Every week we review three studs and three duds from the previous round of Premier League action. Which players shone for your fantasy football team? Who let the side down?
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Number one on our list this week is the sensational Riyad Mahrez. He may be a midfielder, but Mahrez’ ten goals trail only team-mate Jamie Vardy (13) and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku (11) on the season. He has also added six assists on the season, leading Craig Bellamy to describe him on Monday Night Football as “The best player in the Premier League this season”.
Against Swansea, the Algerian was simply unstoppable, scoring all three goals in a comfortable Leicester victory. Vardy has rightly drawn a ton of praise for his performances this season, but make no mistake, without Mahrez Leicester wouldn’t be atop the table right now.
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With Stoke City struggling to find the net all season, few could have predict as dynamic a performance as we witnessed at the Britannia on Saturday. The 2-0 scoreline flattered Manchester City far more than it did a dominant Stoke side that missed several clear cut opportunities to add to their lead.
That lead came courtesy of one their most consistent players this year. Marko Arnautovic scored both goals and threatened City time and again with his direct running in behind, and was only denied a first half hat-trick by the woodwork. He also should have had an assist when Xherdan Shaquiri spurned a glorious chance when played in by the Austrian. Still only 26, it appears that Arnautovic’s potential may be beginning to be realised under Mark Hughes.
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It has been something of a disappointing season, at least from afar, for Aaron Ramsey. After establishing himself as a force in each of the last two seasons, the form of Mesut Ozil has seen the Welshman stationed on the right this year and his involvement in the game has suffered.
Against Sunderland, Ramsey was back to his best. The 24 year old scored and added an assist to help secure a 3-1 victory for Arsenal. The goal was only the midfielder’s second of the season, but hopefully he can now kick on and recapture his form of the last two years.
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Mignolet wasn’t necessarily at fault for either goal against Newcastle, but when a ‘keeper makes no saves and still concedes twice they usually end up on this list. Newcastle didn’t manage a shot on target until the 93rd minute, meaning the Belgian shot stopper had precious few chances to make saves. For £7.6 million, your hoping for a lot more points from your goalkeeper
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Otamendi was one of those victimised by Stoke City’s attacking trio of Bojan, Arnautovic and Shaquiri. The Argentinian has looked good for the most part since his move to England, but struggled like the rest of his team mates with the speed and movement of the home side’s attackers on Saturday.
He was also lucky to avoid a red card for a frustrated hack at Shaquiri, after the Swiss international had made him look foolish with a sublime swivel and spin. All in all, a day to forget for all City defenders, and a reminder that Vincent Kompany will not be easily replaced in this side.
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With Wayne Rooney out, the stage was set for Anthony Martial to star at Old Trafford and show Louis van Gaal who his main striking option should be. To his credit Martial looked infinitely more lively than Rooney in the role, despite being lumbered with the less than creative Marouane Fellaini as his number ten. However, he failed to find the net or even hit the target with any of his three attempts in a disappointing 0-0 draw .
He’s still a young player and it’s unfair that he currently has to hold the burden of being United’s main striker. Unfortunately that is the way things currently stand at Old Trafford.