Saturday, 9 November 2013

Player Of The Week + Team Of The Week #2

Hello again everyone and welcome to the 2nd installment of my new segment on my blog, where I look at some of the players who have played well for their clubs over the past week, reviewing their impact on games whether that is in the EPL or across Europe in leagues such as Serie A, Bundesliga and Liga BBVA. 

Without further ado here is the line-up: 

There is a good shout for two EPL goalkeepers to be involved in the TOTW this week, so I have decided to include both;

Tim Howard - The experienced Everton goalkeeper was solid in The Toffees' game against Aston Villa, pulling off great saves and denying Villa's Belgian talisman Christian Benteke from the penalty spot to keep a solid clean sheet away from home.

Wojciech Szczesny - The under-fire Arsenal goalkeeper proved last Saturday why he deserves more credit, with a great performance away from home against a pressing Palace side who took advantage of an extra man after Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta's harsh dismissal on 64 minutes. 

He did well to pull off some great acrobatic saves especially to deny midfielder Jedinak's screamer from 25 yards, and kept a clean sheet aswell, which is his 5th of the season in all competitions. 

Martin Skrtel - The Slovakian defender has upped his game significantly over the past year after his arrival at Anfield where his overall defending was shaky in places and he kept scoring own goals. 

He was the unsung hero in a Liverpool side against West Brom last week, overshadowed by team-mates Suarez and Sturridge among other Liverpool stars, with solid defending throughout making sure the West Brom attackers could not get past him, not letting players like Sinclair and Berahino get an inch of space inside the box. He proved his consistency after a great goal-line clearance to deny French striker Nicolas Anelka's strike for a corner. 

Luis Suarez - Not surprising that the Uruguayan striker is in this week's TOTW, after a hat-trick against West Brom helping his side to destroy their visitors 4-1 at home last Saturday.
His first goal of the day was a lovely strike, waltzing past the defence easily before powering into the new at the bottom corner. 
His second was truly special, with an 18-yard power header which flew past the goalkeeper into the top corner like a rocket shot before his third and hat-trick was completed after 55 minutes with another bullet header, this time from an in swinging free-kick from 30 yards out to convert past a helpless Boaz Myhill.

Suarez's Liverpool record:

Appearances - 81
Shots on target - 155
Goal scored - 44
Minutes per goal - 158
Assists - 12
Yellow cards - 17

His strike partner Daniel Sturridge did not do too badly for himself either, making it 4-1 late in the game with a spellbinding chip over goalkeeper Myhill after a stinging shot by the young Englishman hit the crossbar on the counter attack earlier in the game. 
SAS is looking more and more dangerous every game they play.. 

Sublime: Sturridge scored the goal of the day with a great chip over Myhill to make it 4-1.

SAS: Sturridge celebrates his chip to complete Liverpool's home rout against West Brom.

I apologise for the blog post being published a week late, but due to studies and overall busyness I have not be able to post as frequently as previously planned. However, I will make it up, thank you for reading and don't forget to subscribe!

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