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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 12

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting eleventh weekend in the Premier League. Arsenal, Liverpool, Norwich City and Southampton provide two players each, while there is one each from Manchester City, Sunderland and West Brom Albion.

John Ruddy (Norwich City)

The England keeper was in instrumental form in his side’s shocking 1-0 win over Manchester United at Carrow Road on Saturday. He made a succession of crucial saves – especially from Ashley Young – and two right at the death, to frustrate United and keep them at bay.

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)

Southampton have conceded the most number of goals this season, but Clyne is one player to keep an eye for in the future. In the biggest game at the bottom of the table, he was rock solid in defence when his team needed him and going forward he chipped in with an assist as his team got the better of QPR at Loftus Road.

Carlos Cuellar (Sunderland)

The former Aston Villa defender has been rock solid at the back for the Black Cats this season and he was once again at his best against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday. He put in a very impressive defensive display and also scored his first goal for the club by heading home a corner.

Michael Turner (Norwich City)

Turner struggled at the start of the season but on Saturday he was at his very best. He was the heart and soul of the Canaries’ spirited defensive display and dealt brilliantly with both Javier Hernandez (later replaced by Danny Welbeck) and Robin van Persie. He put his body on the line and successfully got his head to numerous crosses to keep United’s attack at bay.

Jose Enrique (Liverpool)

This is the second consecutive time the Liverpool left-back has made our Team Of The Week and he completely deserves it. Played in an advance role in Saturday’s comfortable win over Wigan, the Spaniard put in his best performance of the season so far and ended the game with a goal and an assist.

Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Arsenal fans and manager Arsene Wenger may be split on whether Theo Walcott is worth the money to keep at the club past this season. However, on Saturday in the North London derby at least Walcott put in a brilliant display. His contribution included an assist and an injury time goal.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

The little Spainiard has been the Gunners’ best player this season and on Saturday he was at his creative best against Tottenham, making the most of Arsenal’s one-man advantage. He was involved in most of the hosts’ intricate build-up play, and topped off his performance with a goal and a brilliant assist in the 5-2 thrashing.

Jason Puncheon (Southampton)

He provided the impetus from the right side of midfield for Southampton, on his first return to Loftus Road, having played there on loan last season. His two assists and a sweet left-footed curling goal from the edge of the box was just the reward for his impressive performance.

Luis Suarez (Liverpool)

Another weekend and its Suarez again. The Uruguayan international is in the form of his life and without him I really can’t see Liverpool being a serious threat. However, he now has ten goals this season and increased his tally over the weekend with two well taken finishes in the home win over Wigan.

Shane Long (West Brom Albion)

The former Reading man spent a good 60 minutes terrorising the Chelsea defence and David Luiz in particular on Saturday. His goal involved great movement and his assist for Peter Odemwingie was of the first order. He has adapted very well to the life in the Premier League and now can produce performances capable of dismantling top sides.

Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)

The Argentine striker ended his barren spell of just one goal in his last 12 appearances for City, with a brace in the 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa. His first came from the penalty spot, while his second was a close-range tap-in. But, his performance will be the most pleasing thing for Roberto Mancini.

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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 5

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting fifth weekend in the Premier League. Southampton and Arsenal have provided two players each, while there is one each from Stoke, Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool, West Ham, Everton and Fulham.

Asmir Begovic (Stoke)

The Bosnian keeper was in fine form at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, commanding his area excellently and making a save whenever he was asked to. Chelsea’s poor finishing meant he didn’t had to make many, but could do nothing about Ashley Cole’s late winner.

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)

The young right-back has grown with every game he has played in the Premier League so far and against Aston Villa, he was superb. He made some intelligent runs down the flanks, when he switched to left-back in the second half. He created chances for his team-mates and also showed good composure to score his first goal for his new club.

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal)

He was only selected in the side because Thomas Vermaelen was out with a virus and the Frenchman performed at his best against the reigning Premier League champions. He was perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty in the second half but his 82nd minute not only earned the Gunners a deserved point but also kept them unbeaten this season.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

This man has become a regular in the Team of the Week now. The Belgium international showed his versatility in the win over QPR on Sunday, starting out in the centre of the defence before switching to left-back after half time. He was spot on with his tackles throughout the match and led the counter-attack for the second goal. He looked solid and also made a goal-saving tackle late in the game to deny Junior Holiett.

