EPL TEAM OF THE WEEKEND

Arsenal’s title credentials is still very much intact as they remain top of the log. Jose Mourinho and Samuel Eto’o both set new records as Chelsea despatched defending champions, Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and Tim Sherwood’s brilliant start to life at White Hart Lane continues.

On halftimeng, we have carefully selected our best XI from last weekend. Do you agree or disagree with our selections? Post your thought on our comment section at the foot of the article or get us engaged on Twitter – @halftimeng.

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Jack Butland – Stoke City (Goalkeeper)
– It wasn’t an easy task in selecting who our goalkeeper for this weekend should be following credible performances from Sunderland’s Vito Mannone and Chelsea’s Petr Cech but Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland gets the nod ahead of this pair, he made three consecutive saves that were outstanding in the 1-0 defeat by Crystal Palace.

Kyle Walker – Tottenham Hotspurs(Right back)
– The exciting defender’s work rate was brilliant at both ends of the field. Walker also created the second goal in the game against Swansea, his cross forcing the hapless Chico to turn into his own net.

Ryan Bennett – Norwich city(Centre back)
– Ryan Bennett, 23 was brilliant at the back for Norwich City, managing to keep Hull’s attacking threats relatively quiet and helped secure a clean sheet. However, his goal in the 87th minute propelled the Canaries to their first home win since Nov. 30, 2013.

Ron Vlaar – Aston Villa (Centre back)
– If any defender can succeed in keeping Suarez at bay, then he has to be in our TOTW. Vlaar was hugely impressive in defence against Liverpool where he exhibited excellent tackle rates.

Danny Rose- Tottenham Hotspurs(Left back)
– The young chap took a brilliant decision when he had the chance to bump forward and squared the ball to Adebayor to put the game beyond the hosts, Swansea. An interesting fact that we all need to know is that Spurs have a 78% win rate in the league this season when Danny Rose plays, compared with 46% when he doesn’t.

Adam Johnson – Sunderland(RMF)
– Following a brilliant hat-trick last weekend against Fulham, Sunderland has been riding on the back of impressive displays by the England international as he hauled the Black Cats back into their clash with Southampton. He also got a fantastic leveller in that game, thumping a rasping shot beyond Artur Boruc.

Yohan Cabaye – Newcastle United(CM)
– He might definitely get to leave for a bigger side next summer but he’s currently the magpies talisman. He’s got prowess and his play has been very brilliant lately. Cabaye has scored four goals in his past four Premier League away appearances, his two goals last weekend against West ham earned Alan Pardew’s men a well deserved three points.

Yaya Toure – Manchester City(CM)
– No doubt, he is currently the best midfield player in the world.(I’m sure you would all agree with that.) Having seen another super display of pace, power, goals and control from the recently crowned African Footballer of the Year (4th time in a row) against Cardiff, U can safely describe the lad as an EPL monster. Now, that’s Scary!
He’s attempted more passes than any other player this season – 1,538,
Santi Cazorla – Arsenal (LMF)
– The Spaniard was in fine fettle against Fulham, gave a virtuoso display and scored two well crafted goals to ensure that his side remain top of the Premier League.

Samuel Eto – Chelsea(Forward)
– With Manchester United desperately needing some form of inspiration, Samuel Eto’o didn’t look to provide it for the Red devils as he became only the fourth player to score a Premier League hat-trick against the defending champions after David Bentley, Dirk Kuyt and Lukaku. His english might need some work but clearly his finishes doesn’t. Call him the master of efficiency and you can’t be wrong. master class of efficiency. He took only four shots, three of which ended up in David de Gea’s net, had just two touches in a central position within 16 yards of the United goal; they brought two goals. Indeed, Eto’o had only 32 touches in total.

Emmanuel Adebayor – Tottenham hotspurs (Forward)
– The Togolese international will partner his Cameroonian counterpart upfront in a Francophone-based attack. Adebayor now has 88 Premier League goals, one more than Dennis Bergkamp. He’s got five goals in the last six Premier League games to be precise, showcasing his ability to hold the ball up, link play, run the channels and, most importantly, score. Thumbs up to the new management at White Hart Lane for getting him to “Play”.

Jose Mourinho – Chelsea(Manager)
– The special one will get to manage this team from the sidelines. His win at Stamford Bridge over the defending champions saw him chalk up his 100th Premier League victory in only his 142nd match, beating Sir Alex Ferguson’s record by 20 games.

Adeyemi Adesanya
Sports Business Consultant and Football Intermediary; Risk Management & Due Diligence Consultant; Freelance Football writer & Pundit on Radio & TV and Man.Utd Fan
http://www.halftimeng.com

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