Another round of Premier League action has been and gone, which means it’s time for HITC’s Team of the Week.
There are plenty of candidates to make the side after Chelsea’s workmanlike win at Anfield, Manchester United’s impressive victory against Norwich City and Arsenal’s solid win against Newcastle.
Here’s our side for this week.
GK – Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion)
Foster produced a solid performance in the win against West Ham United. He played well in the face of a very aggressive and physical side, making key saves at key times.
RB – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Right-back, left-back, it doesn’t really matter where Jose Mourinho plays this Spaniard. He’d probably play out of his skin through the middle of the defence too.
CB – Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
Ivanovic has been playing at right-back but he played through the middle against Liverpool. He made good tackles and clearances at the right time and was vital keeping the back four well organised.
CB – Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)
Kompany was dominant and efficient in a difficult environment against Crystal Palace. He encouraged City to play a high line, which allowed them to really pile the pressure onto Palace.
LB – Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
Cole has come back into the side easily and has been playing like he’s never been away. His performance against Liverpool seems to have prompted talk over a possible new contract.
CM – Juan Mata (Manchester United)
We’re going with a narrow midfield this week rather than our normal 4-4-2 and Mata makes it into the centre. He played well and grabbed an important brace against Norwich.
CM – Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
Toure’s goal against Palace showcased everything his current game stands for; pace, power and aggression. Put simply, Palace couldn’t live with him.
CM – Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)
Matic made it so difficult for any Liverpool players to find space in front of Chelsea’s back four. That allowed the defence to narrow and keep Luis Suarez out of the penalty area.
ST – Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Lallana plays off to one side of our attack for the way he really got into Everton, giving them problems all across their defensive line.
ST – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
This is the Wayne Rooney that England fans want to see for the rest of the season. He controlled things well against Norwich and looked as though he could have scored more goals.
ST – Wilfried Bony (Swansea City)
Bony was efficient in the Swans’ attack against Aston Villa, making the most of his chances and showing composure from the penalty spot as Villa fought to get back into the game.