Garth Crooks’ team of the week: Adrian, Basham, Ake, De Bruyne, Maddison, Firmino, Aubameyang

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By Garth Crooks
Football analyst
Liverpool expanded their perfect start to the season with success however Manchester City kept up the pressure with a thrashing of Watford.
Pep Guardiola’s side beat the struggling Hornets 8-0 but remain five points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, who won 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
While Leicester defeat Sheffield United along with Tottenham 2-1 picked up an away win at Everton elsewhere, Manchester United lost 2-0 to West Ham.
Here is my group of the week – have a browse and choose your own below.
Adrian: The stand at goalkeeper seems to get better each time I watch him. The rescue Tammy Abraham in the game exchanges was good if not as important as it receives. The keeper plucked the ball from the atmosphere with confidence and then subsequently came to get a cross.
It was Adrian functionality that supplied Liverpool to continue and win this game. Chelsea, on the other hand, had opportunities to come away with a point but also many players fluffed their lines.
It’s a bad indication for the rest of the league when not playing well when Liverpool start winning matches.
Did you know? Adrian hasn’t surrendered more than once in any of his past nine Premier League looks, finishing about the winning side at eight of those games (one draw).
Ricardo Pereira: If full-backs have a desire for moving into the center of the opposition’s penalty area, not only do they capture my eye but I begin to take them quite seriously. Ricardo Pereira is one such player.
He is adventurous and quick and not afraid to put himself up for scrutiny at the box of the opposing team. He took his goal in a period and well for Leicester.
As for Tottenham; they are offended by matters that shouldn’t affect them. They’ve experienced more than their fair share of good luck where VAR is concerned and as soon as the technology goes against them they should be in a position to adjust just as quickly as when it’s in their favour.
Did you know? The Ricardo Pereira of leicester scored his third goal in 41 Premier League looks – three have arrived at the King Power Stadium.
Nathan Ake: The shot of Nathan Ake suspended in Attacks having attacked a set piece and buried that a bullet header beyond Angus Gunn at the goal of Southampton was a picture to behold.
It was a very clear sign that business was intended by the Cherries although not just Bournemouth target in a win from the south coast rivals.
I don’t understand what Ake would price to buy him back but if I was them I would think about it.
Did you know? Eight of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake’s 11 Premier League goals are scored out of corners, such as seven of the last eight in the contest.
Fabian Schar: it had something really special from a guardian and The processor by Aaron Connolly was a goal. That moment of magic came from Fabian Schar whose payoff off the line was nothing short of astonishing.
The clearance off the line might, come the season’s conclusion, be Steve along with Newcastle Bruce’s lifeline.
Did you know? Since the beginning of last year, Newcastle have won 43% of their Premier League games when Fabian Schar has begun (12/28), compared to only 6 percent when he has not (1/16).
Chris Basham: I could have selected anyone in the Sheffield United rear three but I’ve gone for Chris Basham.
Even the 31-year-old is no spring chicken but when it has to do with defenders winning headers, putting his body on the line and remaining cool under pressure, then he’s the guy.
This was an impressive defensive display by the Blades from an Everton side who seem to have lost their way. When you place players on enormous wages you’re entitled to big performances and too many players in blue aren’t minding their earnings.
Did you know? No Sheffield United player has made more cubes than Chris Basham (four) in the Premier League this season.
James Maddison: Alas we have found another midfield player whose first idea is can I play with not and ahead backwards or sideways. James Maddison is quickly making a name for himself as a player who thinks of this forwards first and not himself.
He will, In case Maddison can locate Jamie Vardy onto a football pitch and without a moment’s hesitation. I’m tired and sick of all stats that tell me this a midfielder has made the most moves when they have spent the vast region of the game moving from side to side and backwards.
Maddison’s passes can cut through a defence such as a knife through butter and that’s the reason I am convinced this lad will go all of the way. Read about what I have to say about Maddison at the Crooks of the Issue below.
Did you know? Since netting versus Huddersfield in April leicester’s James Maddison finished a streak of 31 shots from the Premier League without a target.
Kevin Bruyne: Kevin de Bruyne had delivered Watford their blow and There was on the clock.
The chunk from the Belgian genius for David Silva into side-foot home murdered the Hornets stone dead. What then followed was total and complete humiliation.
