As another week of Premier League action draws to a close, we round up the best performers. A week that included hat-trick heroes, star shot-stoppers and much more.
Illan Meslier – Goalkeeper – Leeds
Saturday marked only the second time this season Leeds have kept a clean sheet against one of the Premier League’s ‘big six’. Meslier was the main reason for this accomplishment. His defence performed admirably, however, Meslier was the star of the show. Making eight saves and keeping the Chelsea attack out.
Joao Cancelo – Defender – Manchester City
Last year Cancelo looked well on his way to join the list of Premier League big money flops. However, his performance against Fulham marked yet another top showing as he continued his resurgence at Man City. Assisting the opener, and narrowly denied another, Cancelo yet again excelled as a wing-back.
Jamaal Lascelles – Defender – Newcastle
The Newcastle captain was his usual rock at the back for The Magpies. On top of his high number of successful duels and clearances, he also grabbed a goal. Lascelles late header may well have kept Steve Bruce’s position as a Premier League manager.
John Stones – Defender – Manchester City
Entering the game without a clean sheet in their last four games, John Stones ensured this would not stretch to five. It was a calm and composed performance from the Englishman, who would also pop up with the opening goal.
Harry Maguire – Defender – Manchester United
After West Ham failed to register a shot in the first-half it looked an easy game for Maguire and co, however, in the second-half this was not the case. Facing seven shots Maguire’s composed performance resulted in seven clearances and a clean sheet.
Youri Tielemans – Midfielder – Leicester City
A passing masterclass of the highest order was on show by Tielemans against Sheffield United. Producing three key passes and retaining a ninety per cent pass accuracy, Tielemans tore apart the Sheffield team.
Luka Milivojevic – Midfielder – Crystal Palace
A game that was almost as grim as the West Brom kit featured one bright spot in Luka Milivojevic. The Palace midfielder would score the only goal of the game from the penalty spot. Battling for the ball regularly Milivojevic also remained the fulcrum of the Palace midfield, controlling the play.
Martin Odegaard – Midfielder – Arsenal
Odegaard one of the new boys of the Premier League had his best performance yet for Arsenal. Picking up his first Premier League goal for the side, in addition to scoring mid-week against Olympiacos, Odegaard has really grown into a vital player in The Gunners side.
Dwight McNeil – Midfielder – Burnley
That goal, need we say more? Scoring the winner in a Premier League game is always special, but managing it with a goal of such class is even better. A sure-fire goal of the season contender, was just the tip of the iceberg as McNeil also produced four key passes.
Jamie Vardy – Forward – Leicester
Often thought of as just as a finisher, against Sheffield United Vardy showed the range in his game. Grabbing two assists for his strike partner Iheanacho to finish, Vardy now leads his side for assists this season with seven in the Premier League. Vardy’s game would only have been made that little bit better, had Sheffield defender Chris Basham not cleared a shot off the line.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Forward – Leicester
Picking up his first Premier League hat-trick and humble while doing it, Iheanacho was the man of the match against Sheffield United, and quite possibly the best performer all week. The first two were standard strikes, but the third was one to remember, a thirty-yard strike straight into the bottom-corner it rounded off a near perfect performance for the forward.