Yoshida In Team Of The Week (3/10/17)
Southampton 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 performance by Maya Yoshida in the two one defeat to Stoke City at the weekend at the Bet365 Stadium 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 Yoshida as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'There may be some of my readers who feel a defender whose team loses is fortunate to be in my side, and they would be right. However Maya Yoshida's equaliser for Southampton against Stoke was so brilliantly taken it deserved selection all by itself. There are very few centre-backs who can execute a volley like Yoshida did. It was the sort of finish that should have earned the Saints a point, and but for some abject defending in the final minutes it would have done. Stoke, on the other hand, stuck to their task after making the awful decision to allow Saido Berahino to take a penalty manufactured by himself. Granted Southampton's Virgil van Dijk, who still looks ring rusty to me, didn't make an awful fuss about the verdict, which tells you something. Nevertheless, Berahino never looked confident as he waited to take the spot-kick. It is hardly surprising Berahino was nervous given he hasn't scored for 30 Premier League games. So why did he, or anyone else for that matter, think converting this penalty was going to be easy? Taking penalties has never been easy and anyone who tells you otherwise has never taken one. Stoke were lucky to come away with this win but I refuse to let Yoshida's brilliant volley be swallowed up by Berahino's penalty miss or Stoke's victory.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Yoshida for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win and that wasn't managed.
Ederson (Manchester City), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).