The Premier League dropped another hefty dollop of drama in our laps at the weekend, with 27 goals in total hitting the net across a compelling set of 9 top-flight fixtures between Friday and Sunday.
Let’s take a look at the players that we thought put in the best individual performances of the weekend in our FST Premier League TOTW:
Goalkeeper: Martin Dubravka (Newcastle United)
30-year old Slovakian stopper Martin Dubravka made a total of 5 saves to help Newcastle take maximum points and a clean sheet against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday. Dubravka’s excellent performance against the Foxes brought an end to a string of largely underwhelming goalkeeping displays from the keeper over the past month.
Centre Back: Fabian Schar (Newcastle United)
Dubravka’s Newcastle teammate Fabian Schar, who was deployed as part of a 3-man defence in front of the Newcastle goalie, played just as big a part in United’s impressive win at Leicester. The Swiss international made 6 interceptions, completed 7 clearances and attempted 7 tackles on Friday during a fine defensive demonstration.
Centre Back: Joel Matip (Liverpool)
Like the rest of Liverpool’s defensive players, Joel Matip is generally overshadowed by the excellent Virgil van Dijk, though it was the German’s turn to stand out against Chelsea on Sunday. Matip made more interceptions (3) and won more aerial duels (5) than any other player involved in the crunch encounter at Anfield.
Centre Back: Jan Bednarek (Southampton)
Polish defender Jan Bednarek has appeared as frequently as any Premier League player in our TOTW selections this season, and the 23-year old produced his latest excellent display of the campaign in Southampton’s 3-1 win against Wolves on Saturday. Bednarek made 5 interceptions, 6 tackles and completed a staggering 11 clearances for the Saints to keep the Wolves uncharacteristically quiet at St Mary’s.
Right Midfield: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Flying winger Raheem Sterling added 2 more goals his Premier League tally for the season against Crystal Palace on Sunday, bringing his total for the campaign to 17. Sterling’s goals against the Eagles also helped the Citizens to maintain the relentless title charge – their triumph at Selhurst Park was their 9th straight league victory.
Midfield: Declan Rice (West Ham)
On an evening where West Ham were incredibly unlucky to finish with nothing, Irons midfielder Declan Rice did his own burgeoning reputation no harm with a combative, dominative display at Old Trafford against Man Utd. The 20-year old anchorman was quick and aggressive in the middle of the pitch, out-matching his counterparts time and time again in 50-50 challenges. Rice also completed an impressively high 88% of his attempted passes.
Midfield: Jordan Henderson (Henderson)
Jordan Henderson was a bundle of energy and enthusiasm in Liverpool’s hugely-important 2-0 win against Chelsea on Sunday. Playing with more licence than usual to get forward, Henderson covered an incredible amount of grass to help drive his team forward on a nervy afternoon at Anfield. Henderson provided the ammunition for the first goal of the game after one of his surges, placing a cross expertly onto Sadio Mane’s head after a penetrative run down the right.
Midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Kevin De Bruyne’s wand of a right foot was casting spells all over the pitch at Selhurst Park on Sunday in Man City’s ultimately comfortable 3-1 win against Crystal Palace. De Bruyne finished the game with 2 assists – which were in fact, his first 2 Premier League assists of the season. His first, to set up Raheem Sterling, was particularly impressive and on this form, De Bruyne will likely play a key part in determining the destination of this season’s Premier League title.
Left Midfield: Nathan Redmond (Southampton)
Saints’ attacking midfielder Nathan Redmond was instrumental for Southampton in their massive 3-1 win against Wolves on Saturday. The 25-year old scored twice in the first half, giving his team the lead with each strike, and Redmond completed more dribbles (4) than anyone else involved at St. Mary’s. Redmond (5) is now only 2 goals behind Southampton’s leading scorer in the league for the season, Danny Ings (7).
Striker: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur)
Brazilian forward Lucas Moura helped himself to a sensational hattrick in Tottenham Hotspur’s emphatic 4-0 dismantling of already relegated Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Moura scored his first on 27 minutes, though the former PSG star had to wait until 87 minutes to grab his second. The 26-year old completed his treble with a superb finish in injury time.
Striker: Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)
In one of Bournemouth’s best league performances of the season, the Cherries put 5 without reply past a hapless Brighton team at the Amex Stadium on Saturday. Centre forward Callum Wilson was among the Seagulls’ chief antagonists, finishing the game with a goal and 2 assists to his name on the south coast, bringing his total for the season to 12 and 8 in the league respectively.