The new 2019/20 Premier League season continued its relentless early pace over the weekend, delivering 23 goals and a deluge of drama across the division’s 10 fixtures on Saturday and Sunday.
There were first victories of the season for league new boys Norwich City and Sheffield United over Newcastle and Crystal Palace respectively, while Everton and Bournemouth also put their first wins on the board at Watford’s and Aston Villa’s expense.
Elsewhere, Arsenal and Liverpool maintained their perfect starts, though Manchester City were denied a last-gasp win against Spurs by VAR in hugely controversial circumstances.
Let’s take a look at the players that we thought put in the best individual performances of the weekend in our second FST Premier League TOTW of the season:
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Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
With a lot of luck, a huge helping hand from VAR and some quality goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur escaped the Etihad Stadium with a point on Saturday, despite conceding over 30 shots on goal. Lloris made a palm-stinging 8 saves to keep a rampant looking Manchester City at bay overall, and without him, Spurs could have been on the end of a battering.
Right Back: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City)
Ricardo Pereira proved once again that he is among best players in his position in the Premier League with another well-rounded performance for Leicester against Chelsea on Sunday. The 25-year old made an unbeatable 8 tackles against the Blues, and the former Porto star completed more dribbles (5) than any other player from either side at Stamford Bridge.
Centre Back: Michael Keane (Everton)
Toffees’ centre-half Michael Keane was a rock at the back for Everton in their narrow 1-0 triumph over Watford at Goodison Park on Saturday. The England international completed a game high 9 clearances in total against the Hornets, and Keane also won 6 aerial duels for his team while maintaining a 100% tackle success rate.
Centre Back: Jack O’Connell (Sheffield United)
Blades defender Jack O’Connell put in a fine performance for Sheffield United in their tense 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on Sunday. The 25-year old completed more clearances (11) than any other player on the pitch at Bramall Lane, and O’Connell also made his presence felt in the air, winning 6 defensive duels in total.
Left Back: Solly March (Brighton)
Solly March thrived in a left-wing back role for the Seagulls on Saturday in their attritional 1-1 draw with West Ham at the Amex Stadium. March contributed to every facet of Brighton’s play, winning a game-high 6 aerial duels, completing 3 dribbles and playing 2 key passes from wide positions for Graham Potter’s side.
Midfield: Dani Ceballos (Arsenal)
Spanish sensation Dani Ceballos shone brightly on his home debut for Arsenal in the Gunners’ hard-fought 2-1 win over Burnley on Saturday. The Real Madrid loanee provided assists for both of Arsenal’s goals on the day, and the 23-year old’s intelligent passing and appreciation of space made him a consistent threat.
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Midfield: Todd Cantwell (Norwich City)
21-year old attacking midfielder Todd Cantwell played an integral role in helping Norwich to their first Premier League win of the season against Newcastle. The talented youngster finished the contest with 2 assists, and Cantwell played more key passes (5) than any other player involved at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Midfield: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Belgian schemer Kevin de Bruyne makes FST’s TOTW for the second week in a row after his passing masterclass for City against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium. De Bruyne created a huge 9 chances in total against Spurs, and two of his penetrative deliveries led to goals for Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero. The 28-year old is now out on his own as the division’s leading assist maker for the season so far (3).
Attack: Harry Wilson (Bournemouth)
On-loan Liverpool winger Harry Wilson was a constant thorn in Aston Villa’s side on Saturday in the Cherries smash and grab 2-1 win at Villa Park. The 22-year old registered 5 attempts on goal overall, 1 of which doubled Bournemouth’s lead in the 12th minute with the aid of a deflection. Wilson also completed an impressive 90% of his attempted passes.
Attack: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane was at his clinical and devastating best for Liverpool against his old employers Southampton on Saturday. With Liverpool largely second best in the first half, Mane broke the deadlock with a wonderful injury time effort before the break. and with 20 minutes left in the contest, Mane put in Roberto Firmino for the Red’s crucial second.
Striker: Teemu Pukki (Norwich City)
Finnish centre-forward Teemu Pukki proved again that he can finish at the highest level in his heroic display for Norwich against Newcastle at Carrow Road on Saturday. The 29-year old plundered a stunning hattrick for the Canaries, bringing his early tally for the season up to 4 goals in 2 games for the Premier League’s new combatants.
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