Did anyone else struggle in fantasy football this week? If you did then you’re not alone – Matchweek 10 produced so many surprises that nearly everyone was caught off guard, as the Premier League reminded us why we have enjoyed it so much in the early months of this season – incredible unpredictability. Just three points currently separate West Ham in 5th from Newcastle in 13th, with nearly the whole league table looking equally close, aside from the bottom 5. However, the surprises in store from this Matchweek mean that our 10th Stars of Week features players drawn from all over the league, not just from a few teams at the top.
Stars in Premier League – Gameweek 10
Goalkeeper: Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion)
West Brom finally secured their first win of the season on Saturday, and not a moment too soon for Slaven Bilic’s men. A narrow win over fellow strugglers Sheffield United helped the Baggies claw back some of the ground towards the rest of the table, and they have goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to thank for it. The goalkeeper stood firm and made several great saves as Sheffield squandered chance after chance. He was helped slightly by the appalling finishing of the opposition strikers, but there’s no doubt that West Brom owe this win to him.
Defender: Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City)
Manchester City looked something like their old selves against Burnley on Saturday, with Benjamin Mendy, in particular, looking much improved. The French left back has struggled a great deal since moving to England but looked excellent against the Clarets, providing great width and even scoring his first ever goal for City with a neat volley. City fans will surely hope that this performance gives Mendy some much needed confidence to push onwards.
Midfielder: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
Mendy wasn’t the only Manchester City star who enjoyed a return to form against Burnley, as Riyadh Mahrez also thrived in a dynamic, free flowing team performance. The winger scored 3 goals as City hammered their opponents 5-0 for the third season in a row, scoring his first hat trick for Manchester City in the process and his first in the Premier League overall for almost five years. This performance really showcased the best of Mahrez; like with Mendy, the City faithful will be hoping that this kick starts some much-needed consistency as the club look to return to better form.
Forward: Edinson Cavani (Manchester United)
Manchester United’s hundred-mile-an-hour clash with Southampton at St Mary’s was undoubtedly the game of the weekend, with veteran striker Edinson Cavani proving to be the hero as United masterminded one of the greatest comebacks of the season so far. Brought on at half time with his side 2-0 down, Cavani assisted Bruno Fernandes before scoring twice himself as the Red Devils eventually prevailed 3-2. The Uruguayan looks a very smart piece of business on United’s part, although it is a shame that his post match social media celebrations seems to have landed him in some hot water.
Manager: Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United)
We’re 10 games into Marcelo Bielsa’s hotly anticipated debut season in the Premier League, and it’s fair to say that El Loco has enjoyed a reasonably strong start, with a number of memorable moments so far. His side’s victory at Goodison Park over a strong Everton side will surely be the most satisfying win of the lot, though; A brilliantly masterminded defensive win, Leeds’s first ever at Goodison in the Premier League era. Having both scored and conceded a high number of goals in the opening fixtures, Bielsa will surely be glad to see that his side have equal grit to go with their flair.