English Premier League Team of The Week 3 of the 2019-20 Season
You don’t see the 4-2-4 formation often in today’s game, but the gung-ho tactical structure of Brazil’s 1970 heyday is the only way to go for the latest Premier League Team of the Week.
There’s no other way of paying homage to the many strikers who bossed the third week of the 2019/20 season. Mohamed Salah fired Liverpool to a comfortable 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday, while Sergio Aguero was just as good when Manchester City beat Bournemouth by the same scoreline a day later.
Salah and Aguero had already been set a high bar by the efforts of Tammy Abraham and Sebastien Haller. They both bagged braces during wins for Chelsea and West Ham, respectively.
There is still some love for the men in the engine room, though. In particular, David Silva ran midfield on a landmark day at the Vitality Stadium and supplied the ammunition Aguero needed.
Find out who joins Silva and the division’s deadliest frontmen in the latest team of the week:
Goalkeeper: Nick Pope, Burnley
Even with James Tarkowski acting as solid as a rock in front of him, Nick Pope wasn’t short of work during Burnley’s 1-1 draw away to Wolves on Sunday.
The 27-year-old stopper ensured a gifted Wolves forward line led by Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez stayed frustrated. Before the latter pinched a point from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time, Pope had made his share of key saves.
Perhaps the best was the dive to rebuff Ruben Neves’ low drive headed for the bottom corner three minutes from time. Pope’s solid form is not only keeping Joe Hart languishing on the bench, but it’s also solidifying a defense breached 68 times last season.
Defender: Patrick van Aanholt, Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace taking three points from Old Trafford was the shock result of the weekend, even though the Eagles were strong on their travels last season.
Similarly, Patrick van Aanholt being named Man of the Match may surprise some, even though the Dutch left-back has been one of the more underrated players in the league for years.
Van Aanholt struck the winner in stoppage time after Palace had frustrated Manchester United’s efforts to score for 89 minutes. Daniel James equalized for the Red Devils in the penultimate minute, but Van Aanholt was worthy of playing the role of fate’s cruel hand thanks to his stellar performance.
Prior to his goal, Van Aanholt had thrived with sliding tackles and aggression in the air. His recovery pace meant the Eagles rarely lost shape at the back, while his impressive engine helped the 28-year-old maintain a consistent threat raiding forward.
This was a performance typically solid at both ends of the pitch from one of Palace’s best players who doesn’t get talked about enough.
Defender: Paul Dummett, Newcastle
If Palace caused a stir beating United in Manchester, Newcastle left one half of North London aghast by winning 1-0 away to Tottenham on Sunday.
The Magpies got an early goal from club-record signing Joelinton and protected it with well-drilled and stubborn resistance at the back. Paul Dummett was the player most often responsible for thwarting Spurs in the final third: