One third of the season gone, and we have a winner in our annual sack race; West Brom manager Slaven Bilic was the unfortunate recipient of the honour, even after rallying his side to an impressive 1-1 draw away at Manchester City. Elsewhere in the Premier League, Liverpool dramatically beat Spurs to impose their authority on the title race, and Everton claimed a very impressive win over Leicester at the King Power. Here we round up our Stars of the Week from all the Premier League action in Matchweek 13.
Stars in Premier League – Gameweek 13
Goalkeeper: Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion)
West Brom claimed arguably their best result of the season so far on Tuesday night by holding Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad, showing great spirit and organisation to recover from a goal down and grind out the game.
Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was once again the hero for the Baggies, making vital late saves from Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling to keep the Citizens at bay. Overall, Johnstone made six saves to help preserve a point.
Regardless of the outcome to West Brom’s season, there will surely be a number of suitors for Johnstone’s services.
Defender: Mason Holgate (Everton)
After a wobbly few weeks, Everton seem to have returned to top form in the last few games, claiming a very impressive victory at high flying Leicester City in Matchweek 13.
In the 2-0 triumph over the Foxes, Mason Holgate was a standout player for Everton. Despite only playing a handful of times for the Toffees this season, the young defender looked very composed here to help his side claim an excellent clean sheet away from home, and even scored Everton’s second goal.
Carlo Ancelotti will be pleased to see less prominent members of his squad stepping up to the mark.
Midfielder: Jack Harrison (Leeds United)
Much like Everton, Leeds United have also suffered from poor recent form, but were at their scintillating best against Newcastle on Wednesday night.
Although the Whites were hampered by more poor defending, they found an extra gear against Newcastle, largely inspired by winger Jack Harrison. Harrison made a perfect cross for Rodrigo to head in before unleashing an incredible 30-yard strike that will go down as a major goal of the season contender.
At such a crucial point of the season, this Jack Harrison-inspired victory should go a long way to reinvigorating this exciting Leeds side.
Forward: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Once again, Manchester United conceded first away from home and once again they turned it around to claim victory, a record breaking tenth in a row away from home for the Red Devils.
This time it wasn’t Bruno Fernandes leading United to victory, but Marcus Rashford, whose form is starting to pick up this season after something of a slow start. The England striker scored twice at Bramall Lane, the first of which was a brilliantly composed touch followed by a clinical finish.
When Rashford is in full form, he really is a joy to watch.
Manager: Slaven Bilic (West Bromwich Albion)
We said earlier that Bilic was the unfortunate winner of this season’s managerial sack race, and it was a decision that seemed even more puzzling after West Brom secured the draw at Manchester City.
The Baggies have certainly struggled this season, but it seems that they’ve turned a corner in recent weeks. This sacking will be difficult to take for Slaven Bilic, but the Croatian manager can leave the midlands club with his head held high following promotion to the top flight and some impressive recent results.