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English Premier League Team of the Week

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterDecember 30, 2012

English Premier League Team of the Week

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    With English Premier League action coming thick and fast, 20 teams in England's top tier have barely been able to rest over the festive period.

    This weekend was goals galore as defences relented and attackers prospered, so who made Bleacher Report's Team of the Week alongside midfield maestro Frank Lampard and new-born star Theo Walcott?

    Read on to find out!

GK: Ben Foster

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    Simon Mignolet was impressive in the Sunderland goal once more, but Ben Foster's return for West Bromwich Albion will give Steve Clarke a lot of hope in the new year.

    He's one of the main reasons they were so solid for the first three months of the season, and his injury plague had fans more and more worried by the week.

    A couple of incredible reflex stops at Old Trafford proved he's not lost a step during the time he's been out.

RB: Emmerson Boyce

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    I was at the game at Villa Park and witnessed first-hand how excellent Emmerson Boyce is.

    I've made a lot of Jean Beausejour's influence from left-wing-back in the past, but Boyce played the right-wing-back role even better on Saturday afternoon.

    His goal was absolutely immense, and he provided an almost impossible matchup for Joe Bennett all day long. Epic performance.

CB: Nemanja Vidic

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    Quelle surprise.

    Nemanja Vidic completes his second start on return from injury and Manchester United ease to a rare clean sheet.

    The Serbian rock has returned to his old form without delay, and Sir Alex Ferguson will be happy to reintroduce defensive stability to an ailing back line.

CB: Ivan Ramis

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    This spot was a 50/50 contest between the equally formidable Gary Caldwell and Ivan Ramis, but we'll opt for the Spaniard this week as he scored the opening goal.

    Wigan Athletic enjoyed a comfortable afternoon at Villa Park, and the back line dealt with Christian Benteke in an equally comfortable fashion.

    The Latics quite often find success on Birmingham soil, so it was no surprise to see Roberto Martinez's men play some scintillating stuff on their latest visit.

LB: Kyle Naughton

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    Playing out of position at left-back again, Kyle Naughton put in a great performance for Tottenham in their 2-1 win at Sunderland.

    Andre Villas-Boas has played with the position since Benoit Assou-Ekotto's injury, and while Naughton didn't offer the surging offensive option Jan Vertonghen has, he was suitably solid and equal to all danger.

    Sheffield United fans watching Naughton on the left and Kyle Walker on the right from Spurs must have them wondering "what if?"

DM: Yaya Toure

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    We're adding a little muscle to our midfield, and Yaya Toure had another game of providing super, incisive passes to his front two.

    His long, searching ball for Sergio Aguero's goal completely flummoxed Sebastien Bassong, and in a frantic game like the one we saw at Carrow Road, a bit of composure and presence in midfield was a genuine need. He provided it.

CM: Frank Lampard

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    Frank Lampard is such a reliable character that the idea of Chelsea letting him go for free in the summer is simply incomprehensible.

    When Everton went 1-0 up inside the first two minutes, things were looking a little too familiar for the Blues—they've lost on the last three occasions they've visited Goodison Park.

    But "Super Frank" provided the lethal touch in a win Rafa Benitez's side probably deserved on the balance of play, scoring a wonderful header and a typical tap-in.

CM: Jonathan De Guzman

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    Swansea continue to impress under Michael Laudrup and have now officially conquered the formidable Craven Cottage.

    Jonathan De Guzman was on hand to take advantage of a woeful goal kick by David Stockdale, collecting the ball outside the area and planting it firmly in the bottom right.

    He was impressive throughout as the Swans endured a tough afternoon cutting off the supply to Bryan Ruiz and Dimitar Berbatov, and the three-point haul tells the entire story.

LF: Luis Suarez

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    Does Luis Suarez listen to Rick Astley before every game?

    He never stops running, never gives any ball up and endeavours to play his best in every game.

    If he doesn't, Liverpool don't fare well, but when he turns it on, you see scorelines such as the one that occurred at Loftus Road on Sunday.

    Two superb goals from the Uruguayan saw the Reds on their way to a three-point haul away from home.

RF: Theo Walcott

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    What a way to signal your intent.

    Theo Walcott's battle to win Arsene Wenger's affection as a central striker took a positive turn as the England international put in a stellar performance against Newcastle United.

    Arsenal destroyed the Magpies 7-3 in one of 2012's best games, and Walcott put in a three-goal, two-assist performance to light up the Emirates Stadium.

    His first goal was Thierry Henry-esque, his cross for Olivier Giroud's first world-class.

CF: Sergio Aguero

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    As frustrating it is to score three against the reigning league champions and still come out the losing side, Norwich City fans could all agree with one statement after the game—Sergio Aguero is a different class.

    The Argentinean wizard was at his destructive best at Carrow Road, and the composure he showed to hold onto the ball and feed Edin Dzeko when appropriate to make it 2-0 was first-class.

    Boundless energy and fierce determination saw him get the better of what is an excellent Canaries defence.

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