Across the 2019-2020 season, we’re going to be posting a weekly Premier League team of the week. The team will,  of course, be largely stats-based. We’ll be looking at all the key metrics in each position: progressive passes for deep-lying midfielders, chances created for playmakers, conversion rates for forwards, take-ons for wingers and so on. However, we’ll also be doing the hard yards and interrogating the data. We’ll be asking: What was the quality of the opposition like? How consistent was a player’s influence in a game? How did the player impact decisive moments? What was their off-ball contribution like? The team will be influenced by data, but not deceived by it. Also, we’ll be putting players in their actual position – because nobody wants to see a back four consisting of four wing-backs!

So let’s have a look at our third TOTW of the season!

GK – Martin Dubravka 

Having secured an unlikely clean sheet in North London, Newcastle shot-stopper Martin Dubravka comes in between the sticks. The Slovakian international made a smart save to deny Son at the near post shortly after Joelinton’s goal – if he’d been beaten the game could have turned.


RB – Trent Alexander-Arnold

The Liverpool prodigy was at his creative best against Arsenal on Saturday. TAA created more chances (6) than all Arsenal players combined (5) – which is frankly ridiculous. With his 6 chances created and his 3 shots – the right back had a hand in 9 of Liverpool’s shots. He grabbed an assist, too, as he always does.


CBs – Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar

Lascelles and Shar were at once sly, aggressive and composed in Sunday’s shock triumph against Spurs. Between them they made 17 clearances, 5 interceptions and won 4 tackles. Things generally look pretty bleak at the minute for Steve Bruce’s side – but they have a much better chance of staying up if these two can stay fit.


LB – Oleksandr Zinchenko 

Zinchenko was involved in absolutely everything as Man City beat Bournemouth on Sunday. The creative midfielder-turned-left back completed 92% of his passes, created a match high 5 chances and won 3 of his 4 tackles.


RM – Mohamed Salah

Liverpool’s Egyptian winger seems to be getting an extra yard of space this season given Sadio Mane’s outrageous goal output in 18/19, and he’s making the most of it. Salah caused Arsenal problems all game, scoring 2 and equalling his goals vs. the top six from last season in a single game.


CM – Isaac Hayden

Whilst the former Arsenal midfielder didn’t see much of the ball against Spurs (10/12 passes), his willingness to drop back and almost create a back six provided Newcastle with the cover they needed to keep Spurs out. Hayden won 3 tackles, all of them in the DM area.


CM – Fabinho

The Brazilian midfielder make shis second appearance in our TOTW – having previously impressed against Norwich. There a theme here: when Fabinho is at his best (which he almost always seems to be at the moment), Alexander-Arnold thrives. Fabinho was at his dynamic best against Arsenal: 27 final third passes, 6/7 long balls, 4 chances created 2/3 tackles and an assist.


Frank Lampard’s apprentice already looks comfortable in the top flight. Norwich should know better than to let him step inside, but his composure in front of goal really is impressive. Mount has taken 5 shots in each of his last two games – and in the one game he took less he created 4 chances for his teammates.
The young forward took both of his goals incredibly well against Norwich. It seems crazy that people have already started writing him off: the kid scored 26 goals in a demanding league last season – and he’s still just 21. If Pulisic and Mount can continue to create chances, don’t be surprised to see Tammy continue to put them away. He’s a natural finisher
Tom Heaton – Now conceded just 2 in 3 games – could be the singing that keeps Villa up.
Willy Boly  – Top for clearances (8), tackles (4/4), interceptions (2) and key passes (2).
John McGinn – Defensively solid (5 tackles+interceptions) and bagged an assist
Christian Atsu – His correct decision making won an unlikely three points.
Jordan Ayew – Changed the dynamic of Palace’s attack and scored with his only shot
Joelinton – Took his chance – provided a consistent out ball (10 aerials contested)

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