Islam Slimani didn't take long to make our team of the week
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Some signings take a while to find their feet at a new club. But not Leicester's Islam Slimani, who jumped straight into the task of getting the Foxes' premiership defence back on track by scoring two goals against Burnley. He was one of two Leicester players in our best team this week, with Manchester City and Crystal Palace the other clubs to have dual representation. Crystal Palace captain Scott Dann also wears the armband for our team this round, the second time this season he has claimed that honour. We have gone with a stock-standard 4-4-2 formation.
EPL team of the week: Round five
GK: Fraser Forster (Southampton)
DEF: Christian Fuchs (Leicester), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Scott Dann (Crystal Palace, captain), Seamus Coleman (Everton)
MID: Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
FWD: Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace), Islam Slimani (Leicester)
Fraser Forster (Southampton)
There are rumours Forster's former manager Ronald Koeman is keen to lure the keeper to Everton in the January transfer window, and it is easy to see why after Forster's brilliant save denied a hot Gylfi Sigurdsson chance and ensured his side kept a clean sheet.
Christian Fuchs (Leicester)
Looked like he returned to the impressive form he showed last season in the win over Burnley, being assured at the back and rarely beaten. He also provided the cross for Islam Slimani's opening goal from a free-kick.
Dejan Lovren (Liverpool)
Returned to the side like a man possessed, winning nearly every contest he was involved in down back, using the ball quickly and with precision – and even got on the scoresheet.
Scott Dann (Crystal Palace, captain)
Had no problems dealing with Stoke's attack, and scored yet another goal for his team from a set-piece, marking him as one of the best defenders from set plays in the league.
Seamus Coleman (Everton)
Apart from the Middlesbrough goal that should never have been allowed to stand, given Alvaro Negredo clearly forced the ball out of Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg's hands, Everton didn't allow their opponents a single shot on target. Coleman can take a good deal of the credit for that, and he also provided a brilliant run and goal to boot.
Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion)
The Belgian opened his Baggies account against West Ham by scoring two goals, one from a penalty and the match sealer in a 4-2 win. He was deservedly named man of the match for his efforts, and you get the feeling it might be the first of many.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Was involved in nearly everything as Manchester City comprehensively dismantled Bournemouth, getting on the scoresheet with a clever free-kick that he put under a jumping wall, and providing an assist for two of the team's other three goals.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Can consider himself unlucky just to score the solitary goal against Bournemouth, as he was constantly creating chances, and also provided a wonderful assist for Kelechi Iheanacho's goal.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Was able to present as a serious attacking force once Hull were reduced to 10 men, scoring a goal and getting involved in plenty of the play.
Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace)
Provided the assist for Dann's goal and got on the scoresheet with the goal of the game in the 4-1 rout of Stoke City.
Islam Slimani (Leicester)
He didn't come cheap at £29 million, but in his league debut against Burnley he proved he was worth every cent, heading home the first two goals for the Foxes in a 3-0 victory.
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