Ashley Cole (Chelsea)

Surely the best left-back in England if not the world. Cole was the difference on Saturday as Chelsea scraped past Stoke at home. He hasn’t scored a goal for a while, but displayed coolness as he flicked the ball over the advancing Begovic as a seasoned striker.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

The Spain international has settled to life in the Premier League following his move from Malaga and once again produced a master-class against champions Manchester City. He was at the heart of all of Arsenal’s best play and troubled the City defence with his intelligent movement and passing. His shot on goal led to the corner from which Koscielny equalised.

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)

The England international skipper was once again brilliant against Manchester United for the 10-man Liverpool with a display which was full of aggression, determination and emotion. He rose to the occasion and gave his team the lead on such an important day for the club was perfect scenario but to see him on the losing end was a bit sad.

Kevin Nolan (West Ham)

He was the man who led West Ham back to the Premier League and it looks like he is man who will keep them up this season. He looked the player most likely to score for the hosts against Sunderland. He came close with two overhead kicks and troubled the opposition’s back four throughout the game. In the dying minutes he scored a sweet volley and completely deserved the goal.

Marouane Fellaini (Everton)

The Belgium international has been very impressive for the Toffees this season and was once again at his best at Swansea. He scored Everton’s third, set up their first and played a role in the second. His presence was always a threat to the Swansea defence as he broke up play and often got involved in his side’s attacks.

Rickie Lambert (Southampton)

At the start of the season, many people doubted his ability to succeed in the top flight and I am sure they must be regretting it now. He took his goal scoring tally to four in five league games after scoring a brace against Aston Villa. He fired home the equaliser from the edge of the box before scoring from the spot in injury time to complete the four goal rout.

Hugo Rodallega (Fulham)

It’s very hard to play against your old team at their home ground and score a goal against them. Rodallega was not only the star performer for Fulham in their first away win of the season at Wigan, but like a true sportsman he didn’t celebrate both the goals (scored one and created one) and showed some respect to his former employees.

Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Southampton

Welcome to IntoTheTopCorner’s team-by-team preview to the new Barclays Premier League season. Here we look at Southampton’s vital stats, their summer transfers and analyse their chances.

Manager: Nigel Adkins.
Captain: Dean Hammond.
Stadium: St. Mary’s Stadium (32,689).
Last season: Promoted as Championship runners-up.
Leading scorer (CH): Ricky Lambert (27).
Odds: Title 1000-1. Relegation 5-4.

In: Nathaniel Clyne (£2m, Crystal Palace), Steven Davis (Free, Rangers), Paulo Gazzaniga (Undisc., Gillingham), Gaston Ramirez (£11.8m, Bologna), Jay Rodriguez (£7.6m, Burnley).

Out: Bartosz Bialkowski (Free, Notts County), David Connolly (Released), Harley Dean (Free, Brentford), Ryan Doble (Free, Shrewsbury), Tommy Forecast (Loan, Gillingham), Dan Harding (Undisc., Nottingham), Lee Holmes (Free, Preston), Radhi Jaidi (Retired), Aaron Martin (Loan, Crystal Palace), Aaran Racine (Released).

Kits

Key Man – Adam Lallana
The classy playmaker has attracted a lot of interest from many Premier League clubs in the past year or so, and was the Saints’ best player last season. He was the source of a lot of Saints’ best work in the final third and broke into double figuers last term. His form this season will be vital for Southampton’s hopes of surving the drop and staying up in the Premier League.

Opening Fixtures
19-Aug – Man City (A)
25-Aug – Wigan (H)
02 Sep – Man Utd (H)
15-Sep – Arsenal (A)
22-Sep – Aston Villa (H)
29-Sep – Everton (A)

Probable Formation (4-4-2): Davis; Clyne, Hooiveld, Fonte, Fox; Lallana, Davis, Hammond, Ramirez; Rodriguez, Lambert.

