This week saw many impressive performances from the not-so-likely sources. For instance, nobody expected West Ham United to shut out Southampton at their home ground and though a draw was a possible outcome in the Everton-Chelsea match, not many would’ve have expected Chelsea to lose the match to the Toffees.
So let’s have a look the best-11 individual performances from the past Gameweek with our ‘EPL Team of the Week’
Superman would have certainly been proud of Jussi Jaaskelainen’s ‘superhuman’ heroics this week against a very strong Southampton attack at Saint Mary’s. At 38yrs of age, Jussi is showing no signs of aging and seems to once again prove that age is no barrier if you’re talented.
It was a valiant team effort by Martinez’s men against Chelsea but Seamus Coleman stood out of the pack with his wonderful display against Chelsea. There is this joke circulating the internet which goes like
“Imagine the surprise when Seamus Coleman got in his car and found Eden Hazard and Ashley Cole still in his pocket”. He truly commanded that right flank for Everton.
Sebastien Bassong and Gareth Mauley
Though neither of the two centre-backs kept a clean sheet but I’ve not picked them for just their defensive duties. Had it not been for former Spurs star Sebastien Bassong, Norwich would probably have suffered a humiliating 5-6 goal loss to a in-form Tottenham Hotspur side.
Gareth Mauley on the other hand scored a crucial goal for his side helping the Baggies earn a draw against Fulham.
Left back –
Danny Rose has been the break-through star for Spurs this season with few very impressive performances already this season. Tottenham dominating almost every area of the pitch and Rose in particular was very impressive on the left side for Spurs.
Central Midfielders –
Aaron Ramsey and Ross Barkley –
If you can overhaul and overshadow your team’s new star signing Mesut Ozil and bag the Man of the Match award you certainly deserve a chance to be in the team of the week. Aaron Ramsey scored a brace and was very dominant in the midfield region throughout the match.
Ross Barkley, the young starlet of Everton, continued his bright start to the season with a more-than-impressive performance against Chelsea. His confidence and willingness to spear forward is astonishing and he played several fantastic through-balls in the first half.
Attacking Midfielder –
Nobody could stop this guy last night, including himself. First he scores a goal against his former employers, follows it up with an assist for his ex-team mate Sturridge helping Liverpool equalize, almost forgets he doesn’t play with The Reds anymore and makes another assist to Chelsea loanee Victor Moses to get his first goal handing Liverpool a 1-2 lead at half time. He finally switched sides to make an assist for Michu to get Swansea level. He would certainly have got a standing ovation from both sets of fans had he been subbed off at some point.
Right Winger –
Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa dominated Aston Villa on Sunday. He opened the scoring for the Magpies, then directly contributed to the winner by cutting in and forcing Brad Guzan to palm his shot to Yoan Gouffran. He was simply unstoppable for Paul Lambert’s side.
Left Winger –
Gylfi certainly calmed a few of Andre Villas-Boas’ nerves by scoring a brace with Roberto Soldado still struggling to hit form from open play. Christian Eriksen slid him in for his first goal, Paulinho found him attacking the far post for the second. It was a very tidy performance overall by Gylfi, one which helped Spurs bounce back after their North London Derby defeat.
It was a tough call between Wayne Rooney and Olivier Giroud for this pick but somehow Giroud with his current run of form and playing away at Sunderland edged the English star who himself had a goal against Crystal Palace at home.
Oliver Giroud once again scored for the Gunners and also put in a high level of performance overall as his team beat Sunderland and were positioned at the top of the table before Liverpool snatched the top spot back last night.