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Monday, 15 August 2011

Squarefootball's Premier League Team of the Week

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Welcome back Premier League football! Oh how we have missed the way you honour us with your presence every Saturday afternoon. I still do not know how we made it through those long summer months without you there to comfort us over the weekends. But now you're back and you've given us plenty of talking points already.

Anyway, let's get straight to it. With Tottenham v Everton being postponed and Manchester City and Swansea beginning their respective campains during Monday Night Football, we are left with 16 teams to select our first Squarefootball Team of the Week from and here it is.

Goalkeeper: Shay Given (Aston Villa)

The 35-year-old Irishman looked like an early contender for buy of the season this weekend as he made two fantastic saves to ensure Aston Villa picked up a point in their 0-0 draw with Fulham. Given denied Fulham the win by keeping his first clean sheet for his new club, keeping out all of the Cottager's nine shots on target.

Right Back: Wes Brown (Sunderland)

I still can't believe Sunderland only paid £1 million for this guy. He is quick, strong,and very decisive. Brown looked very calm and composed against Liverpool and his wealth of experience helped his new team secure a 1-1 draw at Anfield. His no-nonsense approach meant he cleared up loose balls with ease and his judgement seems as superb as ever.

Centre Back: Roger Johnson (Wolves)

Wolves' new captain seems to have settled into life quickly in the Black Country. The number 14 was ready to inspire on Saturday and he did just that, bringing his team back from a goal deficit to win at Blackburn 2-1. His presence in defence, along with his quick runs and powerful headers, allowed him to lead his team to victory and start the season on a high.

Centre Back: Gary Cahill (Bolton)

It was plain to see why this young Englishman may well be the top of many teams' transfer wishlist. His performance was strong and he capped of the game with a magnificant 25-yard strike to open the scoring, showing that shooting is another feather in this young man's cap. Composed and intelligent both on and off the ball, Cahill looked very impressive this weekend.

Left Back: John Arne Riise (Fulham)

First things first; isn't it great to see this guy back in the Premier League? It was as if he had never been away as he kept running up and down the left hand side leading Fulham in defence as well as giving width in attack. We got a few chances to see his trademark left foot as they screamed through the air. On another day we may have seen a goal from the Norwegian and we can expect much more excitement from him during the coming season.

Right Midfield: Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland)

The Swedish wizard made a debut to remember against Liverpool. His pace saw him flying up and down the right wing before he scored a fantastically timed volley to ensure his new side left Anfield with a point. He was very exciting to watch and he created chances for his team to win the game. Signed on a free, he looks like a fantastic purchase.

Centre Midfield: Ben Watson (Wigan)

This lad is looking like becoming a key player in Wigan's midfield. He intelligentally distributed the ball to the wings, played clever passes, scored the penalty to put his team in the lead and hit the post with a low drive. The engine he had during the first game of the season was fantastic and all Wigan fans will be hoping he continues to play like this.

Centre Midfield: Wes Hoolahan (Norwich)

The only place in the first team of the week that goes to a player from a newly promoted team. Hoolahan looked right at home in the Premier League and showed great awareness to pounce on Wigan's mistake to score his side's equaliser. Like Watson, he showed a great work rate and could prove invaluable to Norwich's push to survive.

Left Midfield: Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Young looked like he had been a part of the United team for years as his creative spark meant the Red Devils won their first game of the season. He linked up perfectly with Rooney to allow his team-mate to open the scoring before darting past three West Brom players and causing Steven Reid to put into his own net. Young looked quick and determined to prove himself amongst a strong group of players and judging by this weekend's performance he will be in the starting line up for a long time to come.

Striker: Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

Torres didn't score, but he looked much more like the player that joined Liverpool all those years ago. The Spaniard didn't stop running and his first touch was fantastic. His link up play was strong and he was a lot more comfortable in the Chelsea shirt. I don't believe it will be long before the number nine hits the back of the net.

Striker: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Rooney was sporting new hair and a smile on his face as his first goal of the season aided United to victory. His pace and power drove West Brom back and his range of passing added width to a strong United attack. Rooney enjoyed the link up play with Young, Welbeck and Cleverly and I fully expect him to be a leading contender in the top scorer of the season.

So our first Team of the Week of the new season is:


Brown, Johnson, Cahill, Riise

Larsson, Watson, Hoolahan, Young

Torres and Rooney

What do you think of our Team of the Weekend? Do you agree? If not, why not post your Team of the Weekend below. We'd love to hear from you.

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Mitch Waddon



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