Premier League team of the weekend: Do you agree with this XI?

first_img 11 Two weeks into the Premier League season and players are starting to brush off the cobwebs from their pre-season exertions.Leicester, many pundits’ tips to struggle under Claudio Ranieri’s stewardship, have proved the surprise package of the opening fortnight as they mix with the big boys in the top four.Chelsea are in mini crisis, while in stark contract Manchester City look like world beaters after dispatching the Blues in the first heavyweight contest of the campaign.Here’s your talkSPORT team of the week… 11 11 Centre-back: Ashley Williams (Swansea City) – The Swansea captain has been integral to their impressive start to the season and against Newcastle he combined defensive assurance with a brilliant range of passing. Williams completed 102 out of 105 passes, with a remarkable 44 of them coming in Newcastle’s half. Goalkeeper: Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) – Remarkably, despite conceding three goals, Begovic makes our XI because of an outstanding first-half showing in his duel with Sergio Aguero. The Bosnian goalkeeper, stepping in for the suspended Thibaut Courtois, denied the City frontman on four occasions before the Argentine maestro finally found the net. Has he staked a claim for a first-team berth? Left-back: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) – Kolarov has hugely benefited from an injury to Gael Clichy, and looked back to his elegant best against Chelsea by establishing a promising relationship with Raheem Sterling on the City left. He’s created seven chances so far this season – the same as David Silva. 11 11 Attacking midfield: Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) – First Branislav Ivanovic, now Daryl Janmaat. Both right backs will be glad to see the back of Montero, although the latter seemed intent on jumping ship as soon as possible before his inevitable red card on Saturday. Montero must be a striker’s dream, knowing the Ecuadorian is a reliable source of service from the left. He’s a throwback to traditional wingers and we can only hope his form continues. Right-back: Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) – Liverpool may well have just found a solution to their right-back problem. Clyne was the pick of the Anfield debutants as the Reds squeezed out a 1-0 win against Bournemouth, combing attacking forays with reliable defensive work. His tackling, in particular, caught the eye, leaving several Cherries players in a heap on the floor after crunching challenges. 11 Defensive midfield: Fernandinho (Manchester City) – What a performance from the Brazilian. While the likes of Silva and Aguero may take most of the plaudits, Fernandinho delivered a brilliant defensive display to contain Cesc Fabregas and Willian. Although he may have been fortunate to stay on the pitch after a lunge on Diego Costa, he took his goal brilliantly. 11 Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Insignificant one week, world class the next. Ozil’s enduring qualities came to the fore in Arsenal’s impressive win at Crystal Palace as the Gunners rediscovered their verve. He misplaced just one of his 55 passes, created five chances for his team-mates and grabbed a brilliant assist for Olivier Giroud’s goal. Genius. 11 Central midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton) – It’s a big season for the young Englishman and he’s had a whirlwind start. Everton were brilliant at Southampton on Saturday lunchtime, with Barkley central to everything good about the Toffees’ performance. His goal was excellent, and his link up with Romelu Lukaku suggests Roberto Martinez’s side may have rediscovered their groove. 11 11 11 Striker: Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Another player seemingly revitalised after a subdued season last term, Lukaku was unplayable against Southampton. He took his two goals brilliantly and when he’s in that kind of mood, no defender on the planet would fancy facing him. Is he starting to justify that £28m price tag? Centre-back: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City) – He’s back, and that’s a menacing thought for the rest of the Premier League. After a personal season to forget last term, Kompany bullied Diego Costa into submission on Sunday afternoon and looked more fired up than ever. Two goals in two games puts him in contention for the golden boot, too. Ha! Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – The league’s shining light – we can only hope injuries evade him this season. He absolutely terrorised the Chelsea defence and if it weren’t for an inspired Begovic, we could have been talking about an Aguero hat-trick before half time. His display was so devastating John Terry had the indignity of being hooked at the break – the first time he has ever been substituted under Jose Mourinho. last_img read more