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Lloris to Michail Antonio: Best From PL Matchweek 2

The second matchweek of the Premier League 2021-22 season is already over and it flashed past in no time. This matchweek saw the first Monday Night Football match played as Michail Antonio of West Ham United made history as he became the club’s highest goalscorer in the Premier League era with his brace against Leicester City.

Matchweek 2 also saw Chelsea’s domination in the London Derby with Romelu Lukaku’s homecoming, Manchester City netting five past the newly promoted Norwich City and some contentious decisions with the new rule of allowing more physicality in the Premier League. In this piece, we are rewarding the eleven top players in their positions from matchweek 2 in our Team of the Week.

 

HUGO LLORIS (Goalkeeper)

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Two matches and two wins for Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham. With or without Harry Kane, Spurs look like a unit ready to fight every match and it all stems from their captain in goal, Hugo Lloris. The French goalkeeper was kept busy in the match against Wolverhampton Wanderers and pulled off some outstanding saves to earn yet another clean sheet.

 

REECE JAMES (Right-Back)

Club: Chelsea

Chelsea’s right wing-back Reece James had a field day at the Emirates against Arsenal. The Gunners’ wingers were extremely narrow trying to congest the middle of the park, leaving plenty of space for the Chelsea wing-backs to exploit. James on the right-wing exploited the space and hurt Arsenal with an assist and a goal in the 0-2 win over the local rivals.

 

TYRONE MINGS (Centre-Back)

Club: Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s captain Tyrone Mings surprisingly was more influential in the opposition penalty area than his own. He nevertheless commanded the penalty box well and was involved in both of Villa’s goals.

 

SHANE DUFFY (Centre-Back)

Club: Brighton and Hove Albion

Shane Duffy marked his return in front of the Brighton crowd with an excellent goal from a set piece. He was influential at the back for the Seagulls and kept a pretty valuable clean sheet against the promoted Watford side on home turf.

 

KOSTAS TSIMIKAS (Left-Back)

Club: Liverpool

With the regular left-back of Liverpool, Andrew Robertson, coming back from the injury he sustained in pre-season, backup left-back Kostas Tsimikas has taken the opportunity with both hands. He had a strong pre-season and has carried the form in the first two Premier League matches. He worked tirelessly for the team and delivered an inch-perfect cross for Diogo Jota to open the scoring for the Reds against Burnley.

 

YVES BISSOUMA (Holding Midfielder)

Club: Brighton and Hove Albion

Brighton’s holding midfielder, Yves Bissouma is one of the outstanding young players in the Premier League and he showed his qualities yet again in the 2-0 win over Watford. Bissouma was omnipresent in the midfield with his tackles and interceptions. He also had a major hand in Brighton’s second goal of the game where he snatched the ball from Tom Cleverly in the midfield.

 

MATEUSZ KLICH (Centre Midfielder)

Club: Leeds United

In the match against Everton, Leeds’ midfielders were having trouble getting any time and space in the opposition half. They had plenty of possession and one of the reasons for that was the presence of Mateusz Klich in the midfield. He also got himself on the scoresheet late in the first half to level the scoring for the Whites.

 

DELE ALLI (Attacking Midfielder)

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Dele Alli this season seems to be a man reborn with purpose. It feels like Nuno is pressing the right buttons with Alli and his performances in the first two matches show exactly that. He won the penalty with his clever run and then had the composure to dispatch it for a 0-1 win against Wolves at the Molineux stadium.

 

MASON GREENWOOD (Right-Winger)

Club: Manchester United

Mason Greenwood yet again looked like a promising threat in attack for Manchester United in the match against Southampton. His movements off the ball and in the build-up have improved and his efforts were rewarded with a goal in this game. In hindsight, he probably should have started centrally again as he did against Leeds United as Antony Martial had a poor game as United’s striker.

 

SAID BENRAHMA (Left-Winger)

Club: West Ham United

Said Benraham was an influential player for the Hammers in the match against Leicester City. He delivered a measured low cross for Pablo Fornals to score in the first half and was rewarded with a goal for himself in the second after latching onto Antonio’s pass.

 

MICHAIL ANTONIO (Striker)

Club: West Ham United

Michail Antonio has for years been the next big thing but his position on the field has never been certain. Under David Moyes, he has got the number nine shirt and he showed in this match his real number nine instincts. He created the second Hammers goal by showing top anticipation to intercept the ball and then got on the scoresheet himself with his brace to take West Ham to the top of the table.


Matchweek 2 Team of the Week (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris (GK); Reece James, Shane Duffy, Tyrone Mings, Kostas Tsimikas; Yves Bissouma, Mateusz Klich; Dele Alli, Mason Greenwood, Said Benrahma; Michail Antonio

 

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