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Garth Crooks' Team of the Week: Hegazi, Noble, Kante, Zaha, Aubameyang

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Manchester City lifted the Premier League trophy after a 0-0 draw with Huddersfield that boosted the Terriers' survival hopes.Elsewhere, Arsenal hammered Burnley 5-0 in Arsene Wenger's final home game in charge, and Olivier Giroud's goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.Stoke were relegated on Saturday after a 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace, West Brom are clinging on after a surprise 1-0 win over Spurs, while Southampton were denied three points by Everton's 96th-minute equaliser.
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Goalkeeper - Ben Foster (West Brom)
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The way Ben Foster is playing at the moment he could make my Team of the Season. The West Bromwich Albion player has been in blistering form under caretaker manager Darren Moore. I don't think I have seen anything quite like this in the Premier League before. Both goalkeeper and manager seem to be performing miracles for the team at the same time. Foster looks unbeatable and Moore seems like the coolest man on the planet in such extraordinary circumstances. If the impossible actually happens and Albion somehow remain in the Premier League, they will have to give Darren Moore not just the job but the freedom of the town.Did you know[/IMG]Defenders - Craig Dawson, Mathias Jorgensen, Ahmed Hegazi, Antonio Rudiger
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[b]Craig Dawson:
Regardless of whether West Brom stay in the Premier League, Craig Dawson must win their player of the season award. He has been magnificent. If he's not putting his body on the line for his team he is in the opposition's penalty area looking to affect the game. It was Dawson who rose above everyone to get his head to the ball in the dying seconds against Spurs in a desperate attempt to score a goal. The ensuing mayhem in Tottenham's goalmouth allowed Livermore to get the final touch and keep West Brom's hopes of staying in the division alive. If Southampton draw with Swansea on Tuesday I might have to find a blue and white scarf and head for Crystal Palace next Sunday!Did you know[/img]
Rudiger, after a difficult start, has had a superb season at Chelsea and been pivotal in their attempt to wrest a Champions League spot from Spurs. There is also something of the Ricardo Carvalho about the way he plays - and he wasn't bad either. [b]Did you know? Rudiger's 10 clearances against Liverpool was the highest such total by a Chelsea player at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League match in 2017-18. The last Blues player to make more in a Premier League game at home was Kurt Zouma v WBA in January 2016 (11).
Midfielders - Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mark Noble, N'Golo Kante
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek: The first thing Roy Hodgson must do, above all else now Crystal Palace have secured their Premier League status, is sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a permanent basis.Chelsea do not appear to have the time or inclination to develop this talent any more than they did Kevin de Bruyne or Mohamed Salah. The on-loan Chelsea midfielder didn't just rain on Stoke City's parade, he sunk it.It was painful to watch. The Palace midfielder is looking more the perfect England replacement for the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with every game.Did you know[/img]
Forwards - Wilfried Zaha, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nathan Redmond
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[b]Wilfried Zaha
: That was another sparkling performance by Zaha against a beleaguered Stoke City.I had the honour of presenting the Ivory Coast international with the Best of Africa team award at a prestigious ceremony in London this week. I couldn't resist the opportunity to ask him would a club like Spurs interest him. A shocked Zaha went to great lengths to tell me how happy he was at Crystal Palace and how much he enjoyed working with Roy Hodgson. I think £70m should do it, and I would gladly drive him there myself.The new Alfie Conn at White Hart Lane if ever I saw it. You can read why I think it's time for Zaha to move on in The Crooks of the Matter below. [b]Did you know[/img]
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Garth Crooks' Team of the Week: Hegazi, Noble, Kante, Zaha, Aubameyang

The Crooks of the matter...
Crystal Palace fans are not going to like what I am about to say but I make no apology for making the argument. It's time Wilfried Zaha went to a big club.I know I have gone on record in previous TOTWs and stated another season under Roy Hodgson would not hurt him, but he's not going to win anything at Palace. He might at Spurs, and he would at Arsenal.Both clubs have a history of fans taking mercurial talent to their hearts. The first time I ever saw Alfie Conn play in front of the Shelf at White Hart Lane I felt their rapport. Similarly at Arsenal, when Charlie George took to the stage at Highbury, the famous North Bank fans applauded in expectation and the love between the two was palpable. Zaha provokes the same emotion.
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Alfie Conn (centre) celebrates scoring for Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in April 1975.When he left for Manchester United in 2013 it was far too early for the Ivorian and the player hadn't come to terms with his prodigious talents. He was like a young King Arthur unable to control Excalibur. But now he is coming to terms with his abilities and ready to make the move to another London club.I raised this issue with a Palace fan recently who was horrified at the suggestion but wasn't afraid to name his price. Every player has one, and at 25 we agreed Zaha's clock was ticking and £70m should do it.Admittedly, the player doesn't score a lot of goals but he wreaks absolute pandemonium in the opposition's ranks.
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I will always be an Arsenal fan - Wenger
Burnley in Europe but who needs what to follow them
Palace and Stoke - how one stayed up and one went down
Some Spurs fans will wonder why I have mentioned Arsenal at all. Well the Gunners have forged a link with Palace players over the years. I can remember Kenny Sansom and Peter Nicholas leaving Selhurst Park for that part of north London in the '80s, followed by Ian Wright a decade later. All had amazing careers at the club, and I can see Zaha having a similar effect, particularly now the Gunners have lost the services of Alexis Sanchez. That said, Arsenal - with the imminent departure of Arsene Wenger - are in a state of flux and need reassembling. Tottenham, on the other hand, lack a cutting edge, not to mention a winning mentality, and need to win something quickly. So does Zaha. They have a new stadium to fill and require a new Alfie Conn to entertain them. I think Zaha's the man.
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