Yoosof Farah's Top Five EPL Players: Matchday 18

Yoosof FarahSenior Writer IIIDecember 23, 2008

Here are the top five outstanding players from all the weekend's action in the Barclay's Premier League:


5) Roman Bednar: West Bromwich Albion

A good win for the Baggies, only made possible by their Czech superstar Roman Bednar.

The striker worked like a Trojan throughout the whole game for the Baggies, constantly causing problems for the Manchester City defense. The forward deserved the winning goal as well as his man of the match award.


4) Damien Duff: Newcastle United

The Irishman may have only played a few minutes for Newcastle, being brought on after 87 minutes, but for me was the stand out performer for Newcastle.

Duff showed everyone what he is able to do when he scored a fantastic winning goal for Newcastle, ensuring a much needed three points for Joe Kinnear's side.


3) Ryan Nelsen: Blackburn Rovers

It's clear that Big Sam is back with a bang. But the bang was only made as emphatic as it was due to the superb defending of the ever-reliable Ryan Nelsen.

The Blackburn Rovers captain was once again rock solid at the back, repelling everything Stoke through the Rovers' defence. It was a clean sheet only made possible by the New Zealand international.


2) Steed Malbranque: Sunderland

The quality of his performance on the pitch matched that of his superb opening goal for Sunderland.

The French midfielder was a constant threat to the Hull City defense, not only scoring a brilliant goal, but also making a fantastic assist for the Black Cats' third with a killer cross for Kenwyne Jones.


1) Brad Friedel: Aston Villa

High-flying Villa have only Brad Friedel to thank (ok, and perhaps Lucas Neill as well) for their 1-0 win over West Ham at Upton Park.

The American goalkeeper was once again immaculate in the Villa goal; time and time again producing some stunning saves to keep out everything West Ham threw at him, ensuring the Villans would come away from their trip to East London with at least a clean sheet.

With Friedel in goal for Aston Villa, it is no way out of the realm of possibility that they could well challenge for a place in the top four come the end of the season.