Date: 5th January 2017 at 3:38pm
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Stoke 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 Lee Grant in the two nil victory over Watford on Tuesday at the Bet365 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 Grant as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘I do like this keeper. Since the long-term injury to Jack Butland, Lee Grant has deputised brilliantly. Stoke needed their win over Watford particularly after the run-around they got at Stamford Bridge, and the clean sheet will come in handy as well. Stoke City have a history of signing great keepers, notably former England internationals Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton. Although I wouldn’t put Grant in that bracket, he’s proved to be an exceptional acquisition.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Grant for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the three points.

Full Team:

Lee Grant (Stoke City), Angel Rangel (Swansea City), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion), Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Ross Barkley (Everton), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

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