Premier League Team of the Week: Suarez, Sturridge and Januzaj Star

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterOctober 6, 2013

Premier League Team of the Week: Suarez, Sturridge and Januzaj Star

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    Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League Team of the Week.

    There was an even spread of impressive performances across attackers and defenders, with a certain Manchester United starlet dominating the headlines on Saturday.

    But on Sunday, an Englishman rose to the fore and sealed a West Ham victory at White Hart Lane, while Southampton and West Bromwich Albion also pulled off fantastic results. All three teams are represented here.

GK: Artur Boruc, Southampton

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    Southampton's starting XI will be thanking Artur Boruc for playing a big part in their clean sheet against Swansea on Sunday afternoon.

    It was by no means a comfortable 2-0 victory at St. Mary's Stadium. The Polish shot-stopper was called into action a number of times behind Dejan Lovren's stubborn defensive line, providing a couple superb saves from Michu and Wilfried Bony attempts.

    Saints have conceded just two goals this season so far in league play, and Boruc deserves a large portion of the credit.

RB: Sascha Riether, Fulham

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    Fulham achieved a big, big result on Saturday, scraping out a 1-0 victory over Stoke City to ease the pressure on Martin Jol's shoulders.

    Darren Bent scored the winner in typical Darren Bent fashion in the 83rd minute, but Sascha Riether put in a gutsy performance to ensure his team succeeded at both ends of the pitch.

    Barnstorming runs and goal-line clearances? Just another day at the office for the German defender.

CB: Winston Reid, West Ham United

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    Winston Reid was an impressive pillar in defence, holding steady and ensuring his West Ham outfit escaped White Hart Lane with a shocking 3-0 win.

    He chipped in with the first goal of the contest after bundling home from a corner, then totaled nine clearances as the Hammers resisted Tottenham's dominance.

    He's quickly becoming Sam Allardyce's most consistent option at centre-back.

CB: Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool

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    Granted, Crystal Palace didn't provide the sternest test, but Mamadou Sakho finally produced the sort of performance you'd expect from a big-money signing in the Reds' 3-1 win.

    He looked at home in Brendan Rodgers' three-man defence, was prolific in intercepting the ball, and looked extremely calm in possession.

    More of this will be required from the Frenchman from here on out.

     

LB: Liam Ridgewell, West Bromwich Albion

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    West Bromwich Albion took the lead and held a previously rampant Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

    The defensive unit played well on the whole, and we've slotted Liam Ridgewell into our team at left-back after a solid showing.

    The Baggies conceded just a single goal—a deflected Jack Wilshere shot—on the day, and Ridgewell himself played some nice balls through the channels.

DM: Ravel Morrison, West Ham United

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    As good as West Ham's defensive setup was, it received an excellent layer of protection in the form of Mark Noble and Ravel Morrison.

    To split the two, we've gone with the guy who scored a sensational solo goal, wrapping up the three points by torching the Tottenham defence and smuggling home his side's third goal.

    Roy Hodgson was in attendance—probably to watch Andros Townsend—but Morrison was the best Englishman on the pitch.

RM: Adam Lallana, Southampton

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    Adam Lallana has been disappointing this season, but he stepped his game up at St. Mary's Stadium.

    The captain has been consistently substituted by Mauricio Pochettino given his so-so showings, but he stayed on the pitch for a full 90 minutes after coming of age in the Premier League on the afternoon.

    He scored Southampton's opener in a hard-fought 2-0 victory and looks good for an England call-up on this evidence.

LM: Loic Remy, Newcastle United

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    Loic Remy, Queens Park Rangers' prized possession coming into the 2013 summer transfer window, has positively caught fire at Newcastle United on loan.

    It didn't take a genius to work out this was a shrewd move from the Magpies management, as the French international is one of those players who is simply nailed on to score goals.

    His brace at the Cardiff City Stadium saw off the challenge of Malky Mackay's Bluebirds, and this can be pegged as an impressive, 2-1 away win.

    Would the real Newcastle United please stand up?

AM: Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United

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    Bar the yellow card for diving, Adnan Januzaj enjoyed a dream debut start for the Manchester United first team on Saturday evening.

    He scored two sensational goals to rescue David Moyes from a scary-looking situation at the Stadium of Light—the first a powerful, unstoppable finish and the second a beautiful volley.

    Cue the multinational, Belgian-born youngster being courted by every country he's even slightly affiliated with.

ST: Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool

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    Luis Suarez was a menace for the second straight week in Liverpool's second straight 3-1 victory.

    He scored the opening goal of the game by stumbling into the box and prodding home an odd finish, then proceeded to terrorise the Crystal Palace back line with his dynamic running and good linkup skills.

    Daniel Sturridge chipped in with yet another goal and hit the woodwork. This is the partnership to emulate right now.