Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week: Foden, Martinelli, Pickford, Ramsey, Robertson

With so many of the weekend’s Premier League games called off, we have included the last round of midweek games as well to choose the Team of the Week.

Last Tuesday, Manchester City put seven past Leeds and Steven Gerrard’s improving Aston Villa won 2-0 against Dean Smith’s Norwich City.

On Wednesday, Wolves battled to a 1-0 win at Brighton, while Crystal Palace and Southampton shared four goals and Arsenal moved above West Ham and into fourth place thanks to a 2-0 success.

The next day, Chelsea drew 1-1 at home with Everton and Liverpool fought back from a goal down to defeat Newcastle 3-1.

There was just the one game played on Saturday, with Arsenal easing to a 4-1 win at Leeds.

Three games survived on Sunday with Manchester City cruising to a 4-0 win at Newcastle, Wolves and Chelsea played out a goalless draw at Molineux, before a thrilling end to the weekend with Tottenham drawing 2-2 with Liverpool.

Check out my team of the week and then make your own selections towards the bottom of the article.

Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Jordan Pickford (Chelsea v EVERTON, 16 December): Liverpool’s Alisson was having a blinder and in my team until he let Son Heung-min in to give Tottenham an equaliser. So instead I’ve gone for Pickford. This was a decent result at Chelsea by Everton after their dismal performance away to Crystal Palace.

The only reason Everton left Stamford Bridge with a point was because of Pickford. He seems less erratic since his successful England campaign last summer and appears to have reduced the number of mistakes he was inclined to make from time to time. I was never a big fan of Pickford, but I must say he has become a calmer keeper and, with it, a better goalkeeper of late. I hope I haven’t jinxed him.

Did you know? Pickford made nine saves v Chelsea, only vs Arsenal in May 2017 (11) has he made more in a single Premier League game.

Defenders – Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Romain Saiss (Wolves), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Andy Robertson (Tottenham v LIVERPOOL, 19 December): I don’t think I have ever selected a player who provided an assist, went on to score a goal and then got himself sent off – all in…


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