Young Stars Turn the Corner: Matchday 5 Team of the Week

With so much hype on the youth that breaks through on team sheets across the Premier League, often we grow frustrated when they don’t create magic right away. For Emiliano Buendía and Moussa Djenepo, the wait has been non-existent. The Norwich attacking midfielder and the Southampton winger have been at the forefront of the youth movement for clubs outside the Top 6. Both of them appear among the stars this week, along with a Barcelona burnout who has found a home in England.

Three Outside the 6 Stars of the Week

3. Moussa Djenepo, Midfielder — Southampton

The goal is to keep this week neat and tidy so here we go. Moussa Djenepo looks like the next young star to break through at Southampton. The Saints have a laundry list of players who have sparkled at St. Mary’s and gone off to do big, big things. Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool better start paying attention, if they haven’t noticed the Mali international already. The 21-year-old arrived from Standard Liège this summer for around $15 mil this and wasted no time kicking on. Watch for this dribbly winger develop into a dangerous player as the season matures.

2. Emiliano Buendía, Midfielder — Norwich City

The unsung hero of Norwich’s loud start has been a 22-year-old Argentine named Emiliano Buendía. While Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell are grabbing the headlines and goals, Buendía has been the pulling the strings behind the scenes. Through the first 5 matches of the season, the attacking midfielder has served 4 assists and 13 key passes. Norwich go as far as Buendía takes them this season.

1. Gerard Deulofeu, Forward — Watford City

Watford defied the odds to come back and beat Arsenal this weekend. At least that’s what you would think before looking at the numbers. The Hornets fired 31(!) shots at Arsenal on Sunday and when it was all said and done, it genuinely felt like Harry the Hornet should’ve been dancing on tables after 90 minutes. But Watford will take the point and so will Gerard Deulofeu who has been off to a slow start. Gerry D tallied 7 shots toward the keeper and added 8 key passes. He sparked the comeback even though his name doesn’t appear on the team sheet.

Outside the 6 Team of the Week: Matchday 5

Goalkeeper

Lukasz Fabianski — West Ham

  • Clean sheet
  • 2 big chance saves
  • 5 save

Center Back

Jannik Vestergaard — Southampton

  • Clean sheet
  • 4/5 in defensive aerial duels
  • 5 clearances

Left Back

Diego Rico — Bournemouth

  • 1 assist on two key passes
  • 4 clearances, 3 interceptions and a tackle

Right Back

Sam Byram — Norwich City

  • 11 clearances and 2 blocks
  • 5 interceptions and 4 tackles
  • Shut down Raheem Sterling

Midfielders

Kenny McLean — Norwich City

  • 1 goal on 1 shot
  • 88% pass success rate
  • 3 interceptions and 2 tackles
  • 7 clearances and 3/3 in defensive aerial duels

Moussa Djenepo — Southampton

  • 1 goal on two shots
  • 6 successful dribbles
  • 1 key pass on an 87% pass success rate
  • 2 tackles, 2 clearances and 1 interception

Emiliano Buendía — Norwich City

  • 2 assists on 3 key passes
  • 7/8 on attacking third passes
  • 5 successful dribbles and 9 ball recoveries
  • 4 tackles

Tom Cleverly — Watford City

  • 1 goal on 7 shots
  • 3 key passes with a 90% pass success rate
  • 19/23 on attacking third passes
  • 2 dribbles and 2 attacking aerial duel victories

Joshua King — Bournemouth

  • 1 assist on 4 key passes
  • 4 successful dribbles and 5 fouls suffered
  • 10 ball recoveries and 4 tackles

Forwards

Gerard Deulofeu — Watford City

  • 1 assist on 8 key passes
  • 7 total shots
  • 34/41 on attacking third passes
  • 7 successful dribbles

Teemu Pukki — Norwich City

  • 1 goal on 3 shots
  • 1 assist in 13 completed passes

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