Of all the fantastic performances in the Premier League over the weekend, who displayed skill above the rest to make it into TBR’s Premier League Team of the Week?
Julian Speroni – Crystal Palace
One of the few moments of excitement and quality in Palace’s drab nil-nil draw with Burnley was provided by Argentinian stopper Speroni. After Mile Jedinak had recklessly brought down Lukas Jutkiewicz, Burnley had the opportunity to bag their first away win of the season but were superbly denied by the sprawling Speroni.
Wes Morgan – Leicester City
The Foxes have made a steady return to the Premier League with a draws secured against top six opposition in the form of Arsenal and Everton before Saturday’s trip to Britannia. Morgan was in instrumental form and provided his usual mix of no fuss defending and superb organisation to ensure that Leicester sprung another surprise.
Nathan Baker – Aston Villa
In probably the shock result of the weekend, Villa departed Anfield with all three points. Whilst every member of the of the Villa back four deserve immense credit for another excellent defensive performance, as the least experienced of the back four, Baker showed great maturity and confidence throughout the game against Liverpool.
Philippe Senderos – Aston Villa
Despite being much derided throughout his Premier League career, Senderos has begun this season in fantastic form. Although he missed a sitter and perhaps should have been sent off, Senderos was resolute in the tackle and in contrast to recent years made the right decision time and again at the back. Villa have only conceded once so far this season and the Alex Murphy look-a-like must take much of the credit.
Daley Blind – Manchester United
Described as ‘metronomic’ by Jamie Jackson in the Guardian, Blind put in an assured performance at the base of United’s new diamond formation. His reading of the game and anticipation was excellent, and he made a number of telling interceptions early on. The confidence that Mata, Di-Maria and Herrera evidently had in the Dutchman allowed them to bomb forward in search of goals, and Mata in particular appeared to benefit from Blind’s inclusion.
Angel Di-Maria – Manchester United
On the back of a man of the match performance for Argentina in mid-week, Di-Maria produced a sparkling performance against a woeful QPR. His ability to drive with the ball and cover large amounts of ground quickly are something that the Old Trafford faithful have missed for several years. Scored a somewhat fortuitous goal and provided a somewhat fortituous assist but was a pleasure to watch all game.
Cesc Fabregas – Chelsea
As was stated several weeks ago it is anticipated that Fabregas will be in the team of the week more often than not. When played in his favoured position, he is one of the most effective footballers on the planet and against Swansea he again provided a midfield master class.
Jack Wilshere – Arsenal
After putting up with a barrage of criticism from former professionals for his failure to improve and develop, Wilshere has let his feet do the talking this week. After a solid display for England in Switzerland, Wilshere was the best player on the park in Arsenal’s thrilling two all draw at home to Manchester City. His ability to pass, tackle and create were all in evidence in Saturday’s game and his finish from Ramsey’s pass was delightful.
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal
The little Chilean has taken a few games to become accustomed to the Premier League but showed both his finishing ability and work rate against City. His finish to put Arsenal two one up was sensational and he worked extremely hard to track back and help out what was an ultimately porous defense.
Diego Costa – Chelsea
Costa again showed why he is perfectly suited to Chelsea. He is a supreme poacher and showed great movement to bag the second and third goals of his hat-trick. He has an excellent understanding with Fabregas and provided injury is avoided he should comfortably finish as the League’s top scorer.
Abel Hernandez – Hull City
Signed from Palermo for a club record fee, the Uruguayan target man took absolutely no time to endear himself to the Hull fans. He scored a marvellous header, crashed a thunderbolt against the underside of the bar and looked dangerous until he ran out of steam late on. Looks to be an excellent signing.
Do you agree with our selection or is there a player from your club who should have forced their way into TBR’s Premier League Team of the Week? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @TBRFootball .