Garth Crooks Week Team: Zouma, Shaw, Rashford, Aguero


Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with a dramatic 2-1 win over Tottenham in Anfield after rivals Manchester City beat Fulham 2-0.

Manchester United took a place in the top four with a 2-1 win over Watford and Chelsea snatched the controversial 2-1 win at Cardiff.

Huddersfield were relegated with a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace but Southampton raised their hopes of survival with a 1-0 victory at Brighton.

Burnley recorded a 2-0 win over Wolves, Leicester won 2-0 against Bournemouth and Everton recorded a 2-0 win at West Ham.

Here's my team of the week – read and select yours below.

Goalkeeper – Kasper Schmeichel

A call point from Bournemouth, Callum Wilson of Bournemouth, did not just turn the Saturday game for Leicester – set the tone for his win.

No doubt about it, the arrival of Brendan Rodgers had a tremendous effect on the performance of the Foxes' senior players – and you are no more senior in Leicester than Kasper Schmeichel.

It was a great clean sheet. On the other hand, how many points Hugo Lloris will cost Tottenham?

Did you know? Since the start of the 2015-16 season, only Lukasz Fabianski (495) has made more defenses in the Premier League than Kasper Schmeichel (378).

Defenders – Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Ben Mee (Burnley), Kurt Zouma (Everton)

Wes Morgan: Where does Wes Morgan have an appetite for goals? The skilful flick of the captain of Leicester after the Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic was reminiscent of Denis Law.

Morgan has scored two goals in two games and looks as solid as a rock on defense. Quite apart from Morgan looking impressive in both penalty areas, the whole team looks very happy under the direction of their new manager.

What a nice way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his late owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Did you know? Leicester's Wes Morgan scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time in his career, also scoring three goals in his last four games.

Ben Mee: It was James Tarkowski who made my team the week after Burnley's victory over Tottenham. Well, this week is Ben Mee.

I thought both defenders were exceptional against the wolves, but Mee received the nod. Congratulations should also go to manager Sean Dyche, who is in charge of Burnley for 300 matches. It is not bad.

Did you know? Only James Tarkowski (42) has made more blocks than Ben Mee (38) in the Premier League this season.

Kurt Zouma: What was that all about? Manuel Pellegrini said it was a bad day at the office? I will say. West Ham was shocking. I criticized Everton for their weak defense this season, but I found myself cheering for their team at the London Stadium on Saturday.

The Hammers could have conceded two goals after the 20 minutes and were lucky to be no more. Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma is starting to look like a reliable supporter.

Did you know? Kurt Zouma has won 68% of his air duels in the Premier League this season; is the highest percentage of any Everton quarterback.

Midfielders – Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Harry Arter (Cardiff), Dwight McNeil (Burnley), Luke Shaw (Man Utd)

Patrick van Aanholt: For all the clever tricks and abilities of Wilfried Zaha, he would score 20 goals per season for Crystal Palace if he could hit a clean ball.

Fortunately for the Palace, this is what Dutch players do particularly well – regardless of where they are.

Patrick van Aanholt placed Saturday's game beyond Huddersfield – and effectively sent it down – with a fine finish.

The ball was moving away from him at a rate of knots, but the Dutch international still had the ability to strike and score. Particularly impressive for a left-back.

Did you know? Patrick van Aanholt has created more chances than any other Crystal Palace fan in the Premier League this season (34).

Bernardo Silva: Talk about an outgrown team. Fulham are in the wrong league and this can be confirmed already on Tuesday. Bernardo Silva scored for the third consecutive game and, like the game, was a doddle.

I do not think I've seen a Premier League team make many mistakes, look so insecure and be as terrified of playing the ball as Fulham. They've improved with Scott Parker, but is he a manager?

Did you know? Bernardo Silva scored in three consecutive matches in all competitions for Manchester City for the first time.

Harry Arter: With 79 minutes left against Chelsea on Sunday, it looked like Harry Arter had done his job. The Cardiff man had snapped, crackled and made his way through Chelsea midfield.

Neil Warnock replaced his player in order to save him from being sent off after being booked. What a bad decision. Managers should allow players to manage the situation, especially when they are having an impact on the game.

That said, there was nothing Warnock could do about an unimpeded draw for Chelsea, and ruled out the decision to allow Antonio Rudiger to stay on the field when other referees could have expelled the German international for knocking out Kenneth Zohore. Warnock will be climbing walls tonight!

Did you know? Only Sol Bamba (42) has won more tackles than Harry Arter (38) among Cardiff players in the Premier League this season.

Dwight McNeil: This guy caught my eye before – but when Burnley's freshman Jon Walters talked about Football Focus that Dwight McNeil could score goals and give assists, he was right.

McNeil did both against a Wolves team who seemed to have more than one eye on the FA Cup semi-final next week against Watford. This was a big win for the Clarets – but looking at their encounter, they need five more points somewhere.

Did you know? Dwight McNeil was directly involved in seven Premier League goals this season (three goals, four assists) – the highest total of any teenager (level with Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon).

Luke Shaw: Luke Shaw's ball to Marcus Rashford to open the Manchester United account against Watford was sublime.

Commenter for the BBC Final Score, Dion Dublin, said perfectly: "Shaw did not throw the ball to Rashford – he threw the ball at him."

The pass so well placed that dissected the defense of Watford and, at the same time, allowed Rashford to destroy them with their rhythm. Bright.

Did you know? Luke Shaw made three Premier League appearances this season; as many as he had in the previous six campaigns combined.

Forward – Marcus Rashford (Man Utd, Sergio Aguero (Man City)

Marcus Rashford: Regular readers of my team's column of the week saw me claim that Jose Mourinho risked destroying Marcus Rashford's prodigious talent.

Well, I would like to state that the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, along with the support of Mike Phelan, will be the catalyst for Rashford to become a world-class striker rather than just a first-class player.

The big question is: can they keep it? If I were the Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, I would pay a king's ransom for him.

Did you know? Since his debut at Manchester United in February 2016, Marcus Rashford has scored 45 goals for the club in all competitions. This is more than any other United player in the same period.

Sergio Aguero: If Marcus Rashford is first-class – and he is – what makes Sergio Aguero world-class? Well, without going into deep analysis, if you evaluate Aguero's goal against Fulham and do it every time he scores, then you have the answer.

See what Pep Guardiola and others have to say about the best players in The Crooks of the Matter below.

Did you know? Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Sergio Aguero has been involved in more Premier League goals against newly promoted teams than any other player (36 – 29 goals, seven assists).

Now it is your turn

You've seen my selections this week. But who would you go to?

The Bandits of Matter

Kick It Out went on the attack this week insisting that black players should walk & # 39; if officials refused to start the UEFA three-stage protocol in the games.

I've always wondered what managers thought when they saw their players racially abused by the fans and now we know. They do not like us any more and would take their players off the field if the officials suddenly found themselves suffering from a hearing impairment.

The fact that Jurgen Klopp, Maurizio Sarri, Pep Guadiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Neil Warnock join forces with Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti, threatening to resolve the matter on their own is an alert for the Premier League, the Football Association and Uefa . . He put them all on notice.

Kick It Out has been alerting government officials to the threat of such action since Samuel Etoone was begged not to leave the field of play against Real Zaragoza by his Barcelona teammates in 2006.

Since then, Kick It Out, Fare and others have campaigned for a protocol that would make it easier for officers to prevent abuse, followed by a period of reflection, and finally abandonment of games if fans refused to obey the warnings .

Now football has two options. Either implement the protocol or the black players will walk. We'll let you know.


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