Who would have expected defeats for Manchester City and Manchester United last weekend?
The Premier League continues to throw up entertaining football and surprising results on a weekly basis, with several top flight stars stepping up and doing the business for their sides.
Here’s our team of the week.
GK – Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur)
Lloris is always under pressure because Tottenham’s defence plays a high line, which means any balls threaded into space or over the top, he often has to deal with. Not only did he deal with danger efficiently against Chelsea, he made key saves at key moments throughout the match.
RCD – Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion)
The West Brom defender makes it onto the right hand side of central defence for his performance against Manchester United. He was commanding, he was authoritative and he dominated in the air, making the correct decisions at the correct times as United scrambled to get back into the game.
CB – Steven Caulker (Cardiff City)
The former Spurs man showed just why he justifies that £8 million price tag with a great performance against a more than capable Fulham attack. He looked a threat whenever he went forward and Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent had no answers to his rapid defensive work and reading of the game.
LCD – Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)
Sakho gets into the team of the week for an efficient and assured performance for Liverpool in the 3-1 win at Sunderland. After a shaky start to his Liverpool career, he looked much more like the player his potential promises he can be, synced with the rest of the defence and the rest of the side.
RM – Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
The Gunners have a very special player on their hands in German youngster Serge Gnabry. He plays without fear and he has every attribute in the book to replace Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski on either wing of the team over the season, even in the biggest games. Swansea couldn’t handle him.
CM – Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Ramsey is now becoming synonymous with the team of the week. He bagged a crucial second goal against Swansea City, making runs forward from a variety of different positions which make it hard for the Swans defence to pick him up throughout the game.
CM – Ross Barkley (Everton)
Roberto Martinez will thank his luck stars that Barkley wasn’t poached over the summer. He’s a seemingly complete midfielder; he’s quick, he’s strong, he’s agile and he’s got great skill on the ball. His touch and finish for his goal against Newcastle was world class.
LM – Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion)
The West Brom wide man scored a superb goal against Manchester United and looked a genuine threat throughout the game. His pace, movement and ability to control the ball at full pelt got the better of United in several key areas around the pitch.
ST – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
On the left hand side of the attack is Daniel Sturridge who continues to have the best spell of form so far in his career. Sturridge’s movement and touch against Sunderland was superb. He rotated well with Luis Suarez, using space superbly and linking up with the midfield.
ST – Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Through the middle of the side is on loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku was world class against Newcastle and at times, literally unplayable. What Jose Mourinho was thinking watching him smash in two goals against the Magpies is a mystery but they probably weren’t happy thoughts.
ST – Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
Suarez had to have a place in the team of the week somewhere. He looked a threat throughout Liverpool’s win against Sunderland, always on the move, always looking for a way to cause chaos. He bagged a brace and more importantly, he let his football do the talking.
Who do you think should have made the team of the week?
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