EPL Team of the Week: Round 21

Aakarsh / 14 January 2016

From last minute equalizers by Allen and Dummet to a winner from Huth and Lescott  the Premier League this week has yet again produced some thrilling contests proving itself to be the most entertaining league in Europe. There were some brilliant individual performances from many player that set the league on fire.

Here is the team of the week for the 21st round of Premier League fixtures:

Goal Keeper:

Tim Howard (Everton):

The Toffees held on to a nervous 0-0 draw at the Etihad on a cold rainy night and the goal keeper deserves a lot of credit for this results. Making 5 saves and commanding his box, Tim Howard stood between the Citizens and all three points on the night.

Defense:

Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa):

Helped Villa keep their first clean sheet since November and also scored the winner to give his side the first victory after the opening day, Lescott was in top form for the Villains as they shocked Pardew’s Palace with a 1-0 victory at home.

Robert Huth (Leicester City):

Opponents Tottenham had scored 18 goals in their past 10 games. Leicester themselves hadn’t scored in almost 400 minutes of Premier League football. Huth put both of those runs to bed as he managed the only goal in Leicester’s 1-0 win at White Hart Lane

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea):

The brightest star for Chelsea this season, Azpilicueta was sound defensively giving the Baggies no space down his flank and also made a well timed run to open the scoring for Chelsea in the first half. Had a huge role to play in most of the Chelsea attacks on the night.

 

Mid-field:

Joel Campbell (Arsenal):

Starting as a replacement for injuries in the Arsenal side but has now replaces Oxlade Chamberlain in the starting line-up, Joel Campbell had another good outing at Anfield on Wednesday. He was willing to take on the Liverpool defense and created plenty of problems like the ball to Ramsey to open Arsenal’s scoring in the first half.

Dimtri Payet (West Ham United):

Payet returning from injury was literally everywhere for the Hammers in their victory over the Cherries. He was a lively figure in the middle of the field as he constantly put the homes side under pressure and picked up a goal and an assist on the night.

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool):

Arguably his best performance of the season, Firmino was un-playable in the first half at Anfield. He put an instinctive finish past Cech to open the scoring for Liverpool before curling in a stunner that beat Petr Cech to give Liverpool the lead once again. Seems to grow in confidence the more chances he’s got to lead the line at Liverpool.

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United):

The Manchester United skipper wore a confident look on the night against the Magpies as he was superb in his movement and vision. He scored twice in the 3-3 draw at St James’ and put in his best performance for some time in a Untied jersey.

Attack:

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United):

The reason why the Magpies took a point from this game, Mitrovic was simply superb in his game against United on Tuesday. He assisted the first goal scored the second and fought for the ball to give Dummet a chance to score the third in a scintillating performance for the struggling Newcastle side.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal):

Used his height and strength to good advantage to put the Liverpool defense under some pressure and also got himself a brace as he gave Arsenal a sniff at all three points before Joe Allen spoilt the part for the Gunners.

Jermain Defoe (Sunderland):

The relegation threatened Black Cats were relieved to see the team put four past 10 men Swansea side. Defoe was at his best on the night making innumerable run ins behind the defense and got himself a hat-trick that sees his team in the 18th place just 2 points away from safety.

 

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