Date: 22nd November 2017 at 11:37pm
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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 Heurelho Gomes and Christian Kabasele in the two nil victory over West Ham United 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 the duo as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.


‘Goalkeepers are there to save matches and, when they do it, it is the best feeling in the world. Heurelho Gomes did just that and was absolutely brilliant against West Ham. The double save he made from Marko Arnautovic was out of this world. His first came from a point-blank header from the Austria international, who seized on the rebound and thundered the ball back towards Gomes. Watford are enjoying their best start to a Premier League season under Marco Silva and that has created tremendous interest in the manager’s ability to take ordinary teams and make them considerably better. I said only a few weeks ago, in this very column, that Everton should move very quickly to secure the services of this exciting manager and, to their credit, they have. If Silva goes to Everton – and I think he must – Watford can do much worse than replace him with Alan Pardew, who has a lot to offer.’


‘I have seen some amazing goal-line clearances this week but none more important or impressive than the one from Christian Kabasele. West Ham were having great difficulty trying to find a rhythm and struggling to convert their chances when Manuel Lanzini’s cracking strike beat Heurelho Gomes, only to see Kabasele come from nowhere and somehow clear the ball off the line. The player’s defensive instinct was quite remarkable. It was the sort of clearance that rips the heart out of the opposition, especially when a team like West Ham, who are low on confidence and trying their best to get something out of the game, see the lengths the home side are prepared to go to in order to keep a clean sheet. As for the Hammers, manager David Moyes has accepted a job that – should it go badly wrong and the club are relegated in the same way Sunderland were under his tenure – could be his last. West Ham are a very famous old club and belong in the Premier League. Nothing short of that will be acceptable.’

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:

Heurelho Gomes (Watford), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal).