FFB Team of the Week (#12)

Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all held onto their unbeaten records this weekend in the Premier League with varying successes. Liverpool struggled to put away a resilient Fulham side, Chelsea were frustrated at home to Everton and Manchester City easily put away their Manchester rivals at home. Elsewhere, Spurs carved out a win at Selhurst, Arsenal were held by Wolves whilst at the bottom of the table, Cardiff pipped 10-man Brighton, Huddersfield were held by West Ham and Newcastle got another win!

 

Goalkeeper

Lukasz Fabianski: We saw the best and worst of the Polish goalkeeper in the first half at Huddersfield. He palmed one shot onto the bar in a superb save but also somehow didn’t manage to stop an utter pearoller from Alex Pritchard. JD

Jordan Pickford: Some of Pickford’s saves have a tendency to look erratic, rushed and completely without technique, there was that fruitless last minute save against Colombia at the World Cup where he sprawled across the turf and there was a similar save at Stamford Bridge, carved out by a deflection that kept Chelsea frustrated. AJ

David de Gea: Three goalkeepers, that’s insane! We’ve all been accustomed to De Gea saving all or most shots that come at him but to see Aguero’s thunderbastard ripple through his hands came as a shock. Nonetheless, even the replays seemed to fly past at 5000mph. AJ

Defence

Dale Stephens: Red card or not Stephens’ tackle absolutely reckless challenge that got him sent off, sparked a brawl and ultimately cost Brighton. They didn’t get all three points despite making a bright start to the game at Cardiff. JD

Juan Foyth: Looks shaky as fuck in that Spurs backline, evidenced by his non-backpass in the first half but he’d eventually come up with the winner, wiping all of the bad things, including two conceded penalties last week. JD

Adam Smith: Have you ever seen anybody tackled by a ghost? Watch the Newcastle – Bournemouth highlights to see Adam Smith taking the Halloween festivities a bit too seriously. JD

Sol Bamba: Bamba is a joke, laughable at times, and so it was that his goal at the weekend was one that you might find on a YouTube video labelled: “FUNNY FIFA GOALS COMPILATION #17” with the winner on Saturday lunchtime that had all the quality of a pinball machine. JD

Maya Yoshida: The Japanese defender cost Southampton the win by being about 40 miles away from touching Charlie Austin’s shot given for offside. Cue Jonathan Pearce moaning for centuries about this call. For all the moaning of Austin & Hughes post-match, Watford should have had a penalty. JD

Midfield

Nemanja Matic: The poppyless Serb ambled around the Etihad 10 mph behind everybody else yesterday in the Manchester derby in a midfield designed not to be creative but to be robust. Needless to say, City had the last laugh and it didn’t work. AJ

Attack

Charlie Austin: You can definitely tell that Charlie Austin has been managed by Mark Hughes for a number of months, his moaning in BBC’s post-match interview was hilarious considering Watford were robbed for what should have been a penalty. AJ

Dwight Gayle: Yeah, I’m breaking the rules but the deft, clever, superb, beautiful, colossal back heel from Championship player Gayle for West Brom against Leeds deserves a spot in this team of the week. AJ

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