Mee In Team Of The Week (5/2/18)
Burnley are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks following the clash with Manchester City.
Actually Garth is now down as a 'Football Analyst' these days, a posh term for a pundit then!
The performance by Ben Mee in the one all draw with Manchester City at the weekend at Turf Moor 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 Mee as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.
'Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was gracious enough to state in his post-match press conference that Burnley are the most British of the Premier League teams. Roughly translated into the words of Lance Corporal Jones from Dad's Army, City 'don't like it up 'em!' There were many Burnley players on Saturday who 'put in a shift', to use manager Sean Dyche's expression. The stand-out player wearing claret and blue, for me, was Ben Mee. The defender was as effective in his own penalty area as he was threatening, especially from set-pieces, in City's box. Burnley might not be the most attractive side in the world but, like Dad's Army, they have the ability to produce they own brand of cold hard steel.'
It's always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Mee for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the point.
Ederson (Manchester City), Jack Stephens (Southampton), Ben Mee (Burnley), Danilo (Manchester City), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal), Mario Lemina (Southampton), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Fousseni Diabate (Leicester City), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton).