American Football The team of the week Garth Crooks: Foster, Willian,...

The team of the week Garth Crooks: Foster, Willian, Fabinho, Vardy, Pereira


Liverpool beat eight points ahead in the Premier League by beating Sunday rival Manchester City.

This win also means that they have nine points ahead of defending champion City, fourth in the standings.

Leicester rose to second place with an impressive 2-0 win over Arsenal and Watford moved from the bottom of the table by beating Norwich 2-0.

This is my team of the week – read it and choose yours below.

Goalkeeper – Ben Foster (Watford)

foster: Watford's season start was immensely difficult, but Ben Foster was no more motivated to get the Hornets into the league.

The former goalkeeper of Manchester United and West Bromwich was magnificent and, although Watford struggled, Foster has featured in my team of the week several times, such as his performances.

Once again, the former English international was brilliant in Norwich, was clean and played a crucial role in a very important victory.

Did you know? Foster has kept three white sheets in his last five appearances in the Premier League – as much as in his 27 previous matches in the competition.

Defenders – Ricardo Pereira (Leicester), Federico Fernandez (Newcastle), Chris Basham (Sheff Utd)

Pereira: Eight wins in 10 league games and the best defensive record in the Premier League says it all.

It is difficult to quantify how much it depends on Ricardo Pereira. What I can say is that the Portuguese international was remarkable against an Arsenal team that seemed totally helpless.

The Gunners have very talented players, so why do they look like a team of nervous kids terrified by their director?

Did you know? Pereira completed 21 passes that ended in the last third, more than any other player in the Leicester vs. Arsenal match.

Fernandez: Ciaran Clark and DeAndre Yedlin may be the defenders who scored Newcastle's goals, but it's Fernandez who earned them the points.

It was Argentina that was ready to put itself in the skin to prevent Joshua King from nodding an equalizer. It was enough for King to think of a head shock or a broken nose, but that was enough.

Overall, no one can say what this result will ultimately mean for either team, but I feel Newcastle will need more points than Bournemouth.

Did you know? Fernandez had more hits (62) than any other Newcastle player against Bournemouth and his 35 assists were a team record.

Basham: Sheffield United's ability to defend may be the main reason they remain in the Premier League and Chris Basham proves to be a vital member of this defensive unit.

He did not score Sheffield United's goal against the Spurs, who still have not recovered from their European defeat, but did as much as anyone to allow the ball to cross the center line of George Baldock's center.

Ironically, if Basham had a touch, VAR would almost certainly have said offside. Last week, I called VAR a joke. His decision to dismiss the result of David McGoldrick was nothing pathetic.

Did you know? Basham took possession of the ball in the last third on two occasions – more than any other Sheffield United player against Tottenham.

Midfielders – Ruben Neves (Wolves), Fabinho (Liverpool), Tom Davies (Everton), Willian (Chelsea)

Neves: Wolves won in Europe midweek after missing a penalty. Ruben Neves missed the goal but more than made up for it by scoring a superb goal in a very impressive win against rival Aston Villa three days later.

I've already said that the Europa League was a tough competition for the Wolves. They played at home this week, but had they gone to Bratislava, they might have proved what I wanted to say.

Nevertheless, they seem to be facing the timing at the moment.

Did you know? Neves has now scored 14 goals for the Wolves in all competitions, including 11 coming from outside.

Fabinho: Liverpool's performance against Manchester City was about as professional as you'll ever see with a Premier League team.

Manchester City played football and Liverpool did the job. They were absolutely ruthless.

It was also not a game for the stars but a game for unsung heroes. Running men never complain and rarely make headlines. The Henderson, Wijnaldums and my man Fabinho match.

Was it a Trent Alexander-Arnold handball – you bet your sweet life was beautiful – but that was the break Liverpool needed and he took advantage of it.

Did you know? Fabinho scored his second Premier League goal for Liverpool in his 39th appearance in the competition. His goal after 5 minutes and 26 seconds was the fastest time conceded by Man City in the Premier League since December 2016 against Arsenal (4 minutes and 6 seconds – Theo Walcott).

