Selecting the Premier League Team of the Weekend

Ryan Shawcross

Norwich City, Manchester City, Stoke City, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, and Wigan Athletic players feature in our team of the weekend...

Hope you're all having a good Monday morning and I'm sure like me that whilst you're all looking forward to the midweek set of games, minds are still on the weekends action.

Yet again we saw West Brom pick up three points, this time to Martin O'Neill's struggling Sunderland. Combined with Chelsea's draw against Man City, Steve Clarke's men now find themselves in unknown land, looking down on the majority of Premier League clubs from third place. Meanwhile Southampton took advantage of Reading, QPR and Aston Villa's failures to win with a convincing 2-0 victory over Newcastle.

It's been another exciting week of Premier League action, but enough with the talking and on with my selections for this weeks Team of the Weekend. Enjoy!

GK: John Ruddy - Facing his old club could have been daunting for the Norwich goalkeeper but against Everton he showed his former employers what they were missing. Saves from Leighton Baines particularly showed great reactions and speed of movement to keep the ball out of the back of the net and communication appears a strong point as the defence begins to look more solid.

Unlucky to miss out: Adam Federici

RB: Pablo Zabaleta - Still the most underrated defender in the league, Zabaleta continues to do what comes naturally and perform week in, week out. Unlike many full backs he knows his main duties are defensive, which he demonstrated excellently against Chelsea, whilst also driving forward on occasion to assist with attacking opportunities. You know you've done we'll when you keep Oscar, Hazard and Mata quiet.

Unlucky to miss out: Glen Johnson

CB: Ryan Shawcross - Once again another fine performance from the Stoke man who led his by example against Fulham. Dominated defensively despite facing up against the hugely on-form presence of Dimitar Berbatov, with strength and composure. It's certainly not a coincidence that Stoke have conceded just one goal at home this season and Shawcross has featured in all five clean sheets.

Unlucky to miss out: Sean Morrison

CB: Vincent Kompany - Another who leads by example, and Kompany finally makes an appearance in the team of the weekend, following a sluggish start to the season by his high standards. Against Chelsea the Belgian made certain that Torres would have yet another day of woe and frustration and it never looked likely that the Blues would get past. More performances like this are needed this season.

Unlucky to miss out: Sebastien Bassong

LB: Leighton Baines - Surely an early outside contender for the PFA Player of the Year? A fantastic performance from the England and Everton full back against Norwich was unfortunate not to wield victory but will have taken the attention of Roy Hodgson. Attacked excellently and was unlucky not to score, whilst he was fantastic defensively up until giving away the free kick from which the equaliser arose.

Unlucky to miss out: Nicky Shorey

CM: Sandro - The self-proclaimed 'Beast' was at his brutal best against The Hammers yesterday afternoon setting the defensive platform from which Spurs were able to build up the majority of their attacks. Never gives up on a loose ball, an admirable quality but manages to demonstrate a fantastic understanding of the art of the tackle. His excellent tackle started the move for Spurs' vital second goal.

Unlucky to miss out: Anderson

CM: Gaston Ramirez - Another excellent display from the Uruguayan is firmly establishing Ramirez's place as one of the more talented young players n the Premier League. His energy and movement throughout was exquisite, linking up midfield and attack with alarming regularity. An assist for Lallana's goal and then tapping in himself made the Sunday a productive day for Ramirez.

Unlucky to miss out: Barry Bannan

WG: Adam Lallana - Continuing his fantastic development curve with Southampton, Newcastle bore the brunt of an excellent performance from the attacking midfielder. In particular the understanding between Ramirez and Lallana is really blossoming and could be absolutely key for keeping the Saints up. His goal was just reward for the performance and he surely can't be far away from a well-deserved England Call-up?

Unlucky to miss out: Pablo Hernandez

AM: Clint Dempsey - Spurs fans have been wondering where the Dempsey of last season has been after a fairly turgid start to his Spurs career - with the exception of the United winner - but against West Ham, he finally arrived at the party helping Spurs to run rampant. Average first half but caused endless problems in the second half. His chip through to Bale in particular was world class judgement and execution.

Unlucky to miss out: Zoltan Gera

WG: Jordi Gomez - You simply can't argue with the selection of Gomez this week after his excellent hat-trick was enough to secure Wigan victory in a close-fought match with Reading on Saturday afternoon. Goal scoring opportunities were aplenty for the Spaniard throughout the game as chance after chance came, and fortunately for Wigan, Gomez was there to tuck away on most occasions. Victor who?

Unlucky to miss out: Gareth Bale

ST: Jermain Defoe - Tasked with leading the line against West Ham due to Adebayor's absence, a lot of pressure stood on the shoulders of Defoe but he stepped up to the plate. His first goal against West Ham was a superb strike from 25 yards out and his second showed true striker instinct to continue his supporting run of Lennon and finish. Hold up play is improving rapidly also.

Unlucky to miss out: Rickie Lambert

Let me know what you think!

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