Halftimeng Premier League Team of Week 12

Not many teams can have three players returning to a match day squad after a long time out through injury to lift up the mood around a team and the fans, like the way the return of Pogba, Zlatan and Rojo was received at Old Trafford. The Red Devils found their swagger back and were able to put four past the Magpies after a shaky and nervy start. The Manchester City juggernaut goes marching on, I have run out of superlatives to describe Kevin De Bruyne, hopefully he stays fit all season. In the Weekend’s big fixture, Arsenal were the big winners with a resounding, but controversial victory against city rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs. I still stand firm on the notion that referees should be held to a much higher standards and scrutiny; there’s no excuse for that kind of officiating performance from Mike Dean.

With all said and done, Here’s my Team of the week selection in a 4-3-3 formation:

In goal is Heurelho Gomes who was a stand out performer as the Hornets got a great victory against David Moyes’ West Ham. My defense is led by Andre Ward at right back with Fabian Delph occupying the left back slot which has more or less being his own at City; the Center Back positions are taken by Nathan Ake and James Tarkowski of Bournemouth and Burnley respectively.


My midfield three has the returning Paul Pogba, who galvanized Manchester United back from a goal down and a slow start to score four goals. Philippe Coutinho scored a goal and added an assist as Liverpool put in a near perfect performance against Southampton. Gylfi Sigurdsson is finally finding his feet at Goodisson and put in a sterling performance as Everton came from behind to get a draw at Crystal Palace.


Upfront, Callum Wilson leads the line after his hat-trick against Huddersfield, he is joined by Eden Hazard who is building a solid partnership with Alvaro Morata; to complete the front three is Mohamed Salah, who has taken to the Premiership like a duck to water.

Manager of the week has to be Arsene Wenger, with all the criticism he has faced was able to galvanize his team to a resounding victory in the North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspurs.

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

7 thoughts on “Halftimeng Premier League Team of Week 12

  1. How not one of the Arsenal trio of Ozil, Mustaphi and Sanchez didn’t make this weeks team of the week Is a mystery I would definitely love an explanation for. Not only did Mustaphi score, his all round play with Kos to render Kane, Alli and Erickson ineffective was superb. I remember a goal saving tackle on Kane in the 2nd half. Ozil has been all over the net after the match and for good reason too. It was a MOTM performance from the German. I agree with the idea of trying to get in as much players from the “smaller” teams as possible but when you av a standout performance from a player , it’s a standout performance irrespective of the size of his team or the quality of players around him.

  2. If I had my way id put the entire Arsenal backline. They were organized and worked as a unit in arguably the biggest game of the round against top quality opposition and attack. Considering the level of opposition, i don’t think Pogba did anything fantastic to be included. And YES. For once, Wenger deserves to be Coach of the Week. He nailed his Game Plan

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