Chelsea took another huge stride towards the Premier League title by securing victory against Bournemouth to stay seven points clear at the top of the table.
Every team in top five picked up wins meaning the race to finish in the top four has intensified. Elsewhere, Sunderland remain bottom with Middlesbrough and Swansea occupying the other relegation spaces.
We take a look at the top performers from matchday 32 of Premier League action.
Goalkeeper – Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)Embed from Getty Images
After falling a goal behind against Stoke, Liverpool needed rescuing. Two men came to the rescue. One of whom was Simon Mignolet. The Belgian has come under intense criticism this season for his decision making and distribution, but he remains one of the best shot-stoppers in the league. He denied Charlie Adam and Saido Berahino from short range; both were as good as goals at the other end.
Defender – Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)Embed from Getty Images
Marcos Alonso is a contender for the signing of the season as he netted his fifth Premier League goal of the season against Bournemouth. Few would have expected the Spaniard to flourish at Chelsea following spells with Bolton and Sunderland, but Alonso has been a revelation under Antonio Conte. His free-kick against the Cherries was exceptional and put the game to bed.
Defender – Matthew Lowton (Burnley)Embed from Getty Images
Two unbelievable goal line clearances from Matthew Lowton gave Burnley a point against Middlesbrough. The defender identified danger from Stewart Downing’s free-kick and ran from the wall to block the goal-bound shot. He was on hand again to deny Daniel Ayala on the line again, capping a brilliant defensive display.
Defender – John Stones (Manchester City)Embed from Getty Images
Manchester City kept pace with the league leaders following a routine 3-1 victory over Hull. Despite Claudio Bravo conceding from the visitor’s first shot on target again, John Stones excelled at the back for the Citizens. He won more aerial duels than any other player and helped City play out from the back. He maintained a 95% pass completion and only Yaya Toure had more touches of the ball than the £50m man.
Defender – Phil Jagielka (Everton)Embed from Getty Images
After scoring against Manchester United in midweek, Phil Jagielka got on the scoresheet again as Everton dismantled Leicester at Goodison Park. He rose highest from a corner to send a header crashing past a helpless Kasper Schmeichel. The ex-England international also managed to grab an assist for Romelu Lukaku’s first goal.
Midfield – Fabian Delph (Manchester City)Embed from Getty Images
Fabian Delph might have given Pep Guardiola food for thought after making his first Premier League start of the season this week. The ex-Aston Villa midfielder ran the game against Hull and netted his first Premier League goal in 448 days. Delph won more tackles than any other City midfielder and was rightly awarded the man of the match.
Midfield – Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool’s second saviour was Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian wasn’t well enough to start against Stoke but his arrival in the second half alongside Philippe Coutinho completed changed the game. The Reds pushed hard for an equaliser and found it through Coutinho. Just two minutes later they were ahead. Firmino latched on to Georginio Wijnaldum’s exquisite pass to volley a goal of the season contender past Lee Grant and keep Liverpool in the race for the top four.
Midfield – Kevin Mirallas (Everton)Embed from Getty Images
Everton’s Kevin Mirallas was back to his best against the reigning champions and grabbed two assists. The Toffees were ahead inside a minute when Mirallas was dragged down before Tom Davies took over and the youngster did the rest. Mirallas’ inviting corner was headed home by Jagielka to level the scoring. The Belgian winger was a constant threat and would have no doubt impressed Ronald Koeman with his showing.
Forward – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)Embed from Getty Images
Confidence is massive in football. And Eden Hazard is showing just how important it is. Under Conte, he has been unplayable – a shadow of the player we saw last season. He netted his 14th league goal of the season against Bournemouth, latching on to a long ball before rounding Artur Boruc with an incredible dummy to slot home. Hazard is back to his best, and it is a joy to behold.
Forward – Heung Min Son (Tottenham)Embed from Getty Images
With Harry Kane out injured, Heung Min Son has seized his opportunity, and his goals have kept Spurs in the title race. Since Kane limped off against Millwall, Son has netted seven goals and has provided two assists – a stark contrast to Vincent Janssen who has just one goal and one assist. The South Korean forward got two goals in Spur’s 4-0 demolition of Watford.
Forward – Romelu Lukaku (Everton)Embed from Getty Images
Romelu Lukaku moved four goals clear of Kane in the race for the golden boot with another two goals against Leicester. His 23 strikes mean he has now scored one more goal than Middlesbrough have managed all season. The Belgian international sealed the points for the Toffees with his second half brace. Unless Everton can pull off a miracle and finish in the top four, it’s hard to picture Lukaku on Merseyside next season, but Everton won’t complain as performances like this keep adding zeros to his already huge price tag.
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