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Joleon Lescott's Premier League stars of Matchday 27
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Anthony Gordon is one of the players who impressed Joleon Lescott

A healthy mix of familiar faces and unheralded heroes feature in my five stars of Premier League Matchday 27.

Read on to see who caught my eye during another dramatic weekend of action.

Harry Wilson

Harry Wilson ran riot in Fulham's convincing victory over Brighton and it's nice to see a player who has always had huge potential starting to deliver the goods regularly.

Wilson was probably a bit unlucky in terms of timing with his boyhood club Liverpool. When he was coming through, the Reds had plenty of depth in midfield.

If he was breaking through as a teenager now, Jurgen Klopp would be throwing him into the thick of things. Timing and circumstances are often a huge factor early in a career.

As it was, he's needed a few loans to find his feet but Fulham are now reaping the rewards — and his form is good news for Wales, too.

Anthony Gordon

I've picked out Anthony Gordon a few times this season but the Newcastle winger was the best player on the pitch in a comfortable win over Wolves.

I cannot praise Anthony's attitude enough, having worked with him first-hand. He's always looking to improve, wanting to play to his maximum capacity and be the best he can be.

There are not many wide players who are that direct nowadays. He effectively says to his defender, 'You either put it out for a throw-in or I'm going past you'. And he's so, so quick.

He played as a No9 for us with England Under-21s and was voted Player of the Tournament at the U-21 Euros last summer, so that shows how versatile he is — he's a brilliant trainer.

On form, he can't be far away from Gareth Southgate's thinking ahead of Euro 2024.

Tomas Soucek

Tomas Soucek made crucial contributions at both ends during West Ham's win at Everton in a performance that showcased exactly what he's all about.

The Hammers have had some classy operators in central midfield recently — Declan Rice and James Ward-Prowse to name two — but Soucek is such a consistent performer.

He's barely ever missed a game since arriving in East London and that availability is a dream for David Moyes, who can really hang his hat on him.

For all the talk about Moyesy's future recently, to be sat seventh in the table and still in Europe is not exactly bad going, is it?

Tomas Soucek was a presence at both ends of the pitch for West Ham at Everton
Tomas Soucek was a presence at both ends of the pitch for West Ham at Everton

Ollie Watkins

Ollie Watkins continued his phenomenal form with two goals in Aston Villa's win at Luton and you'd have to say he's a banker to be on the plane for England this summer.

While he'll know he's likely going to play second fiddle to Harry Kane at international level, no England fan would be disheartened with him leading the line in his current form.

He brings quality, intensity and, most crucially, goals. The touch and finish for his second against the Hatters was the sign of a striker at the top of his game.

He's going from strength to strength under Unai Emery, who you would probably say has been Europe's most impressive boss this season bar Xabi Alonso at Bayer Leverkusen.

Phil Foden

What more can I say about Phil Foden? I'm just delighted to see he's finally getting the recognition he deserves.

This is his best goalscoring season but I don't like to use the term "in-form" when it comes to Phil because I believe that kind of elite performance is his natural level.

The absence of Kevin De Bruyne at times this season is highlighting him more, though I also think Phil is enjoying the added responsibility and really seizing the big moments.

He can do things nobody else can and is probably the most unique player in Pep Guardiola's squad.

Phil Foden had his shooting boots on in the Manchester derby
Phil Foden had his shooting boots on in the Manchester derby

Joleon Lescott was speaking to Matthew Hill


Joleon LescottPremier LeagueHarry WilsonFulhamAnthony GordonNewcastle UnitedTomas SoucekWest Ham UnitedOllie WatkinsAston VillaPhil FodenManchester City
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