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TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Which West Ham trio made it? Who impressed up front? Where are the Man Utd players?

The 2015/16 Barclays Premier League kicked off on the weekend, prompting us to put together a Team of the Week for the opening round.

Our opening TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK features a trio of West Ham United players, who were key in the East London club's shock win at Arsenal, along with a pair of Manchester United defenders who made life difficult for Tottenham.

Also in the side are a couple of underrated strikers who could have big seasons for their respective clubs if they can simply remain on the pitch.



Adrian (West Ham United)

A clean sheet at the Emirates is one of the hardest tasks in the Premier League, and while the Hammers' Spanish shot-stopper didn't have a lot of work to get through early, he did what he needed to ensure his side got the points. Ended up with a week-high six saves as Arsenal pressed at the death in West Ham's eventual 2-0 win.


Matteo Darmian (Manchester United)

The Italian outshone some of his fellow, higher profile recruits in a sensational debut performance for the Red Devils as they edged Tottenham 1-0. An assured showing from the former Torino man.

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

After an indifferent 2014/15, the big Belgian has made a superb start to this campaign, putting in a commanding performance at centre-back and getting on the scoresheet in City's 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. Kompany's celebration in front of the travelling City fans showed just how it means to him!

Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

The much maligned defender put in a superb shift in the season opener, quelling Harry Kane en route to a clean sheet and hard-fought victory. Picked up the Man of the Match gong from the BT Sports commentators.

Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa)

Breaking up an all-Manc defence is Villa left-back Jordan Amavi. Eyebrows were raised when Tim Sherwood outlaid £10million for the relatively unproven French youngster, however the 20-year-old lived up to expectations in a superb debut in his side's 1-0 win at Bournemouth.


Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

Mahrez was instrumental as Leicester triumphed 4-2 over Sunderland. The tricky Algerian scored twice and hit the post on another occasion. He looks set to blossom this season after a promising debut Premier League campaign with the Foxes.

Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

The big Ivorian doesn't look like slowing down any time soon. Scored two goals in City's victory over West Brom, and could again shape as the key man in the Sky Blues' title pursuit.

Reece Oxford (West Ham United)

At sixteen years of age I was failing maths and hanging out at the local skate park. Oxford quelled Mesut Ozil's influence brilliantly on his professional debut in front of 60,000 people at the Emirates Stadium. A remarkably calm performance from the second youngest starter in Premier League history. This kid is one for the future.

Dimitri Payet (West Ham United)

The third West Ham player to feature in the team of the week, Payet looks to be an astute signing from Slaven Bilic. Constantly troubled Arsenal's defence with his skill and pace, and provided the ball for Cheikhou Kouyate's opener. Will be a star of England's top flight.


Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea City)

The Frenchman was a constant thorn in the side of reigning champions Chelsea and went close to scoring on a couple of occasions. Gomes won the penalty that got Thibaut Courtois sent off and slotted the resulting spot-kick past Asmir Begovic before celebrating in panther-ish style.

Arouna Kone (Everton)

The Ivory Coast striker came off the bench with less than half an hour remaining, created Everton's opening goal for Ross Barkley, before netting one himself. Can't do much more than that, especially after managing just 12 appearance last season because of a knee injury.


Slaven Bilic (West Ham United)

The Croatian marked his Premier League debut as manager by masterminding a 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates. Wasn't afraid to throw 16-year-old Oxford into a key defensive midfield role and had his side playing with plenty of togetherness. Brilliant beginning.

Special mentions

Sergio Romero (Manchester United)

The Argentine was thrown in at the deep end by Louis van Gaal who opted to drop David De Gea. Romero, who had only joined United in late July, made four saves in a crucial opening day over Spurs.

Winston Reid (West Ham United)

The New Zealand was a rock in the heart of defence for the Hammers who kept a dangerous Arsenal attack very quiet.

Marc Albrighton (Leicester City)

Albrighton put a family tragedy behind him to star for the Foxes with two assists in their impressive season opener.

Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa)

It's not easy stepping into Christian Benteke's boots but Gestede almost immediately did so, heading home a fine goal to help Villa pop Bournemouth's cherry.

by Andrew Slevison & Tim McGlone

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