Joleon Lescott and Sam Quek select their Premier League team of the month | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – This month, Sky Sports presenter Adam Smith was joined by former Premier League kingpin Joleon Lescott and Olympic gold-medal hockey player and presenter Sam Quek – who is also an avid Liverpool fan.So, how did the team unfold? Let’s start between the sticks…Goalkeepers The Kings of the Premier League show, sponsored by Budweiser, returned on Sky Sports this Friday with another all-star line-up on the panel.Guests pit stats against gut when they compare results from the statistical Power Rankings with fans’ votes for Kings of the Match on the Premier League website.- Advertisement – “I think they pick themselves,” said Joleon. “There’s a lot of top-quality talent in this position, but Kyle Walker has been the standout performer this season – and that’s something to say when there are the likes of Trent-Alexander Arnold and Chilwell.“For me, Chilwell is the closest Chelsea have had to Ashley Cole, if he can stay fit. He’s that good. He’s hit a level of consistency. Cole loved to venture forward and get in the box and Chilwell’s got that in him.”Final selections: Ben Chilwell and Kyle Walker GRAPHIC GRAPHIC Both guests agreed on selecting Wolves centre-back Conor Coady. “I’m a massive fan,” revealed Sam. “His England performance was an extra cherry on top of the cake. His stats don’t leap off the page, but, as a defender, if you just do your job properly, sometimes it’s under-appreciated.“If you’re in the right position to let the forward go wide, or you close off the path in the channels, or you make the opposing defender pass back, that’s your job half done. So, technically, you’re making fewer tackles but doing the same job – and Coady does that excellently.”“I also went for Gabriel,” added Joleon. “He’s new to the Premier League and he looks like he’s played here for a number of years. He’s aggressive, which I like, and hasn’t made many mistakes. He’s played in different positions, on the left and in the middle of a three – so he has a good understanding of different roles.” – Advertisement – GRAPHIC Saturday 7th November 8:15pm GRAPHIC Sam selected Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who has conceded only one goal in his previous four league games and made almost twice as many saves as Mendy during that time.Joleon debated whether Patricio could have aligned his wall more effectively to prevent Jacob Murphy’s late equaliser for Newcastle, but ceded ground to back the Wolves No 1.Final selection: Rui Patricio GRAPHIC GRAPHIC “And James Rodriguez oozes class and he’s also passionate. You want your big players to step up for the big games and he was arguing with the ref and shoving Liverpool players in the Merseyside derby – and that’s what you want to see.”Joleon swung the vote for the third and final midfield selection after making a case for Aston Villa midfielder Ross Barkley. “If you get him playing with confidence, he’s hard to stop – a lot of positive traits. A great signing for Aston Villa and he’s proved that during his time there.”Final selections: Jack Grealish, James Rodriguez and Ross BarkleyForwards GRAPHIC Joleon nominated new Chelsea stopper Edouard Mendy, who has kept three successive clean sheets in the Premier League since his debut.“Mendy’s come into the league and showcased why he’s No 1 at Chelsea,” said Joleon. “Against Manchester United, he produced three or four world-class saves.”“He’s kept three clean sheets – but he didn’t face a shot on target in two of those games!” argued Sam. “So it’s pretty easy to keep a clean sheet!” There was no debate for the full-backs this month, with Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker immediately rubber-stamped with starting berths. GRAPHIC – Advertisement – Centre-backs GRAPHICImage:Rui Patricio has faced twice as many shots on target as Edouard Mendy since October 1 and made almost twice as many saves GRAPHIC But Sam was keen for Kurt Zouma to be selected after helping Chelsea keep three shutouts during his four league appearances over the past month. “For me, he’s got to be Frank Lampard’s first name on the team sheet.“When you look at the clean sheets he’s kept, he’s had that consistency with three different centre-back partners. I think he’s done excellently and he’s also been a threat from corners with two headed goals.”“I’m not basing this on scoring,” joked Joleon. “I look at the defending and the stats state Gabriel has been better defensively!”Final selections: Conor Coady and GabrielFull-backs Kings Of The Premier League KOTPL GRAPHIC “It’s really interesting how Kane’s dropped deeper and wider,” added Sam. “Is that down to him, the partnership with Son, or is it Jose Mourinho and the way he wants his team to play? But whatever it may be, you have to give credit to Kane for adapting and becoming more of a team player.