A look at the heroes from a hectic Premier League Gameweek 28.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool
In order to stop Liverpool, you’ve got to stop their wide men. No, I don’t mean Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané; I’m talking about their forward-thinking full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson. Bayern Munich and Manchester United kept them both quiet, but in Gameweek 28, Watford didn’t heed the warnings. Alexander-Arnold’s dangerous deliveries led to 3 Liverpool goals: 2 for Mané and 1 for Virgil van Dijk. Aged 20, Alexander-Arnold is the youngest player in Premier League history to collect a hat-trick of assists.
Mesut Özil, Arsenal
Liverpool scored 5 in Gameweek 28, and so did Arsenal. Özil might not be the right man for every occasion, but he certainly is for Bournemouth at home. The German playmaker waltzed through the game, scoring one and setting up one in the first 30 minutes. Every little touch was clever and his link-up play with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in particular was a joy to watch. An in-form Özil could be invaluable if Arsenal are to hold on to that 4th Champions League spot.
Sean Longstaff, Newcastle United
Fabian Schär’s thunderbolt was undoubtedly better, but local lad Sean Longstaff’s second goal was the one that the Newcastle fans really wanted to see. The 21-year-old midfielder has been exceptional since making his Premier League debut back in December. His energy is infectious and he’s starting to show his quality on the ball too. In Gameweek 28, Longstaff and the equally impressive Isaac Hayden bossed their Burnley counterparts brilliantly. Longstaff in the centre and Miguel Almirón on the wing; things are really looking up for Newcastle.
Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United
With Manchester United’s 4 first-choice forwards all missing, Ole Gunnar Solskjær called for Alexis Sánchez and Romelu Lukaku to step up in Gameweek 28 against Crystal Palace. Sánchez’s struggles continue but Lukaku finally scored after 9 games without a goal. In the first-half, the Belgian found the bottom corner with a well-placed finish, after an excellent run from Luke Shaw. In the second-half, he made it 2 with an acrobatic effort, and he even helped set up the third for Ashley Young. Is Solskjær now getting the best out of Lukaku too?
Jon Gorenc Stanković, Huddersfield Town
In Gameweek 28, Huddersfield won their first Premier League game since November, and only their third of the entire season. It was Steve Mounié who scrambled home the winner against Wolves, but it was Stanković who won the man of the match award. The Slovenian is a defender by trade, but he filled in expertly at the heart of the Huddersfield midfield, making 4 successful tackles and countless interceptions. This was only Stanković’s second Premier League start for The Terriers, but there should be more to come before the end of the season.