City’s win over West Ham was extremely impressive as Pep Guardiola’s attacking line-up clicked into gear in style. De Bruyne was typically brilliant, conducting things alongside David Silva, probing the Hammers’ defence, sliding through-balls for the quick forward line and bagging the opening goal from a slick one-two.
Schneiderlin made his full debut for Everton following his £24 million move from United and showed just why Ronald Koeman signed him. Full of energy, he flew about the pitch during their 1-1 draw with Stoke.
His French compatriot is the centre-midfielder to aim for though; Kante was simply ridiculous in the second half against Liverpool. He got through a preposterous amount of work, mopping up countless counter-attacks.
Capoue started the season like a train, with four goals in his first five league appearances, but he’d gone quiet until this week. He rampaged around the Emirates turf, creating chances and winning the ball back frequently as the Hornets stunned with two first-half goals.
One of the most impressive showings came from Sane, who reminded fans of his immense talent against West Ham. The 21-year-old German joined for £37 million in the summer but you would have been forgiven for forgetting just how good he is after a slow start. Against the Hammers he was electric, with his pace and final ball spot on – as evidenced by the run and cross for Silva’s goal.
The real star of the show in Stratford was Jesus, whose January arrival has injected some verve and excitement into City. The 19-year-old Brazilian striker looked every bit the key player as he tore the opposition apart, putting his side 3-0 up before the break from Raheem Sterling’s pass. Sergio Aguero looked worried on the bench, and you can’t blame him.
Completing the little and very large combination striker partnership is Crouch. The Stoke striker became the 26th player to reach 100 Premier League goals just after his 36th birthday. Although it didn’t come from a header – as you might expect – his well-taken sliding finish and following robot celebration was the moment of midweek.
Write-up by Felix Keith for Squawka.com
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