Best Premier League players: Game week 3

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Gameweek three saw Chelsea and Swansea continue their unbeaten runs with impressive performances while Manchester City where knocked down a peg by Mark Hughes’ Stoke side and Liverpool dispatched Spurs with relative ease.

This weekend saw a number of outstanding individual performances and I’ve highlighted five players who were most effective in their sides wins over the Premier League weekend.

Diego Costa

Costa became the first Chelsea player since Adrian Mutu to score four goals in his first three games after grabbing two goals as Chelsea put six past Everton at Goodison Park.

Costa scored his first goal of the game after a well times run saw him latch onto Cesc Fabregas’ perfectly weighted through ball and placed a powerful right-footed strike through the legs of Everton keeper Tim Howard.

Mourinho’s £32 million summer acquisition claims his second of the game and fourth of the season in the 90th minute, a mistake from Muhamed Besic allowed Didier Drogba to play Costa in who created a yard of extra space with a clever overstep before slotting home a low angled finish.

It wasn’t just Costa’s goal scoring ability that impressed this weekend, but his contribution to the team was unquestionable. On a number of occasions you could find Costa inside his own half, and inside his own box making an effective contribution to his sides defensive performance.

During the game Costa made two interceptions as well as making 2/2 successful clearances and won four out of the five tackles he attempted.

Ryan Shawcross

Shawcross gave a true captain's performance at the heart of the Stoke defence as his side handed the reigning champions their first defeat of the season.

Mark Hughes sent his side out with a clear game plan and under the leadership of Shawcross they executed it to perfection. Manchester City where always going to dominate this game but Stoke set up to defend and did with a lot of success.

Throughout the match stoke where excellent as a whole defensively, but Shawcross stood out and finished the game with almost perfect stats.

During the 90 minutes Shawcross made four interceptions as well as making two blocks, he also won 3/3 tackles, 8/8 clearances, 5/5 aerial clearances and impressively won 4/4 aerial duels.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Sigurdsson has been the main man this season on his return to Swansea and so far has been involved in every goal they’ve scored.

The attacking midfielder has been at the heart of all Swansea’s forward play this season and this didn’t change against West Bromwich Albion, in just the second minute he played a cute back heel through to Nathan Dyer who rounded the keeper and slotted home.

He claimed his second assist mid-way through the second half when he again played a clever through ball to Dyer who finished with the confidence and precision of a winger who has now scored three in his last two games.

The 24-year-old Icelandic midfielder ended the game with 88% pass completion rate completing 50/57 passes and will hope to carry his form into this weekend’s clash with Chelsea who both look to continue their unbeaten run.

Morgan Schneiderlin

Schneiderlin gave the kind of performance that reminded fans why he was so heavily sought after this summer as he scored a goal either side of half-time to secure his sides 3-1 victory over West Ham.

Schneiderlin’s afternoon didn’t get off to a great start when he was robbed of possession in midfield before Mark Noble’s 30 yard effort found the back of the net. The central midfielder made up for his mistake when he found himself free at the far post from a Tadic free-kick. He saw his first effort blocked but then expertly curled his second just inside the far post.

Schneiderlin grabbed his second in the 68th minute when Ward-Prowase took a quick corner to the french international who turned his effort inside the near post to punish sloppy defending from the hammers.

The Frenchman was outstanding all afternoon for Saints and his passing was continuously at the highest level.

He ended the afternoon with an impressive 92% pass accuracy to go with his two goals and Ronald Koeman would have been delighted with his star players contribution.

Nathan Dyer

After scoring the winner in the mid-week league cup clash with Rotherham, Dyer continued where he left off latching onto a Sigurdsson through ball in the second minute, calmly rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into an empty net from a tight angle.

Dyer was a menace throughout the game with West Brom’s backline failing to deal with his face and direct running, in the 71st minute he latched onto another Sigurdsson through ball outpacing the defence and finishing with the confidence of a natural goal scorer.

The midfielder’s two goals where his only two efforts in the match and his direct pace caused problems throughout as he completed just under 50% off his attempted take-ons.

Dyer also finished the game with stand-out passing stats ending with a 91% completion rate but will be disappointed he didn’t find a team-mate with any of his five attempted crosses.

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