Week 2 has come and even though my beloved Spurs put on a typical Spursy performance there was still some great football on display! TOTW is a completely subjective list so if my opinion offends you well then… I’VE GOT TWO WORDS FOR YOU……. Too Bad!
Manager of the Week: Mark Hughes (Stoke City)
Player of the Week: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
It’s great to see the big man back after a season out injured. Before that injury he was pushing Joe Hart close to being England’s number 1. This week he managed to keep the Gunners quiet with some impressive point-blank stops it looks like he’s hit the ground running this season.
OK OK.. I know.. He’s a left back! But.. There really wasn’t any stand out right backs on show this week and with Marcos Alonso being the King of Wembley on Sunday there was no-way he was going to be left out. Robertson was excellent on his Liverpool debut. A constant threat down the left flank and should really be first choice going forward.
Manchester United have needed a player like Bailly since Nemanja Vidic left for Inter Milan at the of the 2013/14 season. He’s big, strong and more than comfortable on the ball if not a bit too comfortable at times. But he has to be first choice centre-back for Man Utd now, the only question is who will partner him.
This week he had an easy afternoon in South Wales keeping a clean sheet and grabbing his first goal for the club!
Harry Maguire is a unique kind of player, a throw-back to an old-school English centre half who’s not afraid to get his kit dirty but he can also get the ball down and play a bit! A decent signing for Leicester this year and I reckon Robert Huth will find it hard to get his place back when fit again.
The second left-back on the team was literally the first name down; Marcos Alonso. His two goals was the difference between the two London giants at Wembley with his first, a direct free-kick from just outside the box, being the goal of the week! Considering online ‘news’ outlets reported that Chelsea were in the market for a new left back, it’s hard to see anyone usurping Alonso.
Pogba is a new player this season. This has been helped greatly with the addition of Nemanja Matic which has given Pogba more freedom to express himself. Two goals and two assists in two games and dominated both games.
Two weeks and the second inclusion for the Armenian. Again getting two assist, this time against Swansea. When the game was tight, Mkhitaryan might offer as much as the likes of Juan Mata but as the game opened up more and Swansea pushed up the field this is where Mkhitaryan excels. He runs into the space and involves other players and has great vision with the ability to give a killer pass first time!
The signing of Jése by Stoke went slightly under the radar. The former Galactico, now on the books at PSG, made a debut to remember at the BET-365 Stadium latching on to a pass from Diouf to knock it past Petr Cech. One to watch for the season ahead.
You’d never think that Mahrez wants out of Leicester. Maybe he doesn’t, especially after the MOTM performance against Brighton on Saturday. Two assists as well for Okazaki & Maguire’s goals. Leicester will do extremely well to retain his services this season.
A real bright spark for Watford and along with Andre Gray they look like a dangerous partnership up front for the Hornets! Richarlison plays wide on the left but loves going direct and supporting Gray. Will give many teams problems through the season.
Name me a better goal poacher in the world.. I’ll wait.. You can’t? Didn’t think so. He’s so good, so naturally unnatural in his movement. It can’t be just luck that he ends up in the right place at the right time more often than not? Genuinely surprised a bigger club didn’t sign him up during the summer. Great business by West Ham!
Wayne Hennessy (Crystal Palace)
Hegazi (West Brom)
Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)
Wayne Rooney (Everton)
Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton)