Team of the Week: Week 11

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Goalkeeper

Brad GuzanGuzan

Aston Villa managed to bring an end to their terrible rut by claiming a hard fought point in the 0-0 draw against West Ham United this weekend and the man they had to thank was goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Guzan has seem goals fly in past him left, right and centre in recent weeks but the American international remained defiant against the Hammers by producing a host of magnificent saves.

The 30-year old denied the West Ham attack time and again, and was by far the best performing goalkeeper this weekend.

Defence

Daryl JanmaatJanmaat

Newcastle United continued their remarkable revival after claiming a fine 2-0 away victory over West Bromwich Albion and the unlikely star for the Magpies was full back Daryl Janmaat.

After initially struggling to come to grips with the physicality of the Premier League, Janmaat is looking like a real gem for the Magpies in recent times and it was his two brilliant crosses into the box which helped Ayoze Perez and Fabricio Coloccini to get on the scoresheet.

Apart from his attacking prowess, Janmaat was really solid at the back and it was a complete performance overall from the Dutchman.

Fabricio ColocciniColoccini

Another player who has been a huge part of Newcastle United’s renaissance, Fabricio Coloccini continued his fine run of form with a solid performance against West Bromwich Albion.

The inspirational Newcastle captain kept the duo of Saido Berahino and Victor Anichebe quiet throughout the match and somehow found himself ahead of everyone in the West Brom box to score Newcastle’s second of the match.

With all due credit though, it was a brilliant header past the despairing dive of Ben Foster.

Ryan ShawcrossShawcrossj

Ryan Shawcross inexplicably gets overlooked for England every time but if he manages to continue his great run of form; it will certainly be very difficult for Roy Hodgson to ignore him.

The Stoke City man put in another brilliant performance in his side’s shock 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur and with him on the side, the Potters never looked for one minute that they would lose their early advantage.

Shawcross also had a big role in Stoke’s second goal as it was his monstrous header from the halfway line which turned into a killer through ball to allow Mame Diouf to set up Jon Walters.

Cesar AzpilicuetaAzpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta has been hailed as the best full back plying his trade in the English top flight and it is easy to see why.

Returning from his three match suspension, Azpilicueta played a huge role in Chelsea’s fine 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

The Spaniard simply did not give Philippe Coutinho or Raheem Sterling even a sniff for Liverpool and on the other end of the pitch, it was his brilliant run down the left which set up Diego Costa’s winner.

Midfield

Jefferson MonteroMontero

Jefferson Montero has had a stop start beginning to life in the Premier League but his quality cannot be doubted, as evidenced by the winger’s brilliant performance in Swansea’s fine 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

A player with pace to burn, Montero gave young Calum Chambers a torrid evening and the Gunners’ backline as a whole, were unable to deal with his industry.

Allied with his blistering pace, Montero brilliantly set up Bafetimbi Gomis for the winner as well and it was a simply sensational performance from the Ecuadorian speedster.

Victor WanyamaWanyama

Southampton may have lost six of their key men in the summer exodus that hit the club but they probably managed to keep hold of their most important player in Victor Wanyama.

The Kenyan star has been an absolute beast in the heart of the midfield and played another crucial role in his side’s 2-0 victory over Leicester City.

Controlling the proceedings from midfield, Wanyama helped Southampton dominate the game and later also managed to show a deft touch by producing a fine ball to allow Shane Long to score his second.

Nemanja MaticMatic

While Chelsea’s attacking players have been creating waves this season, it would probably not have been possible at all without the presence of midfield powerhouse Nemanja Matic.

The Serbian is proving to be invaluable for Chelsea this season and once again played a huge role in his side’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

Matic’s passing may have been a bit wayward on the day but he was simply immense in midfield and completely negated the threat posed by Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard.

Attack

Shane LongLong

Most of Ronald Koeman’s signings over the summer have been hailed as masterstrokes, except for the £12million capture of Shane Long.

Having struggled to find the back of the net in a free scoring Southampton side, many felt that the Republic of Ireland international was a rare aberration by Koeman.

However, if Long manages to have the same impact that he did in the victory against Leicester, the striker can eventually prove to be an astute acquisition.

Coming on with 20 minutes of the game to go, Long broke his duck for the Saints with a brilliant brace and could have easily scored a hattrick. Long will never be a prolific striker but Koeman will have his money’s worth if the 27-year old can chip in with a few from time to time.

Sergio AgueroAguero

With every passing week, Sergio Aguero testifies the fact that he is the best striker in the Premier League at the moment.

In a match which struggling City did not play particularly well, it was Aguero who once again showcased his brilliance to earn his side a valuable point in the 2-2 draw against Queens Park Rangers.

The Argentine superstar grabbed a stupendous brace by showing technical abilities that were out of this world and it would not be an exaggeration, City would perhaps already have been out of the title race if it were not for Aguero.

Charlie AustinAustin

From playing non league football to starring in the Premier League in a matter of four years, Charlie Austin rise has been meteoric to say the least.

While there is a world of difference in playing in the lower leagues and turning out in the top flight, one thing remains constant – Austin’s goalscoring prowess.

The striker gave champions Manchester City quite a runaround in the 2-2 draw at Loftus Road and could have easily scored a hattrick if luck was on his side.

Nonetheless, it was a brilliant performance from the 25-year old and with him in the side, QPR can be a real danger to even the top teams.

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