The young England goalkeeper’s reputation is only going in one direction and he produced his best display of the season to help the Black Cats to a first league win of the season over Bournemouth.
Pickford made no fewer than six saves and one claim as he kept the dominant Cherries at bay, with an eye-catching reaction stop from Joshua King’s powerful late shot particularly impressive.
Fullback: Victor Moses (Chelsea)
Another player in the ascendency is Chelsea’s Moses, who was one of many Blues players to shine in their 5-0 trouncing of Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
The Nigerian has been reborn in the right wingback role in Conte’s 3-4-3 and his athleticism and natural attacking instincts saw him constantly threaten the Toffees’ box, as shown by his striking of the post in the first half and regular crosses.
He is more than capable of defending too, but Chelsea’s dominance was such that he was mainly on an attacking brief.
Centre-back: Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)
The German defender has really settled in at his new club and already looks at ease alongside Laurent Koscielny.
Against Spurs with the Frenchman making just about his first mistake of the year in giving away a penalty, it was Mustafi who shone brightest in the derby, reading play well to rack up eight interceptions.
He is also strong in the air and, most importantly for Arsenal’s style, on the ball – although the nature of the game meant his efforts were concentrated on protecting his goal.
Centre-back: Michael Dawson (Hull City)
After six consecutive Premier League defeats Hull needed a hero, and that hero proved to be Dawson, who headed in the winner to give the beleaguered Tigers a 2-1 win over Southampton.
Although his goal undoubtedly owed a lot to Robert Snodgrass’ excellent delivery, the former Spurs man did well to direct his attempt past the gigantic Fraser Forster in goal.
Fullback: Danny Rose (Tottenham)
Mauricio Pochettino switched to a 3-4-1-2 shape for the derby, which prompted a slight change of position for Rose – one that suited him down to the ground.
The England international is most comfortable going forward and he showed it at the Emirates, bombing on to create four of Spurs’ seven chances with his dangerous left foot.
Centre-midfield: Mousa Dembele (Tottenham)
In a largely scrappy contest one man stood head and shoulders above others. Dembele was exceptional for Spurs, driving the side forward with his smooth movement and eye for a pass.
With Spurs floundering and 1-0 down the Belgian drifted past three Arsenal players before drawing a foul from Koscielny. It was the much-needed spark for Spurs, from the game’s stand-out player.
Centre-midfield: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)
Arguably the most consistent performer in the top flight so far this season, Coutinho once again turned on the style for the visit of Watford to Anfield.
It was the Brazilian’s cross from which Sadio Mane opened the scoring and his low shot which doubled the lead and settled the Reds into their game.
In all he fired in five shots and created five chances as Klopp’s side ran riot.
Right-wing: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Looking for a signing of the season so far? Look no further than Mane, who has now scored six league goals in 10 appearances.
The Sengalese winger opened the scoring with a new attribute – a well-placed header – before bagging a second goal with a six-yard box tap-in. His energy, pace and knack of being in the right place at the right time is already proving crucial to Klopp’s system.
Left-wing: Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
The player of the weekend was undoubtedly Hazard, who put in an otherworldly performance against Everton.
The Belgian is in the kind of purple patch where you expect him to score every time he receives the ball – and he pretty much did on the weekend, firing two brilliant goals right into the bottom corner after cutting inside. Just what did Jose Mourinho do to him last season?!
Striker: Diego Costa (Chelsea)
Hazard’s partner in crime is Premier League top goal scorer Costa, who scored his ninth of the season in the middle of the rout.
But the Spaniard is not just scoring goals: he looks motivated, fit, quick and sharp, with one particular touch, spin and burst of pace leaving the Everton defence grasping. He all in registered one assist and created four chances in an almost unplayable performance.
Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
Completing the line-up is Ibrahimovic, who ended a run of six league matches without a goal by scoring twice in the first half against Swansea.
Both were good finishes too: first he rifled in a powerful low shot from outside the area, before gathering a pass, holding off a Swans defender and lifting a left-footed strike into the net.
He may have picked up a yellow card which triggered a suspension, but the Swede looked back to his best in South Wales.
Write-up by Felix Keith for Squawka.com
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