Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Premier League Team of the Week: Gameweek 7

Editorial | Premier League Team of the Week |

Goalkeeper: Tim Krul (Newcastle United)
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul produced a man-of-the-match display to ensure the Magpies' red hot start to the new Barclays Premier League season continued.

The Dutch goalkeeper prevented Wolves from scoring on numerous occasions with fine stops against Jamie O'Hara, Kevin Doyle, Steven Fletcher and Adam Hammill as Newcastle won the match 2-1 and finish the weekend fourth in the standings. It is not had to see why Alan Pardew's men have the best defensive record in the league at the moment - only four goals conceded - with Krul in between the sticks for Newcastle.

Defender: Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
If you're a Spurs fan - you dream about the type of moment that Kyle Walker experienced on Sunday night. With the north London derby seemingly heading for a bore draw, the ball fell to the 21-year-old right-back from around 30-yards out and he fired the ball past Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to win the game.

Defender: Jose Enrique (Liverpool)
Last week, I wrote that Jose Enrique might just be the answer to Liverpool's left-back problem that they have been trying to solve for some time now. He lived up to this expectation on Saturday as the Reds triumphed 2-0 in the Merseyside derby. The only question is can Kenny Dalglish get the best out of him for 90 minutes? Defensively he was solid but offensively he doesn't appear to be on the same page with Stewart Downing on the left flank. It was only when the England winger made way for Craig Bellamy did we see Enrique at his attacking best - the Welshman played Enrique into space and he sent in a great cross to set up Andy Carroll for Liverpool's opening goal.

Defender: Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Manchester United completed a club record 19th successive home league win - but they were perhaps a touch fortunate to record a 2-0 triumph over plucky Norwich.

Jones was the best defender on the day from United's back four and he showed why Sir Alex Ferguson has so much - about £16.5 million worth - faith in the young defender. His shining moment came after Steve Morison had given Jonny Evans the slip. Knowing a Norwich player was unmarked behind him, Jones made sure he held his ground to deny an early cross before lunging in on Morison to come away with the ball.

Defender: Garry Monk (Swansea)
Stoke City - a side coming off a draw with mighty Manchester United and a win against Turkish giant Besiktas - were brought down to earth by a 2-0 loss to newly promoted Swansea. At the heart of the battling victory for Swansea was defender Garry Monk who did what even Phil Jones failed to do this season which was to snuff out the aerial threat of Peter Crouch.

Midfielder: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
It is wonderful to see Frank Lampard back to his best again for Chelsea.He does his talking on the pitch - something that I like - and his well taken hat-trick in Chelsea's 5-1 demolition of Bolton sent the right message to the new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Midfielder: Danny Murphy (Fulham)
Andrew Johnson's hat-trick helped Fulham secure their first Barclays Premier League win of the season as they thrashed west London rivals QPR 6-0 at the weekend. However, Fulham's midfield maestro Danny Murphy deserves a lot of credit for the win as well. He controlled the midfield and set the tone for his team-mates as Fulham overran a hapless looking QPR side.

Midfielder: Samir Nasri (Manchester City)
Samir Nasri came on to replace the injured Sergio Aguero and completely changed the game for Manchester City in their 4-0 romp over Blackburn. Rovers simply could not handle the France international's movement and crosses and he finished the match with a goal and two assists. Not bad for a sub. Nasri now has five assists for City in five Barclays Premier League games which Opta Sports points out is the same amount he had in his final 73 league appearances for Arsenal.

Forward: Andy Johnson (Fulham)
How could Andy Johnson not make our team of the week? A hat-trick before the hour mark as Fulham hit QPR for six goals. He may have lost a bit of pace over the last few seasons but if you give him space he can still hurt you badly as QPR found out.

Forward: Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea)
Bolton were poor on Sunday and hit the self destruct button in their 5-1 defeat to Chelsea. At the same time, Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge had an excellent game and in a way it was surprising Bolton manager Owen Coyle - who knows Sturridge well from the striker's loan spell at the club last season - did not know how to stop him.

Forward: Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
For pure influence on the result of the game, Luis Suarez gets the nod for my team of the week. Liverpool's 2-0 win in the 216th Merseyside derby will forever be remembered negatively for Suarez's role in Martin Atkinson harshly sending off Evertonian Jack Rodwell and then positively for his goal to seal the points for the Reds.

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