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TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Wijnaldum quadruple, Sterling treble and Bony brace

Goals galore once again in the Barclays Premier League this past weekend.


Georginio Wijnaldum announced himself to the English public with a stunning four-goal performance in Newcastle United's 6-2 triumph over Norwich City.

There was a first senior hat-trick for Raheem Sterling who fired Manchester City to a 5-1 win over Bournemouth where he was joined by Sergio Aguero's replacement Wilfried Bony who netted a brace and had an assist.

Jamie Vardy continued his brilliant start to the season with a match-saving double for Leicester City in their 2-2 draw with Southampton which took his season tally to nine goals.

Without further ado, here is the Week 9 team - 3-4-3 formation:


TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK - 9

Goalkeeper

Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

Is starting to win over the Anfield faithful and if he continues with performances like the one in the 0-0 draw at Tottenham, then he could soon become a fan favourite.

The Belgian was integral in his side's draw in North London with a number of key saves as the likes of Harry Kane and Clinton N'Jie peppered the goals.

Kept a fourth clean sheet of the campaign following a run of five matches without.


Defenders

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)

Was near faultless against Watford. Provided width and attack for the Gunners going forward and also provided the assist for Aaron Ramsey for the third goal after a piercing run. Is fast becoming one of Arsenal's key players.


Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

The Red Devils centre-half makes it back into the team after a few weeks out. Helped set up the opening goal for Schneiderlin and did well to keep Romelu Lukaku fairly quiet. Has to be one of Louis van Gaal's first picked on the team sheet.


Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City)

The German bravely led a Potters defence which did everything they could to deny Swansea City at the Liberty. Was a rock alongside Geoff Cameron and in front of Jack Butland as Stoke kept quiet a Swans attack which had scored twice at home against each of Newcastle, Man City and Tottenham in previous outings.


Midfielders

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)

Was the creator in Newcastle's monumental win. The Frenchman provided three assists, two of which were pinpoint deliveries for Wijnaldum. Won the praise of Steve McClaren for his performance and now just needs to find consistency.


Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

The Spanish midfielder was integral in driving the Red Devils to a 3-0 win at Everton. Herrera doubled United's advantage with a lovely header in there 22nd minute before playing a lovely through ball for Wayne Rooney to wrap it up.


Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United)

'The Jewel' sparkled in a creative role for the Hammers who got the better of Crystal Palace 3-1. Fired home from close range in the 88th minute before setting up Dimitri Payet for the sealer. Was named West Ham's Man of the Match.


Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United)

Absolutely ripped the heart out of Norwich. The former PSV skipper fired home on four occasions to lead the Magpies to their first win of the season. Netted the opener then again gave the Toon the lead after Norwich levelled before scoring twice late to compete the rout.


Forwards

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Dazzled the Bournemouth defence with his first hat-trick at senior level. Worked brilliantly alongside Bony, after losing Aguero, and took two of his goals particularly well. Could be the start of something big at the Etihad.


Wilfried Bony (Manchester City)

Stepped into the void left by Aguero with consummate ease. Bony admitted during the week he had endured the toughest year of his career but bounced back bravely by scoring twice and having a hand in Sterling's opener. An apt replacement for the injured Argentine ace.


Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

The surprise packet of the season so far, Vardy added a double to take his tally to nine. The former Fleetwood Town star headed home a Nathan Dyer cross before getting on the end of a Riyad Mahrez ball to fire the Foxes to a 2-2 draw at Southampton.

One of the undisputed stars of the Premier League campaign thus far.


Manager

Steve McClaren (Newcastle United)

'The Wally with the Brolly' finally saw part of his plan fall into place as the Magpies smashed six goals past the Canaries. Sure, it wasn't the prettiest of defensive performances but the free-flowing attack was lovely to watch and will surely give Newcastle the confidence to kick on and take it up to whichever team happens to land on their doorstep.

Andrew Slevison
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