Date: 4th December 2017 at 8:33am
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Chelsea are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performances by Andreas Christensen, Victor Moses and Eden Hazard in the three one victory over Newcastle United at the weekend at Stamford Bridge was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected the trio as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.


‘The post denied him his first goal for the club against Newcastle, but I don’t think this young star in the making will have to wait very long for it if he keeps playing like this. I was told to watch out for Andreas Christensen after his recent display against West Brom at The Hawthorns. I must say that particular performance passed me by, but since David Luiz fell out of favour at Chelsea, the young Denmark international has been making a bit of a name for himself and looks a real prospect. The run from deep inside his own half against Newcastle, prior to feeding Victor Moses a glorious pass inside the path of Matt Ritchie (who had a torrid afternoon), was a real indication of his growth in confidence. There is no doubt Christensen is not in Luiz’s class yet, but if the Dane continues to progress at this rate manager Antonio Conte might consider releasing the high-maintenance Luiz at the end of the season as he has the far-less-combustible Christensen.’


‘I must say Chelsea look far more comfortable with Victor Moses back in the side. He not only provides them with far more options, but he can be quite lethal in the opposition’s penalty area. Of course, it took an Italian coach to work out that Moses had the potential to be one of the most effective wing-backs in the Premier League, leaving all the other coaches Moses has ever worked with looking rather embarrassed. Two seasons ago, this player was being loaned out to club after club with no-one capable of unearthing his real potential. Moses has had remarkable success, having won the Premier League and Europa League at Stamford Bridge. Against Newcastle, it was patently obvious what Moses could do when he flashed a bullet-like cross towards Chancel Mbemba. The Newcastle defender appeared terrified by the quality of the cross, diving out of the way and allowing Alvaro Morata to score Chelsea’s second in the 3-1 win. Similarly in the second half, it was Moses who forced Ritchie to give away the penalty which resulted in Eden Hazard converting from the spot. Moses has always been decent, but what Conte has done is convert an ordinary player into an outstanding one. What a pity more coaches can’t do the same.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to all three for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.

Full Team:

David de Gea (Manchester United), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Ashley Williams (Everton), Victor Moses (Chelsea), David Silva (Manchester City), Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Jese Lingard (Manchester United).

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