Premier League Team of the Week
The second weekend of Premier League action threw up a host of eye-catching performances and here is our team of the week selection:
Asmir Begovic (Chelsea)
There wasn’t too much for Chelsea to should about on what was a miserable afternoon for the champions against Manchester City, but new arrival Begovic pulled off some vital saves to keep the score down to just 3-0. He looks to be a fine replacement for the departed Petr Cech.
Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
“This could be the season of Luke Shaw,” declared United boss Louis van Gaal ahead of this new Premier League season and his young full-back is responding. He looks fitter, stronger and ready to become a United player more than a year after his arrival from Southampton,
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
City need their big players to shine if they are to bounce back from their disappointments of last season and Kompany needs to lead their revival from the front. Two games and two big goals to his credit suggest he is ready to do just that. He had Chelsea’s Diego Costa in his back pocket.
Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City)
This £32m misfit has not featured in too many teams of the week since his arrival at City, but he was actually quite good for once in the game of the season so far. There is talk that he may be loaned out in this transfer window, but his latest display may have altered those plans.
Matteo Darmian (Manchester United)
A second successive polished display from this Italian full-back fuels the suspicion that Louis van Gaal and United have bought themselves a classy performer in Darmian. He does not seem to get flustered and is a positive influence on those around him.
Jefferson Montero (Swansea)
This Ecuadorian winger is on fire. After strutting his stuff in impression fashion against Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season, he was in menacing form against as Swansea saw off Newcastle. One of the top clubs may be tempted to try and sign this 25-year-old in the next couple of weeks.
Ross Barkley (Everton)
The English media jump at the chance to turn on their hype machine to promote a rising local star and Barkley has been given the ‘new Gazza’ treatment in the last couple of years. His display as Everton thumped Southampton suggested he may buck a trend and live up to his billing. A class act.
James Milner (Liverpool)
This reliable midfield performer will do a solid job for Liverpool this season and he has settled into the hole left by the departed Steven Gerrard with ease. His passing and vision is under-rated.
Luke Vardy (Leicester)
Vardy has started this season on fire and his pace and direct running was too much for West Ham to handle on Saturday. This guy was playing non-league football back in 2012, but now he is an established Premier League star, which proves gems can be found in unheralded outposts of England and, dare we say, Irish soccer.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Everton paid a whopping £28m to sign this Belgian striker last summer and he showed what he is capable of at Southampton on Saturday. Two goals and a display of front-running that was reminiscent of Didier Drogba in his prime. Now he has to produce that kind of display every week.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
The most gifted all-round striker in the Premier League showed up for the biggest of games once again as he terrorised Chelsea all afternoon and was the primary reason why Blues skipper John Terry was removed at half-time by his manager Jose Mourinho.