Premier League Team of the Week: Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and More

Ed WymanCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2011

Premier League Team of the Week: Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and More

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    "The Premier League Team of the Week" returns after an international break meant that the weekend's fixtures were the first since the close of the transfer window.

    It was the first chance for deadline day movers to prove themselves, and a chance of redemption for those who did not flourish in the recent international fixtures.

    The season is now well and truly underway. The table is beginning to take shape, with Manchester United and City equal on points at the top, with Chelsea not far behind.

    Wins for the Manchester sides mean they both still have perfect records, while Chelsea got a 2-1 win away at Sunderland to stay in touch.

    Arsenal recovered from their already infamous 8-2 mauling to scrape a 1-0 win against Swansea, while Tottenham got off the mark with a win, while Stoke upset Liverpool. 

    Everton and Aston Villa fought their way to a draw, as did Fulham and Blackburn, while Norwich fell 1-0 to West Brom.

    The team takes a 4-1-2-3 formation. Monday night's game between QPR and Newcastle will be included in next week's team(if anyone deserves a place).

GK Asmir Begovic

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    Three clean sheets so far this season for Asmir Begovic, the most in the league, tells you plenty about the ability of this giant young goalkeeper from Bosnia.

    If it were not for his outstanding performance, Stoke would not have walked away from the match with so much as a point, let alone three. He was bombarded with shots and somehow kept Jordan Henderson's efforts out, before doing the same with Adam's attempt just seconds later.

    He made just one mistake late in the game, which Suarez should have capitalised on, but he can be forgiven for that after a display that has taken Stoke to the heady heights of fourth, one place above Liverpool.

LB Gael Clichy

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    Not overly busy defensively, Gael Clichy had plenty of chances to get forwards, an undertaking that required little persuasion. The left-back was a dangerous presence advancing up the left flank and created plenty of chances.

    He combined this attacking intent with solid defending; he may not have had much to do, but he did it well. He is bound to have tougher games defensively as the season goes on, and they should provide a better idea of how will he is going to cope at his new club.

    However, all the available evidence so far indicates that he should do well.

    Clichy gives Manchester City an additional creative unit, and he has been doing the job well since arriving this summer from Arsenal. The winning mentality of City should motivate him to keep up the high standards he has displayed so far this season. 

CB John Terry

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    He did not have a particularly impressive outing against Wales in mid-week, but this weekend saw a vintage John Terry display. He was rock solid in defence and as mentally and physically tough as ever, both in defence and attack.

    His goal was classic John Terry. Determination and skill ensured that his angled volley somehow made it through and found its way over the line after Mata's free-kick had rocked the woodwork.

    Terry's time as England captain may be cut short by the new generation of English defenders, but he is still one of the best in the league, arguably the world, and Chelsea could do far worse than to keep him around for some time to come. 

CB Ryan Shawcross

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    Stoke's centre-back and captain somehow avoided the attention of bigger clubs this summer, something his club must be grateful for. He showed how good he was against Liverpool as he kept a wealth of attacking talent at bay with gritty defending and great awareness.

    Like John Terry, he was not afraid to put his body on the line and made vital blocks to keep his side in front of a new look Liverpool side.

    Shawcross will be vital to Stoke's season as they look to capitalise on his strong aerial presence and tough tackling to try to improve on their 13th place finish last time around.

RB Phil Jones

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    Phil Jones is quickly proving to be one of the signings of the season. He has already been imperious at centre-back, with suggestions that Rio Ferdinand may be hard pressed to keep his position for both club and country.

    Ferdinand's return has, for the moment, shunted Jones to the unfamiliar right-back position, but he looked very much at home there.

    He was, as has come to be expected, solid in defence, but was also threatening going forwards. He provided Rooney with an assist from the wing with a fantastic cross, and was involved in another of the striker's goals.

    His strength and surprising speed were invaluable going forwards, and he did a great deal of damage with it in the first half. 

