A look at the heroes from Premier League Gameweek 31.
Bernardo Silva, Manchester City
For all his energetic pressing and silky touches, the one criticism you could perhaps aim at Bernardo Silva is that he doesn’t score enough goals. Until now, that is. In Gameweek 31, the Portuguese wizard made it 3 goals – and 3 assists - in his last 3 City games. From the right side of the Fulham box, Silva cut inside and hit a beautiful left-foot strike into the bottom corner. 20 minutes later, he robbed Joe Bryan and set up Sergio Agüero to make it 2-0. Game over. No wonder Leroy Sané is warming the City bench at the moment.
Luke Shaw, Manchester United
For all the recent talk about Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, has Shaw been United’s most consistent player this season? The left-back has been in fine form since recovering from four years of injury problems. In Gameweek 31, United were struggling to break through a stubborn Watford side until Shaw’s moment of magic. After tackling Troy Deeney on the edge of his own box, he dribbled forward and picked out Rashford with a perfect, defence-splitting pass.
Dwight McNeil, Burnley
After 4 defeats in a row, Burnley got back to winning ways in Gameweek 31 against Wolves. Sean Dyche’s team is packed with experienced pros, but it was their 19-year-old winger who made the real difference. In only the second minute of the match, McNeil spotted an opportunity and had the confidence to go for it. His clever, floated free-kick was flicked on by Chris Wood and then helped into the net by Conor Coady. In the second-half, McNeil dribbled at the Wolves defence, before arrowing a shot into the bottom corner to secure all 3 precious points.
Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester City
In Gameweek 31, Leicester made it 3 wins out of 4 under new manager, Brendan Rodgers. The Foxes are playing with pace and flair in attack, and grit and hustle in defence. Wes Morgan and Jamie Vardy got the goals against Bournemouth, but Ndidi is the player who holds the team. With Youri Tielemans and James Maddison alongside him in midfield, the Nigerian has a lot of extra dirty work to do. But no matter because Ndidi won 17 of his 19 duels, making 8 successful tackles and 14 ball recoveries.
Idrissa Gueye, Everton
From one ‘next N’Golo Kanté’ to another. In Gameweek 31, The Toffees recorded back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since October. One of the most pleasing aspects for manager Marco Silva must have been the team’s balance in key areas. Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma are forming a strong centre-back partnership and likewise Gueye and André Gomes in centre-midfield. The 2 complement each other perfectly; one wins the ball, then the other plays the killer pass. Gueye didn’t quite put up Ndidi numbers against West Ham but 11 successful duels and 7 successful tackles is still pretty good going.