This article is part of a series of pieces that I will be writing throughout the 2012/13 Premier League season. In this piece I will announce my “Top 4” which is based on my own opinion of the performances of the players over the past weekend of matches. Each team will consist of a goalkeeper, a defender, a midfielder and an attacker.
My Top 4 of the weekend commencing 25/08/2012
Goalkeeper David De Gea-Manchester United
This week I selected David De Gea as my goalkeeper. De Gea has received his fair share of criticism since arriving at Old Trafford in the summer of 2011. However, this season the Spanish, shot-stopper has brushed his anxiety aside and begun to perform at the level expected from him when he joined from Athletico Madrid. The Spanish youngster has been selected in this team because of his fine performance in the 3-1 victory over Fulham at Old Trafford on Saturday. Despite conceding to an early Damien Duff strike, De Gea remained focused and pulled off some exceptional saves from the likes of the lively Moussa Dembele and Croatian forward, Mladen Petric and kept the Red Devils in the driving seat.
Defender Rafael da Silva-Manchester United
The defender I have selected this week is Rafael. The Brazilian wing-back played a key role for United in the 3-1 home victory over Fulham at the weekend and managed to get on the score sheet himself, nodding in a simple header from Ashley Young’s far post cross. As well as contributing to the scoreline, Rafael continued to prove a threat to the Cottagers defence and proved to be a very valuable outlet down the right hand side while United looked to equalise and push on to win the game.
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini-Everton
Despite a fine performance from fellow countryman Moussa Dembele, I have selected Everton’s playmaker, Marouane Fellaini for his exceptional performance in an impressive 3-1 away win for the Toffees at Villa Park, in which the Belgian international grabbed his second goal of the season and lead a dangerous frontline, including another goalscorer in Nikica jelavic.
Attacker Eden Hazard-Chelsea
The attacker that I have selected this week is Chelsea’s Belgian forward, Eden Hazard. The 21 year old has struck a rich vein of form so far this season and has been a creative spark for the south London club. While watching Chelsea it is clear to see that Hazard has formed a formidable bond with Fernando Torres, which has lead to an increase in the goal count for the £50 million Spaniard. At the weekend, Hazard played a key role in the 2-0 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Contributing significantly with his first goal for the club via the penalty spot and intricately assisting Fernando Torres with his goal.
Please feel free to leave your opinions on your own Top 4 in the comments.