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Race to POTY – Matchday 2

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@DaveTindallgolf‘s Race to the Premier League Player of the Year after Matchday 2.

1/ Sergio Aguero  

(Last week: N/A)

Three for Aguero in the 6-1 win over Huddersfield and we have our first Premier League hat-trick of the season. It’s his ninth at this level and only Alan Shearer has more in the top flight. Amazingly, he only made the Premier League team of the year for the first time last season and, on Sunday’s performance, he’s not going to be shifted. If you think it was only Huddersfield, Pep was positively raving about his striker afterwards. “I never saw him like this since I was here,” Guardiola said. “He is in an incredible condition with the ball and without the ball.”

2/ Virgil Van Dijk 

(Last week: N/A)

Cruised through Liverpool’s opener at home to West Ham and a man-of-the-match performance against Crystal Palace on Monday night. Cool in possession and won so many crucial headers from set-pieces, the one in injury-time setting off the breakaway from which Liverpool clinched the match. Two clean sheets for the Merseysiders so far and the big Dutchman is the chief reason why.

3/ Richarlison

(Last week: 2)

Nope, his two-goal salvo on opening day wasn’t just a one-off dream debut, the Brazilian youngster was at it again in the 2-1 win over Southampton, his thumping header doubling Everton’s lead. What’s more, those three strikes account for 75% of Everton’s goals so far. He’s not just adding icing and cherries, he’s making the difference and winning points.

4/ Sadio Mane

(Last week: 1)

Shares top spot in the race for the Golden Boot alongside Aguero and Richarlison after keeping his composure to score Liverpool’s late second at Crystal Palace. It’s not quite happening for Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino – just one goal between them – yet but Mane has hit the ground running and looks the Reds’ most lively frontman so far.

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5/ Benjamin Mendy

(Last week: N/A)

The Premier League’s leading assist maker with three in two games. He set up both in City’s opener and added another in Sunday’s 6-1 romp over Huddersfield. That tally of three is already more than City’s collection of left-backs managed in the whole of last season. City were already the best; the fit-again Frenchman is giving them an added dimension.

6/ Callum Wilson

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Tipped by some for relegation, Bournemouth have six points out of six and Callum Wilson is a huge reason why. 1-0 down at the London Stadium, he turned the game by running through the entire West Ham defence and slotting home. That’s two goals in two games.

7/ Neil Etheridge

(Last week: N/A)

At this rate, Etheridge – the first Filipino to play in the Premier League – will save 38 penalties this season…. and Cardiff will still get relegated. It’s two in two now and Saturday’s stop in injury-time to deny Newcastle’s Kenedy gave the Bluebirds a precious first point.

8/ Pedro

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He’s been on the fringes during his Chelsea career but, following a goal at Huddersfield, he added the opener in the 3-2 win over Arsenal. A good way to impress new boss Maurizio Sarri.

9/ David Silva

(Last week: N/A)

A new entry this week after sitting out City’s opener. Showed his brilliant best in the 6-1 Huddersfield win, curling home a superb free-kick.

10/ Eden Hazard

(Last week: N/A)

Just cameos so far but he’s still made a mark with a pair of assists. The second set up Marcos Alonso’s winner at home to Arsenal on Saturday.

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