Gross In Team Of The Week (12/9/17)
Brighton 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 Pascal Gross in the three one victory over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend at the Amex 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 Gross as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'I heard Brighton boss Chris Hughton say on Football Focus this weekend how he was realistic enough to accept that he is in a different league to quite a number of teams in the Premier League. Well, the reality is he is in the same league whether he likes it or not and he had better tell his owners the truth - Brighton will not survive the season unless they buy in the January transfer window, having failed to make an impact in August. Make no mistake, Brighton's victory over West Brom was a fantastic effort, particularly under the circumstances. But don't be fooled, this Brighton side is not good enough to survive in its current state. Gross' brilliant two-goal performance against the Baggies is merely papering over the cracks. Even Tony Pulis, who is normally very protective of his players in public, had to come clean and criticise their attitude after the game. Brighton cannot survive on the occasional charitable offer from teams who can't be bothered and that's what West Brom's performance amounted to. Other teams, even in the league Hughton and his owners think they are in, won't be offering such lame performances as West Brom in the future.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Gross for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur), Pascal Gross (Brighton), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Choupo-Moting (Stoke City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)