Premier League Team of the Weekend – Dec 10-11

Pep Guardiola’s adjustment to the Premier League continued as Man City were thrashed by Leicester – for whom Jamie Vardy hit a hat-trick. See how many Foxes made it into our EPL Team of the Week…

David de Gea (Manchester United)
Made several important stops as United sought to protect their slender lead against Spurs. With the Red Devils’ attack again struggling to find the net the Spaniard’s ability to keep clean sheets will be be ever more important as the season progresses.

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)
The Arsenal full-back is a real talent. After replacing Mustafi on 25 minutes, the Spanish defender had a decisive effect on the outcome of the game with his darting runs down the flank. Set up Theo Walcott’s equaliser with a delightful low cross and found plenty of space to exploit and cause problems aplenty for the Stoke defence.

Johnny Evans (West Brom)
The former Manchester United centre-back was a rock at the heart of West Brom’s defence, making a series of important clearances and interceptions, keeping Diego Costa largely quiet, but could do nothing about his defensive partner Gareth McAuley’s mistake that lead to the only goal of the game.

Phil Jones (Manchester United)
Jones may not be a big name, but he is a consistent producer of big performances. Against Tottenham he was at his efficient, yet unglamorous best. Has slotted back into the heart of the United defence after injury and looks like he’s never been away.

Sam McQueen (Southampton)

A solid performance from the young full-back after he was selected ahead of the Saints’ England defender Ryan Bertrand. Made some important blocks and defended well while also posing a threat as he went forward. Easy to see why the Saints this week tied the academy graduate to a long-term deal.

Ander Herrera (Manchester United)
Was at his terrier-like best at the centre of the United midfield, and was the key to most of the home side’s best attacking moves. Made several important passes during the game including the one that set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the match-winning goal after winning possession.

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea)
The Icelandic international was at the heart of everything for the Swans. Scored the opener from the penalty spot and then set up the second for Fernando Llorente with a clever corner to help lift Swansea off the foot of the table and give Bob Bradley’s side hope in their relegation battle. Sigurdsson has now been involved in eight goals in his last eight games

Jeff Hendrick (Burnley)
If Burnley manage to stay up, then it will be largely down to the efforts of this man. Hendrick was everywhere on Saturday, chasing, harrying and intercepting the ball in midfield and defence, but it was his goal that people will be talking about. A contender for goal of the season, he controlled a pass with his toes, kneed the ball forward before unleashing a dipping strike that left Artur Boruc grasping at thin air as it sailed into the top corner.

Fernando Llorente (Swansea)
The Spaniard will never score two more important goals as the victory lifted the Swans off the bottom of the table. The big target man showed a deft touch to steer in a low corner before rising to power home a header that sealed the win – only Swansea’s third of the season – and take his tally to five goals in nine games.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
From famine to feast. After 16 matches without a goal, Vardy hit three goals against Man City, the third goal indicating his confidence was back after rounding keeper Claudio Bravo and netting from the tightest of angles. His direct running and pace caused the City defence all kinds of problems and gave John Stones a torrid afternoon.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
A productive day for the young forward who has now scored or had an assist in his last seven Premier League games. Won the penalty for the equaliser, scored a brilliant solo goal and then crossed the ball for Fraizer Campbell to head in the last-minute equaliser. Becoming a talisman for Palace.

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