Premier League Team of the Week: Eto'o, Adebayor, Toure and Cahill Dominate
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League Team of the Week.
We'll update the selections should anyone from the West Bromwich Albion vs. Everton fixture (on Monday night) impress, and there's a whole host of names who've just missed out this time around.
If Ryan Bennett, Hugo Lloris, Jordan Henderson, Adam Johnson and Willian missed out, who on earth made it in?
Read on to see if you agree with our selections, and if you don't, feel free to build your own XI in the comments below.
GK: Jack Butland, Stoke City
With apologies to Hugo Lloris, Jack Butland is our selection this week.
He was in sensational form to keep Stoke City in with a chance of grabbing a point against Crystal Palace, and while the Potters eventually lost 1-0, Butland is the reason why the score was so close.
His triple save, in particular, was incredible.
RB: Calum Chambers, Southampton
Calum Chambers was the most impressive right-back on display this weekend, torturing Sunderland's left side for 90 minutes straight.
He had Marcos Alonso—so impressive against Manchester United—in fits and forced Fabio Borini to work his rear-end off in the defensive phase.
His passing was tidy. He contributed heavily to sustaining spells of pressure and looked lively on the ball moving forward.
CB: Vlad Chiriches, Tottenham Hotspur
Vlad Chiriches put in yet another absurdly composed, cool performance at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
His showing was a major factor in the North London side completing their second "double" of the season, with Swansea failing to find a way to get past him for much of the game.
Wilfried Bony's sublime strike aside, he was unassailable.
CB: Gary Cahill, Chelsea
Gary Cahill was a pillar of aerial strength during Chelsea's 3-1 win over Manchester United this weekend, heading everything that came his way clear.
He and John Terry stitched together a magnificent defensive stand during the opening stages of the game, then Cahill had his hand in two of the Blues' three goals later on.
He fired a low cross in to Samuel Eto'o for Chelsea's second, and it was his header that forced a half-save from David De Gea, allowing Eto'o to tap home from two yards.
LB: Ryan Bertrand, Aston Villa
Ryan Bertrand was remarkably solid in his return to first-team football on Saturday.
He held Raheem Sterling largely in check for 80 minutes before being substituted—a product of fitness issues due to starting just one game for Chelsea in the last five months—and impressed with his speed and calmness on the ball.
Paul Lambert looks to have struck gold with this loan deal.
CM: Yaya Toure, Manchester City
This was the most difficult selection of all this weekend, as Jordan Henderson performed superbly for Liverpool in a similarly energetic role.
But Yaya Toure was incredible, scored his 11th Premier League goal of the season during Manchester City's 4-2 win over Cardiff City on Saturday and, in the process, added his fourth assist.
His passing range, physical dominance and surging ability were off the charts.
CM: Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United
Yohan Cabaye put on a masterclass to lead Newcastle United past West Ham United on Saturday.
The Magpies should have been out of sight by half-time, but a Mike Williamson own goal gave the Hammers a lifeline just before the break. During that time Newcastle had dominated the game, with Cabaye scoring and pulling all the strings in midfield.
He scored a last-minute second to gift-wrap three points.
Wing: Santi Cazorla, Arsenal
Santi Cazorla may have gone missing a little during parts of the season, but performances such as the one he put in against Fulham this weekend can be the difference between a win and a draw.
He scored two superlative goals to break down a stubborn Cottagers defensive system, and it was his quick, agile, direct nature that opened up the space for his own first strike.
Welcome back, Santi.
Wing: Yannick Bolasie, Crystal Palace
Yannick Bolasie is beginning to enjoy far more playing time under Tony Pulis, and he's the closest Crystal Palace are ever going to come to a Wilfried Zaha replacement.
He's rangy, long and powerful on the run. His positive surges forward, committing defenders and forcing errors, were key in the Eagles breaking Stoke City down during their 1-0 victory.
Don't look now, but Palace are 16th!
ST: Samuel Eto'o, Chelsea
The announcement of Samuel Eto'o as starting striker vs. Manchester United was almost universally slated and disowned, with many questioning why Fernando Torres was on the bench.
Three goals later, though, and fans will admit they're happy to doubt the Cameroon international's selection should it lead to hat-tricks every time.
Each goal was an easy finish, but you've got to be in the right place at the right time.
ST: Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham Hotspur
Another week, another fantastic performance from Emmanuel Adebayor.
Two months ago this sentence would have been scoffed at, but under Tim Sherwood, the Togolese striker has truly come alive.
He scored two in an all-action showing at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, and while his finishes were confident, his buildup play and energy were even more admirable and impressive.
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