Top three goals of the week
Dmitri Payet (West Ham)
The French winger dribbled through half the Middlesbrough team to score an outstanding individual goal and brighten what has been a dismal start to the season for the Hammers. But where there is Payet, there is hope.
Antonio Colak (Darmstadt)
This was a brilliant volley from the Croatian forward, which was Van Basten-esque in its execution.
Mario Balotelli (Nice)
This was vintage Balotelli, taking a back-heel pass from a teammate, cutting inside his marker and curling a shot into the top corner. Sadly his celebration, for which he was booked, and the subsequent red card was also all too familiar.
Top three players of the week
Diego Alves (Valencia): The goalkeeper is a true penalty specialist, and even though his team lost to Atletico Madrid, he saved spot kicks from Antoine Griezmann and Gabi (who had a 100% record before then). Alves’s current record is 19 saved from 41 kicks, a 46% saving rate. The average is around 20%. Sensational!
Jota (FC Porto): This was the teenage striker’s first start for his on-loan club–he is owned by Atletico Madrid–and he scored a first-half hat trick in Porto’s 4-0 win at Nacional. Not a bad way to mark a debut.
Heung-Min Son (Spurs): He scored the winner for Spurs in its European win at CSKA Moscow and led from the front in Sunday’s win over Manchester City. He is in a rich vein of form, which makes it more surprising when you consider that Spurs almost sold him to Wolfsburg in the summer.