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5 Premier League players of the week, featuring De Bruyne and Forster

Who were the weekend's star performers across the top flight?

The Premier League season is nearing its conclusion and while some players are already ‘on the beach’, others are still turning in some stellar performances.

Here are the five standout stars after crucial wins for Manchester City, West Ham and Arsenal over a busy weekend of football.

1 Kevin De Bruyne – 17 points

Kevin De Bruyne made it three for City on 59 minutes

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Kevin De Bruyne made it three for City on 59 minutes

On his day De Bruyne, alongside team-mate David Silva, is arguably the best technician in the Premier League – and Saturday was certainly one of those days.

In fact, the brilliant Belgian was so imperious he scored a pretty rare perfect 10 in WhoScored’s match rating system.

De Bruyne had 99 touches, racked up two assists and a well taken goal as Crystal Palace were swept aside 5-0, scoring 17 points.

2 Sam Vokes – 18 points

Burnley celebrate after Sam Vokes netted early in the second-half

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Burnley celebrate after Sam Vokes netted early in the second-half

Vokes epitomises Burnley’s resolve at Turf Moor this season, scoring six of his eight Premier League goals at the Clarets’ home fortress.

The Welsh striker has led the line admirably this campaign while Andre Gray has been out of the side and his two strikes against West Brom on Saturday effectively clinched the point that ensured their safety.

It’s an incredible feat for a side written off before a ball was even kicked at the start of the season.

3 Vincent Kompany – 12 points

Captain Vincent Kompany struck just four minutes into the second half at the Etihad

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Captain Vincent Kompany struck just four minutes into the second half at the Etihad

It’s no surprise to see Manchester City looking immeasurably more solid after the return of their inspirational yet stricken captain.

Kompany has brought a much greater sense of composure to City’s defence, helping them keep three clean sheets in their last four Premier League games.

The big Belgian also struck a stunning goal in that thumping win over Palace with a finish any striker would have been proud of.

4 Fraser Forster – 16 points

Fraser Forster played some mind games just before James Milner took the spot-kick

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Fraser Forster played some mind games just before James Milner took the spot-kick

Forster has arguably regressed this season, falling down the England pecking order behind the likes of Tom Heaton and Jordan Pickford.

But he was back to his best at Anfield on Sunday as Southampton kept Liverpool from scoring for the fourth time this season.

Forster’s pseudo-mind games with James Milner appeared to work as he denied the Reds player from scoring from the penalty spot for the first time since 2009.

5 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 12 points

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was too agile for the ageing Wayne Rooney

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was too agile for the ageing Wayne Rooney

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s versatility is proving a real asset for Arsene Wenger as the England man continues to shine despite the doom and gloom.

In recent weeks he’s been fielded in a right-wing back position and looked a constant threat during the win over Manchester United.

Oxlade-Chamberlain produced both assists on the day, although being regularly fielded out of position may have a bearing on any decision over his future in the summer.