European Team of the Week: Dazzling De Bruyne, awesome Openda

Every week, we will bring you the best performers across Europe’s top five leagues (English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish LaLiga, French Ligue 1 and Italian Serie A) using the unique WhoScored ratings system.

The ratings are based on a comprehensive algorithm that uses Opta data during live matches, with more than 200 raw statistics, that gives us a single rating from 1-10 (1 being bad; 10 being excellent) weighted according to a player’s influence within a game.

Find out more about how the ratings are calculated at WhoScored here. Here are the top players from the last round of action.

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Goalkeeper: Martin Dúbravka (Newcastle United | Premier League) – 8.52 rating

Dúbravka was hugely important as Newcastle claimed a 1-0 win at Fulham on Saturday. The 35-year-old made four saves and five high-ball claims in a fine showing between the sticks.

Centre-back: Sepp van den Berg (Mainz | Bundesliga) – 7.99 rating

Mainz claimed an important 4-0 win over Darmstadt with Van den Berg putting in a fine shift at the heart of the defence. The 22-year-old won nine aerial duels and made nine clearances in a solid rearguard display.

Centre-back: Andreas Hanche-Olsen (Mainz | Bundesliga) – 7.82 rating

Remaining at the MEWA Arena, Hanche-Olsen scored his first league goal of the season in Mainz’s resounding win Darmstadt. The Norway defender also won three aerial duels and made two clearances to secure his spot in the XI.

Centre-back: Micky van de Ven (Tottenham Hotspur | Premier League) – 8.05 rating

Rounding off the backline, Van de Ven scored his second league goal of the season in Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest, rifling past Matz Sels shortly after the restart. The Dutchman found a teammate with 94.4% of his 71 passes and made five tackles in a sound showing.

Right midfield: Pavel Kaderábek (Hoffenheim | Bundesliga) – 8.48 rating

Kaderábek registered his second and third assists of the season as Hoffenheim claimed a 3-1 home win over Augsburg. The brace of assists came from two of five key passes, while additional returns of two interceptions and one tackle marked his best rated performance of the campaign.

Central midfield: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City | Premier League) – 9.85 rating

De Bruyne put in a superb showing as Manchester City came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 4-2 at Selhurst Park. De Bruyne was directly involved in three of four goals, netting with two of three shots and providing one assist from four key passes.

Central midfield: Romain Del Castillo (Brest | Ligue 1) – 8.82 rating

The first of two Brest players in the side this week, Del Castillo provided a brace of assists in a 4-3 win over Metz. The 28-year-old could have had more than two assists, too, as he managed seven key passes in total as Brest maintained their Champions League push.

Left midfield: Rafael Leão (AC Milan | Serie A) – 8.57 rating

Leão was on hand to net his sixth league goal of the season as AC Milan claimed a solid 3-0 win over Lecce. He struck with one of two shots, while five dribbles and three key passes capped a fine showing from the Portuguese wideman.

Striker: Loïs Openda (RB Leipzig | Bundesliga) – 9.70 rating

RB Leipzig striker Openda maintained his fine debut campaign in Germany as he directly contributed to all four goals in Die Roten Bullen‘s 4-1 win Freiburg. The 24-year-old netted with two of five shots and provided two assists from three key passes.

Striker: Georges Mikautadze (Metz | Ligue 1) – 8.83 rating

Mikautadze may have ended up on the losing side as Metz crashed to a 4-3 loss at Brest, but the 23-year-old was excellent even in defeat. Indeed, the young striker netted with two of three shots and was a nightmare for the Brest backline as he completed six dribbles.

Striker: Martín Satriano (Brest | Ligue 1) – 8.82 rating

Of the seven goals Satriano has directly contributed to, two came in Brest’s 4-3 win over Metz. The 23-year-old got the better of Alexandre Oukidja with one of three shots and provided one assist from two key passes.