The football’s not quite over yet with Man United taking on Fulham later today, but we’ll dive ahead into a Team of the Week debate now anyway. It was another exciting weekend, especially for those at the bottom.
So who stood out for me?
GK – Ali Al-Habsi
I fast becoming a fan of Al-Habsi, and this weekend was him at his imposing best. The whole Wigan team played well in their shock victory over Liverpool, but it was Al-Habsi who really won them the match. Suarez was looking dangerous as always, and Liverpool soon found ways around the solid Wigan defence, but the big man from Oman was there frustrating Suarez and co. at every turn.
LB – Leighton Baines
It’s a shame Leighton is playing at a time Ashley Cole has the England Left-back slot locked up, as at any other time, he would be a regular for his national team. Another fine, creative, display was capped by Baines with a stunning free-kick.
CD – David Wheater
Wheater is a solid, but unglamorous player, who rarely makes the headlines. Well, he sure made them this weekend, with a headed double in an emotional Muamba-inspired Bolton victory. Important goals in a very important match.
CD – Gary Cahill
It wasn’t a great match, but the Chelsea central defence pairing kept Spurs at bay when they did look dangerous. Even when that failed Cahill was ready with a Plan B – a last minute goal-line clearance from Adebayor
RB – Emerson Boyce
Wigan needed someone from the defence to stand up and take charge if they were to stand up to Liverpool. Luckily for them, several did, including the club stalwart Boyce. Made several key challenges and blocks, that would have otherwise led to goals.
LM – James McClean
Where did this lad come form? Well, Derry apparently. His rise to the Sunderland first team, and now to stardom has been dramatic. Showed just how key he is to the way Sunderland play this weekend. A goal, and two assists made him the best player on the pitch. Starting to wish he was English.
CM- Mikel Arteta
Starting to repay the £10 million that Arsenal spent on him. His free-kick was eye grabbing, but aside from this he was the creative core for most of Arsenals play, linked linked up all player on the pitch in the way a true playmaker should.
RM – Hatem Ben Arfa
Has blown hot and cold during his time in England, but may be starting to become the kind of star he was hyped as a few years ago. Ben Arfa was part of a stunningly fluid Newcastle attack, with Demba Ba and new boy Cisse (more on him later). Scored one, created one, and generally ran his legs off.
FW – Peter Crouch
Maybe it’s not fair to judge a whole performance on just one goal, but what the hell, I’m going to do it anyway. Crouch laid a firm claim to goal of the season, and also gave Stoke a great point against title chasers City. May have finally found a club that’s a good match for his tall frame.
FW – Grant Holt
A red card was a disappointing end, but overall it was a talismanic performance by 13 goal Holt. Showed he is more than just a a strong, old fashioned type player, with the touch of great skill for his first goal.
FW – Papiss Cisse
Newcastle forward line a joy to behold at times. Ben Arfa and Ba may have had more of a creative role, but Cisse was the linchpin of the attack, and looked dangerous throughout. His goal against Brom was his 5th in 6 games.
On the Dream Team bench – John Terry, Leon Osman, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Demba Ba.
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