Team of the Week

Premier League Team of the Week: Raphinha's stock continues to rise

The Leeds winger was actually on the losing side this weekend, but did all he could to try and pull his team to victory, albeit in vain

9:42am on Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Martin Macdonald

Leeds winger Raphinha was unlucky to be on the losing side this weekend as Marcelo Bielsa's outfit went down 1-0 away at Wolves.

In a tight affair at Molineux, the only thing that kept the teams apart, in the end, was an own goal from Leeds keeper Illan Meslier.

Raphinha (8.8) was still in brilliant form, however, and did all he could for Leeds on the day apart from actually finding the back of the net himself. The Brazilian completed a huge 13 crosses into the penalty area which was more than any other player in this round of fixtures, while he fired four shots on goal.

His work ethic was superb, too, as he made nine ball recoveries, four interceptions, and four clearances.

The scourge of Leeds proved to be Wolves keeper Rui Patricio (8.8), who made no less than seven saves and 13 ball recoveries to earn his clean sheet and, ultimately, the three points.

Leading the attack in the Premier League Team of the Week is Marcus Rashford (8.0) who opened the scoring in the 3-1 win against Newcastle with a lovely individual goal.

Team-mate Bruno Fernandes (7.9) slots in the number 10 position following his goal and assist, with his own strike coming from the penalty spot.

Harvey Barnes (7.9) scored what turned out to be the wining goal for Leicester away at Aston Villa, and crucially for him in front of England manager Gareth Southgate.

The 1-0 scoreline between Man City and Arsenal suggests a tight game but in reality in the league leaders were in control for the majority of proceedings. Key to their control in midfield was the presence of Fernandinho (7.5), who won the majority of his duels and tackles and 100% of his aerial duels.

He is joined in the centre of midfield by Fulham's Andre Zambo Anguissa (8.0), won the second most duels of anyone this weekend with 15/22.

It may not have been a good day for Chelsea overall as they dropped two points in a 1-1 draw away at Southampton, but they were solid enough defensively, with Kurt Zouma (7.9) and Antonio Rudiger (7.7) partnering at the back in the Team of the Week.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (8.0) is in at left-back after completing 74/79 passes, with Brighton's Joel Veltman (8.2) on the opposite flank.

Premier League team of the week
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