With another thrilling Barclays Premier League weekend behind us, here’s a comprehensive look at the best XI of the latest round of matches.
Newcastle’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa had much to do with goalkeeper Tim Krul. He made a number of vital saves when Villa had chances and continued the impressive form he’s shown all season. The 23 year old Dutch international really is beginning to prove himself as one of the leagues finest.
In a poor game Liverpool’s Martin Kelly was solid in nullifying the considerable threat of Gareth Bale. The young Englishman also excelled in attack, creating Liverpool’s best opening when his superb cross was hacked over by Andy Carroll.
Dawson has been restricted to only 4 league appearances this season due to injury, but slotted back in to the Spurs defense seamlessly alongside Ledley King. Both were under pressure for huge spells of the contest as Liverpool dominated possession throughout, with the hosts limited to just a few clear cut chances towards the end of the game.
Turner’s another player who hasn’t seen much action recently, but impressed in a solid display against the giants of Stoke’s forward line. Whilst most defenders wilt under the relentless barrage usually served up at the Britannia, Turner was equal to everything thrown at him and was instrumental in a crucial win for his side.
Coquelin probably didn’t think he’d get as much first team action as he has done in recent weeks, but the young Frenchman has shouldered the responsibility given to him by Arsene Wenger Superbly. Coquelin was hardly troubled by a shambolic Blackburn outfit, but worried the visitors with his pace down the flanks throughout the game. With the versatile full back’s retention of the ball and technical prowess also impressing, Arsene Wenger seems to be nurturing another top class talent for his squad.
The Ox has burst onto the Premier League scene recently, with his progress wowing fans and pundits alike. The 18 year old pulverized Blackburn’s meek rearguard, switching wings to trouble both Bradly Orr and Martin Olsson. Whilst both his goals were dispatched expertly it’s his build up play that truly astonishes. With a calm head and deadly final ball Chamberlain poses all the pace of team mate Theo Walcott with additional strength and composure, making him a threat to any top flight defence.
Parker seemed to be the only player on the pitch at one stage in Monday night’s game. At 31 the Spurs midfielder is still one of the fittest in the league, chasing down nearly every Liverpool attack from the first minute to the last. As his side sit comfortably in 3rd place, the £5.5 million capture is already proving to be one of the bargains of the season.
The loan star from Hoffenheim slipped under the radar a midst the lunacy of the January transfer window, but has quickly made himself at home in the Premier League. The former Reading man scored one and created another for Danny Graham in their 2-1 win at the Hawthornes, ensuring the Baggies were the latest side to succumb to another vintage footballing display by Swansea.
Having not appeared under the dour management of Steve Bruce, McClean has shot to prominence under the stewardship of Martin O’Neill. Sunderland’s form under O’Neill has been exemplary, and 22 year old McClean has been at the heart of it with his a pace and eye for goal. Winning at Stoke is no mean feat, and thanks to McClean’s well taken effort the Black Cats have now won 8 of their last 12 games catapulting them to 8th in the league.
Manchester United looked dead and buried against a rampant Chelsea side until Wayne Rooney galvanized the champions and turned the game on it’s head. The 26 year old was instrumental in everything United did, with his willingness to disrupt and pressure the opposition never ceasing to amaze. Though both his goals were penalties the striker showed great composure after missing 4 of his previous 8 spot kicks before Sunday’s game.
Robin Van Persie
Simply the greatest center forward in the world at this moment in time, Van Persie’s class and poise on the ball is matched with a ruthlessness in front of goal no other striker can match. The Dutchman is simply a delight to watch.
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