Mariappa In Team Of The Week (25/9/17)
Watford 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 Adrian Mariappa in the two one victory over Swansea City at the weekend at the Liberty Stadium 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 Mariappa as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'With the game tightly poised at 1-1 you had to display nerves of steel if you were a defender in either of the Swansea or Watford teams. However, it was Adrian Mariappa who showed the sort of courage that wins matches. It was Mariappa's block on Tammy Abraham that won Watford the points. The challenge was so emphatic by the Watford defender I don't think a Chieftain tank could have got past him. What a contrast in Swansea's defensive ranks; Roque Mesa messed up big time with a square pass inside his own defence that started the calamity, only for Alfie Mawson to uncharacteristically lose his nerve and not win the ball overran by the eventual goalscorer Richarlison. Some pundits thought, with a minute to go, Mawson should have brought Richarlison down but the Brazilian's touch was so poor prior to his eventual finish that Mawson didn't need to be so dramatic - he just had to win the ball. This defeat by Watford clearly left manager Paul Clement extremely frustrated but if he can sort Wilfred Bony out and get his confidence back then, with Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew, they should have enough firepower to stay in the league.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Mariappa for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Adrian Mariappa (Watford), Leroy Sane (Manchester City), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Phillipe Coutinho (Liverpool), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Oumar Niasse (Everton), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham).