Hazard has re-found his best form under Antonio Conte.

Jamie Redknapp selects his Premier League team of the weekend

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It was a contrasting weekend for two strikers on the blue and red side of Manchester. While Marcus Rashford proved to Jose Mourinho that he can confidently compete with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney for a starting role, Sergio Aguero was facing a three-match ban.

The Argentine appeared to elbow West Ham's Winston Reid in the face, making the headlines for all the wrong reasons after failing to get on the scoresheet. However, it was more promising for the striker's teammate Raheem Sterling, whose brace helped seal three points.

Meanwhile, in his column for the Daily Mail, Jamie Redknapp made it a first, by crediting a player's impact without him even taking to the field. The former Liverpool backed up Moussa Dembele's impact on Tottenham and, in particular, Harry Kane, who has yet to score this season.


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The Belgian is currently out of action following a six-match suspension that carried over from last season, but the influential midfielder, Redknapp believes, could have been the difference in Spurs taking all three points from their 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday.

"I felt he was the one player Spurs were lacking who could have made the difference against Liverpool on Saturday." said Redknapp.

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And another midfielder's impact has been put into question this week, but for different reasons. Jack Wilshere has been left out of Sam Allardyce's first England squad, and it can't be argued with, considering the 24-year-old has started all three of the Gunners games from the bench this season.

Santi Cazorla was upset by Arsene Wenger's decision to overlook him for a start on the opening day of the season against Liverpool, but after the Spaniard's excellent performance in a comfortable 3-1 at Watford he now, too, is favoured ahead of Wilshere, who Redknapp believes should consider his Emirates future.

"At 24, he has to be playing regularly for his club and a change of scenery might be just what Wilshere needs," Redknapp admitted.

However, if Wilshere needs an example of how to turn his stuttering Arsenal career around, he only needs to look across London, towards Eden Hazard.

Back to his best

To say the Belgium winger was a shadow of his normal self last season would be an understatement, but his recovery under new boss Antonio Conte has been miraculous and could be the big difference for Chelsea this season.

Blues fans were almost delirious after Hazard's ninth-minute strike at home to Burnley, something very much of the Hazard of times gone by. Some, in fact, then tipped the 25-year-old to guide Chelsea to the title in Conte's first season in charge, although the likes of Manchester City and United will have something to say about that.

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But while it was a mixed weekend for Michail Antonio, whose West Ham side were defeated at the Etihad, his first England call-up can only be good for his confidence and Hammers boss Slaven Bilic will hope he can return from international duty feeling inspired.

Meanwhile, Premier League champions Leicester City reassured their fans that there is plenty of life left in the Foxes midfield, in the post-N'Golo Kante era, with Danny Drinkwater performing superbly, leading the Foxes their first win of the season, and a springboard from which Claudio Ranieri's side can build upon.


"He’s continued his superb form and got back into the England squad," said Redknapp. "He was at the heart of Leicester’s excellent first half against Swansea and laid on yet another assist for Jamie Vardy."

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And another Englishman, who will also be hoping to earn himself an England recall, Jay Rodriguez, did nothing to damage his international aspirations, with his first goal since March 2014 following a gruelling 30-month battle with injury.

"I’ve been in his shoes" Redknapp admitted. "Sometimes you wonder if you’ll ever get back to your best — so I know how good that goal will have felt. His celebration summed it up — he didn’t really know what to do!"

Redknapp's Team of the Week: Tom Heaton; Ahmed Elmohamady, Winston Reid, John Stones, Danny Rose; Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, Cristhian Stuani; Sam Vokes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Aguero.

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