Who to choose, who to choose…? There comes a time in every week where decisions have to be made.
GMF realise that it hasn’t actually been a full week and there is another round of Premier League games to be played at the weekend.
However, there have been some shining performances over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday, which could be overshadowed or undermined by others in the upcoming round.
So, technically, this is ‘Team of the Past Round of Premier League Fixtures’, but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
As is always the case with this feature, you can be as critical of the GMF choices as you like, but only if you promise to comment below and tell us why.
Moreover, you could, somehow, think GMF have hit the nail on the head and give us a big fat like.
Make your decisions on this…
GK – Tim Krul, Newcastle United
This one was fairly straightforward we think. You can’t do much more than keep a clean sheet away from home and save a penalty along the way. A terrific display by the Dutchman.
RB – Jose Bosingwa, Chelsea
This would most likely have been a tight win for Chelsea if they had performed in the first period as they did in the second. The Portuguese was threatening throughout the half and saved Chelsea's bacon when he cut inside and had his shot deflected in.
CB – John Heitinga, Everton
The Toffees haven’t managed too many clean sheets this season, but they will become ever more frequent should the Holland international keep playing as he did. Manchester City were kept at bay almost single handed by the heading and tackling dynamo that was Heitinga.
CB – Younes Kaboul, Tottenham Hotspur
Granted, Wigan aren’t exactly the most electrifyingly attacking force in the Premier League but Kaboul deserves a mention for how he presented his all-round game in this fixture. Imperious in defence, driving runs and two headers cleared off the line. An all-action showing, was a delight to watch.
LB – Jose Enrique, Liverpool
After a few quieter performances in recent weeks for the Spaniard, he was back to his marauding best here. Defended solidly when required but was constantly dangerous from an attacking point of view. It’s baffling how he manages to pick up a decent amount of pace while hardly picking up his feet.
LM – Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur
The Welsh wing wizard was back to his storming best after a more reserved display against Manchester City. A brilliantly timed run and the ability to kick above his own head lead to the first goal, while his devastating accuracy with his left foot provided the third. His current form could be crucial in the title race.
CM – Clint Dempsey, Fulham
Another game, another goal and another appearance in Team of the Week for the irrepressible American. Overall a disappointing performance from the Cottagers, but Dempsey is an ever shining light in west London. This must surely be his last season scrapping in the lower levels of the Premier league.
CM – Darron Gibson, Everton
The former Manchester United man impressed mostly with his defensive performance against the Premier League leaders. However, a rocket of a goal to win the game also won him a place here.
RM – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal
Yes, they did not win, but the most exciting young talent in the Premier League was very impressive. Another early withdrawal seemed to annoy him somewhat, but he can be pleased with a display that was full of dangerous running and composure – deserved to be on the winning side.
CF – Frazier Campbell, Sunderland
There is a rose-tinted hue to this choice but there is nothing quite so satisfying than seeing a player who has struggled for injury so long make a winning comeback. Scored one delightful goal and set up another, was decisive in the result.
CF – Craig Bellamy, Liverpool
The Welshman is looking something like his best again and that best can be one of the most devastating forces for defences in the Premier League. As ever his running was tireless and was always a threat in and around the area. Never has someone deserved a goal more.
There we have it, the latest Team of the Week brought to you by GMF. Let the backlash commence…