Colossal’s talents were in the thick of this weekend’s action across both the professional and youth levels over the past few days.
Alex’s seventh goal of the season guided Liverpool in extending their relentless lead at the top of the Premier League with a 22-point gap in a 4-0 home victory over Southampton.
Meanwhile, Tariq displayed his recovery to full fitness with Chelsea’s U23s with another notable display despite opponents Leicester City coming back from 2-0 down to 2-2 with the Blues still top of the Premier League 2 table.
Here is a full rundown of our player’s latest match involvement:
Total Appearances: 7
Total Minutes Played (Normal Time): 537
Player of the Week: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
- Alex scored his second goal in as many games in the 4-0 thrashing of Southampton
- The midfielder’s drilled strike broke the deadlock for Liverpool in the 47th minute
- Alex has contributed largely to the Reds’ unassailable 22-point cushion as league leaders
Alex on target once again for Liverpool having netted against West Ham on Thursday and Southampton on Saturday as the club’s surge towards a first Premier League title continues.
The midfielder provided the world champions with a much-needed spark. As Southampton frustrated the hosts in the first half at Anfield, it took just two minutes for Liverpool to open the scoring after the break thanks to Alex’s powerful effort.
The 26-year-old continued to demonstrate how essential he is to Liverpool’s counter-attacking game with his seventh goal of the season as the Champions League holders went onto thrash the visitors 4-0.
Cody Drameh & Martell Taylor-Crossdale
- Cody and Martell played the entirety of Fulham U23s 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough
- Cody was used at left-back whilst Martell played in a two upfront partnership
- The result sees Fulham remain in 11th place in the PL 2 Division Two table
Cody and Martell were both involved with Fulham U23s on Sunday, with the talented pair completing the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 loss away to Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.
Playing at left-back, Cody showed his threat going forward and was willing to take risks in getting his side back into the encounter with Boro taking the lead five minutes before half-time.
Meanwhile, Martell was unlucky not to get among the goals having been fouled one-on-one with the goalkeeper as defender Nathan Wood was fortunate to escape a red card in a disappointing afternoon for the young Cottagers.
- David made his 25th appearance this season in Crawley’s 3-1 win over Scunthorpe
- The 21-year-old was brought on in the 70th minute in Saturday’s encounter
- Crawley have moved up to 13th in a very competitive League Two table
David marked his 25th appearance of the season with a 20-minute cameo in Crawley Town’s 3-1 home win against Scunthorpe at the People’s Pension Stadium.
David, who has enjoyed plenty of action in his inaugural full season with Crawley’s first team adding extra steeliness for his team, as his introduction on Saturday was key to helping the hosts across the line in earning three crucial points.
Whilst the Red Devils had been slipping down the League Two table towards the end of last year, resolute individual displays such as David’s will help Crawley in their pursuit of chipping away at the 10-point gap between themselves and the play-off places.
- Marvin completed the full 90 minutes of Middlesbrough’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn
- The left-wing-back had the most successful dribbles at the Riverside on Saturday
- Middlesbrough are now seven points clear of the Championship relegation zone
Marvin showed his importance to a Middlesbrough side hovering around the bottom half of the Championship table, completing the entirety of the 1-1 home draw against Blackburn on Saturday.
The 29-year-old has shown his robustness in defence for Boro when featuring in recent games. However, Saturday also showed Marvin’s attacking qualities, with the most successful dribbles (5) of ant player at the Riverside as well as making two key passes.
Even though Boro’s hopes of promotion seem increasingly unlikely, Marvin is taking each game as it comes as his positive form has shown.
- Raheem made his fifth successive appearance in Man City’s 2-0 loss at Tottenham
- At just 5ft6, Raheem won three aerial duels in a physical match in north-London
- Despite this defeat, Raheem’s side still remain second in the Premier League
Whilst Raheem produced another resilient display for Manchester City, it sadly wasn’t to be for the reigning quadruple holders as Tottenham won Sunday’s showdown 2-0 at home.
Raheem was again at the forefront of City’s mesmerising attacking play, with an almost telepathic connection with his teammates, all that lacked was the finish on the night.
Although stats such as Raheem completing three aerial duels to go with two key passes showed signs of determination and creativity, it wasn’t to be for his side who are now 22 points behind Alex’s Liverpool in the top-flight.
- Tariq completed the entirety of Chelsea U23’s 2-2 home draw against Leicester City
- The game in Aldershot was Tariq’s fifth consecutive appearance for the young Blues
- Tariq and his teammates are top of the table despite dropping two points on Friday
Tariq’s individual performance against Leicester City was notable to say the least on Friday night despite his Chelsea U23s letting a 2-0 lead slip to 2-2.
The winger’s trademark pace and power was certainly present in the encounter. A fantastic solo run in the 20th minute stunned the few thousand in attendance at Aldershot’s EBB Stadium with his effort falling just wide of the target.
Having missed the last three months of action through injury in 2019, Tariq already looked to be at his best as this draw means his side still remain leaders in the Premier League 2 table.