A look at the heroes, and villain, of Premier League Round 5.
Hero – Sergio Agüero
Manchester City have now scored 15 goals in their last 3 games. With Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Gabriel Jesus playing alongside him, Agüero is always going to get chances. In Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing of Watford, the Argentinian picked up a hat-trick. The first was a header and the second was a tap-in, but he saved the best until last. Agüero completed a great solo run with a sublime and delicate finish. If he can stay fit, this could be his best Premier League season yet.
Hero – Matt Ritchie
With his old club Bournemouth struggling at the bottom, Ritchie has every right to feel a little smug right now. Newcastle are up to 4th after beating Stoke 2-1, and they wouldn’t be there without their Scottish winger. His dangerous delivery from the right set up Christian Atsu’s first-half goal and then Jamaal Lascelles’ match-winning header. Joselu could have had a hat-trick too.
Hero – Łukasz Fabiański
Fabiański is certainly prone to a mistake or two but on his day, he’s a brilliant shot-stopper. Premier League Round 5 was one of those days, as Swansea’s Polish keeper made 8 excellent saves to deny Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. A point away at Tottenham is a great result for Paul Clement’s side.
Hero – Antonio Valencia
Over the last few seasons, Valencia has quietly turned himself into a world-class right-back. He’s an excellent choice as United’s captain – experienced, reliable, and hugely talented. Just check out the Ecuadorian’s strike against Everton, an early goal of the season candidate. From the edge of the penalty area, Valencia found the power and technique to smash the top corner of Jordan Pickford’s net.
Villain – David Luiz
During his first spell at Chelsea, Luiz developed a reputation for his reckless tackling. Under Antonio Conte, however, the Brazilian has looked a much calmer, and better, defender. Until Sunday’s goalless draw against Arsenal, that is. With Alexis Sánchez breathing down his neck, Luiz flew into a horror tackle on Sead Kolašinac. The red card did come very late in the game but it gave Chelsea a nervous last 5 minutes.