Maguire In Team Of The Week (21/8/17)
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 Harry Maguire in the two nil victory over Brighton at the weekend at the King Power 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 Maguire as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'This was almost a complete performance from Harry Maguire against a Brighton team in desperate need of quality. I saw Maguire play for Hull against Chelsea last season at Stamford Bridge and he was outstanding. Since then, he has developed into a Premier League player and looks like making the transition from Hull to Leicester City quite comfortably. During that time he has won admiring comments from pundits like Martin Keown and Gary Lineker. Having worked with both, I can assure you that neither of my BBC colleagues are easily pleased, particularly when it comes to evaluating defenders, with the former an uncompromising centre-back and the latter an exceptional centre-forward. I get the feeling that both would have welcomed the no-nonsense Maguire in their teams. However, Brighton failed to put Maguire under any pressure whatsoever - a feature captured when the camera caught owner Tony Bloom with his head in his hands in frustration, having seen another one of his team's attacks come to nothing. There is one simple solution to all this anguish, Mr Bloom: put your hand in your pocket and bring in the quality the club requires to survive in the best league in the world. Otherwise there will be far more moments like this.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Maguire for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.
Jack Butland (Stoke City), Andrew Robertson (Liverpool), Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Javier Hernandez (West Ham), Jese Rodriguez (Stoke City).