Premier League

Premier League Top Five, Round 24: Pereira powers Foxes to victory

Plus a captain's performance from Jordan Henderson.

 
9:00am on Friday 24th January 2020
By
Martin Macdonald
Ricardo Pereira
D (R) - Leicester City - 26 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.6
Jan 22, 2020

Ricardo Pereira actually took the plaudits for Leicester's opening goal in the 4-1 victory over Leicester, but it turns out Harvey Barnes got the last touch so he'll need to settle for the assist for the first one.

However, he wasn't to be denied his name featuring on the scoresheet as he scored the second with a blistering finish after latching on to a pass from Barnes to the back post.

As well as playing a part in two of the goals, his contribution was excellent overall, as he sent 21 passes into the final third, completed 51/60 passes, and won the majority of his duels and aerial duels.

Nick Pope
GK - Burnley - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.6
Jan 22, 2020

Manchester United may have been awful at home against Burnley to lose 2-0 to the Clarets, but the visitors still had to rely on a solid performance from Nick Pope to keep their vital clean sheet.

The England stopper made a whopping seven saves in total in the 90 minutes to frustrate United, but it was the amount of ball recoveries (15) which really helped his defence to weather the storm in the latter stages.

Despite being, obviously, featured in goal he made more ball recoveries than anyone in the Premier League in this midweek round of fixtures.

Nathan Redmond
F (C), M (L) - Southampton - 25 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.5
Jan 21, 2020

Southampton's hugely impressive resurgence in recent weeks continued after a 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace. Nathan Redmond put in a talismanic performance, earning himself a goal and an assist.

And, what a damn good goal it was. After displaying strength to hold off a couple of challenges on the edge of the box, he finds enough space to fizz a magnificent strike into the top left corner.

He would then help to take the game beyond Palace by setting up the second goal with a pass into the feet of Stuart Armstrong, who sent a fabulous shot into the corner.

His hard work shouldn't be overlooked also, as he made 12 ball recoveries - more than any attacking player in the league this week.

Jordan Henderson
M, DM (C) - Liverpool - 29 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.5
Jan 23, 2020

Liverpool were far from their best against a defiant Wolves side on Thursday, and had to rely on a goal in the last 10 minutes from Roberto Firmino to win 2-1.

However, they also relied upon, as always, Jordan Henderson to see themselves through a tricky encounter. The Liverpool captain opened the scoring, albeit in slightly fortunate fashion with the ball going in via his head/shoulder.

He completed 64/80 passes and won 100% of his tackles, with 22 of those passes being sent into the final third.

Ayoze Pérez
M, AM (R) - Leicester City - 26 yrs
90'
8.3
Jan 22, 2020

When Jamie Vardy went off shortly before half-time, the attacking onus went on Ayoze Perez, and he stepped up metaphorically as well as literally, as he carried Leicester to the 4-1 win and smashed home the penalty that the England striker would have taken before his injury.

Perez would go on to score a second, and impressively too as he found a pocket of space inside the box to drill a strike into the bottom left corner, taking advantage of the crowd around him to render the goalkeeper helpless.

He also only misplaced just seven passes in his time on the pitch.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Jorginho (8.3) scored a wonderfully composed penalty against Arsenal to open the scoring, and kept things ticking for Chelsea thereafter with his command of the ball, completing 60/68 passes and making eight ball recoveries, three interceptions, and two clearances.

ROUND TO FORGET

This is slightly unfortunate as his return to Stamford Bridge was ruined by one awful backpass from team-mate Shkodran Mustafi, but it was still woeful from David Luiz (4.3) as he was set off against Chelsea with just 26 minutes on the clock.

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