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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week Nine


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It was a great weekend for all but one of the top eight sides in the Barclays Premier League this past weekend. Leaders Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and surprise package Southampton all won, leaving error-prone Joe Hart and his City side with a lot of ground to make up.

Elsewhere Sunderland earned the bragging rights with a vital win over neighbours Newcastle, Norwich were held at home by Cardiff and Swansea played out a goalless draw with West Ham. 

There were some awesome individual displays with Suarez scoring an unbelievable hat-trick and Fernando Torres showing signs of his former self.

But who has made it into our Team of the week?

Sqf team of the week 2013 wk9
Goalkeeper: Tim Howard (Everton)

Howard kept Everton in the game during the first half at Villa Park, producing a number of decent saves including a penalty from Benteke.

Right Back: Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)

An excellent performance from Sagna, who provided a number of decent crosses as well as fulfilling his defensive duties.

Centre Back: Chico Flores (Swansea City)

Chico was dominant in defence for Swansea in the 0-0 against West Ham. The Spaniard broke up the Hammer’s attacking threat effectively, and could’ve scored near the end.

Centre Back: Curtis Davis (Hull City)

I might as well save a template with Curtis Davis already in it. Once again the Hull City defender put in a commanding display, and was unlucky to be on the losing side.

Left Back: Luke Shaw (Southampton)

A good game for Shaw, who got forward well for Southampton and provided another attacking outlet for the Saints.

Centre Midfield: Leroy Fer (Norwich)

Goal controversy aside, Fer was outstanding for Norwich. The Dutch international was at the heart of everything good Norwich did against Cardiff.

Centre Midfield: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

Who said Steven Gerrard wasn’t a “top top player?” The England captain has created the most goalscoring chances in the league so far this season and another top performance from this top top player was the catalyst for Liverpool’s 4-1 win over West Brom.

Centre Midfield: James Rodriguez (Southampton)

A goal and an assist for James Rodriguez saw the Saints continue their brilliant start to the season with a 2-0 win over Fulham.

Striker: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Rooney looks unstoppable at the moment and the England striker continued his fine run with a goal in the 3-2 win over Stoke. Rooney appears to have a new lease of life under Moyes at United, and England fans will hope it continues.

Striker: Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

Is the old Fernando back? Perhaps it’s too early to say, but a strong performance from the Spaniard, capped with the winning goal in the 2-1 victory against Manchester City, will only add to the argument that Mourinho is getting the best out of Torres.

Striker: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

A wonderful hat-trick from Luis Suarez, including a 17 yard power header, saw Liverpool deservedly beat West Brom. 

Weekend Wonders

Goal of the Week - Daniel Sturridge

His strike partner may have taken all the plaudits for his stunning hat-trick but Sturridge's delicate chip over Myhill was simply sublime. 

Save of the Week - Wojciech Szczesny

The Arsenal keeper had to be on his toes as Palace threatened to equalise in the second half. The Pole thwarted strikes from Ward and Jedinak to pick up a clean sheet bonus for the Gunners.

Manager of the Week - Poyet

Boy, did the new Sunderland boss need this?! The Black Cats were the hungrier team and fully deserved their three points to move off the foot of the table. They wish they could play Newcastle every week, but they must build on that victory - starting against Hull at the KC on Saturday - if they are to beat the drop.

Well there you have it. Do you agree with our selection or disagree? Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.

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