EPL: Team Of The Week, Rooney Who?
Another edition of the English Premier Team of the Week is here, judging the key performers of this weekend as impartially as a football fan can.
This week, there are, as usual, a few standout performers and again some less obvious names included. A certain Manchester United striker is, of course, included, but in a week where not one team kept a clean sheet, the defence section was rather more difficult to fill.
See if you agree with my selections.
A difficult choice as not a single Premiership side kept a clean sheet this weekend, a testament to the entertainment offered in the EPL.
For the second week running, Ben Foster will squeak this award out, but not by the clear margin he did so previously. Several good stops from the Fulham attack saw his side leave Craven Cottage with a decent point and continue their rise up the table, and he is back on track to be England's No. 1.
Veteran Sol Campbell produced a vintage performance against Chelsea. Yes, the legs are going, but his tactical positioning and strength are sharp as ever and he was dominating against the Chelsea attack.
While he played, Vidic kept the muted Blackburn attack very quiet and it was only after his substitution that Manchester United conceded.
Micah Richards showed why he was considered an England hopeful with a great performance from right back for Manchester City, a club with no shortage of defenders. He was sound defensively and grabbed a goal following a seemingly ungainly but effective piece of skill.
It was another no-nonsense display from Tottenham's Alan Hutton, who marshalled his side of defence well and linked effectively with Lennon in attack. He is not a flashy player, but he gets the job done.
Aaron Lennon played a good game against Liverpool. He has been recently overshadowed by Bale, but he shone on Saturday his blazing pace, proving a stern test for Konchesky and capping it of with a great late goal to win the game.
West Brom were fantastic this weekend and their talismanic midfielder Chris Brunt was on top form. He set up the first goal and scored the second with an absolutely incredible free kick from range. The expensively assembled Everton side could not deal with him and paid a heavy price accordingly.
Cheik Tiote is a name to remember. The Newcastle midfielder is making a name for himself with displays of pace, strength and no little skill, and his dogged hounding of Chelsea midfielders was a key part of Newcastle's hard-earned point.
An unstoppable game from the much maligned Bulgarian striker, netting an astonishing five goals in his team's seven-goal destruction of Blackburn Rovers. There is only so much to be said for Berbatov here—if you've not seen the highlights, sit back and admire one of the classiest performances ever.
Marouane Chamakh also had a great game against Aston Villa for Arsenal. He revitalised his team, and when Arsenal were two down, he scored and assisted goals and was generally a constant thorn in the Villa defence's side.
Andy Carroll is worthy of a place here for his dominating aerial performance against Chelsea and his piece of pure pressure poaching, which stole Newcastle a goal against the normally solid Alex and Peter Cech. He is shaping up to be a great striker.