In Focus: The Premier League stars who lit up Matchday 16
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Cian Cheesbrough
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Joe Willock was Newcastle's match-winner against Chelsea
Joe Willock was Newcastle's match-winner against Chelsea

We were treated to plenty of entertainment during the final weekend of Premier League action before the World Cup. 

Brentford stunned champions Manchester City at the Etihad as Arsenal extended their lead at the top by beating Wolves and Newcastle claimed the scalp of Chelsea.

Tottenham and Manchester United left it late to beat Leeds and Fulham respectively, with Aston Villa securing their first top-flight away win of the season at Brighton.

We pick out the five names who shone brightest for their sides on Matchday 16.

Ivan Toney (Brentford)

The big surprise of the weekend undoubtedly came at the Etihad as Ivan Toney’s stoppage-time winner secured a 2-1 victory for Brentford.

Having already headed the Bees in front in the first half, the 26-year-old was on hand to tap home an excellent move on the counter-attack in the eighth minute of added time.

It was the perfect response from Toney, with his influential display coming just days after missing out on England’s World Cup squad.

On his Three Lions snub, the striker said: "It’s disappointing but, listen, I know what I’m capable of and I won’t let it put me down. I just keep going and keep doing well for Brentford.

"The motivation is the boys in the dressing room and the fans, as you can see."

Ivan Toney gave the perfect response to his England World Cup snub with two goals against Manchester City
Ivan Toney gave the perfect response to his England World Cup snub with two goals against Manchester City

Rodrigo Bentancur (Tottenham)

Tottenham completed another dramatic turnaround to beat Leeds 4-3, with Rodrigo Bentancur the hero once again.

The Uruguayan is fast becoming one of Spurs’ most important players as his fourth and fifth strikes of the season saw the North Londoners edge a seven-goal thriller.

Leeds took the lead on three occasions but the midfielder’s deflected strike drew the home side level with just nine minutes to play.

And then two minutes later, he was in the perfect position to slot home Dejan Kulusevski’s cut-back and send the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium into raptures.

Joe Willock (Newcastle)

As Chelsea’s struggles continued, third-placed Newcastle’s good form showed no signs of slowing down with Joe Willock netting the decisive goal at St James’ Park.

Willock emphatically fired past Edouard Mendy from the edge of the box for a goal worthy of clinching any game just after the hour mark.

Scoring the winner was just reward for a sensational display overall, with the former Arsenal midfielder at the heart of the Magpies’ attacking display against Graham Potter’s men.

While much has been said about Newcastle’s huge financial might, Willock is another example of boss Eddie Howe helping players who were already at the club to reach new heights.

Danny Ings (Aston Villa)

Illness ruled Ollie Watkins out of a tricky-looking trip to Brighton for Aston Villa, but Danny Ings stepped up.

The Villans No9 scored twice to secure an impressive victory on the South Coast, Villa's first away success of the Premier League campaign and their second straight top-flight win under new boss Unai Emery.

Having gone a goal down after only a minute, Ings drew the visitors level with a composed penalty before he rolled the ball past Robert Sanchez for his second-half winner.

With the first of his brace the 100th league goal of his career, the striker will hope to rediscover that regular scoring touch that made him one of the division's deadliest marksmen while at Southampton.

Danny Ings was Aston Villa's hero at Brighton
Danny Ings was Aston Villa's hero at Brighton

Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United)

The final Premier League game for six weeks saw Alejandro Garnacho continue his stunning Manchester United breakthrough at Fulham.

The 18-year-old poked home in stoppage time to hand the Red Devils a 2-1 win at Craven Cottage and keep them within touching distance of fourth place.

Undoubtedly United’s man of the moment on the pitch, the electric winger bagged his fourth goal contribution in as many games.

Manager Erik ten Hag said of the starlet: "I'm really happy that we can bring a young player up and it shows that when players deserve it they get their chances. That is the first one but we have to bring more.

"He's great. I like that he has a big belief and that's great to work with. He likes football. He's a real pleasure."

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