No offense to our Outside the 6 strikers who scored this weekend (Jamie Vardy, Callum Wilson, Marko Arnautović, and Sam Vokes), but matchday 7 was all about the wingers. Many people have said the winger is dead. The crew from Outside the Top 6 say nay.
And it wasn’t the likely suspects. No Wilfried Zaha. No Richarlison.
Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson shined for Burnley, Felipe Anderson showed his worth for West Ham and Josh Muphy did his best to keep Cardiff City relevant.
Hats off to these creative attackers for a cracking weekend to show the depth of quality among clubs Outside the Top 6.
The wingbacks should get some love, too. Wolverhampton’s pair, Jonny and Matt Doherty, were brilliant this week combining for a goal and an assist while nagging a helpless Southampton along the edge of the pitch.
Pablo Zabaleta also deserves a shout even though he was technically in the traditional right back spot this weekend. His wingback-like instincts caused problems for Manchester United who were taken down in the biggest upset of the weekend by West Ham.
On to the rest of the matchday 7 team of the week!
3. Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson, Winger — Burnley
After Aaron Lenon’s big day on the scoresheet for Burnley when they battered Bournemouth 4-0, Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson took over the scoring load for Burnley this weekend on the other wing.
Gudmundsson has played back-to-back great games for the Clarets as they have steadied the ship after a bleak start to the 2018-19 campaign. If he can keep his form, mid-table stability will be retained for Burnley.
2. Harry Maguire, Center Back — Leicester City
Harry Maguire continues to show why he’s the best center back outside the Top 6 with another marvelous display against a harmless Newcastle side.
Rafe Benitez’ side were cautious to get forward against the Foxes, leaving ball-playing defenders like Maguire open to start the attack. And he came through smashing a ball into the net in the 73-minute.
It won’t be long now until someone in the Top 6 makes a Virgil Van Dijk-esque offer for the England international. Enjoy him while you can, Leicester supporters.
1. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Midfielder — Everton
This is the Gylfi Sigurdsson Everton paid for two summers ago from Swansea City.
The midfielder found himself in the center of the park against Fulham and he flourished. Everton beat Fulham 3-0, clinically, on the back of the Icelandic creator.
Sigurdsson was integral in attack and found the back of the net twice. And he MISSED a penalty. He rattled it off the bar, but his Saturday afternoon at Goodison was about as good as it can get.
Oh, I almost forgot…
Matchday 7 Team of the Week
Jóhann Berg Gudmundsson — Burnley
- One goal on one shot
- One assist on one key pass
- Seven aerials won, three clearances and one interception
Felipe Anderson — West Ham United
- One goal on one shot
- Three key passes on 31 total passes for a 79 pass percentage
- Seven tackles and one interception
Josh Murphy — Cardiff City
- One goal on six shots and hit the crossbar once
- Five successful dribbles on five attempts
Gylfi Sigurdsson — Everton
- Two goals on six shots and hit the crossbar once
- Five key passes on 19 total passes for a 79 pass percentage
- Four tackles and one interception
Idrissa Gueye — Everton
- Two key passes on 51 total tackles for an 88 pass percentage
- Nine tackles, five interceptions and one clearance
James Maddison — Leicester City
- One assist on five key passes
- 45 total passes of an 87 pass percentage
- Two tackles, one interception and one dribble
Jonny — Wolverhampton
- One goal on two shots
- 26 total passes for an 81 pass percentage
- Five clearances, two interceptions and two tackles
Harry Maguire — Leicester City
- One goal on four shots
- Two tackles, two interceptions and six aerial victories
- 55 total passes for an 83 pass percentage
Pablo Zabaleta — West Ham United
- One assist on 33 total passes for an 83 pass percentage
- Three tackles, one clearance, one aerial challenge victory and one interception
Ryan Bennett — Wolverhampton
- One shot, 22 total passes and four aerial victories
- Five clearances and three tackles
Rui Patrício — Wolverhampton
- Six saves
- Clean sheet