FFB Team of the Week (#11)

Arsenal and Liverpool shared the points in the week’s most important match whilst the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Man City and Man Utd earned three points in various different ways. Newcastle collected their first win of the season, Leicester ended the club’s toughest week with three points in Cardiff and Burnley continued their slide following last season’s seventh place.

 

Goalkeeper

Alex McCarthy: It’s in the rules, I’m afraid, and I know it’s Manchester City but conceding over five goals is conceding over five goals and six flew past McCarthy, and one from his own man. JD

Defence

Sol Bamba: You sit there and you talk about your De Geas, talk about your Casillas, talk about your Buffons, Sol Bamba 3:16 says I just made the save of the season with my hand. JD

James Tarkowski: He had all the energy of a sloth on a lazy Sunday afternoon in the left-hand lane for West Ham’s first goal. The English centre back dwelled on the ball in a game where the first goal was so, so crucial. JD

Juan Foyth: Here I am, keeping up FFB’s defensive quota for this week. Foyth has been under the radar due to the three world class centre halves and a covering Eric Dier in front of him. He showed that, with a trip to the Nou Camp coming up, that he probably shouldn’t be on that plane. He gave away two penalties and turned a cozy 3-0 lead into a nailbiting 3-2 win. JD

Wesley Hoedt: Manchester City away is a slippery slope, not helping, is the fact that one of your defenders scores for them after six minutes. AJ

Midfield

Demarai Gray: Really, really feel for Gray (and Probert too, to be honest) as he scored the clincher at the end of what must’ve been an inquantifiably hard week at Leicester. He took his shirt off to reveal a message for the Leicester owner only to receive a yellow. Common sense in flexibility of the application of the law or just an abolition of the pointless law, please. AJ

Fred: If you spoke to Jake he’d probably tell you he was a fully capable Mezzala or Carrilero what with Football Manager out last Friday but all I’d say is: he did a fantastic job on Saturday lunchtime and went under the radar. AJ

Felipe Anderson: my boy, my man, the reason I clinched a 4-2 win in the Weekly 5 this week. JD

Attack

Marcus Rashford: The young Wyntheshawe striker missed a sitter that looked to have cost his club two points but then settled the match on the south coast with a last minute winner. AJ

Mo Salah: “See you tomorrow, London.” Salah ominously tweeted on Friday night. Do we know where he went because he was evidently not in attendance or a component of the 1-1 draw at the Emirates between Arsenal and Liverpool. JD

Raheem Sterling: ‘The fear has gone in his game’, Pep said of Sterling post-match and with another two goals at home you have to agree that Sterling is adapting his game to add goals in. It appears he’s doing so with some regularity at international level too, now. AJ

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