Team of the Week

Premier League Team of the Week: Bale bursts into life for Tottenham

The Welshman had an abject first half of the season in his loan move from Real Madrid, but has came onto a game recently

9:50am on Tuesday 2nd March 2021
Martin Macdonald

Tottenham easily defeated Burnley 4-0 in the Premier League on Sunday, with Gareth Bale putting in one of his best performances in a Spurs shirt since he made his return from Real Madrid in the summer.

Bale (9.3) was in sparkling form for Jose Mourinho's side, scoring two goals with a prodded finish beyond the keeper and then a brilliant, whipped effort into the bottom left corner. He contributed to three goals on the day, as he also assisted Harry Kane with a superb, drilled pass up and over the Burnley defence.

He looked like the Bale of old.

The Real Madrid loanee did have team-mate Heung-min Son (8.3) to thank, though, as the Korean laid on two assists for him on the day, with Son also making our Premier League Team of the Week.

Joining the Spurs duo in the front three is Adama Traore (8.4). The Spaniard may not have a goal or assist to his name from the weekend, but won a brilliant 20/28 duels as Wolves drew 1-1 with Newcastle, while he also completed a ridiculous 14 dribbles.

To put that into context, the players with the next highest amount of dribbles completed just four.

Liverpool finally got back to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-0 away win at Sheffield United, with Curtis Jones (7.6) scoring the opener.

On the opposite side of the four-man midfield is Nicolas Pepe (7.7) following his positive performance and goal for Arsenal against Leicester. He also won 9/15 duels.

Kevin De Bruyne (7.7) pulled off one of the assists of the season with an arrowed left-footed cross to the back post for Ruben Dias (8.0), with the Portuguese defender also making the Team of the Week. De Bruyne also sent 33 passes into the final third which was the third-highest tally of anyone this week.

Joining the Belgian in central midfield is Luka Milivojevic (7.6) following his solid performance for Crystal Palace which saw him win 8/11 duels, 4/7 tackles, and make eight ball recoveries.

The three-man backline alongside Dias is made up of Andreas Christensen (7.8) and Tosin Adarabioyo (7.8).

In goal is West Brom stopper Sam Johnstone (8.1) as he kept a clean sheet in the Baggies' vital 1-0 win versus Brighton. In that game, he made six saves and 10 ball recoveries for his team.

Premier League Team of the week
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