Who is in the same class as Keegan, Dalglish & Barnes? He's in Garth's team of the week

Who is in the same class as Keegan, Dalglish & Barnes? He's in Garth's team of the week
From BBC - February 11, 2018

Sergio Aguero scored four goals as Premier League leaders Manchester City beat Leicester, while Newcastle surprised Manchester United to move out of the bottom three.

But who shone enough to make my team of the week? Read the thinking behind my team below and have a go at picking your own.

Choose your XI from the shortlist selected by BBC Sport journalists, and share it with your friends.

Goalkeeper - Mat Ryan (Brighton)

What a penalty save by Mat Ryan. Charlie Adam struck it well, but a strong hand from the Brighton keeper delivered the Seagulls a valuable point against a Stoke side in greater need.

Why Jese felt compelled to behave like a spoilt child when denied the chance to take the penalty only served to expose his selfishness. In my view he was lucky to be awarded the spot-kick in the first instance. If Adam is the official penalty-taker then, unless he thinks otherwise, he takes the penalty. Brighton seem devoid of such petulance, but not the kind of heroism portrayed by Ryan.

Defender - Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham)

Zabaleta's days at Manchester City are gone, but this seasoned professional still has a lot left in the tank.

Against the much younger Richarlison, Zabaleta had this young pup in his pocket for much of the game. The Argentine was rock solid against a player who has proved to be very dangerous on occasions this season.

Defender - Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)

It has not been an easy baptism for Virgil van Dijk, but he is going to be a big hit at Liverpool, I have no doubt.

To go back to your old club and provide such an assured performance as he did against Southampton speaks volumes about the mental capacity of this accomplished defender.

Defender - Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)

He has not played with his chief accomplice - Toby Alderweireld - for a while, however Jan Vertonghen coped admirably without him against Arsenal.

Of all Spurs' defenders, and especially in the absence of Alderweireld, Vertonghen has been the most consistent this season.

Nevertheless, Arsenal still had chances to come away from this north London derby with a point and, to be perfectly honest with you, the Gunners blew it.

Midfielder - Jose Izquierdo (Brighton)

He's only gone and done it again. Admittedly his goal against Stoke was not quite as fantastic as his finish against West Ham, but it still left Jack Butland clutching at fresh air.

I had real reservations about the wisdom in Brighton purchasing Izquierdo but he looks like he's starting to acclimatise to life in the Premier League and he certainly has the talent.

Brighton now look odds-on to stay up. However, I hope they do not just become perennial survivors. It's a great place to go and watch a football match. On the odd occasion I do go, I notice their fans are capable of creating a great atmosphere. What I do not understand is why they do not chant Chris Hughton's name during their games more. I really do not get it. If fans do not chant the manager's name every now and then, how do you think he feels?

Midfielder - Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton)

Everton boss Sam Allardyce made his feelings known about his side's performance against Arsenal last week. They were in a very different mood against Crystal Palace. Gylfi Sigurdsson did not play against the Gunners but the Iceland international pulled Palace apart with the support of Wayne Rooney.

Allardyce appreciates Goodison Park is a fortress for the team, and just as well because Everton's away form this season has been abysmal.

Midfielder - Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

Midfielder - Marko Arnautovic (West Ham)

Forward - Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Forward - Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Forward - Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)


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