VAVEL's Matchweek Five Premier League Awards
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After every Premier League matchday of the 2020/21 season, VAVEL will reveal its picks for best player, performance, manager and goal of the week.

The best of the action as the league resumed following the international break came at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where West Ham scored three goals in the final 12 minutes to pull off a remarkable comeback.

Elsewhere, there was a Merseyside Derby rife in controversy, with Jordan Pickford escaping punishment for the lunge which may have ended Virgil van Dijk's season and Jordan Henderson's euphoric winner ruled out for the tightest of offsides. 

And Timo Werner's impressive brace wasn't enough for Chelsea, whose stumbling start continued at home to Southampton as Jannik Vestergaard struck the last of the six goals in stoppage time to snatch a point for his side. 

Meanwhile, Aston Villa continued their remarkable 100% start courtesy of a last-gasp Ross Barkley stunner and both Manchester clubs picked up hard-fought victories.

Player of the week - Harry Kane

Harry Kane will have left the stadium on Sunday evening bitterly disappointed to see his side surrender so commanding a lead in so little time.

And regrettably, perhaps, Spurs' collapse will overshadow Kane's truly masterful individual display.

Within a mere minute of the kick-off, he had picked up the ball 15 yards or so away from the half-way line and wrapped his foot around it to meet Heung-min Son's instinctive burst. 

Son brought the ball under control, shuffled inside his defender and swept the ball into the far corner. It is becoming Spurs' trademark goal.

Kane's quarterback assist was his seventh (seventh) of the campaign, and it prompted Jamie Carragher to declare him 'one of the best passers in world football'.

Seven minutes later, he doubled Tottenham's lead himself. 20 yards goal, he pivoted away from Tomas Soucek with his first touch, nutmegged Declan Rice with his second and devastatingly fired the ball into the bottom left corner with his third. Lukasz Fabianksi was rooted by the rapid-fire effort.

His second goal was his most simple contribution, a textbook header from Sergio Reguilon's floated delivery at the back post, but it capped one of the finest individual halves of football you are likely to see at this level.

10 minutes from time, he was denied a hat-trick only by the outside of the post after a first-time strike from the edge of the area which exemplified his frightening confidence.

This was a performance that cemented Kane's status as the most complete striker in world football right now.

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Performance of the week - Southampton

28 minutes in, Chelsea were two goals to the good against the Saints. Timo Werner had first outfoxed them, leaving Jan Bednarek for dead with a dummy in the lead-up to his opener, and then toyed with them, lobbing Alex McCarthy before heading home as the ball dropped.

It may have seemed at this point that the Blues simply had too much quality at their disposal.

But Southampton knew that there was always life left in the game, that they could prey on Chelsea's insecurities.

They crucially halved the deficit moments before the break after Kai Havertz played his well into his trouble.

Then, in the second half, they took charge of the game. Before the hour, Danny Ings and Che Adams had combined to pounce on Chelsea's latest implosion, one perhaps born of the relentless pressure to which the backline was subjected.

Havertz's response was instantaneous, but there was no need to dwell on it. 

Their second equaliser may not have arrived until the 92nd minute but it had been coming. The point was unquestionably deserved.

After a difficult start which dented the optimism surrounding the club, Southampton have now picked up seven points from the last nine available. They are an immensely dangerous team.

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Manager of the week - David Moyes

Moyes was back in the dugout after completing his self-isolation period and soon wished he'd remained at home a little longer.

Spurs came rampaging out of the blocks, and West Ham were cowed. It became a question of how many.

But Moyes resisted the temptation to hit the damage limitation button.

"We made a tweak about 20 minutes into the first half but the hardest decision was actually to not make any decisions," he explained, as quoted by The Athletic.

"It would have been easy to go and make changes but I thought that the team was playing well with the ball, we had missed chances and we were causing them some trouble."

Such was the message that Moyes imparted at half-time, and the second 45 would prove to be markedly more competitive.

After an extraordinary finale, neither he nor his disbelieving players could contain themselves. The manager of 22 years skipped onto the pitch and giddily jumped up and down as he thrust his arms triumphantly.

Maintaining belief was vital, of course, but so was Moyes' double-switch on 77 minutes. Andriy Yarmolenko's piece of skill helped to fashion the second goal before Manuel Lanzini stepped forth.

At the start of the campaign, Moyes seemed destined to fall victim to the rancorous atmosphere at the club and a wretched run of opening fixtures.

Not only is seven points an excellent return at this point, but the seemingly irreparable mood is also changing.

And Moyes deserves credit for overseeing the brave revival which can, in truth, be dated back to June's restart. He was instrumental in creating West Ham history here.

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Goal of the week - Manuel Lanzini

No contest; a goal so spectacular that it secured 'instant classic' status for the game.

The lateral movement on the ball en route to the top right corner was staggering.

We have a new benchmark in the goal of the season race.

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