In what was quite a lacklustre weekend, with just 17 goals scored across 10 fixtures.My result of the weekend is Cardiff City beating Manchester City, 3-2. I have picked out my best eleven players. I will be assembling them in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
GK: Ben Foster
In theory, Everton were quite unlucky not to beat West Brom. They dominated possession and had fifteen more shots than West Brom, so Ben Foster is the man to thank for gaining West Brom a point. He made seven saves this weekend, two being from a fantastic double save from Ross Barkley. Unfortunately for Foster, he injured himself in the 78th minute, so Luke Daniels came on, his first appearance for West Brom in over 6 years.
RB: Phil Jones
The superb defensive displays from both Manchester United and Chelsea were part of the reason why it ended up as a 0-0 draw. Phil Jones managed to keep Eden Hazard quite for large parts of the game, someone who has been a major threat to Manchester United in the past. Phil Jones is renowned for keeping star players quite, and did so last season against Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford last season. Hopefully he will get a chance in the middle of defence soon, as he has all the attributes to become a top player.
CB: Kolo Toure
Another superb performance from the new arrival at Anfield. His experience at the back has helped Liverpool greatly so far, and he has helped them keep two clean sheets in the last two games. In the dying moments of the game, he made a crucial tackle on Christian Benteke, which prevented the prolific Belgian from surely scoring.
CB: Phil Jagielka
In recent seasons, Everton have been known for having a very sturdy defence under David Moyes’ management. A large part of that was down to Phil Jagielka and it looks set to continue as he provides a strong base for Everton’s more creative players to flourish. He will be crucial to Roberto Martinez’s chances of qualifying for Europe. The Everton captain made 14 clearances with an 80% pass success rate, which is incredible for a defender.
LB: Ashley Cole
Known as being one of the best left-backs in the world, Ashley Cole delivered the goods once again on Monday evening. He blocked a huge amount of crosses from Antonio Valencia, and managed to keep the United winger in his pocket for large parts of Monday’s game. He was probably Chelsea’s most impressive defender, as Chelsea managed to keep United from scoring, which is no mean feat at Old Trafford. He has been impressive going forward this season, in the opposing half he has attempted 54 passes with an 83% success rate.
CM: Gary Medel
Gary Medel, also known as the pitbull to some, delivered a fiery performance for the dragon’s on Sunday. He was one of the key performers in Cardiff’s special performance against Manchester City. He prevented City from playing with an open, fluid style which we saw in great quantity against Newcastle. A particular highlight of mine was when he made two sliding tackles in a row, as City were just about to break on the counter attack, on David Silva and then Yaya Toure, as well as distributing the ball to Frazier Campbell afterwards. Medel will be crucial in the upcoming season, if Cardiff are to stay away from the drop.
CM: Etienne Capoue
Etienne Capoue has only been at Tottenham for around two weeks now, but is already looking like a class act. He is a brilliant defensive midfielder. Against Swansea, he completed 5 out of his 6 attempted tackles, he won two arial duels, two interceptions and five clearances. In addition, he also completed 90% of his attempted passes. He allows the players ahead of him to play freely, which is great for a team such as Tottenham, because they have great attacking talent.
RAM: Daniel Sturridge
Even though he’s not exactly an attacking midfielder, he does interchange with Iago Aspas who plays on the right wing for Liverpool. Anyway, Sturridge has had a fantastic start to the season, he has scored two goals in two games and took his goal against Aston Villa brilliantly. He could have been awarded a penalty in the latter stages of the game, and so far it doesn’t look as if Luis Suarez will be missed if he leaves. He has developed a great partnership with Phillipe Coutinho, and they showcase the type of football that Brendan Rodgers loves, with their free and expansive passing style. This will be a welcome boost to England in a World Cup year.
CAM: Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League, and he showed why on Saturday. He played six key passes on the weekend, providing vital chances for his teammates. He had an immense pass completion of just over 94%, which is quite incredible seeing as he made more than 60 passes on the weekend. He will prove to be a vital cog for Arsenal’s push for fourth place this season, but he needs to play in the middle, as he struggles to have the same influence on the left side of the pitch
LAM: Lukas Podolski
Lukas Podolski was fundamental towards Arsenal’s win on Saturday. He missed his clinical touch last season, that he was so renowned for in Cologne. However, on Saturday he showed what he was brought in for, scoring goals.He managed to score 2 goals from 2 chances, as Arsenal cruised to victory against Fulham. Hopefully for Arsenal fan’s, he will be able to carry this on throughout the season, as they need as many goals they can get at the moment. However, he may be forced out as Arsenal are frequently being linked with Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria.
ST: Frazier Campbell
Cardiff needed to be clinical with their chances if they were to beat Manchester City. He scored from two set plays though, which is quite unlike him as he is only 5″6. As well as his goals, Frazier Campbell also provided a huge amount of trouble to Manchester City’s makeshift defence, by using his pace to his advantage over the slightly pedestrian-like Joleon Lescott and Javi Garcia.