February 19, 2018, 21:01

Premier League hotlist: David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Mohamed Salah feature

Premier League hotlist: David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Mohamed Salah feature

Who were the best Premier League players from the weekend games? We take a look at the man-of-the-match performances in our hotlist.

Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace – Paulo Gazzaniga

Third-choice goalkeeper Gazzaniga got the call following knocks to Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm, and Spurs were grateful to him for keeping them in the match.

The 25-year-old, who worked under Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton, before teaming up again with his compatriot last summer, produced a host of eye-catching stops to preserve his side’s clean sheet.

Watch: Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace Man City 3-1 Arsenal – David Silva

Kevin De Bruyne was firmly in the running, but Silva’s typically classy show did not go unnoticed.

The Spaniard was faultless on the ball, and even kept his position with discipline to allow City’s quicker players in Sane, De Bruyne and Sterling to bomb forward.

He had a game-high 64 touches in the opposition half, more than double Arsenal’s highest of 31 from Mesut Ozil, and kept his calm to set up Jesus for City’s vital third goal.

Watch: Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal Everton 3-2 Watford – Leighton Baines

Baines showed his experience and composure at an incredibly important moment in Everton’s season by cooly placing his spot-kick to ensure his side would complete the victory against Watford.

The 32-year-old also produced Everton’s closest opportunity in the first half as his shot was tipped away by Gomes, and he added an assist for Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal to mark a fine performance.

Watch: Everton 3-2 Watford Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd – Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas was allowed plenty of space by the opposition midfield and he revelled in it, creating six goalscoring opportunities in the match – no other Chelsea player provided more than one. His link-up play with Hazard and Morata, especially in the second half, provided a platform for Chelsea to pin United back. When he was taken off with 12 minutes to go, United breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Watch: Chelsea 1-0 Manchester Utd West Ham 1-4 Liverpool – Mohamed Salah

Salah continued his fantastic start to the season by scoring his 11th and 12th goals for Liverpool. The first was a composed finish with just Joe Hart to beat, while the second was a superb drilled shot across goal and into the bottom corner.

Along with Sadio Mane, the Egypt international looked dangerous throughout and could have scored his first hat-trick as Liverpool continued to flood forward late in the game.

Watch: West Ham 1-4 Liverpool Swansea 0-1 Brighton – Anthony Knockaert

In a game of minimal quality, it was Knockaert who delivered the one moment of magic at the Liberty Stadium, as he cut in from the right and bent in a wonderful cross on his left foot for Glenn Murray to score the only goal.

Even that moment aside, last season’s Championship Player of the Year was the standout player throughout, taking every opportunity to drive at the Swansea defenders with the ball while he also contributed defensively too by winning four tackles.

Watch: Swansea 0-1 Brighton Southampton 0-1 Burnley – Nick Pope

The Burnley goalkeeper kept his side in the game when they were most under pressure and pulled off a string of fine saves to deny Nathan Redmond, Sofiane Boufal and Maya Yoshida throughout the game.

The 25-year-old, who was nominated for October’s Premier League Player of the Month award, will continue to draw praise after yet another fine performance filling in for the injured Tom Heaton.

Watch: Southampton 0-1 Burnley Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth – Simon Francis

In a game full of chances both defensive thirds saw plenty of the ball, Francis stood out for Bournemouth alongside match-winner Steve Cook and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Francis had more touches than any other player on the pitch, and won an impressive 75 per cent of his 29 duels with Newcastle players, and 80 per cent of aerial duels.

He also made a team-high four tackles, and constantly looked forward for Bournemouth’s attacking trio on the break.

Watch: Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth Huddersfield 1-0 West Brom – Rajiv van La Parra

In a game of few chances, it was Van La Parra’s magnificent long-range effort just before the interval that proved the difference between the two sides at the John Smith’s.

There appeared little danger when the 26-year-old picked possession of the ball some 35 yards from goal, only for the player to bring the house down with a sumptuous effort that flew past a helpless Foster into the top corner of the net.

That wonder strike – the player’s first-ever Premier League goal – capped off an impressive display from the all-action wide man.

Watch: Huddersfield 1-0 West Brom Stoke 2-2 Leicester – Peter Crouch

Hailed by Sky Sports analyst Alan Pardew as a “golden cameo”, Crouch changed the game when arrived from the bench with 22 minutes to go just when it seemed to be slipping away from Stoke.

They were lacking in ideas as Leicester were dominating the chances on the counter but the 36-year-old gave Stoke a direct option and he popped up with the all-important equalising goal.

Watch: Stoke 2-2 Leicester

Sourse: skysports.com

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