Below is a team of the players I feel have done the best in the weekend fixtures. This week, the the team are wearing the Uzbekistan national kit, because, why not?
Joe Hart The England No. 1 has come in for a lot of stick recently, including from myself, due to performances for both club and country which were awful by his high standards. This week, though, the Man City ‘keeper is back on form, pulling off some impressive saves which stopped his team going behind to Villa, including somehow getting his hand to a powerful Benteke header which looked destined for the net.
José Enrique The Liverpool left-back is starting to show his worth in the Premier League with a string of quality performances. With Enrique and Suarez you have one of the best relationships in the division, and that was in evidence on Saturday against Wigan, with Enrique playing a fantastic through ball for both Suarez and Liverpool’s second goal of the afternoon. He managed to get on the scoresheet himself later on, finishing from close range after Al-Habsi could only parry Sterling’s shot into his path.
Michael Turner The Norwich centre-half had looked a liability earlier in the season, making too many costly mistakes, but Chris Hughton has stuck with him, and rightly so judging by his latest performance. He was instrumental in making sure the Canaries held a clean sheet against Man Utd, constantly breaking up attacks and frustrating their strikers.
Sebastian Bassong The central defender has been Norwich’s most consistent performer this season, and is probably the main reason why they have kept three clean sheets on the trot. He was key in keeping United’s usually free-scoring strikeforce, Hernandez, Van Persie and Welbeck, at bay, winning most of his headers and marauding forward when it was necessary.
Billy Jones No right-backs really stood out for me this week, but Jones’ name was mentioned at least twice on Match of the Day.
Jamie Puncheon The Saints winger was fantastic against QPR, proving to be a real menace with his speed and trickery to their defence. He scored a fabulous goal from the edge of the area, and took numerous other shots which came close to finding the net. On another day he might well have had a hat-trick.
Santi Cazorla The Spanish playmaker has been arguably the signing of the season, and he put in yet another strong performance on Saturday in the North London derby. He spread the play fantastically, and ended up with a couple of great assists and a goal from a fine finish.
David Silva The Man City maestro hasn’t been nearly as good this season as last, but he was back on form as the Citizens thrashed Villa 5-0. He stated off the scoring late in the second half, and it wasn’t long before we saw some of the brilliant through balls we’d come to take for granted last season. Man City will want him to keep playing like this if they are to retain the title.
Theo Walcott Arsenal fans will want him to put pen to paper on a new contract as soon as possible judging by his latest performance as the Gunners thumped Tottenham 5-2. His pace was a real threat all afternoon, and he rounded off a convincing Arsenal performance with a deserved goal.
Luis Suarez Without Suarez, Liverpool would be in big trouble. The only player to have reached double figures in the goals scored column in the league this season, he added another couple to his name against Wigan with two smart finishes. His link-up play with Enrique is getting better by the match.
Shane Long How Reading could do with their ex-striker now! Long has been phenomenal this season, and is one of the top forwards in the league on current form. A constant pest to the opposition defence, he was heavily involved in both West Brom’s goals as they beat Chelsea, notching up a goal and an assist. A top player.
Did I get the team right? If there’s anybody you feel should definitely be here, leave a comment down below.