GMF Team of the Week: January 21-22

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As ever, there are number of talking points over last weekend’s Barclays Premier League and a raft of quality performances to mull over.


Somehow, GiveMeFootball has gone through all of the weekend’s games and pulled out what they believe to be the team of the week.


Reasons will be given for why these players are in the selection and the formation is changeable due to the performances on show.


Of course, your own suggestions or criticisms are welcome, which you can leave below.


OK, Here were go….


Goalkeeper – John Ruddy, Norwich City

Although his interventions weren’t exactly numerous, they were outstanding. The fact that it was Norwich City’s first clean sheet of the season has clinched it.


Right-Back – Micah Richards, Manchester City

There is possibly no other right-back in the League who can outdo Gareth Bale for pace and power, but Richards did it with improving positional nous too.


Centre-Half – David Wheater, Bolton Wonderers

Pressure has been heaped onto Wheater after being billed as Gary Cahill’s replacement, but he bore it well and was outstanding in the victory over Liverpool.


Centre-half – Zak Whitbread, Norwich City

Despite Fernando Torres being off the boil once more, Whitbread was resolute in keeping out Chelsea’s otherwise impressive Daniel Sturridge and Juan Mata.


Left-back – Patrice Evra, Manchester United

The Manchester United captain was an ever-present in Arsenal’s half and, along with Nani, tormented Johan Djourou in the first half. Also sound defensively to keep Theo Walcott quiet.


Midfield – Antonio Valencia, Manchester United

Terrorised the Arsenal defence pretty much the whole game, even when put at right back. Scored the opener and set up the winner – unlucky not to be MOM.


Midfield – Mark Davies, Bolton Wanderers

Marched into the Liverpool box unchallenged for the early opener and was extremely composed under pressure in midfield throughout. He’ll be a star.


Midfield – Juan Mata, Chelsea

Despite the tie being a drab affair, the diminutive Spaniard stood out. His passing was impeccable as ever and he would have had two goals were it not for Ruddy’s brilliance.


Midfield – Clint Dempsey, Fulham

What more can you say? A hat-trick capped off a fantastic performance against high-flying Newcastle. His display was a lesson in well-timed runs from midfield.


Forward – Robbie Keane, Aston Villa

A nostalgic choice but based on real quality. The Republic of Ireland man didn’t do a lot for most of the game but decided it with two pieces of sheer quality.


Forward – Stephane Sessegnon, Sunderland

The Benin international has been playing consistently well for the Black Cats since joining from Paris St Germain. This was a supreme display of clever movement and he scored a delightful goal.


There you have it, the GMF team of the week. Do you agree? Like us and let us know below…

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