Shawcross In Team Of The Week (30/10/17)
Stoke 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 Ryan Shawcross in the one nil victory over Watford at the weekend at Vicarage Road 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 Shawcross as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'Stoke desperately needed a win at Watford and a strong performance from Ryan Shawcross. Fortunately they got both. The Stoke captain is very capable of being the rock on which a performance is built - but is also very capable of getting himself into terrible defensive tangles at times. Against Watford he was the calm, steady influence we have seen in the past and it provided the Potters with the composure they needed to go on and win the game.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Shawcross for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course taking the win.
Joe Hart (West Ham), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Demarai Gray (Leicester City), Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea).