Premier League Team of the Week: Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in for spectacular bicycle kicks
Richard Jolly’s picks for Premier League Team of the Week, with Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Watford each boasting two players.
Goalkeeper: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)
Kept a clean sheet with few alarms as Bournemouth’s solidity gave them the basis for a first win of the season, against West Bromwich Albion.
Right-back: Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Committed and impressive defensively, the England international also surged forward to set up Dele Alli’s goal in the 4-0 thrashing of Stoke City.
Centre-back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
Few centre-backs score bicycle kicks. Koscielny did as he marked his birthday in style with Arsenal’s equaliser against Southampton.
Centre-back: Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)
Earned Pep Guardiola’s praise with some genuinely penetrative passing from deep to help defeat Manchester United.
Left-back: Jose Holebas (Watford)
Completed the comeback at the London Stadium with a well-struck fourth goal as Watford won for the first time this campaign.
Right midfield: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
The Senegalese’s superb start to his Liverpool career continued with a goal and an assist in the 4-1 thrashing of Leicester City.
Centre midfield: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
Settling into the holding midfield role. His wonderful through ball to Daniel Sturridge led to Liverpool’s second goal.
Centre midfield: Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
Scored one goal, set up another and was the best player on the pitch in a dramatic, emphatic Manchester derby.
Left midfield: Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur)
The South Korean did not take the field in Spurs’ first three games. He made his mark in the fourth, scoring twice at Stoke.
Centre forward: Troy Deeney (Watford)
The captain’s perfectly weighted chip brought the Hornets level against West Ham. It was an exquisite finish.
Centre forward: Diego Costa (Chelsea)
A double at Swansea City showed how the Spaniard looks rejuvenated this season. His second, a spectacular overhead kick, was brilliant.
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Published: September 12, 2016 04:00 AM