This week has seen a title race that looked to be over reinvigorated, and has had more than its share of refereeing controversy from dodgy dives to mystery goals across the Premiership and FA Cup semi-finals. So this week I’ve combined the two competitions to compile my team of the weak.
Goalkeeper: Brad Jones (Liverpool) – Jones saved a penalty with his first touch in his sides midweek game against Blackburn, setting the tone for whats been an impressive week for Liverpool’s third choice goalkeeper.
The Australian showed no sign of rustiness at Ewood Park despite his lack of appearances during his time on Merseyside and produced an assured display amid the pressurised environment of a derby at Wembley.
Right Back: Rafael (Manchester United) – Produced arguably his best performance of the season as United strolled to victory against a struggling Aston Villa. The Brazilian looked composed in defence throughout and pushed forward successfully in a game his side dominated.
Centre-Back: Johnny Evans (Manchester United) – The Irishman came up with a display to back up his manager pre-match claim that he was currently producing the best performances in the Premier League. Never looked panicked in the game and even threatened to get amongst the goals in the opposition box.
Centre-Back: Ashley Willams (Swansea) – The welsh international has had an impressive season in England’s top division but has struggled slightly in Swansea’s recent run of defeats but a return to winning ways for the Swans this weekend was accompanied by a return to form for Williams. He looked his usual commanding self at the back he bossed what could have proved a difficult physical battle with the imposing Yak.
Left-Back: Gael Clichy (Manchester City) – Finally found the form that made him a favourite at the Emirates rediscovering the confidence to bomb down the wing, forcing Norwich onto the back foot. While his involvement in City’s sixth goal was simply magnificent.
Midfield: Paul Scholes (Manchester United) – The ginger prince once again rolled back the years as he eased sublimely through 75 minutes of his sides game with Villa, treating us all to an exhibition of passing in the process. It is exactly these kind of performances that are leading many to call for the midfield maestro to save England this summer.
Midfield: Juan Mata (Chelsea) – Produced a magnificent second half display at Wembley, the former Valencia star made Spurs pay for the gaps left in midfield as they chased an equaliser at 2-1 down. Mata created two goals and threatened even more.
Midfield: James McCarthy (Wigan) – Played a staring role as Roberto Martinez’s men continued where they left off against United. McCarthy helped set the tempo for Wigan’s impressive passing game and pressed Arsenal’s midfield effectively when the Gunners’ threatened to start producing.
Forward: Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) – A man few expected to ever feature again for City blew the title race back open and took home the match ball in the process. His three goals demonstrated all the class the Argentine is capable of, once he can be tempted away from the golf course and on to a football pitch.
Forward: Didier Drogba (Chelsea) A goal straight out of the top draw announced the Ivorians return to form. He provided an immense physical test all afternoon that Gallas and King struggled to cope with. If Drogba can continue this form to the end of the season he may single-handly land Di Matteo Stamford Bridge’s top job on a more permenant basis.
Forward: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) While his strike partner may have stolen the headlines with his hat-trick, this Argentine was no less in impressive. The supusion of Balotelli seems to have produced a timely upturn in goal scoring form and only the heroics of Norwich Goalkeeper Ruddy stopped Aguero wrestling with Tevez for the match ball.
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