Team of the Week: Game week 21 | Virgin Media
Team of the Week – gameweek 21

Team of the Week – gameweek 21



Chelsea showed they can do it without Diego Costa on the weekend as Antonio Conte’s side recovered from a first league defeat in over three months with a 3-0 thrashing of Leicester.

The Blues’ win saw them go seven points clear at the top of the table after Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford by Manchester United.

Everton thumped Manchester City 4-0 in the result of the weekend, while there were also big wins by the same score line for Arsenal and Tottenham.

But which players stood out across all 10 Premier League fixtures? Here’s the team of the weekend to tell you.

Defence: Ben Foster; Kyle Walker, Laurent Koscielny, Dejan Lovren, Marcos Alonso

It may seem odd to choose a goalkeeper who conceded four goals, but had it not been for Foster’s performance his West Brom side would have been blown away by an embarrassing score line. Foster made eight saves in total – three more than any other keeper in the league over the weekend.

One of several impressive performers for Spurs was Walker, who provided one assist in a typically energetic and threatening display from right wing-back.

At centre-back is Arsenal captain Koscielny, who was near-faultless against Swansea, leading his side by example and making defending look very easy indeed. He’s partnered by Lovren, who relished the physical battle against Manchester United. The Croatian was particularly strong in the air, and after a few shaky early moments he helped Jurgen Klopp’s side look much more solid.

On the left flank is Alonso, who surprisingly stood up in Costa’s absence to score twice at the King Power. Freed from defensive responsibility, he produced a composed right-footed finish to open the scoring before finding a deflected second.

Midfield: Michail Antonio, Tom Davies, Ross Barkley, Marko Arnautovic

On the right-wing is Antonio, who stepped up in the absence of Dimitri Payet for West Ham. The former Nottingham Forest wide man provided all three assists for his side in their 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at the London Stadium, with the highlight undoubtedly the cross for Andy Carroll’s wonder-goal.

Davies, who is only 18 despite the beard, put in a Man of the Match performance for Everton against Manchester City. The Toffees’ academy graduate was superb on just his seventh appearance of the season, constantly breaking up City’s fluency and capping the day off with a deserved first goal for the club.

Teammate Barkley provided the assist and the England midfielder was similarly impressive, with two set-ups the rewards for his performance. Barkley has been criticised by manager Ronald Koeman this season, but he was sharp and decisive on the weekend, with a particularly well-crafted ball for Kevin Mirallas.

Completing the midfield is Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic, who scored twice in his side’s 3-1 win at Sunderland. The Austrian was excellent last season, but this game was the first time he’s shown his talent this campaign, with a rebound and composed finish sinking the Black Cats in seven first-half minutes.

Attack: Harry Kane, Abel Hernandez

The attack is led by the weekend’s only hat-trick hero. Kane rounded off the week in which he became a father for the first time by netting three times in the 4-0 win over West Brom. Although he certainly could have had more – a couple of wayward finishes and a couple of Foster saves prevented it – he still bagged three great goals from his 11 attempts, with two instinctive early finishes followed by a controlled volley from Dele Alli’s scooped pass.

Completing the side is Hull striker Hernandez, who scored his first league goals since August on return from injury to give new Tigers manager Marco Silva a perfect start. Hernandez’s goals helped his side to a 3-1 win over Bournemouth and the Uruguayan striker has been sorely missed - they failed to win any of the nine league matches he missed through injury from November to January.