Premier League Team of Week 3: Costa, Sterling, Schneiderlin and Moreno Star
Welcome to the third installment of our Premier League Team of the Week for the 2014-15 season.
Here we analyse every game and pick out a star XI, choosing the best players in each position to meld a workable formation (in this case, a 4-2-3-1).
Swansea City are well represented after they made it three wins from three on Saturday, while Liverpool also have two nominations after their epic win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
There were so many considerations this week that we've also included a bench.
GK: Robert Green, Queens Park Rangers
Robert Green made three key saves to keep Queens Park Rangers' sheet clean on Saturday, and in the process he secured a much-needed victory over Sunderland.
The Black Cats failed to create many clear-cut chances, which left Green redundant for much of the game, but when he was required to save the day, he made his presence known.
One of his saves, in particular, was a phenomenal stretching stop.
RB: Angel Rangel, Swansea City
Angel Rangel has been a top-three right-back at the start of this season, playing the same way he always has and looking silky smooth across the ground.
He's a reliable defender and broke up play nicely against West Bromwich Albion, sparking attacks on the right but never overcommitting to the detriment of the team.
CB: Ryan Shawcross, Stoke City
Ryan Shawcross was back to his iron-like best at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, helping Stoke City to an improbable clean sheet and victory over Manchester City.
The Potters were disciplined in defence and allowed their opponents no space, with Shawcross flying in for a few key blocks and tackles when required.
He's had a quietly excellent start to the season.
CB: Steven Caulker, Queens Park Rangers
Steven Caulker played a nice, calm match against Sunderland and managed to keep Steven Fletcher quiet all game. Gus Poyet shuffled his pack and played Connor Wickham centrally later on, but he couldn't find a way past the former Spurs man either.
Queens Park Rangers had to defend for long periods in the second half and were placed under a lot of pressure, so it was impressive that they emerged with a clean sheet.
Caulker was the pick of the bunch.
LB: Alberto Moreno, Liverpool
Alberto Moreno was at fault for at least one goal against Manchester City, but he made up for it at White Hart Lane on Sunday with a stunning solo effort to seal Liverpool's win.
He dispossessed Andros Townsend in his own half, seared 50-plus yards and fired a wicked, low effort into the far corner past Hugo Lloris.
Hell of a way to endear yourself to a committed travelling faithful.
CM: David Jones, Burnley
David Jones put in one hell of a shift in midfield for Burnley on Saturday afternoon, helping his side stifle Manchester United and ruin Angel Di Maria's debut.
The Clarets secured a priceless point at home to the Premier League giants, kept a well-earned clean sheet and went close a few times via long-range strikes.
Jones was the key cog making it all run smoothly.
CM: Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton
Morgan Schneiderlin was fantastic for Southampton again, putting his transfer disappointment behind him and notching his first brace for the club.
His dominant statistics for the win over West Ham will only further enamor opposing managers to him as a player—he posted a 92 per cent pass accuracy, seven tackles and 114 touches, per WhoScored.com.
It looks as though Saints have managed to keep hold of him for at least the next four months, what with Benjamin Stambouli nailing his medical at Tottenham Hotspur, per ESPN. He's a monstrous midfielder and could slot into Arsenal's setup with ease, so to have him around a little longer is a massive bonus for Ronald Koeman.
AM: Nathan Dyer, Swansea City
Nathan Dyer has three goals in three games in a new-look Swansea City side, excelling from the right wing and contributing to three impressive wins.
His performance against West Bromwich Albion was his best to date, and BBC Sport's Garth Crooks agreed and slotted him into his own weekly selection:
This young man isn't just playing some lovely football at the moment, he's also scoring some fabulous goals. The diminutive Dyer's finish for his first goal in the 3-0 win over West Brom was exquisite. His form, along with that of Wayne Routledge, is making a massive difference for Garry Monk's side. For Swansea, the best things seem to come in small packages at the moment.
AM: Raheem Sterling, Liverpool
Raheem Sterling was in ridiculous form once again at White Hart Lane, dribbling past Tottenham players for fun and enjoying huge amounts of freedom at the tip of a midfield diamond.
His opening goal sparked a bit of a rout in truth, sliding home at the back post to pave the way for a rip-roaring showing from the visiting Reds.
If he'd have converted after a late mazy dribble in which he beat four players, he'd unquestionably be player of the week.
AM: Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea City
Gylfi Sigurdsson has been at the heart of everything for Swansea City so far this season, and Garry Monk breathing confidence into the Icelandic international has produced early rewards.
Giving the former Reading playmaker the keys to the attack in a varied No. 10 role, he dips in and out of every attack and already has a goal and four assists to his name.
His second spell has thus far been better than his first.
ST: Diego Costa, Chelsea
Diego Costa made it four goals in three Premier League showings and put in a complete centre-forward display on Saturday evening.
He bagged his first goal against Everton inside the first minute and rounded off the victory with his second (and Chelsea's sixth) in the dying seconds.
He defends, he dribbles, he shoots clinically and commands from the front.
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