GMS Academy member Jo Anderson runs down his Premier League team of the week from the opening round of fixtures.
Manager: Paul Lambert, Aston Villa
The Villa gaffer masterminded a fantastic 3-1 wins at the perfect way, in particular his 3 central midfielders who worked fantastic unit in the middle, applying intense pressure on the likes of Wilshere at all times denying Arsenal the opportunity to play their passing game thus setting
the ground-works for a memorable Villa win.
GK-Asmir Begovic, Stoke
There is a strong case that the Begovics opposing keeper Mingoliet should grab this spot in the team due to his debut penalty save but I feel that Begovic performance edges it to be honest. The Bosnian pulled off a string of world class saves too keep the score down the best being from Henderson, diverting his goal bound strike onto the post with an exceptional
RB-Steven Whittaker, Norwich
Whittaker was involved in both goals against Everton on Saturday scoring the first and setting up the second. His first goal personified the persistent and dogged attitude that Norwich showed on Saturday, which in the end earned them valuable a point at Carrow Road.
CB-Dejan Lovren, Southampton
Lovren was one of the few big money additions too arrive at St Marys over the summer and if his debut is anything too go by he looks like he will add a certain steel to the Southampton back line. Lovren dominated both Shane Long and Nicholas Anelka over the course of the game highlighting not just his taste for the physical side of the game but also his good timing and anticipation in the tackle.
CB-John Terry, Chelsea
The returning Mourinho put his faith in his old guard fielding both Terry and Lampard to devastating effect. Though the later may receive the plaudits after a fantastic free kick his teammate Terry was just as important, marshalling the back line expertly for 90minutes and proving once again what a top defender he still is.
LB-Patrice Evra, Manchester United
I really do not see why Manchester United are so keen to bring in Leighton Baines when they have a left back in Evra who performs just as well (if not better) than Baines week in week out. The Frenchman poses a constant threat down the left as Swansea found to their dismay Saturday evening and he is a natural leader on the pitch that was evident again this weekend.
The new 17million Tottenham man started off his Premier League career in an assured fashion settling in to the Spurs midfield without any problems at all and picking up the man of the match award at the end of it. The Brazilian is a class act and looks set to make a big impact in the Premier League this season.
CM-Ross Barkley, Everton
In a time where emerging English talent is hard to come by it is very refreshing too see a young man like Barkley put in a performance like he did against Norwich. Not only did the 19 year old get on the score sheet with a thunderous strike but the maturity of his all round game for a such a young player was something to admire.
CM-David Silva, Manchester City
Everything the little Spaniard does screams quality, not only did he open the scoring but his movement, passing and touch meant that he eluded the Newcastle players all night and if he continues to perform like this week in week out then he could be the key to City’s Premier League success.
FW- Danny Welbeck, Manchester United
Welbeck clearly came out looking too quiet those who criticised his lack of goals last season and he did so in spectacular fashion bagging two, the second a perfectly executed chip over Vorm which summed up the England forward's fantastic performance. In a big world cup year Welbeck will be looking too add to this goal tally too assure that he is England's go to man in
FW-Edin Dzeko, Manchester City
Quite simply, Dzeko was unplayable against Newcastle. The big striker was at the hub of everything good that City did and managed proved too much of handful for the Newcastle defenders all evening do everything but score. If Dzeko can recreate this form on a regular basis then he could be giving many more centre backs nightmares this season.
FW-Gabby Agbonlahor, Aston Villa
You really don’t know what you’re going to get from the Agbonlahor a lot of time but when he is firing on all cylinders, as he was against Arsenal on the weekend, he really does looks a top player. The Aston Villa forward's pace was at times frightening and Arsenal had no answers too it which eventually led too him winning two penalties which proved key too Villa’s
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