Man Utd's Romelu Lukaku and Tottenham's Christian Eriksen make our Premier League Team of the Week

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Two top stars: Lukaku and Eriksen.

The return of the Premier League was certainly worth the long summer wait!

31 goals from the first 10 matches has really set the pulses rating for what the next 37 rounds of action has in store!

Here, Sport360 selects our Team of the Week from week one.

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KASPER SCHMEICHEL (LEICESTER CITY)


ARSENAL 4-3 LEICESTER



  • The Dane made six saves in the defeat at the Emirates – more than any other goalkeeper over the course of the Premier League weekend.

  • Leicester need Schmeichel in top form this term as they seek to build again following an indifferent campaign last time out as defending champions.


Came under fire from the Gunners but stood up to the task exceedingly well, making a string of high-class saves that didn’t merit him being on the losing side at the end of 90 minutes.


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City directs his defence during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Had a lot to do in north London: Schmeichel.


ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (ARSENAL)


ARSENAL 4-3 LEICESTER



  • Completed eight dribbles against the 2016 Premier League champions – only once has he managed more than that during a single match in his entire career.

  • Six-up: The Ox won all of his aerial duels (3) and tackles (3) at the Emirates.


The Englishman was everywhere for the hosts, marauding from the left-flank and knitting together Arsenal’s forward play to great effect. Speculation over his future is still creating headlines but Arsene Wenger needs the 23-year-old to stay put.


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain running with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Back to his best: Versatile midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain.


PHIL JONES (MAN UNITED)


MANCHESTER UNITED 4-0 WEST HAM UNITED



  • The 25-year-old didn’t shirk his responsibilities, winning each of his three aerial battles and two one-on-one tackles.

  • Jones also enjoyed a 92 per cent pass completion success rate and helped provide United with a platform in which to build from the back.


A rock at central defensive alongside Eric Bailly, Jones may not receive the plaudits of some but he is set to be a key man for Jose Mourinho’s men this season.


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Javier Hernandez of West Ham United attempts to cross as Phil Jones of Manchester United attempts to block during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on August 13, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jones nullified the threat of new Hammer Javier Hernandez.


AHMED HEGAZI (WEST BROM)


WEST BROM 1-0 BOURNEMOUTH



  • One from one: The Egyptian star marked his Premier League bow with a headed winner for Tony Pulis’ side.

  • He was named man-of-the-match and helped the Baggies keep a clean sheet, making a string of crucial interceptions on Saturday.


The 26-year-old may not be a household name but on this evidence, he is determined to turn his loan spell from Cairo-based side El Ahly into a permanent move come next summer.


WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Ahmed Hegazi of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and AFC Bournemouth at The Hawthorns on August 12, 2017 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images,)

A debut to remember for Hegazi.


KYLE WALKER-PETERS (TOTTENHAM)


NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-2 TOTTENHAM



  • The 20-year-old’s marauding runs from the right were crucial for Spurs – the youngster’s performance belied his years at St James’ Park.

  • Walker-Peters sent in plenty of menacing crosses and wasn’t afraid to receive the ball at any one moment.


Man-of-the-match on your debut for your boyhood club, it doesn’t get much better…does it? As far as namesakes go – who needs the other Kyle Walker now.


NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Christian Atsu of Newcastle United and Kyle Walker-Peters of Tottenham Hotspur battle for possession during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Walker-Peters was a World Cup winner with England Under-20s earlier this summer.


NEMANJA MATIC (MAN UNITED)


MANCHESTER UNITED 4-0 WEST HAM UNITED



  • The Serbian completed seven dribbles against the Hammers – more than he had managed in 90 minutes during any of his 121 Premier League appearances for Chelsea.

  • Matic also enjoyed more touches and passes than anyone else on the pitch.


Why did Antonio Conte let him go? The Blues could rue selling the midfielder to their title rivals for £40m. He brought a whole new dimension to United’s midfield and freed up Paul Pogba to stride forward.


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Nemanja Matic of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on August 13, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Matic broke-up the play that led to Romelu Lukaku’s opener.


CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (TOTTENHAM)


NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-2 TOTTENHAM



  • Eriksen was unplayable on Sunday – bagging two assists as Tottenham showed once again why they are in the mix for the Premier League title.

  • Indeed, no player has assisted more than the 25-year-old (30) in the English top flight since the start of the 2015-16 season.


While he has been linked with a move to Barcelona, it is vital Tottenham keep hold of Eriksen – a player whose creativity is among the best in world football. If he continues to fire this term, Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be right up there at the top come what May.


NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides second goal with Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Eriksen also had more shots and completed more crosses than any other player on Tyneside.


