Another eventful week has passed in the Premier League, with one or two shocks being handed out and a number of cracking matches taking place, making the GMF Team of the Week selection as difficult as ever.
Nevertheless, GMF’s beleaguered hacks took up the task with typical vigour to come up with what they believe to be the top performing XI from the weekend.
Here it is…
GK – Joe Hart, Manchester City
The England ‘keeper received criticism for Poland’s equaliser last week, but he was back to his best at The Hawthorns. Could not do a lot about the goal, but kept his side in the game late on, with two crucial stops from Romelu Lukaku attempts that allowed Edin Dzeko to come up with a late winner.
RB – Andre Wisdom, Liverpool
Brendan Rodgers saw his side get their first home win of this Premier League season and youngster Wisdom was solid in a unruffled defensive display. The 19-year-old appears to be taking his opportunity with both hands.
LB – Javier Garrido, Norwich City
It was a fine defensive performance by the Canaries to secure their first win of the season. Any of their back four could have made it into the XI this week, but Garrido was exceptional in supporting coutner-attacks and keeping Arsenal’s right side relatively quiet.
CB – Fabricio Coloccini, Newcastle United
Alan Pardew compared his Argentinean centre-back to England great Bobby Moore after the game and, while this may be a touch in the extreme, Coloccini was exceptional in a game the Toon were unlucky to draw late on. It was no coincidence that Sunderland’s equaliser came just a few minutes after he departed with cramp.
CB – Gary Cahill, Chelsea
The England man was only present due to John Terry starting his four-game suspension, but was calm and collected in a good win for Chelsea. He also opened the scoring with a thumping volley.
LM – Raheem Sterling, Liverpool
The 17-year-old put in possibly his best performance in the Liverpool first-team as they got their first Premier League home win of the season. Sterling got his first senior goal to clinch the three points and was a menace to the Reading defence throughout.
RM – Juan Mata, Chelsea
The little Spaniard responded to last week’s national team snub in glorious fashion at White Hart Lane, leading the Blues to another impressive away win. Mata scored two good goals and set up another in a virtuoso display to keep Roberto di Matteo’s side top.
CM – Alexander Tettey, Norwich City
The Canaries midfielder hit the shot that lead to Grant Holt’s winner, but it was his dominant display in the middle of the park that stood out. Strong in the tackle, constantly pressurising the Arsenal midfield and passing the ball superbly.
AM – Wayne Rooney, Manchester United
The England international was looking back to his best in what was a tricky test for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side against Stoke City, despite the 4-2 scoreline. Scored a calamitous own goal, but responded magnificently with two at the right end, the second his 200th in club football.
CF – Robin van Persie, Manchester United
There can’t be very many people left who feel the Dutchman and Rooney may not work well together, as they gave another example of their partnership blooming against Stoke. Van Persie was at his classy best in providing two assists and scoring one of his own.
CF – Edin Dzeko, Manchester City
The Bosnian striker is constantly being linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium, but continues to score important goals. Here he came off the bench to save City’s blushes by scoring two late goals and kept his side’s title defence on track.
As stated earlier, this was an extremely difficult choice and so GMF thought it necessary to provide a couple of honourable mentions…
James Morrison, West Brom
Carlos Tevez, Manchester City
Danny Welbeck, Manchester United
Eden Hazard, Chelsea
What do you think of the selection? Which players do you think deserved a place in the team this week? Leave a comment below to let us know...