It’s the end of another fascinating week in the Premier League and time for the EPLIndex Statistical Team of the Week.
John Ruddy [Saves + Clean Sheet]
Ruddy kept a clean sheet, making some important saves along the way. The ‘keeper just had to be in the Team of the Week for shutting out a free-scoring Manchester United.
Javier Garrido [Clean Sheet + Assist]
Not his best performance, perhaps, as he was caught out of position a few times, but Garrido made the winning goal and also kept a clean sheet. A first appearance in the EPLIndex.com Team of the Week for the Spaniard.
Aaron Hughes [Defensive]
Despite losing his central defensive partner early, Hughes won all of his tackles and duels and won 60% of his 15 aerial duels. He also kept the ball well with an 88% passing accuracy. A strong performance indeed from the Ulsterman, despite ending up on the losing side.
Carlos Cuellar [Goal]
Cuellar scored the important second goal for Sunderland as well as winning all of his tackles and 5/8 aerial duels. He also achieved an 88% pass accuracy on the day. A solid performance from the former Aston Villa defender.
Maicon [Clean Sheet + Passing]
Maicon started for Manchester City and his over all attacking play and passing was immense. He played the ball 25 times in the final third and 96% of them were accurate: an excellent performance. He also created a clear-cut chance, which his teammates failed to convert, as well as attempting three shots. He managed all of this whilst keeping a clean-sheet. Maicon will certainly add a lot to this Manchester City side.
Samir Nasri [Assist + Overall Creativity]
Nasri created eight chances for Manchester City in this one game, including an assist. For that reason alone Nasri is selected into the side – a creative masterclass.
Santi Cazorla [Goal + Assist]
Cazorla is the heartbeat of Arsenal, it seems. He managed an excellent assist, not giving up despite going down outside the box (usually players take the free-kick) but Cazorla kicked on and played an inviting ball into the box which Giroud put away with aplomb.
Theo Walcott [Goal + Assist]
The boy is on fire. He’s creating goals every week, it seems. Surely Arsenal’s best signing of the winter if they can get him to commit. Another excellent performance creating the equaliser with a clever shimmy, capping the win off with a goal.
Jose Enrique [Goal + Assist]
He was out of favour earlier in the season, but we’ve now seen two man-of-the-match performances from Jose Enrique in the left wing/midfield position for Liverpool. He scored his first goal, created several chances, and played a lovely through-ball for Luis Suarez’s second goal. Well deserved back-to-back appearances in the team.
Luis Suarez [Goals (2)]
The Uruguayan seems to be a permanent fixture in the side now. With eight goals in his last seven games, Suarez is just one goal away from matching his total tally for the whole of last season in almost half of the games. The Liverpool striker is in RED hot form!
Tevez [Goals(2) + Creativity + Assist]
Carlos Tevez is in the team once again and this time it’s for his all-round performance. Five chances created, including an assist, plus two goals made him a must for the team.