DAVID SILVA (MAN CITY)


BRIGHTON 0-2 MANCHESTER CITY



  • Pulled the strings as usual and barely put a foot wrong as he helped Man City breach the deadlock against a resilient Seagulls outfit.

  • Operated brilliantly in tandem with Kevin de Bruyne, with boss Pep Guardiola urging his team-mates to get Silva on the ball as much as possible.


He might have a new clean shaven look this season, but it’s the same old Spaniard. The 31-year-old is still arguably the best technician in the Premier League and proved that with his through pass that led to Sergio Aguero’s important opener.


BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: David Silva of Manchester City in action during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester City at Amex Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

What a talent: Silva is into his eighth season in Manchester.


SAM VOKES (BURNLEY)


CHELSEA 2-3 BURNLEY



  • A brace – two very well-taken finishes – put the Clarets in cruise control at the Bridge and Vokes’ goals will once again prove crucial in his team’s plight this season.

  • The 27-year-old also became the first player to scored in four consecutive Premier League appearances for Burnley.


Vokes’ two-goals in west London helped create the result of the weekend and if the former Bournemouth man can better last season’s 12-goal haul, then Burnley will be in a strong position.


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Sam Vokes of Burnley celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Burnley team mates during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

What a win for Burnley: The champions were downed at the Bridge.


ROMELU LUKAKU (MAN UNITED)



  • After his debut brace at Old Trafford, Lukaku has now scored 11 goals in 13 Premier League appearances against West Ham. He simply loves facing the Hammers.

  • The £75m man hit a top speed of 21.5mph in a Red Devils shirt and worked well in tandem with great mate Pogba.


Fantasy football players around the world were delighted to see Lukaku hit the ground running, and on this evidence, the Belgian star is set to be a world-beater this season. Looks sharper than ever and ready to deliver the goods for Mourinho’s men.


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on August 13, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

At home already: Lukaku.


STEVE MOUNIE (HUDDERSFIELD)


CRYSTAL PALACE 0-3 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN



  • Mounie’s idol is apparently former Chelsea legend Didier Drogba – and after netting twice on his Premier League debut – he couldn’t have got off to a better start as he seeks to follow in his footsteps.

  • The 22-year-old has interestingly scored the second-most headed goals (7), behind Andrea Belotti (10), in Europe’s top leagues since the start of last season.


The Terriers’ win at Selhurst Park was one of the shocks of the opening weekend and the 22-year-old striker played a huge part in it. Mounie impressed with both his work-rate and physical presence up top for the away side.


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Steve Mounie of Huddersfield Town celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park on August 12, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

A superb start to life in England for Mounie.




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Diego Costa blasts Antonio Conte after Chelsea exile

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Antonio Conte and Diego Costa.

Diego Costa has criticised Antonio Conte’s treatment of him this summer and pleaded with Chelsea to allow him to join Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old claims he was told he was not wanted via text message by Conte at the end of last season but has yet to leave the club.

Costa said he was happy at Stamford Bridge until Conte made it clear he had no future in the Italian’s team, and now wants to return to the club he left to join Chelsea in 2014.

The striker has not returned for training as he does not want to train with the club’s reserves and is happy training in Brazil until his future is resolved.

“I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free. I didn’t want to leave. I was happy. When the manager does not want you, you have to go,” he told the Daily Mail.

“In January, things happened with the coach. I was on the brink of renewing my contract and they put the brakes on it. I suspect the manager was behind it. He asked for that to happen.

“They gave me a week extra off but since then it’s fines all the way. They want me training with the reserves. I am not going to do that. I am not a criminal and I am not in the wrong here. So, if they need to fine me, let them fine me.”

Costa, who said he feels Conte “doesn’t possess charisma”, was angry with how he was told to leave.

He added: “There are ways of going about it. You don’t do it by text message. You should be honest and direct to someone’s face.”

Costa hopes to sort his future out quickly but is prepared to miss a year of playing rather than move somewhere other than Atletico, who are under a transfer embargo until January.

He said: “My desire is to go to Atletico. I have rejected other offers. They want to sell me to China or other teams. If I’m off, I’m going to the club I want to go to – not the club that’s paying the most.

“I am open to being a year in Brazil without playing, even if Chelsea fine me for a year and don’t pay me. I’ll come back stronger. If I was in the wrong, I’d go back now and do as they say.”

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Who are this season's Premier League dark horses? Our writers make their predictions

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The 2017/18 Premier League season kicked off on Friday as Arsenal beat Leicester City and our team of writers have put their necks on the line and picked their dark horses for the new campaign.

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