The latest round of matches in the English Premier League had everything a football fan could wish for. Loads of goals, controversial refereeing decisions and plenty of derby day drama, giving us plenty of options when making the final cut for this week’s Team of the Week.
Of course there was no way we could exclude hat-trick heroes Frank Lampard and Andy Johnson from this week’s top 11. Kyle Walker and Scott Parker’s impressive performance against north London rivals Arsenal also ensured they keep their place on the team for yet another week.
This week’s team line up in a 3-4-3 formation.
Goalkeeper: Tim Krul
Who would have though that Newcastle would hold the best defensive record after seven rounds of matches? Certainly not me but it is easy to see how they achieved that feat after watching Tim Krul pull off a string of top quality saves to deny Wolves repeatedly.
Right-back: Kyle Walker
The young defender sealed his place in the history books after his screamer against Arsenal sealed all three points for Spurs. Glen Johnson’s injury could also work in his favour as he attempts to replicate his club form for the national team and lock down his spot as a regular starter.
Centre-back: Ashely Williams
Swansea are yet to concede at home, a record that owes a lot to Ashey Williams. He and Garry Monk look to have a solid partnership at the heart of defence and that could very well be the difference between survival and relegation.
Left-back: Jose Enrique
The Spanish left-back is proving to be one of the transfers of the season and has consistently put in the kind of displays that Liverpool will need if they are to reclaim a Champions League berth for next season. If only he could strike up a better partnership with Stewart Downing on the left flank.
Defensive Midfielder: Scott Parker
The former West Ham man has made the Team of the Week every time since moving to Spurs and it’s no surprise the London club only started winning games after his arrival. Against Arsenal he covered every blade of grass and his energy and marauding runs was simply too much for his inexperienced opponents to handle.
Right Midfielder:Adam Johnson
In an overcrowded midfield which boasts the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure and James Milner, Adam Johnson does have a hard time getting regular games. But continue to trouble opponents and hit the back of the next with the limited time he has on the pitch and he could very well be the next big thing for both club and country.
Left Midfielder: Danny Murphy
Danny Murphy was at his composed best against QPR, pulling the strings in midfield and creating heaps of chances for his strikers to finish off with ease. The evergreen midfielder hasn’t been making headlines since he left Liverpool but few will doubt that he is a quality player who deserved more time on the big stage.
Attacking Midfielder: Frank Lampard
He may be reaching the twilight of his career but Frank Lampard is showing no signs of slowing down after grabbing a hat-trick against Bolton. The veteran of 350 games showed that he still can be an asset to his club but his return to form can only hasten Florent Malouda’s departure from Stamford Bridge.
Striker: Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge’s return to the Reebok Stadium was not welcome by Bolton as their former star striker dismantled their defence on his way to grabbing a brace. Hat-trick hero Frank Lampard may have brought the match ball home but Sturridge can take pride in knowing that he has scored more goals than Fernando Torres, who cost £50 million more.
Striker: Andy Johnson
His career may have been dogged by injuries but after bagging three goals in under an hour, he certainly proved to us that he has not lost any of his predator instinct in the box. Alongside Bobby Zamora he certainly has the capability to be among the Premier league top scorers, if he can stay fit that is.
Striker: Gabriel Agbonlahor
Gabriel Agbonlahor seems to be rejuvenated under Alex McLeish and is on the way to finally fulfilling the potential which has lay dormant for the last two years. The striker’s partnership with Darren Bent does look impressive and don’t be surprised if Villa manage to extend their unbeaten streak for a few more weeks.