Another weekend and there is another team at the top of the table, writes Steve Neville.
Eden Hazard ensured Chelsea returned to the top while Arsenal were left wondering where it all went wrong at Anfield. Elsewhere more misery was heaped upon Manchester United and Swansea had some derby delight. See who starred in the PA Team of the Week.
GK – Hugo Lloris:
A number of good saves ensured three points for Tottenham in their vital game against Everton. Everton couldn’t find a way through and Lloris made sure they would remain goalless with a solid performance from the French man including a fine stop from a Leon Osman volley. Tottenham have now jumped ahead of their opponents into fifth and are only three points off Liverpool in fourth.
DF – David Luiz:
Alongside his defensive partner Gary Cahill, Luiz was a rock against Newcastle. Eden Hazard may have stolen the headlines but David Luiz kept Newcastle quiet all day and the steely defence we saw from Mourinho’s first stint at Chelsea seems to be back.
DF – Martin Skrtel:
Two goals in the opening 10 minutes came from the unlikely source of Martin Skrtel to put Liverpool in a strong position early on against Arsenal. Not only did he net a brace but he was excellent at the back, making sure Arsenal couldn’t get their usual flowing style into gear.
DF – Ashley Williams:
Wayne Routledge may have been awarded man of the match in the South Wales derby, but the Swans captain laid the foundation for the win. It’s been a troublesome week for Swansea with the sacking of Michael Laudrop but excellent performances from a number of Swans will have eased the woes. Williams led by example against Cardiff and kept things tight at the back in goalless first half. He had 13 clearance’s overall adding to a clean sheet to cap off a very strong game.
MF – Steve Sidwell:
Man United should have recorded a comfortable victory against Fulham who are on a terrible run of form but it was far from easy at Old Trafford. Sidwell was excellent in midfield for Fulham putting in a performance that helped earn his side a draw. He scored the opener after running onto a Lewis Holtby pass to fire home past David De Gea. Worked tirelessly to earn a point, some more performances in a similar vein from Sidwell could help drag Fulham back from the brink.
MF – Kevin Nolan:
For the second week in a row the Hammers skipper seals a place in the PA team netting another two goals to make it four in two games. The two nil win puts West Ham two points further away from relegation and Nolan played a vital past. Its performances like in the last two weeks that got him so much praise over the years and Sam Allardyce will be hoping the form continues.
MF – Eden Hazard:
For some reasons the performances of Eden Hazard haven’t been grabbing the headlines he deserves. By far and away Chelsea’s best player this season, and one of the best in the League so far. His hat trick against Newcastle guided Chelsea to the top of the table as the Belgium put in a magnificent performance. He terrorised Newcastle all afternoon as he has done against most teams.
MF – Raheem Sterling:
Another of Liverpool’s brace scorers, Sterling put in a fine shift in the 5-1 mauling of Arsenal. He has found his form in the past few weeks after a dip last year. He was constant thorn in Arsenal’s side and looked dangerous at every attack. He could be seen in Rio next summer but a more pressing question is what happened to Arsenal?
MF – Tom Ince:
If anyone doubted that the former Blackpool man couldn’t cut it in the top league than his first outing may have proved them all wrong. He was influential in Crystal Palace’s 3-1 win over West Brom scoring the first and setting up the second for fellow debutant Joe Ledley. His own goal was lovely chip over Ben Foster and his performance showed how much confidence the young man has. Credit also goes to Tony Pulis who has now guided the Eagles to 14th.
FW – Nikica Jelavic:
Once again a Tiger leads the line and it could easily have been Shane Long who scored again on Saturday but his Croatian partner gets picked after finally breaking his goal drought. 1,018 minutes had passed since Jelavic had last scored and Steve Bruce will be pleased his new man rattled the net. Jelavic not only scored but worked incredible hard and after two games together his partnership with Shane Long looks like it could be special.
FW – Emmanuel Adebayor:
Adebayor was the difference between Spurs and Everton as the Togolese striker continued his excellent form under Tim Sherwood. He has been one of Spurs most consistent performers since his return to first team action and scored another fine goal in the 1-0 victory. Tottenham have now won every league game Adebayor has scored in, his tally currently at six.
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