Date: 16th October 2017 at 8:03am
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Watford are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performances by Tom Cleverley and Troy Deeney in the two one victory over Arsenal at the weekend at Vicarage Road was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected both as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.


‘What a wonderful compliment from Troy Deeney to announce in his post-match interview that not only was Tom Cleverley the best player on the pitch against Arsenal, but he has been Watford’s best player so far this season. It struck me at that point that there must be a special team spirit at Watford at the moment for the captain to deflect the compliments directed to him for the victory over Arsenal to his team-mate. Cleverley looked suitably embarrassed, but he shouldn’t have done. The former Manchester United and Everton player has found himself at Watford. His spells at Old Trafford and Goodison Park were interesting affairs, but now he looks so much more accomplished in a way he never did at his previous clubs. The Hornets are fourth after this win over Arsenal, but we must not let the controversy surrounding that win alter the view that manager Marco Silva is doing a remarkable job, and he is doing it very Cleverley.’


‘What a travesty. How did Arsenal lose at Vicarage Road? According to Deeney, it was all about who ‘fancied it’. A popular expression among footballers which basically means when the going gets tough, who is up for the battle? Deeney claims certain Arsenal men went missing – a point my favourite pundit Graeme Souness has made on a number of occasions when referring to Arsenal performances in the past. Nevertheless, this Arsenal defeat was down to a combination of an excellent substitution by Marco Silva, Deeney’s cool head and a shocking penalty decision from referee Neil Swarbrick. This result will hurt Arsenal because, until the alleged offence by Hector Bellerin, the Gunners were cruising. How did Swarbrick get it so wrong? What did he see that the rest of us didn’t? When a referee makes such a bad decision, it presents a team with a great opportunity. For Deeney to place the ball so competently past Petr Cech, having been on the pitch for a matter of minutes, was impressive. Did Richarlison dive? Well, we can see from the TV replay he certainly wasn’t tripped so it begs the question: did he deceive the referee by going down as though he had? It seems to me that the newly formed Football Association commission on this matter has a very important decision to make. Let’s see if they can do better than Swarbrick.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to both for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.

Full Team:

David de Gea (Manchester United), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Tom Cleverley (Watford), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Troy Deeney (Watford), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).