Date: 17th September 2017 at 10:42pm
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Manchester City are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performances by Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in the six nil thrashing of Watford at the weekend at Vicarage Road was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected the trio as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

De Bruyne:

‘How does the smallest man on the park score the best headed goal of the game? Delivery – that’s the secret. Sergio Aguero is nothing without the delivery of the pass and Kevin De Bruyne’s quality of pass is as good as it gets. The king of the assists was at it again against a Watford side outclassed, outgunned and beaten out of sight by Manchester City. When you consider the way City demolished Feyenoord in the Champions League in midweek and then comfortably dispatched Watford three days later, it tells you a number of things. Firstly, City are growing as a squad, secondly, they can cope with the demands of Champions League football and the Premier League at the same time, and thirdly, every single Manchester City player looks desperate to get on the scoresheet. That performance must have scared the hell out of Jose Mourinho. It certainly surprised the hell out of me.’


‘I have to go back to the days of Manuel Pellegrini managing Manchester City to recall Sergio Aguero looking so menacing. The Argentine also looks very happy. Could it have something to do with this genuine world-class finisher having another competent striker to play alongside him and share the load? Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are looking formidable together and are developing a striking partnership I’ve not seen since the days of Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole – and we all know what they accomplished. It was his third goal against Watford that really blew me away and reminded me of the final phase of that phenomenal run by his countryman and relative Diego Maradona against England in 1986. The way Aguero waltzed past Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure was astonishing, then Jose Holebas and Christian Kabasele got burnt by Aguero’s change of pace, leaving Adrian Mariappa watching helplessly. This was just genius at work. It was Aguero’s sixth hat-trick in the Premier League and his 10th for City. Now tell me that’s not world class.’


‘The sign of a good player is when the opposition identify the threat and try to eliminate that threat, but to no avail. That was clearly the intent of Watford’s Jose Holebas and Daryl Janmaat as they tried to exact their own form of physical presence on Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus. The perfect response from Jesus was to answer those bully-boy tactics with goals. The Brazilian is finding his way very quickly in the Premier League. His development, and his partnership with Sergio Aguero, could make the difference in helping Manchester City take the title away from my favourites this season, Manchester United. There is no other team in the league who are playing anything quite like it at the moment. Finally, all those red-faced soothsayers and doomsday merchants who condemned two up-front as a formation for a bygone age had better think again. If it was good enough for Real Madrid legends Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stefano, then it is good enough for anyone.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to the trio for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the points.

Full Team:

Nick Pope (Burnley), Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United), Joel Matip (Liverpool), Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mario Lemina (Southampton), Sead Kolasic (Arsenal), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

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