Matchday 16 of the Premier League has its team of the week. On a date that left us with bulky results, great saves, plays and games for heart attacks, we could not miss the ideal set of outstanding players for each position and even the figure of the date.
We start for the goalkeeper as it should and the chosen one for this date is Nick Pope. Because of his undefeated fence and great performance. His team – Burnley – had the upper hand to lose to West Ham, but the rivals ran up against this wall again and again. Pope has an incredible projection: Gareth Southgate was present in the stands to see his performance and take him to the England national team?
In defense we will set up a line of four where the right wing is -as almost every day- Joao Cancelo. The Manchester City player is still sharp and looks like one more striker when he goes on the attack. It is likely that in these next few hours he will renew his bond with the Citizens. The central rear is made up of Joel Matip -Liverpool- and Pontus Jansson, captain of Brentford. The first for having been essential in each attack of his team and perfectly following Jürgen Klopp’s instructions to bring the baseline to midfield. The second for having scored a decisive goal at 84 and being the emotional leader of a team that turned the score around. On the left side the chosen one is Marcos Alonso: he assisted in a goal, had a great performance against Leeds and carried the strings of each play where Chelsea needed to deepen.
In the middle of the court there are four names that were figures of their teams on this day 16. Conor Gallagher was undoubtedly the player of the date: he scored two goals for Crystal Palace’s victory against Everton and made all the English media be talking about its potential. Martin Odegaard has scored a goal and perfectly managed the strings of Arsenal to bring his team back to victory. Fred, who has become a crucial player for Manchester United so far in the championship and is indispensable to accompany Cristiano Ronaldo in rebuilding the team. And finally, James Maddison: goal, assist, 80% of duels won and correct passes, and two key passes to be the one who led the Leicester orchestra in the 4-0 win against Newcastle.
There were not many forwards who have set the main rule for attackers for their teams and have achieved victory. Emmanuel Dennis is one of those chosen on the attacking front for having scored a goal in the Watford loss, but he had a superhuman effort to delay and defend himself from the opponent. Joe Gelhardt played just nine minutes in the game against Chelsea, but at 19 he came in and scored the goal for Leeds to temporarily tie the game and become the youngest player to score in the Premier League since 2004. Although neither of them has achieved the expected result, they take the prize of being in the team of week 16.
Joao Cancelo-Joel Matip-Pontus Jansson-Marcos Alonso
Connor Gallagher-Martin Odegaard-Fred-James Maddison
Emmanuel Dennis-Joe Gelhardt