We’ve made it through the final international break of 2020, and now we gradually begin to approach one of the best parts of the season; week after week of prime Premier League entertainment to take us through the festive and new year period. Matchweek 9 was somewhat tame by this season’s high-octane standards, but a return to business as usual was surely a relief to players, coaches, and fans alike.
Stars in Premier League – Gameweek 9
Goalkeeper: Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United)
West Ham’s narrow win over Sheffield United was their fourth already this season, having also managed to achieve the same number of clean sheets. For goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski this will probably be the proudest of the lot, with the Poland international performing brilliantly at Bramall Lane. Sheffield may be the low scorers of this season’s Premier League, but West Ham will have Fabianski to thank for keeping them out on Sunday.
Defender: Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)
Liverpool have had some rotten luck so far this season in terms of injuries to key defenders, but Jurgen Klopp will be relieved that left back Andrew Robertson recovered quickly from his minor injury sustained on international duty. The Scotland captain was a standout against a dangerous Leicester side, keeping the Foxes quiet and even assisting the second goal in a 3-0 win. With all the injuries, his importance to this side is now greater than it’s ever been.
Midfielder: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur)
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was a key man in Tottenham’s Manchester City masterclass, demonstrating exactly why Mourinho was so keen to bring him to North London during the summer. The Dane has enjoyed a good start to life at Spurs but this was one of his best performances yet, controlling the midfield battle against some pretty illustrious opposition and providing the foundation from which his side claimed an excellent win.
Forward: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Everton’s recent slide down the table came to a firm halt against Fulham, and unsurprisingly it was once again inspired by the ruthlessness of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The striker scored twice against the Cottagers, becoming the first player in the league this season to reach double digit goals as Everton ran out 3-2 winners. Calvert-Lewin has now scored in 7 out of 9 league games so far this term, and if he maintains this type of form then who knows how many he could end up with by May.
Manager: Jose Mourinho (Tottenham Hotspur)
Despite a dominant performance by Manchester City, Jose Mourinho once again outsmarted his old nemesis, Pep Guardiola, as Spurs battled their way to an impressive 2-0 win. Intelligence was the name of the game for the league leaders, and a classic Mourinho masterclass helped Spurs to stand firm against City whilst preying on their weaknesses on the counter attack. Once again, Jose prepared his team superbly.