Davies: In the absence of Andre Gomes, Tom Davies' midfield abilities have become important to Everton. What a relief it must have been then for beleaguered Marco Silva, who for one reason or another is still under pressure at Goodison Park, that Davies distinguished himself in Southampton.

The Saints, on their side, have a manager who looks lost in space and who desperately needs reinforcements.

Did you know? Davies made three interceptions against Southampton – no player from Everton did more.

Willian: What a clever move by Frank Lampard to make Willian's captain. The Brazilian is now an elderly statesman at Stamford Bridge and the ideal candidate to bring Chelsea youth.

He is also the best player on the team and can demand the respect of very talented but inexperienced young players. The shot on the edge of the Crystal Palace box to allow Tammy Abraham to score was simply magnificent. It's not a screamer either. Thank God, the game has got rid of screams.

Did you know? Willian has created four chances against Crystal Palace (including one pass) – more than any other Chelsea player.

Attackers – Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Gerard Deulofeu (Watford)

Pulisic: Joel Ward should have some free time to get to the shelter that Christian Pulisic gave him at Stamford Bridge in the London derby.

In opening trades, the American danced around the backside to be saved by Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. Pulisic then passed the ball with so much emphasis that Ward nearly paid to get back into the ground.

Pulisic likes not only taking players, but also scoring goals and he is talented. He is not afraid to go where it hurts, which is always a very good indicator.

Did you know? Pulisic has been directly involved in 10 goals (five goals and five assists) for Chelsea in all competitions this season (14 participations) – only Tammy Abraham (14) has been more involved with the Blues.

Vardy: Twenty goals in 22 games for Leicester since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers in Leicester tells me that the former coach of Liverpool and Celtic does with Jamie Vardy – precisely what Unai Emery does not do at Arsenal. Everyone in Leicester seems to like playing for Rodgers and none other than Vardy.

Meanwhile, Emery, who appears to have eaten a lemon before his post-match interviews, still seems to disagree with his players. A manager who is constantly at war with his players is doomed. As for Vardy, he still has one of those holidays.

Did you know? Vardy is the top scorer in the Premier League. He scored 11 of 25 shots on goal with a conversion rate of 44% – the highest percentage of players who scored at least three goals in the competition this season.

Deulofeu: I think Watford is very fortunate to have Quique Sanchez Flores at the helm considering how he was unceremoniously fired during his first stint at the club.

The Hornets threatened to take them home under Flores and did it quite thoroughly against Norwich. The reason was Gerard Deulofeu. When the Spaniard is in this state of mind, he is almost unplayable. Deulofeu should play for Arsenal and Quique Flores handle them.

Did you know? Deulofeu has scored two consecutive Premier League goals for Watford for the first time since December 2018 – having failed to score his first 25 Premier League attempts this season, he has scored two of his last four throws in the competition. . .

Now it's your turn

You have seen my selections this season. But who would you go to?

Scammers of the material

A few weeks ago, Crooks of the Matter made headlines claiming that football was about to become "Cantona".

The statement was not intended to be alarmist, but it pointed out that since the French international Kung Fu launched a supporter of the Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in 1996 because of the mistreatment of the Manchester United player, the situation of abusive supporters racist in football has worsened.

The recent statements by England's director, Gareth Southgate, insisting that racism is a societal problem is an undeniable fact. but which person with the least common decency would tolerate such behavior at home or at his employer's place of work?

Incidents in Montenegro, Bulgaria and again in Italy forced professional black players to take action. In addition, they were encouraged by their peers to solve problems when officials turn a blind eye.

The recent explosion of Mario Balotelli, who hit the ball in a crowd of Verona supporters, who mistreated him racially, is precisely the warning that made Crooks of the Matter. Balotelli was accused of "arrogance" but that does not seem to have had a negative impact on Cristiano Ronaldo's career.

If the football authorities continue to circumnavigate the issue by issuing small fines and excuses to accommodate the clubs, not only will the enormous embarrassment follow, but they risk losing the cooperation of professional black players.

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