Premier League Team Of The Week
Premier League Team Of The Week
Week 27 has come and passed in the English Premier League. The twists and turns won't seem to stop with battles up and down the table ensuing into a race for every position surely until the final day. It's reaching the point that Sir Alex Ferguson once labelled "squeaky bum time." It's the time when the nerves kick in and the points are more than crucial as the final match gets closer and closer. It's also a time where those who represent the clubs that mean so much, to so many have to stand up and make a difference.
This weekend we sure got some performances that deserve taking note of. At the top of the table we saw Chelsea snatch a last minute winner at home to Everton -- an example of a time when some simply have to work the ball over the line with sheer determination. We saw the battle for the title relentlessly go on with the top four all claiming three points. Arsenal did so with relative ease whilst the rest battled to the tipping point.
The race for the top four took another twist too as Tottenham dropped points to a mighty Norwich where we saw individual performances that will be remembered all summer if they manage to stay in the division. The relegation fight is called a fight because at times quality becomes secondary; experience and togetherness overrides flair and we see performances arise that inevitably lead to some being named "heroes."
With that in mind, here is the weekly Premier League Team of The Week. Be sure to check back each and every Tuesday for the latest TOTW. Feel free to share your opinions to all the writers and viewers here below.
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GK - John Ruddy (Norwich)
Norwich's No. 1 was on fine form and as resilient as ever. A vital three points for Chris Hughton's men against Spurs was led by Ruddy.
RB - Bacary Sagna (Arsenal)
Despite arguably having a fairly easy job in defending an out of form Sunderland, Bacary Sagna was a key part of an Arsenal side that bounced back from mid-week disappointment against Bayern Munich. Even when moved from right back to left back and then centre back, the experienced Frenchman kept things solid and secure. A signature on a new contract is a must.
CB - John Terry (Chelsea)
John Terry is certainly not the most popular man in EPL right now, but he is playing as well as he has for many years. Another sturdy performance at the back to help get a vital clean sheet was decisive as he was in the right place to help push the ball over the line for a Chelsea win against Everton.
CB - Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)
In his best season for Arsenal so far, the Frenchman picked up his first goal of the campaign with a strong header from a corner. But his calm, organized and sharp play at the back helped his side keep the pressure on at the top of the table.
LB - Patrice Evra (Manchester United)
Another France international and this time it's Patrice Evra. He hasn't been defending particularly well this season, but against Crystal Palace he was on top form. His play going forward was back to its best, helping Manchester United overcome a tough away fixture.
RM - Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City)
Perhaps not the most obvious choice for most, but his importance against Spurs for Norwich cannot be ignored. His clinical finish proved the difference in their 1-0 win. He's the type of player that gives you a fighting chance at the bottom.
CM - Kevin Nolan (West Ham United)
After a few months of madness, Kevin Nolan's return to West Ham United's lineup is huge. The passion and experience is important, but his attacking play as shown against Southampton is still his biggest asset.
CM - Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)
No one expected Jordan Henderson to be quite so important to Liverpool's season. But as he showed against Swansea on Sunday, he is now more than just a good passer. His two goals were vital -- and impressive -- in their 4-3 win.
LM - Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
A key part in Arsenal's lethal ability to find the net against Sunderland, Jack Wilshere is continuing to have a great season. His ability to drive forward and pull together passing moves from deep is a nice treat on the eye, and for Arsene Wenger, the scoreline.
ST - Nikica Jelavic (Hull City)
The Croatian put in a performance that will not only do his World Cup squad inclusion chances good but also give Hull City's survival chances a huge lift. His clinical brace against Cardiff City and link-up play with strike partner Shane Long was a standout performance at the weekend.
ST - Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
You can't keep Daniel Sturridge out of the headlines right now, even with Luis Suarez on the same team. Sturridge's minutes-to-goals ratio is now better than Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's this season, which is more than impressive. His two goals for Liverpool against Swansea City were enough for him to get a place in this week's XI.
View the next slide to see who just missed out.
Just Missed Out
Olivier Giroud was just one of many who just missed out on this list. His two goals against Sunderland for Arsenal were important, but the quality and overall performance wasn't quite as high as the two strikers I included. Shane Long is another striker who performed well, and you can add Wayne Rooney to that list too.
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