GOALKEEPER: John Ruddy (Norwich)
First name on the team sheet for me this week. Brilliant performance against Manchester United to knock them off top spot in the league and make Norwich only the second team this season to not let United score a goal. The often underrated keeper has been playing really well so far this season and deserves some credit.
RIGHT-BACK: Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)
The young full-back has shown a lot of promise this season and played extremely well in the premature relegation battle cruelly dubbed as ‘El Sackico’ by the media due to the rumours of both Nigel Adkins’ and Mark Hughes’ potentially imminent sackings. Clyne has shown great amounts of potential and I think if the Saints were to get relegated, he could find himself back in the Premiership soon enough.
CENTRE-BACK: Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland)
The defender scored Sunderland’s important second goal to take the pressure off the Black Cats in their 3-1 win against Fulham. He put in a strong performance and could be a real asset to Martin O’Neill’s side this season.
CENTRE-BACK: Liam Ridgewell (West Brom)
With Norwich getting a surprise result against Man Utd, West Brom’s brilliant win over Chelsea has been somewhat overlooked by football fans. West Brom have been firing on all cylinders this season and find themselves in a well-deserved fourth place in the league. Ridgewell has been a big part of the Baggies success and had another great game against Chelsea this weekend.
LEFT-BACK: Jose Enrique (Liverpool)
Really difficult decision not to give this one to Javier Garrido for his brilliant cross to Anthony Pilkington for Norwich’s goal against Man United. However, a goal and an assist from a left-back in a 3-0 win can’t be overlooked and I think Liverpool would’ve struggled this weekend without Enrique.
RIGHT-MIDFIELD: Jason Puncheon (Southampton)
Probably the only Southampton player to play better than Nathaniel Clyne in their all-important 3-1 win over QPR. Scoring one and setting up one, Puncheon was involved in everything good Southampton did in the game.
CENTRE-MIDFIELD: Santi Carzola (Arsenal)
Another player with one goal and one assist this weekend, Carzola was Arsenal’s best player in an extraordinary 7-goal thriller. Carzola’s sheer tenacity and desire in the build-up to Giroud’s goal says it all. Carzola has been a quality signing for Wenger and Arsenal fans will want him to continue his good form if they want a Champions League spot.
CENTRE-MIDFIELD: David Silva (Manchester City)
Manchester City looked to be getting back to somewhere near their form of last season with a 5-0 win over a poor Aston Villa side. Silva had a lack-luster start to the season with form and injury problems but, with two assists and a goal, Silva has showed he is back in tip-top condition and a vitally important player for City’s continued success.
LEFT-MIDFIELD: Anthony Pilkington (Norwich)
Pilkington gets in my team almost solely for his fantastic header in Norwich’s win over Man United. Pilkington played a great game overall but his header was probably the best I’ve seen so far this season, especially as Pilkington is not known for his heading abilities.
STRIKER: Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
Manchester City scored 5 against Aston Villa. Tevez scored 2 of those and set up anther 2. Need I say more?
STRIKER: Shane Long (West Brom)
Shane Long has scored 4 goals in the Premier League this season and 3 of those have been against teams in the top 5. Long was another player to get one goal and one assist (seems to be a bit of a theme this week) but his were probably the most important. A stellar performance by the striker who always plays well against the top sides and has helped put West Brom into a fantastic position to have a great season.