Kevin Palmer's Premier League Team of the Weekend
It was another weekend of drama, controversy and surprises in the Premier League, so a few unfamiliar names have made the cut in our Team of the Week:
Adrian (West Ham) – This Spanish keeper is turning in star performances consistently and he was at his best to keep out the tidal wave of Manchester City attacking bursts flowing towards his goal on Saturday night. The Hammers pulled off a famous victory and they had this giant between the posts to thank for their latest away day success.
Winston Reid (West Ham) – The Hammers’ rearguard action against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium was led by this powerhouse defender. West Ham did so well to tie him down to a new contract earlier this year and they are reaping the rewards now.
Russell Martin (Norwich) - Fantasy football enthusiasts are enjoying the contribution of this unsung hero so far, with Norwich talisman Martin scoring his third Premier League goals of the season with a neat finish in his side’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield. He was also rock solid in defence on Sunday.
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) - Picked ahead of John Terry as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho opted for pace and youth over experience at the heart of his defence against Arsenal, Zouma came up with a sparkling display. Theo Walcott hardly got a sniff of a chance throughout the game and this big Frenchman also scored the opening goal. What a performance.
Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) - There is always something of a cynical view of big money signings from South Korean or Japan, with the sceptics quick to suggest the potential for commercial deals in the Far East may be the driving force behind the deal. However, Son is a proven performer in European football and he shone on his Premier League debut as he scored the winning goal against Crystal Palace.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham) – The Hammers have found a gem in this attacking star who is offering up consistent class in the Premier League. He didn’t score in their sparkling win at Manchester City on Saturday, but he caught the eye once again.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) – Toure has often been accused of fading in games when his side has not been at their best, but he was leading their charge as they fought to recover against West Ham on Saturday. Amid the disappointment of their first defeat of the season, the display of this veteran midfielder was a source of encouragement.
Dele Alli (Tottenham) – Making the leap from League One to the Premier League is not always easy for teenagers, but Alli has made a big impact after swapping MK Dons for Spurs. It proves that there are star performers to be found (British and Irish) in the lower leagues if clubs could are not bothering to look.
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) – It didn’t matter whether this Bournemouth winger failed to touch the ball again after his screaming ninth minute goal nearly ripped the back off the Sunderland net. It was a strong contender for goal of the season.
Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – It’s impossible to keep this French kid out of the headlines and while he was not given too many chances to shine in Manchester United’s game at Southampton, he snapped up the two chances that came his way with clinical brilliance. Overhyped he may be, but you can only be impressed by Martial.