Each week BetVictor Brand Ambassador Harry Redknapp picks his top Premier League Team of the Week, made up of the players currently showing the most promise.
Top of the pile is his weekly Star Man, the player who has shown exceptional talent on the pitch. He then picks his top defenders, midfielders and strikers to create his weekly dream team.
Do you agree with Harry’s picks, or is there a player you feel he’s left out? Let us know below. You can also check out Michael Owen’s predictions for upcoming fixtures and don’t forget to visit BetVictor for all the latest World Cup and Football Betting Odds.
Star Man of the Week
There was a lot of performances this week, but I’ve got to go with Manuel Lanzini. He’s been playing well for a few weeks now and I thought he was absolutely fantastic on Saturday against Palace. His first goal was brilliant, lovely feet inside the box and a classy volley. He took his penalty nicely as well. He’s always been a very talented lad and he showed it on Saturday.
Defenders of the Week
He’s joined in this team by his teammate, Nelson Semedo. He didn’t quite hit the ground running last season, but this year he’s been superb. He’s quick, good going forward and a hard man to go by. He played for Barcelona for three seasons, there’s a reason why. He’s a top full-back.
Conor Coady makes my team yet again. I could have picked any Wolves defender to join Semedo, but I have to go with the skipper. Conor is probably playing the best stuff of his career right now; he’s been brilliant this season. He’s a great leader and puts his body in front of anything. He’s not the quickest, but he reads the game so well. He started his career as a midfield player, so he’s always very composed on the ball. He’s a top-class centre-half.
Next to him, I’m picking Davinson Sanchez. He cost a lot of money from Ajax, and his time at Spurs has been hit and miss. There’s definitely a player in here though. He’s got all the physical tools you need to be a very good centre-half. He’s still only 25, so he’s got time on his side. Getting that late winner against Watford should give him some confidence going forward. Sometimes a guy like this needs a top manager to get the best out of him, he’s got that with Antonio Conte.
My final defender this week is Nathan Ake. He’s not played much this season, so every credit to the lad for coming into the side in recent weeks and performing well. He played well against Arsenal and his heroic clearance off the line changed the whole game. He’s a great player to have in the squad and deserves a spot in my team.
Midfielders of the Week
That was a brilliant win for Brentford at the weekend and the matchwinner, Mads Roerslev, gets in my side. He was full of energy and quality from that right wing-back position and he took his goal really well. Brentford are a well-run club; they develop players better than a lot of sides.
Alexis Mac Allister is next in my team. This lad’s shown flashes of his talent at Brighton, but never on a consistent basis. He’s an Argentine international though, he’s got a lot of quality. He showed it at Goodison on Sunday. He finished off a lovely move for his first goal and his second was a fantastic strike. If he can keep adding goals to his game, he’ll be a very good player in this league.
Ruben Neves is back in my team this week. He’s having an outstanding season in the heart of that Wolves midfield, and I thought he ran the show at Old Trafford. He keeps the ball well and can spray the ball across the pitch. He was unlucky to not score a wonder goal too, De Gea pulled off a top save there. He’s one of the best midfield players in the league.
Forwards of the Week
I really like what I see from young Anthony Gordon. He’s been in and around the first team all season and I was delighted to see him get his first goals for the club. Everton is a club with a long, long history of producing their own, and this lad looks like the next one up. He looks to have a real enthusiasm for the game and what I liked was his desire to make runs into the box. I love to see wingers make an effort to make runs into the box, it’s so hard to defend against.
Finally, I’m going with Brentford’s Yoane Wissa. He joined in the summer and looks like some excellent business. He’s quick and very two-footed, he can play anywhere across the front-line. I thought he took his goal against Villa brilliantly. The first touch was superb and the finish on his weaker left foot was so calm, so classy. He deserves a spot in this side.