By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke
- AFC Bournemouth take a stunning four spots in this week’s XI, after their emphatic 4-0 win over Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium
- Both Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham grab two berths also, after their respective and vital comeback wins
- Liverpool are held by Leicester City, whilst Manchester City are stunned by Newcastle United
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – Its was a thrilling Gameweek 24, but it was the Cherries who resoundingly stole the headlines, and thusly dominate our XI this week. But who else made the cut?
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Goalkeeper & Defenders
Artur Boruc (GK) – It was a gameweek of shocking results, but even the longest of backers could not have predicted Bournemouth to beat Chelsea 4-0 on Wednesday. Boruc was in tremendous form, making seven saves as he kept the Blues at bay in a thrilling encounter. At the tender age of 38, the Polish goalkeeper showed that despite his age, he is still capable of producing a great performance – which has seen Asmir Begovic fall down the pecking order.
Nathaniel Clyne (RB) – Cherries were very much on the menu for our team of the week and our second Bournemouth player to make the cut is Clyne. The loanee from Liverpool was a rock at the back and contributed going forward too in a well rounded fullback performance. He did a good job of effectively shutting down Eden Hazard.
Harry Maguire (CB) – Liverpool had the chance to move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League in our Game of the Week, with a win at home to Leicester. Things started to go their way early after Sadio Mane gave them the lead, however they did not count on Maguire grabbing an equaliser in first half stoppage time to grab a vital point for the Foxes. The Englishman was not picked up at the back post and proved once again what a threat he is from set pieces when he bundled the ball home.
Michael Keane (CB) – Everton returned to the win column with a vital 1-0 victory away at Huddersfield on Tuesday. The Toffees had to survive the last 25 minutes with ten men after Lucas Digne’s red card and that was in large part down to the performance of Keane. The Englishman was a rock at the back alongside Kurt Zouma as he helped his side see off the Terriers.
Danny Rose (LB) – Spurs looked like they were on their way to a shock defeat at home to Watford, but their left hand side was the catalyst for a late comeback as they ran out 2-1 winners at Wembley. After Son Heung-min had equalised, Rose put in a great cross that found the head of Fernando Llorente who found the back in the net in what turned out to be the winning goal for Tottenham. With teams around them dropping points, this could prove a huge win for Spurs and Rose definitely played his part in the victory.
David Brooks (RM) – Bournemouth’s Welsh international wizard has been a regular fixture in our Premier League XI, and again Brooks takes his in place for Gameweek 24. Scoring his sixth goal of the campaign against a horribly out-of-sorts Chelsea, the midfielder assisted Josh King to open up a healthy 2-0 lead on Tuesday night. Making three interceptions also, boss Eddie Howe will be hoping the injury that forced the the precocious Warrington man off isn’t serious.
Joao Moutinho (CM) – Despite Raul Jimenez‘s double in Wolves’ 3-0 nil against West Ham, it was the Portuguese maestro who again stole the show and continues to keep Ruben Neves in the shadows. Adding a double of assists, the former AS Monaco and FC Porto magician now has four assist and a goal in two games. With February approaching, Nuno Espirito Santo‘s men are now comfortably placed in the top half and will surely be eyeing a European place come the end of the season.
Calum Chambers (CM) – Having made the loan move from Arsenal and after Claudio Ranieri took over from the Cottagers, Chambers’ move into midfield has revitalised both his own and Fulham’s game. With the west Londoners two-nil down at Craven Cottage to Brighton and facing a defeat which could have been terminal for the host’s chances of relegation survival, Chambers kick-started Fulham’s second half fightback with a fine goal and two clearances and an interception.
Son Heung-min (LM) – With the South Korean having made a rapid return from the Asian Cup, Spurs were again indebted to the forward with defeat at home to the Hornets looking certain. Seconds after Troy Deeney missed a gilt-edged chance to double Watford’s advantage, Son grabbed the leveler and was the catalyst for a Lilywhite comeback. How crucial he may be for Spurs’ top four chances.
Josh King (ST) – Concluding the Cherries’ fourth berth in our XI, and indeed stealing to show for MVP of the Gameweek is King. With Callum Wilson out injured, the Norwegian hitman hit his straps to notch a brace and also set returned the favour from Brooks to set up his midfield team-mate. During Wilson’s absence from injury last season, its was King who moved into a more advanced role and despite his lack of form this campaign, the forward showed he can perform at the top level still.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (ST) – With an honourable mention for Jimenez, the Serbian marksman gets the nod over Wolves’ Mexican striker. Mitrovic’s early-season form had almost single-handedly carried Fulham through the opening games of the season, but since his club’s ominous slide down the table, Mitrovic has suffered an alarming dip in form. Scoring five in his first six games after making the permanent move from Newcastle United, the 24-year-old netted just his second and third goals in 11 games against the Seagulls. There has been unquestionably an up-turn in form since Ranieri’s arrival, but if Fulham are to dig themselves out of the relegation mire, Mitrovic must now build on the momentum from here.
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