DM Scott Parker

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    After signing from Championship side West Ham on deadline day, Scott Parker, in the words of Harry Redknapp, "made a massive difference" to a Tottenham side that had been taken apart by the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City earlier this term.

    He provided excellent cover in front of the defence, putting in plenty of strong challenges and allowed his new side to control the game, something they had not managed to do in previous outings.

    With his black boots and greased back hair he is, in some ways, a throwback to the traditional English defensive midfielder. Tough, uncompromising but with a great deal of footballing ability.

    It is an ability also present in his attacking play; he played in Adebayor for the former Arsenal man to open his, and Tottenham's, account, and showed exactly the sort of form that won him a player of the year award last season with West Ham.

    As far as first impressions go, Scott Parker has not done badly.

LM David Silva

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    David Silva is fast becoming a regular in the team of the week. The mercurial Spanish winger has been an inspiration for Manchester City. He may not get the same attention as others in Manchester City's all-star side, but he is no less worthy of praise than any of his colleagues.

    Once again he was responsible for much of City's attacking threat, playing in Aguero for his first, winning a penalty that Tevez wasted and executed a cheeky back-heel pass to Nasri who duly played in Aguero.

    He capped it all off with a dangerous run that saw him race through the heart of Wigan's side and play a ball to Aguero for City's third.

    Silva's influence cannot be overstated, both on this game and in a wider sense. He does not attract the same off-field attention as some of his colleagues and ensures that his footballing ability is what he is known for.

    There is more than enough to talk about there.

RM Mikel Arteta

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    The disaster that was Arsenal's transfer window has a silver lining, thanks to Mikel Arteta's display against newly promoted Swansea. As a team, the display was far from what is required, but Arteta has shown that Fabregas may not be as sorely missed as some feared.

    The Spaniard was impressive throughout, creating a good chance within a few minutes of the starting whistle. He carried on in much the same manner, providing plenty of chances for his new side, and showing the type of composure on the ball that makes you wonder how a big team had not already picked up the 29-year-old.

    You can certainly understand why it was widely reported last year that the Spaniard (who they thought qualified to play for England) should be called up to the national side. Unfortunately that will be a sight we never see.

    Arsenal fans, however, should get pretty good value out of the former Everton man.

ST Javier Hernandez

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    On another day he might have been the star of the show, but Javier Hernandez's display lost out, in terms of time in the spotlight, due to one of his colleague's performances.

    Nonetheless, Hernandez was impressive. He opened the scoring for United after sending Gary Cahill the wrong way with a clever change of direction in the box before slotting home, and added a second to his tally in the second half to help his team to a 5-0 triumph.

    The Mexican fits with a young, vibrant United side, and while this may have been his first start of the season, he will be an important contributor for United throughout this season.

    Expect more of the same.

ST Sergio Aguero

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    After Edin Dzeko's exertions in their last match, this week it was the turn of Sergio Aguero to grab himself some goals. 

    A shot across goal found the corner of the net in the first half as City dominated affairs, before another precise finish in the second half, followed by another just a short while later.

    The theory goes that foreign players need time to adapt to the Premier League style. Aguero doesn't seem to need such a period; he is well underway.

    Aguero's eagerness to drop deep created problems for Wigan's defence, and his performance certainly meant he earned his hat-trick. He has six goals already this season, and looks likely to finish near the top of the scoring charts come next May.

    City look like they mean business this season. The addition of Aguero, in conjunction with other arrivals, could prove the difference between a solid top four finish and an earnest title challenge.  

ST Wayne Rooney

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    Wayne Rooney seems to have checked himself in for a long stay in the Team of the Week. The powerful striker was, once again, dominant at the weekend as he netted himself another hat-trick to help his side to another victory by a big margin. 

    His first two, United's second and third, were striker's goals from close range, while the third was struck nicely into the bottom corner. Rooney brought more than goals, however. His movement and work ethic set his team-mates something to inspire to. It seems to be working.

    Rooney has eight goals already, making him the league's leading scorer, and is just three goals off his tally for the whole of last season.

    Welcome back, Wayne.