Tottenham hit four on the road again, while Chelsea overcame a battling Stoke City to see in the new year with another win. See which players made our EPL Team of the Weekend….
Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
Like his father, Schmeichel’s presence seems to inspire those around him. Was a rock at the back for Leicester on his return from injury and made some vital saves, including two great efforts to deny Dimitri Payet to ensure the Foxes earned a vital win.
Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur)
Filling in for the suspended Kyle Walker at right-back, Trippier did his best impression of the missing England full-back with a series of marauding raids down the wing, providing lots of quality play and the assists for both of Harry Kane’s goals with a fine pass and another quality cross.
Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool)
The centre-back may have been booked early on for bringing down Sergio Aguero, but after that his play was impeccable. Kept the City frontline relatively quiet with a number of well-timed challenges – all the more impressive considering that he was on a yellow.
Wes Morgan (Leicester)
Morgan was in imperious form at the back for the Foxes, coming up with some timely blocks as Leicester kept a clean sheet. The Leicester defence looked almost as tight as it did last season and this was largely down to the strength and organisation of Morgan.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
The Gunners’ left-back was a real headache for the Palace defence all afternoon with his probing forward runs. The Spaniard created lots of danger along the right-flank and provided the cross that lead to Alex Iwobi’s headed goal.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
The world’s most expensive player is finally displaying the kind of qualities that you would expect from someone with such a huge price tag. A standout performance against Sunderland was followed up with a match-winning role against Middlesbrough as Man United look as if they are beginning to pick up some momentum. Will need to perform as well against the better teams if he is to justify his fee.
Willian says he feels 'much better now' after a tough few months… https://t.co/KOhwcX3sbr
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 1, 2017
The Chelsea midfielder hit his first ever brace in the Premier League and has equalled his goal tally from last term already with five. Reminded Antonio Conte of his qualities with two excellent finishes to present the Chelsea coach with a tough choice.
Dele Alli (Tottenham)
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 1, 2017
Alli may not have been at the centre of everything, a fact reflected in his number of touches (33), but he was devastating around the goal, hitting the crossbar just before Spurs’ opener and then netting twice either side of the break as a dominant Tottenham swept aside a poor Watford side. A deserved standing ovation for the England man when he was taken off.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)
It appears that ‘scorpion-kick’ goals are like buses. You wait 10 years for one and then two come along within days of each other. Olivier Giroud deserves a place in the team of the week solely for his inspirational back-heeled finish to Alexis Sanchez’s cross. The Frenchman has had a hard time this season on the sidelines, but has hit goals in each of his starts over the Christmas period to remind Arsene Wenger what he is missing. A selection conundrum of the best kind for the Arsenal boss.
Oliver Giroud with the scorpion kick finish.
Probably the best goal of 2017 already! pic.twitter.com/FI6pqnGl3L
— Wolexis.com (@wolexis) January 1, 2017
Andre Gray (Burnley)
Three shots on target and three goals for the Burnley frontman, you can’t ask for any more than that. His first goal may have been handed to him, but he took the other two with aplomb to net the first ever Premier League hat-trick by a Burnley player.
Harry Kane (Tottenham)
The England striker looks to be back to his best after an indifferent start to the campaign. If his first goal was good, running onto a Trippier pass before lifting the ball over Heurelho Gomes at the near post, then his second was sublime. The way he barged his way between two defenders to stick out a boot and cushion a volley into the roof of the net showed the mark of a man in form. Kane now has 59 goals in 100 Premier League appearances.
59 – Harry Kane has now scored 59 goals in 100 Premier League games, the same number as Thierry Henry had at this stage. Updated.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 1, 2017
FACT: Harry Kane has now scored more goals this year than Messi, Ronaldo, Zlatan, Suarez, Costa, Neymar, Lewandowski and Aguero combined. pic.twitter.com/IIuNhr5dlo
— SPORF (@Sporf) January 1, 2017