EPL Team of the Weekend – Feb 25-26

Harry Kane was at it again with a third hat-trick in nine games for Spurs while Chelsea were inspired by a ‘Cescy’ midfielder as they overcame a strong challenge from Swansea. But who made our team of the weekend?

Ben Foster (West Brom)
The mark of a good goalkeeper is one who can make a difference when called into action at short notice and here was where Foster excelled. After enjoying a relatively quiet game following the Cherries’ early opener the West Brom stopper pulled off two saves near the end to preserve West Brom’s lead, including a spectacular stop to deny Tyrone Mings.

Omar Elabdellaoui (Hull City)
The Norwegian fullback was a bundle of attacking energy in the first half, causing panic for the Burnley defence with a series of threatening raids down the right flank. He wasn’t so effective after the break but defended well for the Tigers in his best performance since arriving on loan from Olympiacos.

Seamus Coleman (Everton)
Coleman is having a great season for Everton under Ronald Koeman. He oozes class and here he was at his best, defending efficiently while getting forward to whip in a succession of high-quality balls. Set up Idrissa Gueye’s goal and should have had another assist when he crossed for Ross Barkley in the second half. Has three assists and one goal in his last four appearances for the Toffees.

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace)

Put in a rock-like performance on his debut after his transfer window switch from Liverpool. Regained possession several times for the Eagles while also clearing the danger time and time again. Could prove to be the latest in a long line of transfer window bargains to deliver for Sam Allardyce if he helps Big Sam avoid relegation.

Michael Keane (Burnley)
Unlucky to give away a penalty when he was penalised for handball – despite being pushed in the back by a Hull player, Keane delivered the perfect response just minutes later when he showed the poise of a striker to chest down a corner and shoot low into the net to earn the Clarets a crucial point on the road. Add this to another solid showing in defence and you have a rising star of the English game. A transfer to a bigger club must soon be in the offing?

Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)
Didn’t have the best of days with his passing, but was extremely effective in front of goal, scoring the opener with a late burst into the box. Was unlucky not to get a second after the break, hitting the bar with one superb effort while Fabianski pulled off a remarkable save to deny him with another chance. Repaid the faith shown in him by manager Antonio Conte with a standout showing on his 300th Premier League appearance.

Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton)
Ronald Koeman’s purchase of Schneiderlin during the transfer window is beginning to look like a shrewd piece of business based on this showing. The French man was by far the best player on the pitch, bossing the midfield for the Toffees, never wasting the ball while intervening with several important interventions. No wonder Everton fans were raving about him.

Michail Antonio (West Ham)
The West Ham winger deserves a place in the team of the weekend despite receiving a red card five minutes from time for a deliberate handball. He ran Watford ragged in the first half with an outstanding performance to rightfully earn the praise of manager Slaven Bilic. Set up Andre Ayew’s equaliser with a run and shot that came back off both posts for the Ghanaian to tap in.

Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Tottenham’s talismanic hitman was at it again at the weekend, hitting an astonishing third hat-trick in just nine game for Mauricio Pochettino’s men. Kane is almost the complete striker as he can score with his head, is a fox in the box, but can also be as clinical from long range – as his first two goals against Stoke showed. No wonder boss Poch hailed him as one of the best strikers in Europe after the game.

Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton)
OK, he shouldn’t strictly be in the Premier League team of the weekend as he played in the EFL Cup final, but his performance was such that he fully deserves to be able to break the rules. The Southampton striker demonstrated why Claude Puel was willing to fork out big money for him, grabbing two goals for the Saints while being cruelly denied a Wembley hat-trick by an incorrect offside decision. The striker’s instinct shown for his second when he swung a boot at a loose ball was phenomenal.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)
Harry Kane may grab all the headlines, but Eriksen is equally as important to Mauricio Pochettino’s attacking plans. The Dane was once again in sparkling form, producing a series of key passes while linking the Spurs attacks with his intelligent play. Set up Kane’s second goal with a clever corner and created numerous other chances for his teammates.