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TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Stoke trio star, Watford skipper on fire and Leicester maestro nets treble

Stoke City provided a trio of players for this week's Tribal Team of the Week.


Forward Marko Arnautovic, playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri and defender Ryan Shawcross were all at the top of their respective games as the Potters surprised Manchester City 2-0.

Riyad Mahrez rediscovered his best form with a hat-trick and N'Golo Kante starred as league leaders Leicester City beat Swansea City 3-0 and the Watford show rolled along with another brilliant attacking performance, this time from captain Troy Deeney.


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Goalkeeper

Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)

The Polish gloveman was the difference as Bournemouth surprised Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Boruc made no less than seven saves on his return from a six-week injury absence, denying Eden Hazard in a couple of occasions, and thwarting chances from Pedro and Oscar.
Just pipped Arsenal's Petr Cech to the keeper position this week purely because he hadn't played for so long.


Defenders

Adam Smith (Bournemouth)

The former Tottenham man shone for the Cherries in their victory over the Blues.
In just his fifth start for the season, Smith was one of his side's most important players, negating the threat of the Chelsea attack including former Barcelona star Pedro.


Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)

Played a pivotal role in the Potters keeping a clean sheet against Man City.
The Stoke skipper bounced back from his red card at Sunderland to lead his side to a memorable victory, keeping the star-studded City attack relatively quiet.


Winston Reid (West Ham United)

The New Zealand star was the best player on the pitch as West Ham held Man Utd 0-0 at Old Trafford.

Dealt with any Red Devils threat with well-timed challenges and was a colossus in the air. Almost scored with a powerful header which cannoned into the woodwork.


Paul Dummett (Newcastle United)

The local-born left-back was key as the Magpies got the better of Liverpool 2-0.
Helped the Toon recoil from the disaster at Crystal Palace by keeping a valuable clean sheet alongside Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini and Daryl Janmaat.
Stayed at home to allow match-winner Georginio Wijnaldum to do his thing from the left side of midfield.


Midfielders


Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

The Algerian ace netted a hat-trick as Leicester continued their scintillating start to the season.
Mahrez struck in the 5th, 22nd and 67th minutes to score all three goals against the Swans, taking his season tally to 10.


N'Golo Kante (Leicester City)

The Foxes' summer signing continues to get better and better. Kante was little known when he arrived at the King Power Stadium from Caen but has quickly established himself as one of the league's top central midfielders.
As adept at making interceptions as he is as playing in his goal-hungry attackers. A real lynchpin for Claudio Ranieri alongside Danny Drinkwater.


Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

The Wales international returned to the centre of Arsenal's midfield to help guide the Gunners to a 3-1 result against Sunderland.
In only his second league start back since October, Ramsey looked quite at ease and was constantly getting at the Black Cats defenders.
Provided the assist for Olivier Giroud's goal before firing home a deserved one himself at the death. Could have scored one or two more.


Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City)

Was the architect for Stoke's stunning showing against City.
The Swiss playmaker was a constant thorn in the side of the City defence, providing two cracking balls for Arnautovic's double.
Was menacing in a floating role working in tandem with Bojan Krkic. Maybe the former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan has finally settled in England…


Forwards

Troy Deeney (Watford)

Each week it seems to be a raffle between Deeney and teammate Odion Ighalo as to who should make this team.
This time I'll opt for Hornets skipper Deeney who converted the penalty, won by Ighalo, before setting up the Nigerian for the second in the 2-0 win over Norwich City.
Deeney has five goals and five assists so far this campaign and is certainly improving as the campaign progresses.


Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)

Arnautovic was the recipient of some brilliant passing from Shaqiri but still had to finish beyond the Premier League's best goalkeeper.
Almost had a hat-trick if it hadn't been for that pesky post!


Manager


Mark Hughes (Stoke City)

'Sparky' influenced his Potters side to a sublime win over City.
Gave his attacking players the freedom to express themselves and boy oh boy wasn't it pretty to watch?!
Shaqiri, Bojan and Arnautovic in particular dazzled the City defence in what was a far cry from the long-ball days of Tony Pulis.

Andrew Slevison
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