James Hopper casts his eye over the Premier League to bring you his team of the week.
GK – Ben Foster (West Bromich Albion)
The England international didn’t complete the whole 90 minutes but his part in securing the Baggies a point should not go unnoticed. Before hobbling off through injury, the former Manchester United keeper denied the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley and Steven Pienaar.
RB – Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
The 2012 PFA Young Player of the Year looked to be back to his attacking best on today’s showing. Working in tandem with the impressive Andros Townsend, Walker produced measured pull-backs for his teammates and never looked troubled by a limp Swans strike force.
CB – Billy Jones (West Bromich Albion)
Another key part of Steve Clarke’s game-plan which enabled his side to escape Goodison Park with a point. The makeshift fullback was successful in every one of his attempted five tackles which meant keeping a lid on the usually hard to handle Kevin Mirallas.
CB – Kolo Toure (Liverpool)
With his side yet to concede a goal so far this campaign, the Ivorian has gone someway to replacing Merseyside legend Jamie Carragher. Completing 43 of his attempted 45 passes, the two-time Premier League winner has brought a calming influence along with his invaluable experience.
LB – Jose Enrique (Liverpool)
The Spaniard may face increasing competition for Liverpool’s left-back slot in the form of Aly Cissokho but should feel confident after his display at Villa Park. Provided the key pass which enabled Daniel Sturridge to score, Enrique was also dependable when tested by Weimann and Agbonlahor.
CM – Robbie Brady (Hull City)
The Republic of Ireland international was responsible for scoring his side’s first goal in the Premier League since 2010. The former Manchester United midfielder was also efficient in possession in spite of his side being down to ten men for the best part of 80 minutes. Brady will hope to shine in his debut season in England’s top division.
CM – James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
The eighteen year-old has earned his place in what is a now a seriously competitive Saints midfield. Jack Cork has been unable to surmount the youngster despite impressing hugely last year, and with his teammate adding an assist to his growing reputation, Prowse will hope Mauricio Pochettino will continue to keep faith with him.
CM – Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
Arsène Wenger may be under pressure to add to his squad but he does still possess one of the league’s best midfielders in his ranks. The elusive Spaniard is usually a hub of creativity for the Gunners and his showing at Craven Cottage was to be no different. He created six clear chances for his teammates including the assist for Lukas Podolski’s second goal.
ST – Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)
Scored an impressive brace in the Gunners’ comfortable 3-1 win at Craven Cottage. Despite holding over 100 caps for Germany, Podolski has yet to fully capture the respect of the Emirates faithful. His well taken first goal gave Arsenal crucial momentum in what looked to be a test of their credentials. Will hope to improve on his eleven goal return from last year.
ST – Frazier Campbell (Cardiff City)
Scored two headed goals from corners to down his boyhood club’s – Manchester United – local rivals. The pacey striker proved too hot to handle for the likes of Javi Garcia and the usually reliable Pablo Zabaleta. The striker also held the ball up when his side needed him to and provided an extra barrier for the City team to surpass when his team were defending for their lives.
ST – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)
Liverpool’s summer may have been dominated by Luis Suarez but they can rely on Sturridge to score the goals in the Uruguayan’s absence. An unconventional finish at Villa Park marked his second goal of the season in what promises to be a productive campaign. Only injury will prevent Sturridge from competing for this year’s Golden Boot.