Verdict: The Saints marched back up to the top flight following successive promotions from League One and the Championship, but their return has been a long time coming and expect it to be a tough campaign at the St Mary’s. Nigel Adkins’ defence could prove the weak link. Kelvin Davis in goal has played out of his skin for the south coast side in recent years, but both centre backs Jose Fonte and Jos Hooiveld are inexperienced at the top level. But there is no doubt that Southampton’s strength is their firepower, with Lambert, Lallana, Rodriguez and now the recent addition of Gaston Ramirez. Adkins boasts creativity in abundance and frontmen who can be relied upon to create and take chances when they arrive. Ramirez’s signing from Bologna is a huge one and proves the ambitions of the club. I think Southampton will stay up with the firepower they have.

Prediction: 15th.

Premier League New Signings Best XI

With just over two weeks to go for the new 2012/13 Premier League season to begin, we continue to look forward to it and build up for the new season. Today, we have decided to make a best XI of the new signings done by the Premier League clubs this summer.  

The team is formed by using the 4-2-3-1 formation. It also has a manager (who has been recently appointed) and seven substitutes. Have a look at the them and feel free to comment below.

GK – ROBERT GREEN (WEST HAM TO QPR – FREE)

The experienced England keeper may be still haunted by the goal he conceded against USA in the 2010 World Cup, but he is a safe and reliable man to have inbetween the sticks. Hughes snapped him up for free after his contract with the Hammers came to an end this June.

RB – NATHANIEL CLYNE (CRYSTAL PLACE TO SOUTHAMPTON – £2M)

The young, highly-rated but talented right-back joined the Saints for a compensation fee after his contract with the Eagles expiered in the summer. The 21-year-old, who was once a target of Manchester United, will add a lot pace to Southampton’s defence and will be a constant threat on the right-side.

CB – JAN VERTONGHEN (AJAX TO TOTTENHAM – £11M)

The Belgium international was chased by a hosts of top clubs across Europe, but in the end Tottenham won the race to sign him. With Ledley King having announced his retirement in the past month, Vertonghen will be a perfect addition to the squad and his presence will be felt at the back.

CB – RON VLAAR (FEYENOORD TO ASTON VILLA – £3.5M)

The Dutch international has spent the best part of his eight year career at Feyenoord and the hard tackling defender – who had a decent Euro 2012 campaign compared to his team – will be a great addition to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side – who have been poor at the back in the past couple of seasons.

LB – FABIO (MANCHESTER UNITED TO QPR – LOAN)

The young United left-back has been primed for big things in the future, but his opportunities and Old Trafford have been very limited. The pacey Brazilian, who is good with either foot is expected to be R’s first choice left-back at Loftus Road and will be hoping to impress his employees with a good season under Mark Hughes.

CM – OSCAR (INTERNACIONAL TO CHELSEA – £28M)

The young Brazilian has been one of the top performers for his country at the Olympics this year and his big money move to Chelsea has excited a lot of fans. The playmaker, who has great vision, passing and an eye for spectacular goals, is tipped for big things at Stamford Bridge.

CM -GYLFI SIGURDSSON (HOFFENHEIM TO TOTTENHAM – £8.8M)

The Iceland international had a very successful loan spell with Swansea last term and that attracted a lot of suitors for the 22-year-old midfielder. The former Reading star snubbed offers from Liverpool and Swansea to join Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham and is expected to play a major role at White Hart Lane this season.

LW – LUKAS PODOLSKI (FC KOLN TO ARSENAL – £11.4M)

It’s not often that you see Arsene Wenger buying experienced and proven talents over youngsters, but this signing of the German international, who has more than 100 caps to his name, could be a masterstroke and could well help the Gunners win their first ever major silverware in more than seven years.

CAM – SHINJI KAGAWA (DORMUND TO MANCHESTER UNITED – £13.2M)

Kagawa has seen a steap rise in his career from Japanese League football to Premier League football in the last three years or so. The Japanese international was named the Bundesliga player of the season last term after helping Dortmund do the domestic double and his transfer to United has delighted the United fans. The playmaker is expected to play a key role in helping United regain their Premier League title this season.

RW – EDEN HAZARD (LILLE TO CHELSEA – £32.5M)

The highly-rated playmaker was the most sought-after property in Europe at the start of the summer. Manchester City and Manchester United were both interested in him, but in the end Chelsea landed the Belgium international after winning the Champions League. Roman Abramovich has again splashed a lot of money on a youngster who is expected to become one of the best player in the world.

