EPL Team of the Weekend – Feb 4-5

Chelsea’s season seems to be getting better by the week, while Arsenal have some serious soul searching to do after a crucial loss. See who made our Premier League Team of the Weekend….

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)
All the post-match talk was about how bad Arsenal were, but in actual fact Courtois played a big part in winning the match for the Blues with a series of important saves, with one flying save from Danny Welbeck particularly impressive. Has conceded only seven goals at home this term and it’s easy to see why.

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)
Alonso has made a huge impact on the left flank since being drafted in to Antonio Conte’s five-man defence. The tactical move by Conte has transformed Chelsea’s season and also resulted in the Spanish full back becoming a key member of the team. The hunger, strength and desire to win the header that put Chelsea ahead sums up Conte’s Chelsea.

Craig Dawson (West Brom)
Superb at the back for the Baggies, Dawson kept the Stoke attack quiet, winning everything in the air against Peter Crouch, which is an achievement in itself. Coming into his own since shifting to centre-back alongside Gareth McAuley with a series of strong, aggressive and commanding performances.

Lamine Kone (Sunderland)
A solid showing from Kone as Sunderland kept their first clean sheet away from home this season. Kept Palace dangerman Christian Benteke very quiet and got forward with the ball to turn defence into attack and even grabbed the opening goal. On this form it is easy to understand why Kone was being looked at by several Premier League rivals last season.

Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
It may not have been the most entertaining showing from Spurs against a hard-to-break-down Middlesbrough side, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. As usual, Kyle Walker was constantly probing down the right flank while snuffing out Boro attacks in the process. Hard to find a better right back in the Premier League right now.

N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

It’s easy to see why Leicester are struggling this season without Kante, who looks like he will be collecting another Premier League winners medal in May. All over opposition players like a rash, breaking up attacks and instigating ones for his own side. Makes life impossible for opponents and does so with effortless grace.

Ross Barkley (Everton)
The midfielder’s form continues to improve after coming in for criticism earlier in the season. Used his strength and intelligent play to set up Lukaku with a sublime backheel and then cheekily celebrated the final goal before rolling it into an empty net. This was the Ross Barkley that was once hailed as the future of English football.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Completely transformed from last season, Hazard is the creative force behind the Chelsea attack with his clever passes and fancy footwork. Scored a sublime goal after weaving his way past a couple of Gunners defenders to top off a masterful showing. Pure class.

M’Baye Niang (Watford)
A match-winning showing from the former AC Milan man. Put in the cross for Troy Deeney to head Watford into the lead in the 10th minute and then popped up with a header of his own to extend the Hornets’ lead just before the break and earn them a second win this week to ease their concerns about being dragged into the relegation battle.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

A complete performance from the powerful Everton frontman. Took all four goals with aplomb and showed willingness to fight for the ball and bully the Bournemouth backline right from the off. Everton boss Ronald Koeman called Lukaku ‘world class’ in the post-match press conference and it’s hard to argue after a game like this. Lukaku is now just one goal behind Duncan Ferguson (60) is the club’s all-time Premier League scoring charts.

Son Heung Min (Tottenham)
The Korean international worked tirelessly down the left flank for Spurs and put in several good crosses that Harry Kane should arguably have done more with. Made the crucial contribution during a foray into the Boro area that resulted in a trip by Espinosa Bernado for the match-winning penalty.

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