Shearer: Barkley has been reborn at Luton

6 Feb 2024
Alan Shearer's Matchweek 23 Team of the Week

Premier League's record goalscorer hails Hatters' midfielder as he picks his Team of the Week

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There were a record number of goals in Matchweek 23, and EIGHT of those came at St James' Park as Luton Town earned a 4-4 draw at Newcastle United.

Ross Barkley was once again an influential figure for a Luton team who scored four times for the second match in a row, with the 30-year-old scoring one goal and setting up another.

Alan Shearer, the Premier League's record goalscorer, could not help but be impressed by Barkley's performance against his beloved Magpies, and he has named the former Everton, Chelsea and Aston Villa midfielder in his Team of the Week.

Alan Shearer's Matchweek 23 Team of the Week

Mark Flekken (Brentford)
“He kept Brentford in the match in the first half, making nine saves, and finished with 12 stops.”

Chiedozie Ogbene (Luton)
Dan Burn just couldn’t cope with the wing-back’s speed down Luton’s right flank.”

Lewis Dunk (Brighton)
“Opened the scoring with a powerful header and his distribution was excellent throughout.”

Alex Moreno (Aston Villa)
“Got on the scoresheet and was always an outlet for Villa down the left side.”

Ross Barkley (Luton)
“He’s been reborn at Luton, playing his best football in years. He looks so assured in his deep-lying midfield role.”

Jorginho (Arsenal)
“His passing and big-match experience were both key as Arsenal won the midfield battle and played through Liverpool’s press.”

Phil Foden (Man City)
“Sensational! He’s adding goals to his game and is simply undroppable on this form.”

Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
“A superb all-round centre-forward’s performance. He ran Sheffield United’s backline ragged to get a goal and two assists.”

David Datro Fofana (Burnley)
“What an impact off the bench! Coming on after the hour-mark, he gave Burnley a real presence in the box and scored twice.”

Richarlison (Spurs)
“After tucking away yet another close-range goal, he showed he can be clinical from further out too, with a magnificent finish outside the box.”

Matheus Cunha (Wolves)
“He keeps getting better and better. His goals have been crucial in Wolves’ tremendous season under Gary O’Neil.”

Manager: Mikel Arteta
“He won the tactical battle and his substitutions also had a bigger impact than Jurgen Klopp’s as the Spaniard masterminded a huge win in the title race.”

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