Who were the best Premier League players from the weekend games? We take a look at the man-of-the-match performances in our hotlist.
West Ham 2-3 Tottenham – Harry Kane
It was another match-winning performance from the Tottenham striker. He added two goals to his tally for the Premier League season (4), and netted his 25th goal in 23 appearances for Spurs in 2017 – only Lionel Messi (34 in 26 apps) has scored more in Europe’s top five leagues.
It was also his sixth and seventh goals against West Ham, with former Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham calling him the “complete player” in his post-match analysis. He could have nabbed his hat-trick after he twice struck the crossbar in the second half, but he will surely be pleased with his haul at the London Stadium nonetheless
Burnley 0-0 Huddersfield – Christopher Schindler
Chris Wood came into the game as one of the in-form Premier League strikers but he was expertly contained by Schindler throughout the match.
The tall German centre-half was only beaten on one crucial occasion by his opposite man but Wood was unable to take advantage, and the chance appeared to play on his mind for the remainder of the encounter as Schindler dominated the duel.
Having scored the crucial spot-kick to confirm Huddersfield’s place in the Premier League last May, the club’s one-time record signing has made an impressive start to life in the top flight and was always on hand to make vital interceptions to help his side to a fourth clean sheet of the season.
Everton 2-1 Bournemouth – Oumar Niasse
Dominic Calvert-Lewin led the line brilliantly for Everton, putting in another promising display, but it’s Oumar Niasse who grabbed all the headlines.
The striker seemed surplus to requirements in the summer following last season’s loan spell at Hull City but he was named in an Everton squad for the first time since May 11, 2016 in midweek, coming on to score in the 3-0 win over Sunderland in the Carabao Cup.
And against Bournemouth, with Everton starring down the barrel of a fourth straight league defeat for the first time since January, 2015, Koeman turned to the 27-year-old again – and he delivered again.
Latching onto Tom Davies’ pass, Niasse finished emphatically before being in the right place at the right time to cap a dream week with the winner as Everton came from behind to secure all three points.
Manchester City 5-0 Crystal Palace – Leroy Sane
Raheem Sterling might have scored twice, but it was Sane who played a starring role for City in front of his international head coach Joachim Low.
After breaking the deadlock before half-time with a composed finish, Sane played a perfectly-weighted pass into the middle for Sterling to tap in. Having spurned a good chance to score his second, the Germany international then whipped in a brilliant cross for Aguero to head in.
On this evidence, Sane will be difficult for Pep Guardiola to leave out of his starting XI.
Southampton 0-1 Manchester United – Phil Jones
Many thought Victor Lindelof’s summer arrival at Old Trafford would mean we’d see less of Jones this season, but the England man put in a superb shift at St Mary’s to give United a hard-earned three points.
Southampton huffed and puffed throughout an intense second half, but Jones, alongside Eric Bailly, did everything they could to keep the hosts out. He won all 10 of his duels, didn’t concede a single foul, made more clearances than any other United player and registered a passing accuracy of over 90 per cent.
While Lindelof remains on the fringes of the side, there’s no need to rush him in just yet with Jones performing impressively so far this season.
Stoke 0-4 Chelsea – Alvaro Morata
In the week it was confirmed Diego Costa was set to rejoin Atletico Madrid, Morata looked more comfortable than ever in the role as his successor as Chelsea’s main striker after notching his maiden hat-trick for the Blues.
Swansea 1-2 Watford – Kiko Femenia
Summer signing Kiko Femenia started at right-back for Watford and impressed in both attack and defence.
The Spaniard made more tackles (5) and interceptions (3) than any other player on the pitch, while his link-up play with Andre Carillo was equally as impressive.
Leicester 2-3 Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho
Any fears that Coutinho’s head isn’t fully on the job after a turbulent transfer window were put to bed with this showing.
He revelled in the space just behind Roberto Firmino, producing two world-class moments to give Liverpool a foothold in the game. His cross for Mohamed Salah’s opener was a peach before he stole the show with a stupendous dead-ball effort from 30 yards.
Brighton 1-0 Newcastle – Tomer Hemed
Hemed scored the only goal of the game as Brighton picked up their second win of the season in the Premier League. He put in an industrious display which impressed Sky Sports‘ co-commentator at the Amex Stadium, Andy Hinchcliffe
He said: “In the first half he lacked a bit of anticipation when the ball was bouncing around the six-yard box but he was alive when that header came across from Dale Stephens and took his chance really well. His hold-up play has been good, his work-rate is good too. He’s a real team player and he’s had a good afternoon.”