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1. TROY DEENEY (WATFORD) – 7.65
The Hornets hitman scored a brace as Quique Sanchez Flores’ men won 2-1 at Crystal Palace to move up to eighth in the Premier League table.
Deeney showed excellent composure from the penalty spot to open the scoring for his team in the 16th minute and he latched onto Ben Watson’s cross to net the winner seven minutes from time.
The 27-year-old’s performance merited a man of the match accolade and he has now scored eight goals this season.
Good day at the office yesterday massive result for the team enjoy your weekend people ✌?️ pic.twitter.com/xeB5RiPmgy— Troy Deeney (@T_Deeney) February 14, 2016
2. N’GOLO KANTE (LEICESTER) – 7.50
The Frenchman has been a rock at the heart of the league leaders’ midfield this term and has made a big impression during his first season in England.
Kante, who signed for Claudio Ranieri’s men from Caen last summer, delivered a master-class of accurate passing and tough tackling to win the ball back for his team – which prompted ex-Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand to tweet:
Right now, Kante is the best tackler/retriever of the ball on the planet.— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) February 14, 2016
Although Kante’s efforts were in the end not enough to help the Foxes salvage a draw at the Emirates, the 24-year-old’s midfield engine will be crucial between now and the end of the season if they are to land the title.
3. PEDRO (CHELSEA) – 7.38
Despite enduring a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard provided a timely reminder of his world-class talent with a brace in the 5-1 home thrashing of Newcastle United.
The former Barcelona star showed pace, trickery and a clinical touch in front of goal – scoring his first after capitlising on a wayward cross-field pass and then linking-up with Cesc Fabregas for his fourth league goal of the campaign.
Pedro, 28, will be a key man for the Blues in the run-in as they look to stretch their 10-match unbeaten streak.
Great game by the team today. Happy with the goals and winning confidence for upcoming challenges. Come on Blues! pic.twitter.com/KVaNfywReO— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) February 13, 2016
4. CLAUDIO YACOB (WEST BROM) – 7.25
The Argentine defensive midfielder was a rock for Tony Pulis’ side as West Brom claimed a valuable 1-0 victory at Everton.
Yacob kept Ross Barkley under a tight leash and marshalled Toffees central pair Gareth Barry and James McCarthy well during the Baggies’ first victory in six matches.
5. SHANE LONG (SOUTHAMPTON) – 7.15
Republic of Ireland star Shane Long scored a second-half headed winner as Southampton continued their rich vein of form in the Premier League.
The striker was on hand in the penalty area to turn in James Ward-Prowse’s exquisite, pin-point cross in the 69th minute to stretch the south coast club’s unbeaten run to six matches.
Long’s form up front has limited new signing Charlie Austin to action from the substitutes’ bench since his arrival from the Championship.