Seb’s Premier League Team OF The Weekend

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Updated: December 16, 2013

We can look back on what was quite a spectacular weekend with the North West purely dominating London.

Goalkeeper : Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace FC)

It might not be a stand-out choice but I found it hard to say that any other goalkeeper played better than him. Although Palace created a decent amount of chances, Speroni kept Palace’s chances of a draw alive with great double saves.

Right-Back : Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City FC) 

I don’t think anyone can argue with this decision as Zabaleta probably was the difference between Arsenal and City as he brought so much in attack and gave City that width that they’ve lacked away from home but haven’t hesitated to utilise at home. Wilshere not in his preferred position was basically nullified in attack and embarrassed defensively with Zabaleta playing wide either drawing Wilshere or taking advantage of Arsenal trying to keep their shape.

Centre-Back : Vincent Kompany (Manchester City FC) 

I may have gone for another City defender but with good reason as Kompany has yet again shown how important he is to City with a bit of grit to trouble on-form Giroud and and a bit of something in attack, starting up atttacks just from winning the ball in the middle of the pitch.

Centre-Back : Martin Skrtel (Liverpool FC)

No problems whatsoever on Sunday afternoon with Soldado barely making any chances, probably due to fatigue after having played in the Europa League on Thursday night. But Holtby, Lennon and Chadli hardly troubled the Liverpool defence.

Left-Back : Jon Flanagan (Liverpool FC)

Not particularly outstanding but as most full-backs were over-run this weekend I thought the young scouser who got his first goal for Liverpool senior squad deserved a shout in the Team Of The Weekend.

Centre-Midfield : Adam Lallana (Southampton FC)

Only came on in the second-half for Southampton but when he did, it was a game-changer as Southampton’s play became more fluid they played quicker and everything changed instead of a lacklustre Osvaldo who seemed unmotivated. Lallana played a big part in the goal by flicking the ball on the start the counter-attack. A very good player who could make it into the England squad for Brazil if he keeps playing like this.

Centre-Midfield : Fernandinho (Manchester City FC)

Yet another Man City player, but Fernandinho shows what Manchester City lacked last year with a consistent midfielder who can pass, do the dirty work by tackling winning the ball in any way possible but now we know he can score and not just in any old fashion but when given the chance he can score a good goal.

Centre-Midfield : Jordan Henderson (Liverpool FC)

A great performance from Jordan Henderson with a goal and an assist, but his play was key to Liverpool against Spurs, without him I think they would have probably only scored one goal, his passing was perfect with the stats showing it all saying that he succeeded 58 passes out of 63 tried.

Forward : Negredo (Manchester City FC)

He has surprised me this season but he has shown that he is the perfect partner for Sergio Aguero, with a great left foot along with strength, great hold-up play and a good free-kick taker, he takes on a side to football that compliments Aguero’s style so well. On Saturday he played very intelligently by misleading Arsenal with his runs every time to give himself that extra time and space that he needed. He was willing enough to put himself forward and score the goal, but that was only a small part of the part he played in City’s victory.

Forward : Luis Saurez (Liverpool FC)

It’d be impossible to leave Saurez out of The Team Of The Weekend, just impossible. He’s playing out of his skin and non-stop scoring, Sunday proved that a top side (yes I dare say Top Side) like Spurs can be humiliated by how good Saurez is he was just causing Spurs problems after problems when he was running in behind Spurs defence or running at Spurs defence or not even running he was causing them problems with his passing, Spurs just found it impossible to stop him. In my opinion he is currently ahead of Messi and Ribery as the second best player in the world behind Ronaldo, but not far behind him at all.

Forward : Sergio Aguero (Manchester City FC)

Yes I have put another Manchester City player in because quite simply he is Manchester City’s version of Saurez, their savour when things are going badly but then unstoppable when the whole team is playing well, Aguero was yet again a constant threat to Arsenal. Negredo was the player that was pulling Arsenal’s defence out of place along with Zabaleta, this let Aguero really do what he wanted with the space and time he needed. Aguero with Negredo will be key parts to Manchester City’s title hopes.

 

Article written by Seb True

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