The first instalment of the winter break, along with Storm Ciara, meant that there were only three Premier League fixtures this weekend. However, as expected, there was still plenty of impressive individual performances and talking points provided by the six teams in action. We’ve decided to name our Premier League ‘Team of the Weekend’…
GK: Dean Henderson
Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson gets the nod in goal. All six goalkeepers who featured on the weekend failed to keep a clean sheet, but Henderson’s instinctive shot-stopping heroics helped the Blades defeat Bournemouth 2-1.
DEF: Chris Basham
Another Blades man included is Chris Basham. He was the pick of the Sheffield United defence as they continued their remarkable season under Chris Wilder.
DEF: Shane Duffy
Brighton’s Shane Duffy won an incredible 11 aerial duels in the 1-1 draw with Watford, and without him, the Seagulls could’ve easily lost at the Amex.
DEF: Michael Keane
Michael Keane also makes the team. He was solid at the heart of the Toffees backline, helping them to a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace.
DEF: Lucas Digne
Lucas Digne is the final defender in our side. He won five aerial duels, four tackles and was excellent going forward as well. It looks as if he’s getting back to his best.
MID: Etienne Capoue
The first of a midfield three is Watford’s Etienne Capoue. He was crucial in front of the Hornets defence, breaking up play with ease and making plenty of successful tackles.
MID: Abdoulaye Doucoure
Alongside Capoue is his Watford midfield partner Abdoulaye Doucoure. He opened the scoring with a beautiful first-half finish and looked as if he was going to be the match-winner before a late own goal.
MID: John Fleck
John Fleck was once again everywhere in yet another Blades win, putting in an excellent shift defensively and with the ball.
FWD: Ollie McBurnie
The fourth and final Blades inclusion in the side is forward Ollie McBurnie. Despite not scoring, McBurnie’s tireless display was key for Sheffield United. He also won a remarkable 12 aerial duels on Sunday.
Richarlison’s second-half solo brilliance to put Everton back in front against Crystal Palace is enough to get him in the side. He was also excellent either side of his effort and appears to be improving each week under Carlo Ancelotti.
FWD: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Another Toffees forward who has improved under Ancelotti is Dominic Calvert-Lewin. He’s the final man in our side after providing an assist and sealing the win at Goodison Park late on.