Naughton In Team Of The Week (16/5/17)
Swansea City 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 Kyle Naughton in the two nil victory over Sunderland at the weekend at the Stadium of Light 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 Naughton as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'If you are going to score your first goal for the club you might as well make it memorable. You are away from home, desperately needing a win in order for your team's campaign to remain on track and you come up with your best strike of the season. The look on Kyle Naughton's face when his shot screamed past Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was as though he had just won the lottery. That said, Swansea survived this relegation battle to stay in the Premier League and it will feel like it. Swans manager Paul Clement continues to inject great belief in his players. I distinctly remember a pundit claiming that Clement was lucky to have got the job in the first place. Admittedly, his dalliance with Derby County ended badly and his reputation as a coach is currently better than his credentials has a manager but Clement has brought something quite unique with him to the club. Alongside first team coach Claude Makelele - who you would have thought has bigger fish to fry - there appears to be a mental strength matched with a certain courage I have not witnessed amongst Swansea players since the days of Brendan Rodgers. We all need a little luck every now and then but it would seem Paul Clement and Swansea are making their own.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Naughton for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the points.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Kyle Naughton (Swansea City), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), David Luiz (Chelsea), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)