Who was your Premier League player of the week?

Three players out from the wilderness are among this week’s five star performers – but as Chelsea and Manchester City emphasize their championship credentials, Tottenham continue their impressive start, and Arsenal fight back against Everton, which player had the best weekend?

 

Erik Lamela v QPR

The creative Argentine was at the heart of Spurs’ first half destruction of QPR, as Harry Redknapp endured a torrid return to White Hart Lane. Lamela himself had endured his own nightmare last season but looked determined to show the home ground what he could do. He showed pace, dynamism and didn’t back away from the more physical duels in the centre of the pitch. His whipped corner found Eric Dier for 2-0, while the third goal, Chadli’s second came after a passing move that involved all 11 Tottenham players. It was Lamela’s individual brilliance which teed up the Moroccan, beating a few QPR before hanging one up for his grateful teammate. A cliché, but the winger can feel like a new signing for Mauricio Pochettino this season, especially if he is able to carry on the momentum from this confident display.

Olivier Giroud v Everton

The Frenchman hasn’t managed to start again in the league so far this season, yet twice he has been involved in dramatic last minute goals. He’s a player who comes in for plenty of criticism, even in some Gunners quarters, yet his statistics continue to answer the naysayers. His latest injury, a suspected broken ankle, will hit Arsenal hard and may even force Wenger’s hand in the transfer market before the deadline. His well-directed header from a Monreal cross after shrugging off Distin showed his ability to make an impact, even when only on the pitch for half a game, and maintained his side’s unbeaten start to the season.

Alan Hutton v Newcastle

Another man out of the wilderness is Aston Villa’s Scottish right back who gave a composed performance against a slightly more dominant Newcastle side. He covered well and formed part of a sturdy defence which frustrated Alan Pardew’s side in the Saturdaylunchtime kick-off. As well as demonstrating his aerial prowess and abilioty to win a tackle, he also gave Paul Dummett a problem down Villa’s right flank going forward, creating good balance with Aly Cissokho down the left. That balance and clean sheet could make Hutton a vital part of a new look defence under Paul Lambert and be the key to maintaining their Premier League survival.

Diego Costa v Leicester

The Brazilian-born striker has proved he needs no settling in time at Stamford Bridge and his striking instincts were as sharp against Leicester as they had been in La Liga last season. His chest control and tuck under Kasper Schmeichel made in two in two games in a team where striking confidence has been severely lacking for all too long. Fernando Torres showed it was difficult to score goals after easily managing at Liverpool, so for Costa to adapt so quickly and put to bed his poor World Cup shows Chelsea are every bit the title challengers we assumed they’d be.

Stevan Jovetic v Liverpool

A third forgotten man, but his slaying of Brendan Rogers’ Liverpool on Monday night was compelling to watch and won’t be forgotten in a hurry. His razor sharp reactions let him in after defensive errors by new boys Lovren and Moreno and he lashed the ball past Mignolet, while he played his part in a flowing attacking move for the second. City’s passing carved open the Red’s shockingly weak backline and the Montenegrin fired not the cleanest of shots into the net after a one-two with Samir Nasri. He was a menace all night and may be required to play a much bigger role this season under Pellegrini, particularly with Alvaro Negredo still out through injury and Edin Dzeko hobbling off with a thigh injury mid-way through the second half.

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