GK, Walter Benitez (Nice) – An all round commanding display in Nice’s smash and grab win at Nantes. He kept a clean sheet via a sequence of smart stops while handling repeated barrages from the wings well throughout.
RB, Malo Gusto (Lyon) – A real prospect. The teenage Gusto defended sharply throughout Lyon’s win over Strasbourg and was a persistent outlet on the right, keen to take on his opposite number. Despite being just a teenager he looks assured, confident and ready to make the step up to the first team regular.
CB, Marquinhos (PSG) – Is there a better central defender in the world right now? Whether you answered “no” or “Rúben Dias”, regardless of the opposition in promoted Clermont, the way the PSG captain struts around the Parc des Princes in games like these halting attacks and covering his full-backs with such ease, it’s difficult to imagine him being outshone.
CB, Luan Peres (Marseille) – Peres has looked out of place until now with some erratic defending but this display in Marseille’s defeat of Monaco included more highlights than the rest of his OM career put together. Having defended coolly throughout, two sweeping long balls led to both OM goals.
LB, Melvin Bard (Nice) – The new signing was strong defensively throughout Nice’s win at Nantes and handled the flying Osman Bukari well, often playing his way out of trouble with a confidence beyond his years. His whipped cross assisted Dolberg’s stunning chested finish for the crucial opener.
DM, Ander Herrera (PSG) – A favourite of Mauricio Pochettino, who was keen to hold on to the Spaniard despite him being earmarked for sale this summer should the right offer arrive. Two Herrera goals set PSG on their way to a 4-0 win over Clermont and the 31-year-old is currently playing his most assured football since leaving Spain.
CM, Bruno Guimarães (Lyon) – Positive in his passing and imposed himself in midfield throughout Lyon’s defeat of Strasbourg while adding a couple moments of real skill, Bruno’s lofted long ball set up the opener for Moussa Dembélé and he should have had another assist for Paquetá late on after an astute dinked through ball.
AM, Téji Savanier (Montpellier) – Now Montpellier’s only driving force and creative hub following the departures of Andy Delort and Gaëtan Laborde and his typical swagger and a dictatorial display lead Montpellier in beating Saint-Étienne.
WF, Moses Simon (Nantes) – Simon often thrillingly beat Nice defenders with his speed and trickery and came excruciatingly close to scoring the opener but was denied by Lemina’s sliding goal line block. He’s come a long way in the last year.
WF, Bamba Dieng (Marseille) – Dieng could have, and maybe should have, netted four or five times in Marseille’s win at Monaco. In the end a brace was enough, having terrorised Chrislain Matsima on the left wing and hit the pot twice before half time. His power, movement and ability to dribble at speed were too much for Monaco.
ST, Terem Moffi (Lorient) – The Nigerian often produces his best against the league’s top sides and he did so again on Friday night by bagging a goal and an assist to aid Lorient’s win over champions Lille.