Premier League hotlist: David de Gea and David Silva feature
Last Updated: 03/12/17 10:01pm
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...
Manchester City 2-1 West Ham - David Silva
The little magician popped up with the decisive moment of the match, turning home Kevin De Bruyne's cross in skillful fashion. He made a tough finish look easy. Jamie Carragher thinks the City midfielder is the club's greatest ever player and Thierry Henry lavished similar praise on him.
Henry said: "He's the best creative midfielder we've seen in this league. I didn't see everyone play, but David Silva wants the ball and plays the same way against every team. He puts his foot in and doesn't shy away from the ball. He's brave off the ball and on the ball. What a player."
Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton - Ryan Bertrand
The driving force behind Southampton's revival, Bertrand registered game-high figures of six crosses and three chances created. His defensive qualities are well known but it's his strength going in the opposite direction which sets him apart. Had Austin have been more ruthless in front of goal, Bertrand's attacking prowess would have yielded a victory.
Arsenal 1-3 Man Utd - David de Gea
A staggering 14 saves tells you all you need to know. Time and again, the Spaniard produced world-class stops to deny Arsenal, who will have left the Emirates wondering how they have not taken at least a point.
The double save to prevent Alexandre Lacazette (again) and Alexis Sanchez was arguably the standout moment for De Gea, who created a showreel worthy of the season's best saves all in one night.
Brighton 1-5 Liverpool - Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho was outstanding having been rested for the 3-0 win over Stoke in midweek. The Brazilian set up the opening goal with perfectly-weighted low cross for Roberto Firmino, and he sealed the win in style in the closing stages. The free-kick for his goal was cleverly taken and perfectly executed, and he claimed an assist for Lewis Dunk's own goal.
The stats underlined his influence. Coutinho had more shots, created more chances and completed more dribbles than any of his team-mates. It was another reminder of just how important he is to Jurgen Klopp's side.
Everton 2-0 Huddersfield - Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Calvert-Lewin was forced to feed off scraps in an uneventful opening 45 minutes as the young Englishman was too often crowded out by Christopher Schindler and Mathias Jorgensen but he earned his luck in the second period.
The forward's brilliant flick from Aaron Lennon's pass for Gylfi Sigurdsson to break the deadlock was the game's one real moment of quality and Calvert-Lewin had only one thing on his mind when Idrissa Gueye snapped into a challenge.
The 20-year-old freed himself enough from Jorgensen to get his shot away from Wayne Rooney's pass with the ball ballooning off the defender into the net for his sixth goal of the season. With four assists also to his name, no player has been involved in more goals this season for Everton in all competitions.
Leicester 1-0 Burnley - Riyad Mahrez
In a game when the quality in front of goal was conspicuous by its absence, Mahrez showed glimpses of his very best fleet-footed flamboyance, only to be denied by poor finishing, or lack of options ahead of him. Some of his passing was right out of the top drawer.
Stoke City 2-1 Swansea - Xherdan Shaqiri
It was another good performance from the Stoke winger, who sparked the comeback for his side with his 36th-minute goal, and has now been directly involved in nine goals in his last 11 Premier League games (four goals, five assists) - his joint-best return in a league season.
He was involved in most of the Potters' attacking play down the right wing, and should arguably also have had an assist to his name for his play but it was not to be. However, he and manager Mark Hughes will be pleased with a good day's work.
Watford 1-1 Tottenham - Abdoulaye Doucoure
So solid in that Watford midfield and did well to deny Spurs' playmakers any space. Very unlucky not to score with a wonderful effort from range that cannoned back off the inside of Hugo Lloris' post.
West Brom 0-0 Crystal Palace - Mamadou Sakho
The Palace captain was once again a rock at the heart of the visitors' defence, shepherding his team through to a second clean sheet on the road in the space of just four days.
The imposing France international was there in the right place at the right time to make a succession of important blocks and clearances, while his distribution from the back was also impressive.
Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle - Eden Hazard
Hazard has been hitting form in recent weeks and he was the star of the show at Stamford Bridge. Again playing in a No 10 role, the Belgium international had six shots on target, a league-high in the Premier League this season, and linked up well with Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas and Danny Drinkwater.
As well as his two goals, the 26-year-old was a constant threat on the ball as Newcastle found it tough to get close.
"When you think of the two top men around today - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - when they go who are the next ones to take the mantle? Neymar? Hazard comes into that category, he is that good," said Graeme Souness on Sky Sports afterwards.
If Hazard continues in this vein for the rest of season, England beware next summer.
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