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The Weekend's Best XI

The Weekend's Best XI

30/08/2016Sport

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The Premier League squeezed in one final set of fixtures before it’s interrupted for an international break last weekend and there was plenty of quality to admire.

With Chelsea, Manchester United and City all keeping hold of their 100% start to the new campaign, there were some impressive performances from some big names.

There was also an array of unlikely heroes who made a splash with some outstanding performances, with all teams desperate to head into the break with a winning feeling.

But, out of all the best performers, who makes it into our Team of the Weekend?

Goalkeeper: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)

Having previously played for South Coast rivals Southampton, Boruc has had to work harder than most to win over the home support but he has done so with performances like the one he produced at the weekend.

Despite failing to keep a clean-sheet in Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, it could have been a lot worse for the Cherries if it wasn’t for their shot-stopper.

Not only did he save Yohan Cabaye’s penalty, he also produced some top-class goalkeeping to keep out Andros Townsend.

Right-back: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

The Ecuadorian has been revived under Jose Mourinho and has continued his impressive performances at right-back.

Valencia’s sheer pace and power was an effective tool when breaking down a resilient Hull City defence and he continued to look assured when snubbing out any danger from the opposition’s left side.  

Centre-back: Curtis Davies (Hull City)

Despite losing the game, this was probably Davies’ best ever performance in a Hull shirt. The 31-year-old is now being touted for an unlikely England call-up following his heroics against Manchester United’s ferocious attack, which he managed to keep quiet for more than 90 minutes.

Centre-back: Wes Morgan (Leicester)

Leicester’s talisman last season has already found his feet in the new campaign and he doesn’t look content on watching his side struggle this year.

The Foxes were desperate to get their first win of the new campaign and did so partly because of Morgan’s quick thinking in the box. His calm volley doubled Leicester’s lead and he proved a rock at the back for much of the game.

Wes Morgan (Leicester)

Wes Morgan (Leicester)

Left-back: James Milner (Liverpool)

Liverpool’s make-shift left-back proved he was more than up for the job against a potentially dangerous opposition at the weekend.

Following the Reds’ humiliating defeat to Burnley the week before, the tie against Tottenham was a chance to redeem themselves and the ever assured Milner helped them do so. He looked a much safer choice to Alberto Moreno and he coolly dispatched Liverpool’s penalty to put his team ahead in the game. 

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Centre-midfield: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

The diminutive Frenchman has not been overwhelmed by his big-money move to Stamford Bridge this summer and looked as impressive as last season against Burnley.

Not only was he often the foundation of Chelsea’s attacks, he also demonstrated his beautiful ability to read the game and cut off any potential threats to his goal.

Centre-midfield: Danny Drinkwater (Leicester)

Kante’s old midfield partner was not to be upstaged at the weekend. The 26-year-old proved he could still lead Leicester to victory and he was back to his best against Swansea.

A delightful through-ball to Jamie Vardy was the bread and butter of their title winning season last year and Drinkwater demonstrated its effectiveness yet again for the first goal.

A performance fitting of an England international. 

Attacking-midfield: David Silva (Manchester City)

When the little magician is on form there is almost nothing the opposition can do to stop him. Silva graced the Etihad at the weekend with his precise passing and innate ability to unlock the opposition’s defence. 

He was involved in two of City’s goals and was the heartbeat of Pep Guardiola’s impressive Manchester City machine. 

David Silva (Manchester City)

Winger: Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

With Arsenal facing criticism for just about everything this week, Arsene Wenger will be relieved his Chilean attacker was back to his best.

Sanchez was devastating for the Gunners going forward and proved too much for the Hornets to handle. His goal was far from spectacular but his assist for Mezut Ozil was simply divine and proved Arsenal are a force to be reckoned with when he’s on form. 

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Winger: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

It’s official; Hazard is back to his best. The Chelsea man, who looked a shadow of himself last season, now seems intent on fulfilling his potential.

His goal against Burnley was vintage Hazard and showed Premier League defences they can do nothing to stop him when he’s in the mood. The Blues look a very exciting outfit when Hazard is leading the attack. 

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

Striker: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Admittedly he only played for 20 minutes but Rashford showed more in that time then most players did all game.

His pace, strength and fearless attitude showed his new manager that he will be an important part of this Manchester United team this season and fans are desperate to see more.

Yes, his goal was a tap in, but it proved he knows where to be in the box and has that killer instinct when given a chance.

This XI was compiled by Ben Church at Squawka.