“And Mohamed Salah has scored seven goals so far this season, he’s got points on the board for Liverpool. They’re top of the table. I do get frustrated with him, because he goes missing in games, but then that’s when he’s also at his most dangerous, because he just pops up, out of nowhere and rattle one in.”Final selections: Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and Mohamed SalahFinal KOTPL XI KOTPL King of the month Midfielders GRAPHIC Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son – who have scored nine goals between them since the turn of October – and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah were uncontested starters along the forward line.“Son has definitely upped his game to another level this season,” said Joleon. “He’s probably the most balanced forward from the names on that list. He scores with his left foot, right foot and headers. He contributes in all areas and tracks back.” The show’s best bits will play out across Sky Sports’ YouTube and the partnership will also deliver the weekly Power Ranking articles every Tuesday on the Sky Sports website and apps.The second episode aired on Friday, November 6, with repeats over the weekend and on-demand, and will run throughout the first four months of the Premier League season.Do the Premier League’s statistical leaders make the cut in this month’s XI, or do the fans’ favourites earn starting berths? Tune into Sky Sports Premier League to find out… Sky Sports and Budweiser, official partner of the Premier League and King of Beers, have joined forces to bring you the Kings of the Premier League show.On the back of its resounding success last season, the debate returns to your screens at 7pm on the last Friday of every month on Sky Sports Premier League.Sky Sports presenter Adam Smith and two guests will build an ultimate XI from the top-performing players over the past month, pitting stats against gut as they compare data-driven form charts with Kings of the Match fan votes.“This show really is the perfect way to pick the team of the month,” according to Smithy. “It’s never easy picking a dream XI, so let the debate commence.” GRAPHIC Final selection: Heung-Min SonPick your KOTPL XIDisagree with the final selections? Use the team selector below to create your XI and share it on Twitter @SkySportsPL using the hashtag #KOTPL.Kings of the Premier League on Sky Sports Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish and Everton playmaker James Rodriguez were unanimous selections in midfield.Sam poured praise upon Grealish, who was named in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad on Thursday to face a friendly with the Republic of Ireland and Nations League fixtures against Belgium and Iceland this month.“He’s has been brilliant for Villa. To be where they are now, compared with where they were last season, it’s incredible. They’ve brought in some more young talent, recruited well, and that has brought him on even more.last_img read more

Neville blasts Pogba for giving away penalty against West Ham

first_img As a result a penalty was awarded to West Ham – which Antonio converted to put David Moyes’ side 1-0 up at half-time. Fellow United legend Patrice Evra was also critical of his former France team-mate in Pogba. ‘All United fans would like to see Paul bleeding,’ he told Sky Sports as a pundit. ‘He knows what he has to do in the second half. As soon as I saw Paul stand up with no blood I knew he used his hands. ‘People know he has made a huge mistake. All United fans would like to see Paul bleeding, even if the ball broke his nose. It is difficult to forgive Paul on this one. He knows what he has to do in the second half. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Read Also: Klopp demands more from Liverpool after lifting EPL trophy ‘As soon as I saw Paul stand up and his face was so clean with no blood I knew he used his face. He made a big big mistake. Paul knows and we have VAR, today the one in VAR is not Stevie Wonder so that’s why he gave the penalty.’ Luckily for Pobga it didn’t prove too costly as Mason Greenwood’s fine strike on 51 minutes earned United a 1-1 draw and the point they needed to go into the top four. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Paul Pogba was at the centre of a moment of  madness during Manchester United’s game with West Ham on Wednesday night – an incident that was faulted by United legend Gary Neville. Going into the match, the fifth-placed Red Devils only needed a point to go above fourth-placed Leicester heading into the final game of the season  against the Foxes. Pogba was penalised for this handball inside his own area on the stroke of half-time However, the likelihood of that became slimmer on Wednesday night after falling behind to West Ham. The Hammers were awarded a free-kick in first-half injury time when Timothy Fosu-Mensah fouled Michail Antonio 30 yards from goal. From the resulting set-piece Declan Rice blasted an effort towards goal which struck Paul Pogba. Initially it appeared it hit him in the face – with the midfielder initiating so with some theatrics. VAR replays clearly showed the 27-year-old handled the ball inside his own penalty area However, VAR showed it clearly and inexplicably hit the 27-year-old on the arm – with Pogba a good 10 yards or so away from where the free-kick initially took place. United legend Neville was on the co-commentary for the match and was damning of Pogba. Speaking on Sky Sports he said: ‘It’s rubbish from him, rubbish… it’s embarrassing.’last_img read more