This is the Fresh Football team of the week for Gameweek 5.
Steve Mandanda – Crystal Palace
Mandanda is settling into life in the Premier League comfortably, the Frenchman made two outstanding saves from Negredo and Ben Gibson to help Palace secure all three points.
Daryl Janmaat – Watford
Janmaat was running all game, he was always in space when attacking and was always defending when he needed to be, he also put a lot of good crosses in. The Watford man also impressed defensively winning an astounding eight tackles and winning two aerial duels.
Nicolas Otamendi – Manchester City
Otamendi was one of the best players on the pitch in the Manchester derby; he was robust and put his body on the line for his side. The Argentine was also happy to get in a physical battle with United’s Zlatan Ibrahimović whilst defending magnificently for the 90 minutes.
The impressive defender made four tackles and five clearances during the 90 minutes whilst also intercepting play six times. Something which will impress Guardiola massively was his pass accuracy, managing 90.9% whilst also winning four aerial duels.
Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal
Arsenal arguably walked away with three points from the Emirates Stadium on Saturday because of this man. The captain had another dazzling performance in the Arsenal shirt and his defensive qualities once again shown against the Saints. As well as defending well, he also scored an acrobatic overhead kick to grab the equaliser, something you don’t see every defender doing.
José Holebas – Watford
Holebas scored and got MOTM against West Ham United in Watford’s 4-2 victory. He also put in crucial challenges including the one that led to his goal. He was defensively solid winning five tackles and being a force in the air winning four duels.
Roberto Firmino – Liverpool
Another consistent performance by one of Liverpool’s main men, he put Leicester to bed with an individual brilliant performance which included two goals which were both excellent finishes. His movement was too much for the Foxes midfield and defence and Firmino gave them the run around all afternoon.
Fernandinho – Manchester City
For me, Fernandinho is the most underrated midfielder in the league; he once again showed why he is so important to the City side and did a brilliant job in shielding his defence against a very strong United side, whilst also helping City in a more advanced role. City’s midfielder impressed with an 88% pass success whilst also winning three aerial duels, he certainly won the battle in the middle of the park contributing with two tackles.
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
A new player, KDB is playing with new freedom and has found exhilarating form in the opening weeks of the Premier League. Early on, his crossing was exquisite and from the first to the last whistle was unplayable. He found the net once and hit the post which led to a tap in for Iheanacho, which turned out to be the winner. KDB went on to hit the post again later on in the game. The City man ran the show and tormented United all afternoon; his movement and class were too superior for any United man to come close.
Son Heung-min – Tottenham Hotspur
A player that nearly left White Hart Lane in the summer has found new life in the squad. He was excellent in Spurs’ riot over Stoke on Saturday and scored two goals with the latter being a wonder goal. Son was finding space very well between the lines and was efficient on the ball whilst linking up with his teammates very well. Son completed one take on and scored two goals from three shots which proved his clinical finishing on the day.
Diego Costa – Chelsea
Diego Costa was fantastic against Swansea. He straight away found himself in a physical battle against the back four which lasted the whole 90 minutes, and he came out on top.
Bagging himself two goals giving the Blues a point, he was their star man on Sunday afternoon.
His movement was brilliant for a player leading the number 9 role; he pulled defenders out of position and opened up space for his teammates to run into.
The Chelsea man looks hungry for goals this season and now has four in four thus far.
Romelu Lukaku – Everton
For me, the best performance of the weekend has to go to Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian hitman found his feet against Sunderland and finally ended his horrendous goal drought scoring a hat-trick in just 11 minutes.
He could have had more, he hit the bar and gave the Sunderland defence the run around all night, his movement was too much and he found himself in very good areas throughout the game.
Everton will rely heavily on this man’s form this season as they aim to get into Europe, with consistency being the main problem for the 23-year-old, but if he manages to hit the ground running for several months, he could easily score 20+ goals this season.