Across the globe, we are fortunate enough to have a range of exceptional players and well-developed sides. At times we forget how much of a luxury this is therefor we believe its time to highlight some of the best and worst moments on the pitch each week.
Strike Of The Week – Gerard Deulofeu (Watford vs Wolves)
The strike of the week came from ex Barcelona and Everton winger is having his best ever league campaign this year with Watford. He has scored seven and set up five in 25 games. After impressing at Barcelona when he was younger but struggling to get in the side over the likes of Messi and Neymar, Everton signed the Spaniard on loan and then made it permanent a year later. Deulofeu struggled at Everton only managing to score five times in 62 games. He struggled to stay at a club but it seems as though he is settled and doing well at Watford. He is enjoying his best season in terms of goals and assists and it putting in some great performances for the Hornets.
His goal came in the FA Cup Semi-final against Wolves. The winger was dropped to the bench for this game, something he made aware that he was annoyed about at the end of the game. He came on with 20 minutes to go as his side were trailing 2-0. A throw-in was launched into the box that was headed clear back to Deulofeu. He was about 12 yards out and at a very tight angle, with his team-mates lining up for the cross. No one on the pitch saw the shot was on, not even the 90,000 fans there did except for Deulofeu. He lobbed Ruddy by putting the ball in the top right corner with a lot's of spin on it. The technique for the goal was unbelievable, definitely one of the best goals of the year.
This goal inspired a comeback for Watford who went on to win the game thanks to another goal from the Spanish winger in extra time.
Save Of The Week – David De Gea (Manchester United vs Barcelona)
If it wasn't for De Gea who knows where Man United would be right now. The Spanish goalkeeper has been fantastic for them pretty much every season since they bought him. However, this season he has only managed seven clean sheets in 33 games. This isn't his best season in terms of keeping the opposition out and that could be due to his defence constantly changing. He has though won his side many points with some great performances. He only has one year on his contract and there is lots of speculation that he may head somewhere else if United don't get Champions League football.
His save came in a Champions League game. It was against Barcelona in the quarter-finals. His side were already trailing thanks to an early own-goal from Luke Shaw. United needed to ensure that the game wasn't lost in the first leg. This was going to be done by either scoring themselves or stopping Barcelona from adding to their lead. A poor attempt at a clearance from Lindelof fell to the feet of Suarez. He held the ball up well waiting for support. He teed the ball off to ex Liverpool teammate Coutinho who was 15 yards out. The Brazilian smashed the ball goalwards and looked set to beat De Gea. The keeper did what he does best and saved it with his feet. He extended his left leg kicking the ball away from danger and kept United in the game.
Player of the week – Eden Hazard (Chelsea vs West Ham)
One of the most talked about players at the moment. Hazard is coming to the end of his contract at Chelsea, having only a year left. Real Madrid and Zidane have always been big admirers of the Belgian and are keen to have him this year. Chelsea will struggle to decide what to do in the summer. They could sell him not for £100 million+ or for nothing next year. They also have a transfer ban this summer so if he left they wouldn't be able to replace him. This season he has 16 goals and 12 assists in the league for his team, showing he'll be very hard to replace.
His performance against West Ham showed exactly why he is valued so highly. He was at the heart of most of Chelsea's attacking moves and also managed to grab himself two goals. His first was a contender for goal of the season. He picked the ball up from about 40 yards out and ran straight for goal. As many as five West Ham players tried to stop Hazard on his way to goal. The Belgian dribbled and weaved his way around everyone until he was 10 yards out and slotted the ball into the back of the net. It was the type of goal we have seen Messi score before.
His second goal came right at the end of the match. Ross Barkley picked him out unmarked in the box. The first touch killed the ball and Hazard smashed it into the goal leaving the keeper with no chance.