The Return of the Vardy Party and a Little Bit of Feel-Good: Matchday 6 Team of the Week

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It was a plucky weekend for clubs Outside the Top 6. On one hand, you have Fulham and Watford clashing to get things underway Saturday morning with a memorable 1-1 draw.

Later that morning you had Liverpool and Manchester City absolutely dominating Southampton and Cardiff, respectively.

Wolverhampton stole a point by coming from behind against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Then you had Brighton battling every step of the way to just barely lose to Tottenham 2-1.

On Sunday, a club “finished” the job with West Ham clipping a point off an undefeated Chelsea in a lethargic 0-0 draw.

Outside the 6 clubs were all over the place this weekend. Newcastle, Cardiff and Huddersfield are still winless while Watford and Bournemouth are floating around European spots.

It’s still early days in the season but the dust is settling on the table.

Let’s dive into more of the specifics of what happened this weekend by checking out the Matchday 6 Team of the Week. But first, to the stars!

Three Stars

3. Kelechi Iheanacho, Midfield — Leicester City

No one needed a goal in the Premier League more than 21-year-old attacking midfielder/winger/striker and Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho. It finally came in his third start of the season for Leicester, as they bounced Huddersfield 3-0.

What’s interesting with this Iheanacho performance is that for the first time this season, Claude Puel dropped the former Manchester City man behind a lone striker in Jamie Vardy. The connection worked as both players assisted each other for their goals. This is definitely a combo to keep an eye on for the rest of the season.

Have Leicester found a replacement for Riyad Mahrez?

2. Aaron Lennon, Midfield — Burnley

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In the beginning of May 2017, Everton’s then-30-year-old winger Aaron Lennon was detained under the British Mental Health Act and started receiving treatment for a stress-related illness.

Once he became healthy and fit to play again, the former Leeds and Tottenham man was transferred to Burnley in January. This Saturday, he scored his first Premier League goal since March 2016.

Lennon has started and played the entire 90 minutes in every Premier League match for Burnley this season. The Clarets came out as slow as could be, causing many to speculate that European competition was spreading the squad too thin. Lennon was among the many who played sluggish football.

On Saturday at Turf Moor, Burnley made several attacking shifts against Bournemouth. None of them were more important than moving Lennon to the left wing for the first time this season.

Lennon made a splash early, getting a shot off within the first minute. He found the back of the net in the 41st and added an assist in the 88th.

Burley won their first game of the season 4-0 against the Cherries. If Lennon can keep terrorizing defenses from the left side, Burnley will finally have a much-needed spark to the attack.

1. Jamie Vardy, Forward — Leicester City

Believe it or not — and get ready because you’re about to remember how old you are — Jamie Vardy and Aaron Lennon are both 31. Go figure.

Over the past three seasons, Vardy has scored 20, 13 and 24 goals. This Saturday he scored his second in his fourth appearance.

The former Premier League Top Scorer has felt quiet this season since seeing red in the second match of the season. Is this a sign that the Vardy Party has returned?

Good service will help. Vardy got just that against Huddersfield. The aforementioned Iheanacho and James Maddison are going to be looked upon heavily to get the Leicester talisman going the rest of the way.

Matchday 6 Team of the Week

Forward

Jamie Vardy — Leicester City

  • One goal on seven shots
  • One assist on two key passes
  • Five aerial victories and two tackles

Ashley Barnes — Burnley

  • Two goals on two shots in 28 minutes
  • Two aerial victories and two clearances

Aleksander Mitrovic — Fulham 

  • One goal on eight shots, one shot hit the woodwork
  • 11 aerial victories
  • Two clearances and one tackle

Midfield

Aaron Lennon — Burnley

  • One goal on two shots
  • One assist on two key passes with a 79 pass percentage
  • Four tackles and two interceptions

Kelechi Iheanacho — Leicester City

  • One goal on two shots
  • One assist on four key passes with 26 total passes for a 79 pass percentage

Luka Milivojević — Crystal Palace

  • Three shots with two on target
  • 92 total touches and possessed the ball for 8.9 percent of the game
  • Six tackles and one interception
  • Four successful dribbles and a 79 percent passing

James Maddison — Leicester City

  • One goal on two shots
  • Two key passes on 45 total passes for an 87 pass percentage

Defender

Ben Chilwell — Leicester City

  • Five key passes on 52 total passes for an 83 pass percentage
  • 89 total touches and possessed the ball for 7 percent of the game
  • Five clearances, two tackles and one interception

Aaron Wan-Bissaka — Crystal Palace

  • Five tackles and three interceptions
  • Four successful dribbles
  • 99 total touches and possessed the ball for 6.8 percent of the game

James Tarkowski — Burnley

  • Three interceptions and two tackles
  • Seven clearances and five aerial victories

Goalkeeper

Joe Hart — Burnley

  • Clean sheet
  • Five total saves

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