Manchester City’s five-star performance at the Vicarage road sees a quartet of their stars make into our team of the week. Two players each from Stoke City and Manchester United make inroads to the eleven while a personnel each from Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur complete the lineup. Here’s presenting to you the Premier League Team of the week from the final matchday of the 2016/17 season.
Jack Butland (Stoke City)
Though the 24-year-old got a huge let off on the brink of half-time when Nathan Redmond failed to put the ball into an empty net, Butland bounced back by denying Southampton a goal on 6 occasions. The pick of the saves was preventing Manolo Gabbiadini from scoring on a one-on-one despite the English shot-stopper losing his footing while approaching the striker and thus, ensuring the Potters ended their campaign on a high.
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Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Playing as a right-back, Fernandinho completed passes with an impressive 93% success rate, won 7 duels and 2 tackles, made 2 clearances and 3 interceptions and netted a goal from his only shot on target as the Brazilian enjoyed a field day against a flaccid Watford side.
Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
Captain Kompany also enjoyed a fairly comfortable outing at the Vicarage Road as he opened the scoring with a powerful header. The Belgian completed 91% of his passes, won 4 duels and 2 tackles and made 4 clearances.
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Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
A hard-fought win over the Saints for Stoke wouldn’t have been possible without this versatile US international. Cameron put in a stellar defensive show as he won 7 duels, enjoyed 100% success in winning tackles and aerials along with making 4 clearances. And it was a precisely floated delivery at the far post from the 31-year-old that Peter Crouch latched on for the eventual winner.
Demetri Mitchell (Manchester United)
Making his first senior team appearance, it never looked like the case with the reserve team defender. Mitchell never looked out of place for even once against Crystal Palace and looked proficient at both ends of the pitch. The 20-year-old won 10 duels and 4 tackles, made 2 clearances and 3 interceptions, completed 3 take-ons and even created 2 goalscoring opportunities in an all-round display.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
The Dutchman’s telling contributions were the difference on the day as Liverpool booked their place in the Champions League qualifiers. Wijnaldum’s goal on the brink of half-time calmed the nerves around Anfield and his assist for Adam Lallana’s goal sealed the coveted European spot for the Reds. In all, the 26-year-old had a faultless game, completing 94% of his passes and creating 4 goalscoring openings.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
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De Bruyne was once again at his fiery best as he carved open a hapless Watford with great ease. A pinpoint set-piece delivery for Vincent Kompany and slotting through a perfectly-weighted ball for Sergio Aguero to complete his assist brace showed the kind of craftsmanship the Belgian possess. The playmaker ends the season with a league-high 18 assists, just two short of the all-time record for a single season held by Thierry Henry.
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
He lasted 45 minutes though but it was quite a cameo from the Frenchman. Playing his first match since his father’s demise, Pogba barely looked affected by his off-field situation as he made a youthful Manchester United team tick with his flair, racking up a goal, an assist among the two chances he created and enjoyed an impressive 92% passing rate. Pogba also reached a career milestone with his 5th goal of the league season.
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Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Hull City were the victims Kane’s fury this time as the forward completed his second hat-trick on the spin in just four days. The 23-year-old once again petrified the opponents with his sharp-shooting abilities as the North London club ran riot once more. With his overall fourth hat-trick of the league season, Kane has now scored 8 of Spurs’ last 15 league goals within a week and produces a massive turnaround to take home the Premier League Golden Boot.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Sergio Aguero has now scored more goals (33) than in any other season for City! pic.twitter.com/5iyRhOfLyx
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Another player who put an insipid opponent to the sword was Sergio Aguero as he took full advantage of Watford’s patched-up defence. The Argentine’s movement caused havoc in a fragile Hornets’ backline with the forward emerging with a brace and an assist following his 70-minute stay on the pitch.
Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea)
Batshuayi’s half-an-hour spell from the bench saw him score his first Chelsea brace as the man who scored the title-winning goal also netted home the final goal of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.