Premier League hotlist: Kevin De Bruyne and Marko Arnautovic feature
Last Updated: 11/12/17 7:19am
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...
West Ham 1-0 Chelsea - Marko Arnautovic
Arnautovic looks unrecognisable compared to the player that was operating under former boss Slaven Bilic earlier this season, and showed his class as his superb maiden goal for the club clinched victory against the champions.
Burnley 1-0 Watford - Johann Gudmundsson
In a game of few clear chances for Burnley, it was Gudmundsson who looked their biggest threat. Not only did he set up the goal with a pass across the box, but he went close to scoring himself with a free-kick that was well saved by Gomes and a shot that was pushed away in the second half.
He also put in 10 crosses - five more than any other Burnley player - and continued to provide a good outlet for the Clarets.
Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth - Jermain Defoe
In case there was ever any doubt, Defoe has still got it. He was at his best at Selhurst Park, scoring his 200th league goal in trademark fashion, his first real sniff of the game.
But his 201st was simply stunning; receiving the ball on the bounce from a seemingly impossible angle, he put it in the only place he could, looping over Julian Speroni.
He hasn't been given too much playing time this season, but the 35-year-old proved he is far from losing that Midas touch in front of goal.
Huddersfield 2-0 Brighton - Steve Mounie
Having battled for a place in Huddersfield's XI since returning from a heel injury, Mounie took his opportunity in some style when handed just his second start in eight matches.
The striker knew little about the first, while his header was then fortunate to squeeze past Ryan for his second, but it will be a timely boost of confidence for the 23-year-old ahead of the festive period.
Swansea 1-0 Brighton - Wilfried Bony
The Swansea skipper barely had a touch in the first half, but when it mattered most he delivered, smashing a shot emphatically into the roof of the net to hand his side a crucial three points.
It was Bony's second goal in as many games and if he can carry on his goalscoring form in the coming weeks, Swansea might just be able to clamber up the table and away from danger.
Tottenham 5-1 Stoke - Heung-Min Son
Son was the brightest player from the outset, troubling teenage full-back Tom Edwards who was making only his second Premier League appearance. The South Korea international was the architect of the first goal and the scorer of the second in a superb display.
Late on in the game he led the counter-attack to set up Eriksen for Tottenham's fifth goal and when he left the pitch soon after to a standing ovation, it was fully deserved
Newcastle 2-3 Leicester - Demarai Gray
Had double the shots of any teammate. Looks like a different player under Puel. Exudes confidence every time he is on the attack, and is not afraid to have a strike from anywhere. Very unlucky with a first-half effort.
Southampton 1-1 Arsenal - Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
Southampton could not hold on after a tireless performance at St Mary's, but Hojbjerg's mighty shift in midfield almost steered the hosts to victory.
The Dane had more touches than any other Southampton player, while eight clearances - the most of anyone on the pitch - and a joint-high three interceptions helped the Saints' cause, which fell just short in the dying minutes.
Liverpool 1-1 Everton - Jonjoe Kenny
In a game where Liverpool camped in Everton's half, young Kenny had a job on his hands dealing with the hosts' full-backs and wingers.
He did an admirable job, and though Liverpool did routinely get in-behind Cuco Martina, Kenny was often on hand to clear in the area alongside Ashley Williams and Mason Holgate.
The Liverpool-born 20-year-old also made nine clearances and gained possession a joint-high seven times.
Man Utd 1-2 Man City - Kevin De Bruyne
On a record-breaking outing for Manchester City, their Belgian midfielder's influence was telling. City dominated possession from the get-go and chief to their superiority was the relentless pressing from De Bruyne, who ensured United could not get back into the game. When called upon, his final ball was typically flawless, leading to Lukaku's errors in the build-up to Silva's opener.
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