Below is the team that I feel have played the best this weekend. They are in a 3-4-1-2 formation and wearing Deportivo’s kit as Deportivo are bottom of the La Liga at the moment. If there is anyone you feel I have left out, comment below.
I don’t feel as if there were any really impressive performances from goalkeepers this week, but I feel if I had to pick one, I would pick Joe Hart. He made a crucial save, when Manchester City were under some pressure early on in the game. He made some other decent saves throughout the game, to make sure that Man City didn’t drop the points they desperately needed. He couldn’t really do anything about the goal he conceded.
Kyle Walker did well in a solid Tottenham Hotspur outing. He helped his side keep a clean sheet with a few crucial tackles. He managed to keep Wayne Routledge at bay, and not many players have done that this season. He hit an absolute pile-driver and he was really unlucky not to score. Special mention to Zabaleta, but I feel Walker just did slightly better.
For me, Ashley Williams was the best defender of the weekend. He didn’t deserve to be on the losing side at all, and stopped Tottenham from cruising to an easy victory, by stopping lots of their attacking efforts, with some crucial tackles and interceptions. He read the game beautifully, and stopped Tottenham’s strike force from running away with the game. Although he did supremely well, there is a limit, and Tottenham got the goal they deserved. But without William’s it could easily have been 3 or 4 nil.
Kieran Gibbs impressed me against Reading on Monday. He was solid at the back, regularly stopping Kebe from doing any damage, as well as being a dangerous outlet on the left. He linked up well with Podolski, and managed to get two assists. Hopefully he can stay fit for the rest of the season, because if his form stays throughout the season, he could be pushing Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole for the England spot.
Taarabt is a strange player, one week he performs really well, one week he can perform really badly. This week he performed well scoring two goals and driving QPR to their first win of the season. Redknapp will undoubtedly be happy with his performance, his second goal was the highlight of the game, the ball roll followed by an effortless stroke of the ball into the corner.
Tom Cleverley had another good performance in the middle of the park, and he is starting to form a strong partnership with Michael Carrick. This was shown with Cleverley’s goal, a brilliant one-two through Sunderland’s defence, and then slotted into the corner by Cleverley. If Carrick and Cleverley can form a solid partnership with Rooney in front of them, Manchester United may not need a holding midfielder.
Whilst Yaya may not be in the same sort of form that he was in last season, he had a great game against Newcastle on Saturday. It is not a surprise that Manchester City perform well when he performs well. His pass to Nasri for the opening goal was sublime, and his brilliant afternoon was rounded off with the tap in he scored for Man City’s third goal. He will be sorely missed by City when he goes to the African Cup of Nations.
Anthony Pilkington’s consistently good form has been a major factor in Norwich’s climb up the table, and enabling them to be second in the form table. His goal was taken brilliantly, rifling his shot past Al-Habsi. He has formed a good partnership with Garrido on the left hand side, and his cross for Hoolahan’s winner was outstanding.
What a performance from Cazorla! He helped in demolishing Reading in the first half, and in the entire match he got a hat-trick as well as assisting Theo Walcott’s goal. He could have even had a fourth goal if it wasn’t for Federici’s good save. He was a constant threat for Arsenal, and was involved in nearly every attacking piece of play. Cazorla and Wilshere combined well together and maybe they could push for fourth place if they play like that more often.
Benteke had a brilliant game against Liverpool, and showed the Premier League what he can do. Liverpool could not handle his strength and control on the ball. His two goals were sublime, one which he fired from 25 yards out past Pepe Reina off the post. His assist was the best though with his casual back heel to Weimann for the third goal.
Robin van Persie
This spot was a hard one for me, but I feel that van Persie just edged out Podolski’s performance for Arsenal. Robin van Persie joined Michu as the joint top scorer this week with 12 goals, as he helped Manchester United batter Sunderland 3-1. His goal was first class, after some good play by Ashley Young, leaving Mignolet with no chance of saving it. His assist was good as well, he took it past two defenders and served it to Rooney on a silver platter. Van Persie has been carrying Man United so far, and if he carries on his goalscoring form I can’t see anyone but Manchester United winning the title.
Benteke’s brilliant back heel assist
By Will Halse