Premier League hotlist: Kevin De Bruyne, Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez, Marouane Fellaini and more
Last Updated: 01/10/17 7:44pm
Who were the best Premier League players from the weekend games? We take a look at the man-of-the-match performances in our hotlist.
Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City - Kevin De Bruyne
It wasn't just his superb strike that gives De Bruyne the man of the match accolade. He was constantly working for Man City whether it was powering through the midfield, nicking back possession or setting up his team-mates.
He delivered some set-pieces of the highest quality too and could easily have added more goals and assists to his name at Stamford Bridge. Pep Guardiola and City will be hoping his late substitution was nothing too serious as they look to maintain their charge at the top of the table.
Huddersfield 0-4 Tottenham - Harry Kane
Of late, it seems the only debate surrounding Kane is whether he can be considered world class. On this particular afternoon, Kane showed it all. The awareness, the positioning and those trademark finishes.
His first was typical Kane - running through on goal, pushing the ball slightly wide to create a gap, and duly finishing. His second was another trademark strike, but this time that snapshot from range we know so well.
Co-commentator Davie Provan summed it up well: "We saw the very best of Harry Kane in the first half, his full repertoire. Most of the adjectives have been used to describe Kane and I cannot think of anymore. It was a joy to watch his centre-forward play."
Newcastle 1-1 Liverpool - Matt Ritchie
The Scotland winger has four assists in his last four appearances coming into this game - but it was his discipline without the ball that stood him out from the crowd here. He epitomised Newcastle's organisation - especially in the second period - with a defensive display to restrict Liverpool's play down their left flank. It was no surprise to note he covered 10.7km - more than any other player.
Arsenal 2-0 Brighton - Alexis Sanchez
The Chile international put in a fine display against Brighton as he set the tempo for the majority of their attacks.
His fine backheel for Iwobi's goal highlighted the quality Arsenal's star winger has, while he was unlucky not to have a goal of his own following Dunk's excellent block off the line.
Everton 0-1 Burnley - James Tarkowski
Many may have feared for Burnley defensively when Michael Keane left for Everton over the summer, but 24-year-old James Tarkowski has filled the void superbly. Not only is he an ultra-reliable defender - he made 12 clearances, four tackles and three blocks in the game - but his passing statistics were superior to any of his team-mates.
Sky Sports co-commentator Andy Hinchcliffe said: "It has to be James Tarkowski. Michael Keane's departure gave him a chance and he really has taken it. It's been an outstanding, individual defensive display. He was rock-solid, giving Burnley a defensive platform and that's exactly what you need away from home playing this way." Sean Dyche appears to have unearthed another gem.
Bournemouth 0-0 Leicester - Marc Pugh
The tireless Pugh was outstanding until being replaced with 21 minutes left to play.
The Bournemouth winger was firstly denied an early goal after the officials failed to spot that Simpson had diverted his goal-bound effort with the use of a hand.
And the 30-year-old also twice went close to scoring with low drives before the interval, only to pull his efforts wide of the goal.
Manchester United 4-0 Crystal Palace - Marouane Fellaini
What a turnaround it has been for Fellaini. Less than a year ago he was being booed by some United fans, but after scoring twice against Palace it was his name that was being chanted around Old Trafford before he was cheered down the tunnel by the Stretford End.
It was Fellaini's first Premier League double since 2013 and he was a controlling presence for United throughout.
"He played really well," said Jose Mourinho. "He has been doing it a long time. He is confident, he is happy with his contribution to the team."
Stoke 2-1 Southampton - Kurt Zouma
The on-loan Chelsea defender was ineligible for Stoke's 4-0 defeat to his parent club last weekend but returned on Saturday to produce a superb display at the heart of the Potters' defence.
He kept Shane Long in check and put his body on the line on several occasions to deny Southampton's attackers, especially after the introduction of Gabbiadini and Austin.
With Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi absent through injury, it was a vital performance in a crucial win for the hosts.
West Brom 2-2 Watford - Richarlison
Watford's fightback from 2-0 down was spearheaded by the impressive Brazilian, who added another goal and an assist to his bright start to life in the Premier League.
Tony Pulis had clearly told his players to get tighter on him at half-time, as the £11.2m signing from Fluminense took several knocks during the second period.
But he was not to be denied as he showed his predatory instinct to head home from Jose Holebas' cross in the dying seconds.
West Ham 1-0 Swansea - Alfie Mawson
Although he was on the losing side, Alfie Mawson produced a confident performance at centre back and did an excellent job of containing Andy Carroll, who was arguably one of West Ham's most dangerous players throughout the 90 minutes.
He successfully beat Carroll to a number of crucial headers and was positionally aware throughout the game. The 23-year-old was unlucky to be on the losing side.