Which 11 players stood out the most after the weekend’s action?
Which players stood out in the penultimate round of games this season? Manchester City further cemented their claim as runners-up whilst Hull’s defeat to Totthenham leaves them needing a victory against Manchester United next weekend to stand a chance of survival. After plenty of action at both ends of the table, SillySeason brings you their ‘Team of the Week’.
Two second-half goals from Spurs further dented Hull City’s hopes of staying in the Premier League with other results needing to go their way, as well as toppling Louis Van Gaal’s side. Manchester City went two up and looked to be cruising before Gylfi Sigurðsson pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time. Bafetimi Gomis thought he had completed the comeback when his shot evaded Joe Hart to level the scores just after the hour mark. However late goals from Yaya Toure and former Swansea man Wilfried Bony ensured Manuel Pellegrini’s side went five points clear of Arsenal in the race for second.
SILLYSEASON TEAM OF THE WEEK
Every team have played this weekend with Chelsea squaring up against West Brom tonight and SillySeason has decided which 11 players made the biggest impact. See below!
Goalkeeper – Joe Hart – Manchester City
Swansea’s Federico Fernandez must have thought he’d equalized with a bullet header headed for the top left-hand corner until Joe Hart made a world-class save to maintain City’s lead. The England international’s save came at a time in the game where Swansea were on top and pushing to salvage a point. Shortly after, Bony killed the game off with a late strike and a hugely tame celebration in respect to his former employers.
Centre-Back – Chris Smalling – Manchester United
The United defender was named as captain much to the surprise of many but the former Fulham man put in an inspired performance and showed no fear, earning his side a hard-fought draw. Louis Van Gaal side’s had already secured Champions League football next season but looked to finish as high as possible when pushing for the victory yesterday.
Centre-Back – Robert Huth – Leicester City
The on-loan Stoke City defender could arguably be the best signing of the January transfer window – his brilliant performance against Sunderland helped grab the all-important point needed to keep the Foxes up.
Right-Back – Geoff Cameron – Stoke City
The American defender was solid in defence alongside his Stoke colleages and kept relegated Burnley from scoring to leave Stoke on 51 points – their highest every points tally.
Left-Back – Danny Rose – Tottenham
A lively showing from the full-back, who battled doggedly and burst forward to score a tantalising goal which saw Spurs run out 2-0 winners. Steve Bruce’s side needed to pick up some points at White Hart Lane – they now need to beat Manchester United to have a chance of Premier League survival.
Right-Midfield – Shane Long – Southampton
The Irishman put in a man-of-the-match performance on Saturday, playing a huge part in four of the Saints goals and scoring two himself. Liverpool’s defeat to Crystal Palace means the race for Europa League football will continue until the final round of games. Ronald Koeman’ side travel to Manchester City, whilst the Reds head to Stoke City and Tottenham are in Merseyside for their clash against Everton.
Centre-Midfield – Yaya Toure – Manchester City
His two goals proved he is not resigned to the twilight years of his career yet and his control of the central areas was key to City’s victory over Swansea. The midfielder might be a number of players on his way out in the summer as part of a rebuilding job to overhaul an ageing squad.
Centre-Midfield – Leroy Fer – QPR
Scoring a stunning strike from long range to win the game makes him an easy selection in the centre of the park. Not only did he seal all three points for Chris Ramsey’s side but made numerous tackles and was dominant in the air throughout.
Left-Midfield – Sadio Mane – Southampton
Robbie Fowler’s record was obliterated at the weekend after the Saints winger netted a first-half hat-trick in just under three minutes. He was constant threat down the wing all match and helped the Saints put in a commanding display against Aston Villa.
Striker – Yannick Bolasie – Crystal Palace
The former Bristol City man ran Liverpool ragged with his speed and skill as the Eagles won 3-1 to Liverpool in what was Steven Gerrard’s final match at Anfield.
Striker – Romelu Lukaku – Everton
The Belgian striker netted in the dying embers against West Ham to take his tally to 20 for the season in what has proved to be a difficult campaign.
Do you agree with the selection? Has someone gone unnoticed?
Written by Jack Wynne – @JackRobertWynne