We name our Premier League team of the week.
GK: Alex McCarthy (Reading)
The young stopper has made the Reading number one shirt his own and showed why Brian McDermott has put so much faith in him with a string of fine saves against Swansea.
RB: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)
The Serb is having one hell of a season for Chelsea and has now almost scored as many league goals as Fernando Torres! His volley against Norwich was right out of the top drawer.
LB: Leighton Baines (Everton)
Once again the full-back was Everton’s most creative player – which is saying something – and capped off another superb performance with an unstoppable late penalty. Are you watching Ashley Cole?
CB: Steven Caulker (Tottenham)
A clean sheet and a not-at-all-lucky goal meant it was a cracking weekend for Caulker, who is looking increasingly assured at centre-back. The youngster performances have meant Ledley King has not been too sorely missed at White Hart Lane.
CB: Johnny Evans (Man United)
With United leaking goals left, right and centre, Sir Alex Ferguson needed someone to step-up and Evans duly did so. The Northern Irishman put in a great display against Newcastle, bagging a goal and a clean sheet, despite struggling with various knocks.
CM: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
Oh, he’s good. So good. Another classy performance from the Spanish pass-master was capped off with another fine goal. Buy of the season, we think.
CM: Zoltan Gera (West Brom)
The Hungarian looked back to his dazzling best for West Brom, controlling the midfield against the talented Esteban Granero and grabbing a goal to boot.
CM: David Silva (Man City)
Pulled the strings for City in what was the Champions’ best performance of the season so far. The Spaniard was at his sparkling best and there were some dazzling tricks and flicks on display.
AMC: Wayne Rooney (Man United)
No goals but an mightily impressive display from the England forward, who looks determined not to be overshadowed by Robin van Persie every week. Rooney served as great link between attack and midfield as Newcastle were put to the sword.
ST: Arouna Kone (Wigan)
Scoring twice against Everton is not easy to do and the Ivorian ran the Toffees ragged for 90 minutes, with only some great defending preventing him from grabbing a hattrick. What a bargain!
ST: Andy Carroll (Liverp…no, sorry: West Ham)
How Liverpool could do with this man. Carroll didn’t get on the scoresheet and ended up well beaten but bullied Arsenal’s defence for 90 minutes and there are signs that the England striker could soon be back to his devastating best.
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