Premier League hotlist: Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Mo Salah feature
Last Updated: 11/02/18 9:52pm
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...
Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal - Harry Kane
Who else? He's been the top performer in the north London derby several times, and Kane came up trumps once again at Wembley.
His header was superb - jumping head and shoulders above Laurent Koscielny - while Arsenal's appeals for a foul were waved away by Anthony Taylor.
Kane could, and perhaps should, have had a hat-trick to his name, but his all-round forward play in the second half allowed Spurs to open up their opponents with ease.
Everton 3-1 Crystal Palace - Idrissa Gueye
Wayne Rooney rarely conceded possession in a deep role while Theo Walcott's directness caused Palace countless problems but the pair - along with Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson - were allowed to run freely because of Gueye's discipline and fight.
The Senegalese impressed at the heart of Everton's midfield, constantly snuffing out the threat of Andros Townsend and Alexander Sorloth to set off the home side's attacks and it was only after his withdrawal that Palace forced a consolation.
Stoke 1-1 Brighton - Jose Izquierdo
Brighton's twinkle-toed wide man was a joy to watch all afternoon, almost giving his side an early lead with a delightful curler that extended Jack Butland to the full, before deservedly putting the visitors ahead.
There appeared little danger when the 25-year-old picked up possession near the left flank. However, in the blink of an eye the ball was in the back of Stoke's net after a breathtaking goal involving two majestic one-twos, with the winger finishing off the move with a composed finish.
Swansea 1-0 Burnley - Ki Sung-Yueng
Capped a fine performance in the centre of midfield with the goal that could be so valuable in Swansea's bid to avoid the drop. Took care of the ball when many of those around him were outfoxed by the slippery surface and stood up well when Burnley looked to hit the hosts on the counter-attack.
West Ham 2-0 Watford - Marko Arnautovic
Making his first appearance since January 20, Arnautovic wasted no time in getting back into his stride. He was West Ham's most creative player and regularly threatened with the ball at his feet, showing some clever touches and quick footwork to escape challenges. He capped off a fine individual display with a routine finish from close range.
Man City 5-1 Leicester - Sergio Aguero
It's difficult to think that barely a year ago it looked like Aguero was never going to be a Guardiola favourite, because his display - as it has been so many times at the Etihad this season - was electric, especially after half-time.
Aguero may have been handed his hat-trick strike but his four-goal tally was down to his own making, with a little help from De Bruyne.
He is now on 21 Premier League goals for the season, one behind Liverpool's Mo Salah and only two behind top scorer Harry Kane in the running for the Golden Boot.
Huddersfield 4-1 Bournemouth - Steve Mounie
The 23-year-old was a real handful all afternoon long, with the Bournemouth defence unable to cope with the powerful forward.
Mounie set up Pritchard for the opener, before putting his side back in front with an excellent header. And the Benin international was then heavily involved in Huddersfield's crucial third goal to round off an excellent attacking display.
Newcastle 1-0 Man Utd - Jonjo Shelvey
Martin Dubravka produced a superb display on his debut, looking assured in his handling and making several key saves.
But Shelvey takes the honours for a fantastic all-round performance. He was composed on the ball, picked out a number of good passes and also defended well. He made more passes (54) than any other Newcastle player, more tackles (four) and had more touches (84).
It was Shelvey's fifth win in his last seven appearances against Manchester United and he played a crucial part in securing the result.
Southampton 0-2 Liverpool - Mo Salah
There were certainly question marks over Salah's return to the Premier League when Liverpool splashed more than £30m on him in the summer - but as debut seasons go, they don't come much better than the Egyptian's at Anfield.
He effortlessly dispatched Firmino's back-heel to take his goals tally for the season 29, 22 of which have come in the league. With only Harry Kane able to boast a better return, the signing of Salah looks as shrewd as any.
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