Match-week five: Premier League team of the week

By: Michael Sixsmith

The gorgoues weather was raining down in England for Match-week five. It started with Liverpool coming back in the second half verse Wolves in the Midlands, winning easily 3-1. The biggest game of the weekend was in Manchester Old Trafford between sizzling Brighton and struggling Manchester United, which resulted in a 3-1 easy victory to the Visitors, Brighton. Roberto De Zirbi has his players playing European level soccer in the early season. Struggling Chelsea was 0-0 against Bournemouth, the Pochettino Era is off to a ridiculously slow start with leading man, Nicolas Jackson struggling in the Premier League. Callus Hudson Odoi, started his Nottingham Forest debut with a curling, dazzling Goal against Burnley. A weekend dominated by players, here is the Premier League team of the week for Match-week five.

Manager: Angie Postecoglou: Tottenham Hotspur
The Postecouglou era is off to a tremendous start as they have 13 points and are tied second with Liverpool behind Manchester City. His team, played Sheffield United this week in a thrilling 2-1 victory with both goals scored in stoppage time. Richarlison scored his first goal of the year with a header to tie it and then, Dejan Kulusevski scored in the 98th minute to win it. The question now is, Is London’s team Tottenham or the mighty Gunners?
Left Wing: Jeremy Doku: Manchester City
The Quick winger, recently signed for 62 million from French side, Rennes, quite the impact he has made in two games. One of the quickest players on the pitch in every game he plays, his feet are his biggest success. He was destroying and putting Coufal on a island at every chance he can get. 1 goal and 3 chances he created, he was a thorn in a good West Ham teams side from the gate. A poor touch did lead to West Ham’s goal but his contribution and ability to play wide makes this City side very dangerous for future games.
Striker: Richarlison: Tottenham Hotspur
Recently, Richarlison said that he goes to a therapist because his time at Tottenham has been difficult and tough. After Kane left for Bayern, they moved Son to striker and put Richarlison on the bench. Motivation some could say, but he made the most for the 10 minutes he was on the pitch for. 1 goal which tied the game and 1 assist which led to the winner for Dejan Kulusevski. At Everton and with Brazil, he was dominant in the air, he won 3 duels in the air for a 60% success rate. Tottenham as a team won 41% of Air duels last year, a Huge and needed performance for Richarlison.
Right Wing: Mohamed Salah: Liverpool
The best playmaker in the Premier League now that Kevin De Bruyne is injured, 4 assists this year and 2 against Wolves. He was silent all game long until the second half. An assist to Gakpo and then a beautiful thru ball to Robertson to win it. The topping on the cake was a Harvey Elliot strike from Salah, would’ve been a trifecta of assists yet it was marked down as a own goal. Win or loss every moment revolves around Salah, 13 points for Liverpool on the young year, they look like they will compete for another title again.
Center Attacking Midfielder: Julian Alvarez: Manchester City
Is he the most underrated attacker in the Premier League? Yes. 14.1 Million for Alvarez, may be the biggest bargain in soccer today. 2 assists and drooping back to get passes toward the midfield line and hitting woodwork on free kicks, his confidence is at a all time high. 2 goals and 3 assists on the young season, the Argentine forward is destined to be lined up on Guardiola’s Starting lineup for now on.
Center midfielder: Douglas Luiz: Aston Villa
If Villa doesn’t finish in the top 8, he is destined for a move to a top 4 club, what a player Luiz is on a daily basis. He patrolled the Midfield against a scrappy Roy Hodgson’s, Crystal Palace. Boubacar Kamara started out lousy and Luiz bought the energy from the gate. His switch of play to Diaby and Bailey was outstanding in the 3-1 victory. He took his penalty perfectly and won 62% of his 16 Ground duels on Saturday. As Birmingham’s team, Aston Villa are dangerous when fully fit and energetic under Unai Emery.
Center Midfielder: Bernardo Silva: Manchester City
A jack of all trades player, Silva has played CAM, RW, LW, CM and CDM and is world class at every position. It was first start at Center Mid on Saturday and he destroyed as usual. Silva is one of the smartest players in the league, he found space and a beautiful, neat little flick past Areola put City ahead 2-1. A perfect transition and goal from Haaland, set up by Silva, made the game out of hand at London Stadium. 4 chances created and dropped back defensively, he is Pep’s created player.
Left Back: Andrew Robertson: Liverpool
The Scottish captain started off the 7:30 slot lethargic and was at fault for the first goal in the 7th minute but as usual, he was class for the rest of the match. Robertson bombed crosses in and defensively shut down Hwang after his goal. He took his goal perfectly, opened his hips and put one past Jose Sa for the lead and the win. Klopp paid 8 million for the left back from Hull and now he’s one of the best left backs in the world. One of the best business moves under Klopp to date.
Center-back: Christian Romero: Tottenham
All is good in the world of Tottenham in the 2023-2024 season, fantastic moves in the transfer market and second in the table. Romero was terrific in their match verse Sheffield United, only let up one beautiful goal but he was solid as usual. He had a success rate of 75% in ground duels plus he added creating a chance in their as well. The partnership of Van de Ven and Romero will be around for a while in London.
Center-back: Jarell Quansah: Liverpool
What a performance from the 20 year old on Saturday in his first Premier League start. Drawing comparisons to Virgil, he had a protégée esque performance, a team High 95% accurate passes and 0 fouls committed, he looked every bit of a Premier League Center-back. Perfect timing for Virgil to come back, so Quansah can play in Europa League and get much needed game time for improvement.
Right Back: Kyle Walker: Manchester City
The 33 year old marked his 262nd appearance with Manchester City with a win on Saturday. His game is changing drastically in front of our eyes, Pep wants him forward more. He put in 3 crosses and created a big chance which Haaland missed. Will time ever get to Kyle Walker? No chance, the best defensive right back in world soccer today and very could be, the best Premier League Right Back ever.
Goalkeeper: Neto: Bournemouth
Neto has had a very good season for Bournemouth, he continued it on Sunday verse Chelsea. 6 saves including 4 diving saves. He helped for a draw verse an immensely talented Chelsea squad. Not only did he create some great saves in this game, Chelsea had a 1.85 expected goal outcome. A top 10 goalkeeper in the league, he’s had a very underrated year

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