Seb’s Premier League Team Of The Weekend

Updated: January 21, 2014

A weekend which was full of action including an Eto’o hat-trick, Suarez’s possible dive, City’s 100th goal of the season…..

I take a look at the best players of the weekend.

Goalkeeper : Jack Butland (Stoke City)

There were no outstanding performances from any goalkeepers this weekend but I don’t think a lot of people could have looked past Butland with a great effort on keeping Stoke in the match against Crystal Palace and that triple save will definitely be a memorable moment although he probably could have been questioned, along with other players, over the goal.

Right-Back : Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) 

Sagna’s performance wasn’t all about defence but it was most importantly about how he attacked, he added numbers in Arsenal’s midfield that Fulham just couldn’t contain and slowing down the game when necessary and being a part of the first goal which was well worked by all the Arsenal players.

Centre-Back : Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

Although Arsenal’s defence did have many questions to answer, Koscielny was rock solid by quieting Berbatov when needed and not letting Fulham have many chances. He has been key to Arsenal’s side this season and would be deeply missed if he was to get injured.

Centre-Back : Gary Cahill (Chelsea) 

A reasonably solid performance from Cahill against Manchester United and also key in a couple of Eto’o’s goals. A bulldog attitude to the Manchester United players made life a lot easier for the Chelsea players and for John Terry.

Left-Back : Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur)

Danny Rose was content to just break up Swanse’s play all afternoon when they came down his flank but in the second-half, Rose started to show a lot more attacking ambition which threw Swansea’s defence even more over the place.

Centre-Midfield : Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Yaya Toure once again ran the show at the Etihad being strong and dominant when defending but also while attacking, he wasn’t just the big bully in the middle of the park but one of City’s most creative player especially as Nasri finds himself injured and Silva’s form is a bit inconsistent. No matter how many men Cardiff put in midfield, they couldn’t handle Yaya Toure’s presence and strength.

Centre-Midfield : Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) 

Arsenal have been going through a rough patch where they’ve needed to grind out games or have a match winner in their team, well this weekend Cazorla was their match winner by scoring both goals of the game. Arsenal didn’t play badly, it’s just that against Fulham they struggled to get in on goal because of Fulham’s tight defending but Cazorla’s passes and intelligence to find the right space opened up Fulham’s defence enough for Arsenal to win.

Centre-Midfield : Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United)

Newcastle are having a good season and it’s mainly down to this man. Against West Ham he showed yet again that his free-kicks are key but also the fact that he knows when to drop back into midfield or when to attack the back-four, last weekend he attacked West Ham and it paid off with the Frenchman getting two goals.

Attacking-Midfield : Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur)

Eriksen has been under looked by the public (due to Adebayor’s turn in form) after being integrated into the team by Sherwood in a number 10 role. On Sunday Eriksen really created the linking point between midfield and attack with his link-up play between the wide players and Adebayor being excellent and finding the holes in between Swansea’s midfield and defence.

Striker : Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea)

Eto’o has finally showed a big amount of class in English football, which we’ve so eagerly anticipated. It’s impossible to leave him out of this weekend’s team, Manchester United’s defending was diabolical but Eto’o still played well by finding the space in the box every time and fighting a bit harder for the loose balls.

Striker : Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham Hotspur)

A completely changed player under Sherwood, he has been showing the work effort that he did when he signed for Manchester City, he is hungry to get the ball and fighting for his place on the pitch. He has also shown that he can play as a lone striker with Eriksen in support or as a strike partnership with Soldado.

Adebayor Thumbs Up Against Swansea

Article written by Seb True

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