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Premier League team of the week: Gameweek 16

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Well, this weekend's Premier League action was a bit wild, wasn't it?

Manchester United remembered they were in crisis, joining Chelsea in the pits of despair, and we've got new leaders at the top of the table after Arsenal's defeat to Aston Villa saw Liverpool end the round of fixtures in the ascendancy.

Here's 90min's top performers from gameweek 16.


Premier League team of the week: Gameweek 16

GK: Alisson

Alisson
Alisson had to be at his best / ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages
  • Match: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
  • Notable contributions: Those saves from Lerma and Andersen

While some clubs are complaining about their options in goal, Liverpool continue to celebrate the day they won the race for Alisson's signature.

Two outrageous saves to deny Jefferson Lerma and Joachim Andersen single-handedly won Liverpool the points against Crystal Palace and led the Reds to the top of the Premier League table.


CB: Tosin Adarabioyo

Tosin Adarabioyo
Tosin netted Fulham's third / Eddie Keogh/GettyImages
  • Match: Fulham 5-0 West Ham United
  • Notable contributions: Five clearances, one goal, one mauling of Kurt Zouma

Sunday was a pretty good day for Fulham and Tosin Adarabioyo.

The towering centre-back was an impenetrable wall in defence but made his biggest impact in attack, where he rose highest to thump a header into the back of West Ham's net to ramp up the pressure on David Moyes.


CB: Marcos Senesi

Marcos Senesi
Senesi fired home against Man Utd / Stu Forster/GettyImages
  • Match: Man Utd 0-3 Bournemouth
  • Notable contributions: Another goal, another viral video

Marcos Senesi has faced accusations of poor discipline and focus at times since his move to England, but there was no doubting his approach to Bournemouth's 3-0 thumping of Manchester United.

As well as scoring his side's second goal, and his second strike this week, Senesi caught the eye by orchestrating the press which led to Bournemouth's opening goal. A real high IQ performance.


CB: Diego Carlos

Diego Carlos
Carlos had to clear off the line / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages
  • Match: Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal
  • Notable contributions: Five tackles, one goal-line clearance

Diego Carlos has had a pretty decent week, pocketing Erling Haaland before helping to hand Arsenal a huge defeat which leaves Aston Villa just two points off the top of the Premier League table after 16 Games.

No player made more than his six clearances, but it was his stop off the line which ultimately proved crucial to Villa's victory.


RM: Son Heung-min

Son Heung-Min
Another dazzling showing from Son / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages
  • Match: Tottenham 4-1 Newcastle United
  • Notable contributions: Two assists, one goal, one Premier League landmark

Dropping back out to the wing this week, Son Heung-min delivered another sensational performance as he bagged a goal and two assists in Tottenham's 4-1 drubbing of Newcastle United on Sunday.

Son has now made it eight straight seasons with at least ten Premier League goals, a feat only achieved by six other players - including his BFF Harry Kane.


CM: Pape Matar Sarr

Pape Matar Sarr
Sarr pulled the strings / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages
  • Match: Tottenham 4-1 Newcastle United
  • Notable contributions: One passionate tribute from 90min's Sean Walsh

Tottenham had plenty of top performers against Newcastle, but there's a case for 21-year-old Pape Matar Sarr topping the lot.

Sarr was the glue that held everything together, putting Spurs on his shoulders as he dragged his teammates back to winning ways.


CM: Lewis Cook

Bruno Fernandes, Lewis Cook
Cook cooked Man Utd / Danehouse Photography Ltd/GettyImages
  • Match: Man Utd 0-3 Bournemouth
  • Notable contributions: One assist, 16 recoveries

It speaks volumes of Bournemouth's current confidence that the man leading the fifth-minute press for their opening goal against Manchester United was their defensive midfielder.

Lewis Cook regained possession and set up the first of Bournemouth's three goals - no player this season has managed more than the 16 recoveries the midfielder popped up with this weekend.


CM: Andreas Pereira

Andreas Pereira, Nayef Aguerd
Pereira pulled the strings / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages
  • Match: Fulham 5-0 West Ham United
  • Notable contributions: One assist, six key passes

West Ham were beaten from pillar to post by the creative brilliance of Andreas Pereira.

It was his corner that set up Tosin, but Pereira could have easily walked away with more assists as he managed six key passes and 22 balls into the final third, dragging West Ham all over at Craven Cottage.


LM: Marcus Tavernier

Marcus Tavernier, Sofyan Amrabat
Tavernier left Man Utd in the mud / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages
  • Match: Man Utd 0-3 Bournemouth
  • Notable contributions: Two assists, one nightmare for Diogo Dalot

Marcus Tavernier is coming into his own at Bournemouth these days and he made sure Man Utd were well aware of that.

Two perfect crosses for Bournemouth's second and third goals of the afternoon capped off a glorious showing from Tavernier, who had Diogo Dalot and the rest of the United defence on skates at times.


ST: Dominic Solanke

Dominic Solanke
A monster showing from Solanke / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages
  • Match: Man Utd 0-3 Bournemouth
  • Notable contributions: One goal, thousands of fans begging him to join their clubs

It may have taken Dominic Solanke a little while to find his feet in the Premier League following his departure from Chelsea as a youngster, but the striker is absolutely flying now.

He tapped home his eighth goal of the campaign in a monstrous showing against United, and his social media mentions are now full of fans begging him to join their clubs in January.


ST: Richarlison

Richarlison
Richarlison did his confidence the world of good / Julian Finney/GettyImages
  • Match: Tottenham 4-1 Newcastle United
  • Notable contributions: First Spurs goal with his feet

Not since April 2022 had Richarlison scored twice in a Premier League game, while his last goal with his feet in the competition came one month later. It's been a long road to redemption for Richarlison at Tottenham, but he finally broke the curse this weekend.

The Brazilian, playing up top this time, netted twice as Spurs ran through Newcastle and brought a five-game winless run to a close.


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