English Premier League Team of the Week

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterFebruary 3, 2013

English Premier League Team of the Week

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    English Premier League Week 25 is in the books, and Manchester United have opened up a nine-point lead at the top.

    There was movement at the bottom as most sides in danger picked up points, while all eyes were on the many debutants of the winter transfer window.

    Who joins powerhouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko in this week's cream of the crop?

GK—Gerhard Tremmel, Swansea City

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    Swansea City slipped up at the Boleyn Ground due to an Andy Carroll winner, but in truth West Ham were knocking on the door for long periods.

    The man who really earned his money on Saturday was Gerhard Tremmel, who pulled off six excellent stops and proved that without Michel Vorm, no panic stations are necessary.

RB—Matthew Lowton, Aston Villa

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    For the first time in a while, Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar failed to terrorise a team's right side.

    While Andi Weimann's industrious presence helped Matthew Lowton out immensely, the right-back handled the most potent left side in the English Premier League considerably well.

    He also provided an excellent offensive presence too, going forward with ease and providing a superb whipped cross for Christian Benteke's second goal.

CB—Jonny Evans, Manchester United

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    Welcome back, Jonny Evans.

    The Northern Irishman has been absent for several weeks due to injury but returned to the lineup and ground out a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Fulham.

    It's fair to say this was no repeat of the FA Cup tie the week before, and the Cottagers took the Red Devils all the way to really earn their three points.

    Evans was unbeatable at the back alongside Rio Ferdinand.

CB—Christopher Samba, Queens Park Rangers

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    Harry Redknapp is as excited as we are—if Christopher Samba was only 40 percent fit on Saturday, how good will he be when firing on all cylinders?

    He was a presence in both boxes and put in the all-action display Blackburn Rovers fans used to enjoy. His last-ditch, toe-poked clearance near the end of the game saved Queens Park Rangers a point in a game neither side deserved to lose.

LB—Davide Santon, Newcastle United

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    Davide Santon put in another awesome performance for Newcastle United this weekend, providing two assists from left-back as his side beat Chelsea 3-2.

    He helped open the scoring by delivering a beautiful flat delivery for Jonas Gutierrez to finish, then squared late on for Moussa Sissoko to finish in style.

    He's enjoying the advantages of being an inverted full-back and the decreased attention since Mathieu Debuchy's arrival.

DM—Moussa Sissoko, Newcastle United

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    Performance of the Week goes to Moussa Sissoko, who looks the steal of the transfer window already.

    Fans of other clubs are kicking themselves as their managers missed this obvious talent at just €3.5 million, and a switch to a new club has reinvigorated the Frenchman's stagnating game.

    He powered through Chelsea's midfield on multiple occasions and sliced Ashley Cole to shreds.

LM—Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur

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    Increasingly, with Gareth Bale, it's becoming a case of when, not if.

    Goran Popov spoiled the spectacle, but Bale stole the show with a game-breaking performance that left us purring.

    With 10-man West Brom remaining stubborn in an attack vs. defence exercise, it took a moment of brilliance from the Welshman to win it for Tottenham.

RM—Jimmy Kebe, Reading

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    There were plenty of strong performances on the wings this week, and Jay Rodriguez of Southampton and Juan Mata of Chelsea are worth a mention.

    But on the right we feature Jimmy Kebe, whose brace secured a vital win for Reading as they clamber out of the bottom three on a good run of form.

    The Mali speedster has often been regarded as a quick player with no end product, but that perception changed on Saturday.

AMC—Marouane Fellaini, Everton

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    Even when Christian Benteke scored Aston Villa's third, the result was never safe.

    Step forward Marouane Fellaini, who scored two goals in the final quarter to rescue a point for Everton in his usual bullish style.

    A neat one-two with Victor Anichebe saw him hold off markers and finish expertly, while late on he beat Ron Vlaar to head into the corner.

ST—Christian Benteke, Aston Villa

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    Christian Benteke really likes Merseyside, doesn't he? A two-goal haul at Liverpool, a two-goal haul at Everton.

    Johnny Heitinga will look back on this game and concur he was schooled for 90 minutes as his Belgian adversary tore him to shreds.

    He outpaced his marker with ease to open the scoring, then got in front of the Dutchman to head home. Superb stuff.

ST—Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

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    Daniel Sturridge improves with every game and put in his best performance to date at the Etihad Stadium.

    Even carrying a knock for more than 45 minutes, he was too much for the Manchester City defence, causing them nightmares as his distribution, quick feet and shooting prowess flummoxed them.

    A point at City is a wonderful result, and Sturridge was Liverpool's standout player.


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    Here's your bench, who all came close to making this team.

    GK—David De Gea

    FB—Luke Shaw

    CB—Clint Hill

    MC—Morgan Schneiderlin

    Wing—James Milner

    Fwd—Wayne Rooney

    ST—Victor Anichebe