Premier League Team of the Week: Suarez, Adebayor and Henderson Shine

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterDecember 22, 2013

Premier League Team of the Week: Suarez, Adebayor and Henderson Shine

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    Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League Team of the Week.

    As we kick off a hectic Christmas schedule, it was important for teams to bag a strong start to the festive period. That resulted in a succession of five-star performances, and we've done our best to pick out the very, very best.

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GK: Vito Mannone, Sunderland

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    It was a weekend bereft of superlative goalkeeping performances, so we've gone with one of the only ones to actually keep a clean sheet.

    Vito Mannone has come in and made a big impact in the wake of Keiren Westwood's injury. Having signed in the summer from Arsenal, he will be hoping he can nail down the first-team spot and begin progressing with every game.

    The Black Cats enjoyed much of the ball, but the Italian was still forced into action numerous times.

RB: Seamus Coleman, Everton

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    Seamus Coleman is a goal machine from right-back.

    He hit another this weekend against Swansea City to open the scoring for Everton, and his lung-busting runs are beginning to win him plenty of admirers throughout the game.

    Few clubs, if any, can boast the quality and depth the Toffees do at the full-back position.

CB: Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool

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    Mamadou Sakho was extremely impressive once again this week.

    He was dominant in the air and on the ground, stepped into midfield sharply to remove danger, and looked very comfortable on the ball.

    He's now Liverpool's best centre-back after he usurped Daniel Agger, and it's now a case of working out which player to pair with the Frenchman for Brendan Rodgers.

CB: Michael Turner, Norwich City

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    At times last season, Norwich City's defence looked pitch-perfect. But this year they've been suspect for large chunks.

    It's no coincidence that since Michael Turner returned to his role in the back line, the Canaries have been on the up. The former Hull City man was solid once again at the Stadium of Light.

    He's a leader, he puts his head in where it hurts, and he loves doing the bits others hate.

LB: Phil Bardsley, Sunderland

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    The comeback continues!

    Phil Bardsley has gone from a frozen-out, estranged member of the Sunderland team to a shoo-in every weekend.

    He was a threat yet again versus Norwich, bombing forward and doing his best to break the deadlock while also playing a sizeable role in keeping an all-important clean sheet.

CM: Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United

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    Yohan Cabaye returned from suspension and had a huge impact for Newcastle United this weekend.

    Their midfield just runs like clockwork with him in position, and he was a key factor in ensuring Crystal Palace's strong recent form came to a screeching halt at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

    He scored yet another goal from his new, slightly advanced position.

CM: Jordan Henderson, Liverpool

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    Jordan Henderson has had a mighty fine two weeks, and he finds himself in our all-star selection for the second time running.

    He's looking an awful lot like the Steven Gerrard of old, with his lung-busting runs and improving passing game becoming the fulcrum of the Reds' movement up the pitch.

    He's a rare breed of physical player, and as he bags games and learns his trade, he's becoming stronger and stronger.

CM: Ross Barkley, Everton

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    Ross Barkley turned a few heads on Sunday.

    He's been putting together a superb season and improving with every game, and on the afternoon's prime slot, he wowed us with a scintillating showing.

    His running is so aggressive and direct, yet his technique is so sound; it's difficult to believe he's English. And if his game weren't well-rounded enough, he shocked us all with a stellar free-kick to win the match!

AMC: Adam Lallana, Southampton

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    Southampton were turned over on home turf by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but Adam Lallana looked a real bright spark.

    His goal to open the scoring was beautiful. He drifted into space just ahead of the defensive line and proceeded to drive a low effort into the corner.

    He added an assist for Rickie Lambert's strike and utilised his quick feet and immense movement throughout.

ST: Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham Hotspur

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    Welcome back, Emmanuel Adebayor!

    His two goals saw Tottenham Hotspur on the way to a crucial 3-2 victory at St. Mary's Stadium, and despite being out in the cold for much of the year, he's coming good once again at the right time.

    His first strike, in particular, was incredible; steaming into the area, he connected with a Roberto Soldado cross to volley home in spectacular fashion.

ST: Luis Suarez, Liverpool

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    Another week, another hatful of goals for Luis Suarez.

    Both strikes were absolutely ridiculous, with his first a measured volley from 18 yards and his second a curling, unstoppable strike from distance.

    He also teed up Raheem Sterling for a superb counterattacking goal and hit the woodwork from an acute angle.