It did not end that night.

He was meant to be the new Lionel Messi, he was groomed to be the next Ryan Giggs, and he was supposed to be the original Ansu Fati. All three were told they should pack and go with their dreams behind them, all three would show rejection is merely a redirection to where they now ball at. The best stories, comments, and highlights from 2019/2020 Premier League Matchday 12 & 13 best eleven.

4-4-2 | Tim Krul (8.68, Everton vs Norwich City); Serge Aurier (8.20, West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Cook (8.59, Bournemouth vs Wolverhampton Wanderers), Ben Mee (8.29, Burnley vs West Ham United), Matt Targett (8.18, Aston Villa vs Newcastle United); Adama Traore (9.23, Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa), Wilfred Ndidi (8.58, Leicester City vs Arsenal), Joao Moutinho (8.34, Bournemouth vs Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dwight McNeil (9.05, Burnley vs West Ham United); Alexandre Lacazette 8.95, Arsenal vs Southampton), Gerard Deulofeu (8.80, Norwich City vs Watford)



Player rating: 8.68
Team score: Everton 0–2 Norwich
Individual highlights: 7 total saves


Player rating: 8.20
Team score: West Ham 2–3 Tottenham
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 5 dribbles

Serge Aurier assist Harry Kane, West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League 2019/2020


Player rating: 8.59
Team score: Bournemouth 1–2 Wolves
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 clearance off the line



Player rating: 8.29
Team score: Burnley 3–0 West Ham
Individual highlights: 7 clearances, 8 aerials won


Player rating: 8.18
Team score: Aston Villa 2–0 Newcastle
Individual highlights: 3 interceptions, 4 clearances



Player rating: 9.23
Team score: Wolves 2–1 Aston Villa
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 11 dribbles


I remember Lionel Messi and Xavi Hernandez were always in hungry mode.

Most players win something and then they relax, not them. Whatever the game or competition, even if it's a casual bout of table-tennis, they want to win; they're desperate to win. That’s why they’re at the top and that's the mentality I’m working on now.”

– Adama Traore on relearning the winning mentality his former Barcelona teammates showed in abundance


Player rating: 8.58
Team score: Leicester 2–0 Arsenal
Individual highlights: 6 tackles, 4 interceptions



Player rating: 8.34
Team score: Bournemouth 1–2 Wolves
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 82 touches



Player rating: 9.05
Team score: Burnley 3–0 West Ham
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 6 dribbles


To get released by Man Utd was, in hindsight, character-building.

Obviously I was disappointed and hurt at the time—I was at the club since 5 and worshipped Ryan Giggs growing up—but everyone has setbacks in life and that experience spurred me to be more demanding of myself, to prove what I could become with this second chance at Burnley. I've never looked back since."

– Dwight McNeil on being let go from the Theatre of Dreams


Player rating: 8.95
Team score: Arsenal 2–2 Southampton
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 4 dribbles

Alexandre Lacazette goal, Arsenal vs Southampton, Premier League 2019/2020
Alexandre Lacazette goal, Arsenal vs Southampton, Premier League 2019/2020



Player rating: 8.80
Team score: Norwich 0–2 Watford
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist


Being called the new Lionel Messi when I was young did not help my confidence. In fact it made life difficult trying to live up to impossible standards.

I started training with Barcelona first team when I was 16, it was beneficial learning from some of the world's greatest players and all, but what was also painfully obvious was they could handle the pressure that I could not. It took me a long time to find the kind of calm I now have at Watford."

– Gerard Deulofeu on struggling to meet expectations at Camp Nou


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