van La Parra In Team Of The Week (7/11/17)
Huddersfield Town 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 Rajiv van La Parra in the one nil victory over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend at the John Smith's 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 van La Parra as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'I couldn't possibly select my TOTW without including what must be a candidate for the goal of the season. Rajiv van La Parra's match-winner against West Brom was such a glorious effort I could watch it a thousand times and not get bored. I had to see the strike from the camera angle behind the goal to really appreciate the quality of the finish - it gives you a much greater appreciation of how La Parra collects the ball, takes a look at the target, lines up the shot and executes it with such excellent precision. Ben Foster could only watch the ball fly past him into the top left-hand corner of the net. West Brom were unlucky to lose against the Terriers, and had it not been for Jonas Lossl they wouldn't have done. The Huddersfield goalkeeper was superb in the final minutes of the match. David Wagner and his boys are having one hell of a ride at the moment, buoyed by their marvellous fans. How long it continues depends on the ambitions of the club. Staying in the Premier League can be extremely expensive, but the rewards can be immense. Huddersfield clearly have the right man at the helm - the question I would pose is: Do they have the right men in the boardroom?'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to van La Parra for their recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.
Nick Pope (Burnley), Steve Cook (Bournemouth), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Lewis Dunk (Brighton), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).