Premier League – Team of the Week

EurosportMon, 21 Jan 14:48:00 2008

A look at the best and the worst of the weekend’s performers, with Emmanuel Adebayor sharing the Player of the Week award.

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HOW IT WORKS

We tot up the marks out of 10 awarded in five national newspapers – Sun, Mirror, Mail, Times and Guardian – to reach a total out of 50. The top player in each position will be rewarded with a spot in the team of the week, while the worst scorers will be named and shamed in our Flops XI.

TEAM OF THE WEEK

It says a lot for the depth of African talent in the Premier League that, despite a whole host of players currently at the African Nations Cup, the two top performers of the weekend come from Togo and Zimbabwe. Joe Hart is proving a revelation for Sven’s City, while honourable mentions go to Kalifa Cisse and Tom Huddlestone, two midfielders who almost made the cut filling in as centre backs.

Joe Hart (Manchester City) – 40

Glen Johnson (Portsmouth) – 34

David Wheater (Middlesbrough) – 40

Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) – 38

Gael Clichy (Arsenal) – 38

Alexander Hleb (Arsenal) – 40

Niko Kranjcar (Portsmouth) – 40

Claude Makelele (Chelsea) – 38

Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) – 37

Benjani (Portsmouth) – 41

Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal) – 41

FLOPS OF THE WEEK

Fulham‘s Seol Ki-Yeon made a rare appearance at Craven Cottage and no wonder, as he’s the worst player of the week according to Fleet Street. A mark of how badly Elano and Laurent Robert fared is that Titus Bramble scored more than them.

Antti Niemi (Fulham) – 28

Danny Mills (Derby County) – 26

Dejan Stefanovic (Fulham) – 23

Titus Bramble (Wigan) – 24

Jose Enrique (Newcastle United) – 26

Laurent Robert (Derby County) – 21

Elano (Manchester City) – 21

Steven Davies (Fulham) – 23

Seol Ki-Hyeon (Fulham) – 19

Michael Owen (Newcastle United) – 26

Anthony Stokes (Sunderland) – 26

TEAM OF THE SEASON (minimum 12 starts)

Robert Green (West Ham) – 33.2 average

Steve Finnan (Liverpool) – 32

Joleon Lescott (Everton) – 34.6

Martin Laursen (Aston Villa) – 34.03

Gael Clichy (Arsenal) – 32.26

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) – 35.17

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) – 34.81

Mikel Arteta (Everton) – 34.8

Ashley Young (Aston Villa) – 34.39

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – 35.57

Fernando Torres (Liverpool) – 34.04

FLOPS OF THE SEASON

Stephen Bywater (Derby County) – 29.83

Jay McEvely (Derby County) – 27.05

Ibrahima Sonko (Reading) – 27.04

Claude Davis (Derby County) – 26.92

Chris Baird (Fulham) – 28.14

Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn Rovers) – 28.41

Brynjar Gunnarsson (Reading) – 27.69

Alan Smith (Newcastle United) – 27.93

Craig Fagan (Derby County) – 28.08

Benni McCarthy (Blackburn Rovers) – 28.26

Michael Chopra (Sunderland) – 28.34

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