ST – OLIVIER GIROUD (MONTPELLIER to ARSENAL – £10.5M)

The France international had a great last season as helped Montpellier win their first ever league title in their history. Arsenal ssigned the striker early in the summer beating off competition from several clubs across Europe. With skipper Robin van Persie expected to leave in the near future, Giroud will have a huge role to play this season.

Manager – ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS (UNEMPLOYED TO TOTTENHAM)

The Portuguese had a distatourous time at Stamford Bridge which lasted for just over nine months, after he had helped Porto to do the treble in the previous season by winning the League, domestic cup and the Europa League. Villas-Boas was given another chance to prove himself in the Premier League after he was appointed as the new boss at White Hart Lane to succeed Harry Redknapp. The 34-year-old will be hoping make the most of his second chance and help Tottenham secure Champions League football for the next season.

Subs – Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton to West Ham for Free), Steven Whittaker (Rangers to Norwich for Free), James Collins (Aston Villa to West Ham for £2.8m), Marko Marin (Werder Bremen to Chelsea for £8.6m), Park Ji-Sung (Manchester United to QPR for £2.7m), Junior Hoilett (Blackburn to QPR for Free), Fabio Borini (Roma to Liverpool for £11.7m).

Top 10 Players Available For Free This Summer

After having a look at the list below, Europe’s top club sides may not have to spend huge amounts of cash on players in the summer as some of the continent’s best are available for nothing, with Chelsea’s man of the moment Didier Drogba being one of the picks.

The Ivory Coast striker aside, Into The Top Corner check’s out the best of the rest of the free transfers. Have we missed anyone out?

10. Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart)

Chelsea’s former defender is nicknamed ‘The Cannibal’ because he supposedly eats up opponents, so Arsenal and QPR – who could both benefit from strengthening at the back – may find him useful to have on board!

9. Danijel Pranjic (Bayern Munich)

Sunderland were so desperate for a left-back in January that they signed Wayne Bridge on loan from Man City. Pranjic would be ambitious signing, but don’t be surprised to see a top club provide competition for the 30-year-old Croat’s signature.

8. Daniel van Buyten (Bayern Munich)

Van Buyten may be 34, but he’s still one of Europe’s top stoppers and Harry Redknapp has proved in capturing Ryan Nelsen that he’s not afraid of buying the odd golden oldie. Surely better than the centre backs currently at Tottenham…

7. Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace’s 20-year-old right back was a £3m target for Man United in the January transfer window, but will now wait until his contract runs out when only compensation will be necessary to land the England U-21 star.

6. Mark van Bommel (AC Milan)

Van Bommel has enjoyed an illustrious career playing in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Italy, so could England be his next destination? Still as combative as ever, with Spurs sniffing around before he moved to current club Milan, the Dutchman’s steel and experience would boost a Tottenham squad that needs strengthening to sustain a challenge at the top

5. Ivica Olic (Bayern Munich)

At 32, Olic is a powerful and dynamic striker, who could provide Liverpool with back-up for Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. In fact, he might even score more goals than them!

4. Hugo Rodallega (Wigan Athletic)

At the time Spurs, QPR and Fulham expressed interest in Colombian Rodallega earlier this season, Wigan looked nailed on for relegation from the Premier League, so it will be interesting to see what happens with him being a free agent this summer.

3. Cristian Chivu (Inter Milan)

A Champions League winner under Jose Mourinho and a Serie A winner with Roberto Mancini – one of these managers is likely to be in charge at Man City for the 2012/13 season.

2. Diego (On Loan at Atletico Madrid from Wolfsburg)

Attacking midfielder Diego is still only 27 and has won more than 30 caps for Brazil. He’s impressed on loan at Atletico Madrid this season.

1. Salomon Kalou (Chelsea)

Until his vital goal for Chelsea against Benfica in the Champions League quarter final, ‘Kalouless’ as he was known by some Blues fans looked like he would definitely be leaving in the summer. However, a recent run of starting berths have garnered him more praise, though Liverpool and Tottenham might be able to offer him more opportunities to play