughout his Manchester United career but this was easily one of his better performances. Thrust into the side thanks to injuries to the likes of Paul Pogba he stepped up and made himself an influential figure.
RM: Jesse Lingard
Lingard doesn’t seem to do tap-ins. His goal was superb against Boro at the weekend but his all-round play is what gets him in. All he needs to do now is get that consistency into his game to be a real star.
LF: Benik Afobe
Pace, power, Afobe really does have a lot going for him when it comes to being a striker. He bullied Swansea all afternoon and Eddie Howe must be pleased that the injury to Callum Wilson hasn’t bothered their survival hopes.
ST: Romelu Lukaku
Spoken about all week, potentially on the end of a back-lash with the fans, Lukaku must have been feeling some pressure. He didn’t show it, though, against Hull as he rounded off a fine win and had a good rapport with the supporters too.
RF: Sadio Mane
The biggest game of the weekend duly delivered as Manchester City and Liverpool served up a bonafide barnstormer. 1-1 it finished, too, and we felt Sadio Mane was the main man from that game as he led the Reds’ counter for the whole of the game.