Premier League Gameweek 6: Five of the best performers

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The Premier League lived up to all its potential last weekend with some cracking games filled with cracking goals.

Phil Jagielka, Charlie Austin and Graziano Pelle all gave their best efforts to win goal of the season scoring spectacular goals for their sides.

The Merseyside derby had spills and thrills to the very end while the North London derby saw Spurs and Arsenal give their all to be the pride of North London.

Manchester City tried their best to avoid a win against Hull throwing away a 2-0 lead before going onto win 4-2 and Manchester United got back to winning ways despite the best efforts of captain Wayne Rooney who was sent off for a petulant kick on Stewart Downing.

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Saido Berahino

Berahino showed all the qualities that prove him to be one of the best young forwards in the league as he grabbed a brace in his sides 4-0 victory against a struggling Burnely side.

The forward netted once in each half to take his tally for the season to five, an impressive return so far for the 21-year-old.

Berahino scored his first in first half added time when he peeled away to the back post and nodded into an empty net after Graham Dorrans flicked on a James Morrison corner.

Dorrans and Berahino combined again in the 56th minute, Berahino was put one on one with Tom Heaton and made no mistake with a tidy finish.

The English striker had five shots during the game with Burnely with his only two on target both resulting in him finding the back of the net.

Berahino's link up play was also excellent, he completed 17 out of 20 attempted passes, a success rate of 85%, but failed to complete any of his three attempted take-ons.  

Younis Kaboul

Often criticised by his own fans, as well as football followers across the country, but Younis Kaboul gave an almost perfect performance when it was needed in the North London derby.

After being appointed captain by new manager Mario Pochettino, Kaboul gave a true captains performance to guide his side to an excellent 1-1 draw at the Emirates.

Kaboul was a commanding force in the centre of defence throughput the match, putting his body on the line for his club making a number of crucial blocks and interceptions.

The veteran centre-back made five interceptions and three blocks throughout the game, as well as completing 10/10 clearances, although he failed to make a single successful tackle during the game. 

Kaboul was also assured on the ball throughout the game, finishing with a pass rate of 75%.

Jason Puncheon

Puncheon may have feared for his future when Neil Warnock was appointed Crystal Palace manager after their previous disagreements, but Puncheon looked a crucial member of Crystal Palace's side this weekend. 

The midfielder created both of Palace's goals as they beat Leicester at Selhurst Park to record back-to-back victories for the first time this season.

The first came in the 51st minute when Puncheon's corner was headed back across the box by Scott Dan and tapped in by Frazer Campbell who had positioned himself perfectly inside the six yard box.

Just three minutes later Puncheon created the second as his free-kick from the left hand side was glanced in by Palace captain Mile Jedinak.

Puncheon completed 71% of his passes and created five chances for his team mates to go with his two assists against Leicester.

The midfielder also attempted nine crosses and five take ons for his side and appeared to be at the centre of almost all Palace's attacking play.

Rafael Da Silva

Rafael was a bright spark for Manchester United throughout their fixture against West Ham.

The Brazilian right back assisted Wayne Rooney's opening goal after some excellent inter-play with Robin Van Persie down the right wing followed by an inch-perfect cross.

The youngster constantly offered an option down the right wing and was constantly trying to get United on the attack.

As well as always offering an attacking option, Rafael was solid defensively and did well to withstand the pressure after Rooney was sent off. 

Rafael has been criticised in the past for his defensive ability and decision making but looked like the complete package against West Ham.

Rafael's performance is reflected in his match day stats, he completed 100% of his crosses, 100% of his take ons and an impressive 94% of his passing.

Defensively the right back successfully made three out of four tackles, four interceptions and eight clearances, rounding off an impressive afternoons work.

Graziano Pelle

Pelle could turn out to be one of the signings of the summer for Ronald Koeman if his current form is anything to go by. 

The Italian forward scored a contender for goal of the season as his side edged past QPR to continue their early season run of form. 

Pelle had been somewhat wasteful with chances earlier on in the game but made no mistake in the 68th minute when, out of almost nothing, he flicked the ball into the air before unleashing a superb overhead kick into the top corner. 

The 29-year-old has already scored four goals in his first six league appearances and looks a bargain at just £8,000,000.

Pelle's sensational effort was his only shot on target during the match but he did create for chances for team mates.

Pelle also completed 76% of his passes with the large majority being completed in the final third of the pitch, where he is most dangerous.

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