Date: 27th November 2017 at 7:44am
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Crystal Palace 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 Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the two one victory over Stoke City at the weekend at Selhurst 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 Loftus-Cheek as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘I must say this player has surprised me. I saw him play for Chelsea and wondered what all the fuss was about. He seemed to have all the touches but little steel and no change of pace. However, since his arrival at Crystal Palace, and his debut for England, I have detected a growing confidence and a player who is prepared to take more responsibility. If Loftus-Cheek is the future of English football, and some think he may be, he needs to be running games – and, even though he makes my team, I haven’t seen that yet. What I did see against Stoke, however, was a determination to try to dig Palace out of their current situation. Even against Germany, the media plaudits smacked of disingenuous praise and he would be much better served listening to Palace coach Ray Lewington and manager Roy Hodgson, who know a thing or two about football, rather than false flattery and newspaper headlines. That said, Loftus Cheek is definitely an emerging talent and I am looking forward to seeing this lad run football matches in the future. If he can do that then he might be spoken about in the same breath as Bryan Robson and Kevin Keegan, who did carry English football on their backs for 10 years.’

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

Full Team:

Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Will Hughes (Watford), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City).

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