Date: 11th December 2017 at 7:03pm
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Leicester City 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 Riyad Mahrez in the three two victory over Newcastle United at the weekend at St James’ Park 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 Mahrez as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘Since the arrival of manager Claude Puel, who has a reputation for getting star players who have lost their shine to glisten again, Riyad Mahrez has looked something like the player who won the PFA Footballer of the Year in 2015/16. His pass to Marc Albrighton for Demarai Gray’s goal cut Newcastle to ribbons. Mahrez then forced a great save from goalkeeper Karl Darlow before he stole the ball in midfield and set his side free on a raid that finished in the back of the Newcastle net. Puel was quick to state this victory over the Magpies was not one of his team’s best performances, but I saw elements of the same vigour and excitement that were evident when they won the Premier title. Will we ever see the like of that again? As for Newcastle’s third consecutive defeat, how long will it be before Rafa loses patience and packs his bags?’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Mahrez for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the points.

Full Team:

Ederson (Manchester City), Ashley Williams (Everton), Winston Reid (West Ham), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), David Silva (Manchester City), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

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