Sunday World Team of the Week

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Silva was majestic against West Brom
Silva was majestic against West Brom

The return of the Premier League brought a host of unpredictable plot lines last weekend - and our first team of the week selection includes a few unfamiliar names.

ADRIAN (West Ham)

The Hammers had to fend of plenty of Arsenal pressure as they secured a famous 2-0 win at Emirates Stadium, with their inspirational keeper putting a fumbling Petr Cech into the shade as he made his Gunners debut at the other end of the field.

MATTEO DARMIAN (Manchester United)

The Manchester United full-back was not one of their highest profile signings of the summer, but he made a strong opening impression in their nervous 1-0 win against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

CIARAN CLARK (Aston Villa)

After signing a new deal with Villa last week, this Republic of Ireland centre-back turned in a sparkling performance in their 1-0 win at Bournemouth. With John O'Shea out of the Sunderland team, could Clark become a regular in the Ireland team this season?


The Hammers spent big money to secure the services of this powerhouse centre-back and his opening day display at Arsenal suggested he is a star in the making in a Claret and Blue shirt.

DAMIEN DELANEY (Crystal Palace)

Only a handful of Irishman started Premier League games last weekend, but Delaney was among goals as Crystal Palace secured a 3-1 win at Norwich. 

YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)

The talisman of the City midfield looked back to his best as City thumped West Bromwich Albion on Monday night. He needs to maintain that kind of form if his side are to sustain a title push this season.


Liverpool's game at Stoke needed a moment of magic to uncover a winner and Coutinho was the man with a spark of magic in his boots. His curling late winner was a work of art.


Not many players have terrorised Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in a manner this Ecuadorian winger did at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. What a memorable display from this 25-year-old.

DAVID SILVA (Manchester City)

The secret to success for City this season will be getting their star turns all performing at their best once again, which was not the case for long spells of last season. Silva was brilliant at West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.


This French striker appeared to be on his way to Qatar to play his football this season, but that move fell through and he was a real menace to the Chelsea back line as Swansea so nearly beat the champions at Stamford Bridge.

JAMIE VARDY (Leicester)

What a display from this flying Foxes winger as Leicester thumped Sunderland 4-2. He showed flashes of brilliance last season as well and now needs to find consistency.