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Wednesday, 09 October 2013

Squarefootball's Team of the Week - Week seven


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It proved to be a great weekend for fans of West Ham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton, Chelsea, Fulham and Newcastle. All eight sides picked up maximum points but it were Arsenal fans who had the biggest grins on their faces. 

Not only had the Gunners retained top spot, they watched on as West Ham spanked their bitter rivals Spurs at White Hart Lane 3-0.  I don't know who was celebrating more, the Hammers or the Gooners!

There were some top class performances again this weekend, with youngsters Januzaj and Morrison making all the headlines, but who has made it into our Team of the Week?

Sqf team of the week 2013 wk7

Goalkeeper: Artur Boruc (Southampton)

The score may have read Southampton 2-0 Swansea at the weekend, but if not for two outstanding saves by Boruc from Michu and Wilfried Bony, Swansea would have come away with the draw. Five clean sheets already in the league by the Poland international.

Right Back: Sascha Reither (Fulham)

Two goal line clearances from the right back meant Fulham walked away from their home fixture against Stoke with the victory. Reither nearly completed an excellent game, coming close to scoring himself.

Centre Back: Winston Reid (West Ham)

A commendable performance by the West Ham defence, epitomised by Reid’s fantastic effort at the back. The New Zealand international, alongside James Tomkins, kept Spurs at bay before scoring the first goal in West Ham’s emphatic 3-0 win.

Centre Back: Curtis Davis (Hull City)

Yet another appearance in our Team of the Week for Davis, this time putting in a strong showing against his former club. Brave play by the centre back ensured a well-earned point for Hull at home to Aston Villa.

Left Back: Jonas Olsson (West Brom)

Another strong outing by Olsson for West Brom, this time against Arsenal. Olsson led his team to a deserved draw against the Gunners.

Right Wing: Nathan Dyer (Swansea)

Although on the losing side, Dyer put in a fantastic shift on the right wing against Southampton. The Swansea attacker left Southampton’s Fox for dead, and was unlucky to not come away with anything.

Centre Midfield: Oscar (Chelsea)

Another goal from the Brazilian midfielder saw Chelsea on their way to a 3-1 victory at Norwich. Oscar continues to impress and ease doubts over the lack of Juan Mata’s appearances in the side.

Centre Midfield: Claudio Yacob (West Brom)

If not for Yacob’s goal, it could have just as easily been Mulumbu in our Team of the Week. Yacob gave West Brom the lead against Arsenal and alongside Mulumbu put in a strong and dominant performance in the middle of the park.

Centre Midfield: Ravel Morrison (West Ham)

A simply sensational goal from Morrison wrapped up the win for West Ham at Tottenham. The young midfielder’s finish capped an impressive and combative outing for a player believed to have the potential to be one of the best in the country.

Left Wing: Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United)

Two goals on your debut for Manchester United? We’re sure Januzaj couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to his United career. The Belgium, or is it Albanian? Or Englishman? Januzaj dragged United from their third league defeat in a row, and in the process became the first United player to score two on their debut since Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

Striker: Loic Remy (Newcastle)

A fine start to the season by Remy continued at Cardiff with the Frenchman bagging himself two goals to take his tally to five for the season. Should this form continue the on-loan QPR striker can expect offers from the biggest clubs in Europe.

Weekend Wonders 

Goal of the Weekend: Willian (Chelsea)

There were some outrageous finishes in the Premier League this weekend. We saw Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj cap a brilliant debut with a beautiful volleyed goal, while former United midfielder Ravel Morrison ran the length of the pitch, took on two Spurs defenders and chip Hugo Lloris. But the goal of the week goes to Chelsea’s new Brazilian maestro Willian, who curled a wonderful effort first time past John Ruddy to secure the three points for his new team.

Manager of the Weekend: Sam Allardyce (West Ham)

Many feared for West Ham when they travelled to Tottenham on Sunday, and those fears weren’t elevated when “Big” Sam opted to play a 4-6-0 formation. But the risk paid off for the former Blackburn boss, with the midfielders fluently taking their turns up top, giving the Hammers a completely different feel to their play. Although Spurs looked stronger in the first half, Sam stuck to his guns and saw his team run out 3-0 winners at White Hart Lane. Special mention also goes to Manchester United’s David Moyes, for the courage to start Adnan Januzaj, which worked admirably in their 2-1 win at Sunderland. 

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