The pass that inflicted this deadly wound was really deliberate and accurate that there wasn’t one Watford guardian prepared to touch it for fear of putting the ball in his own net.
In reality Craig Dawson was so paralysed by the pace and accuracy of this pass into the six yard area he froze as if he was struck by the ice maiden! Now Watford knew the match was over and it was all down into the new’baby-faced assassin’.
Did you know? Considering his Man City introduction in September 2015, Kevin de Bruyne has provided greater Premier League assists than any other player (52).
Bernardo Silva: Normally you can not score a hat-trick and not buy in my TOTW but I need to declare that the primary reason behind choosing Bernardo Silva is because it gives me a couple more paragraphs to talk about De Bruyne.
With this time Manchester City were 6-0 up and uncontrolled while De Bruyne continued to inflict the most barbarous moves on the visitors. Silva completed his hat-trick courtesy of yet another deadly missile out of De Bruyne who wasn’t just intent on reaping total and total destruction on Watford but decided to lace his own own defeat utter embarrassment.
Did you know? Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva scored his first top-flight hat-trick in what’s his 178th appearance across the English, French and Portuguese leading tiers.
Mark Noble: If West Ham beat Manchester United something rather strange tends to be moving on.
The Hammers stopped United out of winning the title on the final day of the year in 1995; while Carlos Tevez maintained West Ham in the Premier League away at Old Trafford at 2007. What took place at the London Arena was equally spooky.
Mark Noble spearheaded a famous victory against a Manchester United side who looked in disarray and direct by a supervisor who’s beginning to look out of his depth.
Whatever belief you might have for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United is not a club for novices.
Did you know? West Ham have won 47% of the Premier League games when Mark Noble has started beneath Manuel Pellegrini (15/32), compared to just 18% when he hasn’t (2/11).
Roberto Firmino: ” I think VAR is going to be the death of us all in the end. But the technology was used by Liverpool for their advantage and Roberto Firmino particularly.
There’s no doubt in my mind that when VAR comes to action one group endures along with the other gains a psychological advantage.
While Chelsea were afflicted by VAR’s discovery which Mason Mount’s big toe had been offside that the Brazil international took complete advantage of the situation and put the game beyond the Blues.
This wasn’t a traditional Liverpool performance but VAR can not stop a group from winning awful.
Did you know? Roberto Firmino has been directly engaged in 10 goals in his past 11 Premier League matches for Liverpool, scoring 5 and assisting five.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Arsenal find themselves at the top four and it is all down to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Since his arrival at the Emirates he has rescued Arsenal’s often abject performances and left them palatable. Their match from a Aston Villa who appear to be adapting to life at the Premier League, even though it might be a little slow to survive in the Premier League, was bad and they rely about the Gabon global.
I’ve seen this before when strikers are used by supervisors because a get out of jail card and the moment the striker’s objectives dry up they’re the very first from the door. Arsenal owe Aubameyang and when he is fighting, and he will, give him a little latitude.
Did you know? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 16 goals in his last 16 matches across all competitions for Arsenal, such as in each of the previous four games in a row (five goals).
You have seen my choices this season. However, who would you opt for?
Select your XI.
When is a rucksack not a rucksack? When it costs #6,500!
James Maddison caused a little stir from the BBC Green Room when he had been seen sporting his new Louis Vuitton rucksack. Because we could see everything within 15, the item that was see-through looked very interesting not least.
I had just arrived in the BBC studios to listen to a galaxy of celebrity pundits musing over the requirement of such a buy. I, on the other hand, had just arrived and hearing the fuss picked up a store bag and asked the pundits what had been wrong with England and the Leicester global with the carrier tote I was holding in my hands?
It was hardy, retained a discretion and was economical although I admit that it didn’t look particularly sophisticated. I requested my fellow pundits could Maddison have created the kind of interest had he arrived for work at his hand along with my carrier bag – much to the entertainment of everyone.
I believe out a plastic carrier bag being carried by Maddison along with his designer odor, hair gel and special toothbrush would have caused controversy.
There is nothing fresh in footballers making style statements; they’re entitled to pay it anyway they choose and clubs pay them the money. However there’s a cost to be paid, as much as the general public is concerned and it might prove be costly.
Players who make announcements have to ask themselves is it a price worth payingfor?
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