It was goals, goals and more goals this past weekend in the Premier League (34 in total), which provides a logical starting point for this round’s Team of the Week.
Goalkeeper – Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
Begovic looks more and more like a keeper set for a move to a big club, possibly in the January transfer window, which would leave Stoke City in a precarious situation. This past weekend he was sensational for the Potters, keeping a clean sheet and deflecting notable attempts from Stephane Sessegnon and Morgan Amalfitano.
Defender – Dejan Lovren (Southampton)
Arguably the most important piece added in Southampton’s summer transfers, Lovren has been the glue in a Saints defense plagued by a leaky 2012-13 campaign. On Saturday it was his shot that Adam Lallana deflected to hand Southampton a share of the points against Manchester United.
Defender – Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion)
What Lovren is to Southampton, McAuley is to West Brom – a menacing physical presence in the defense that will be the key to the Baggies finishing in the top half of the table. On Saturday he and the rest of the West Brom defense kept their unbeaten streak alive with a clean sheet at Stoke.
Defender – Chico Flores (Swansea City)
Chico Flores stamped out any hope Sunderland had of finding its first win of the season, shutting down Steven Fletcher and Jozy Altidore. It was Flores’ 80th minute shot that Fletcher turned into the net for the Swans’ fourth goal of the match.
Midfielder – Jonathan De Guzman ( Swansea City)
De Guzman is one of the most underrated midfielders in the Premier League. Slick skills combined with tenacious fight and impressive fitness, De Guzman is the engine in the center of the park that keeps the Swans moving. On Saturday his calculated pluck from 20 yards out helped Swansea solidify its 4-0 win over Sunderland.
Midfielder – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
Ozil is a force to be reckoned with. His two goals led to Arsenal’s 4-1 trounce of Norwich City proving why he is worth every penny of the $69 million Arsene Wenger shelled out to acquire him.
Midfielder – Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Gerrard calmly slotted home his 100th Premier League goal in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Newcastle. The Liverpool captain has had a been a bit subdued this season but a few quintessential Gerrard diagonal balls showed that he is still very much one of the best midfielders in the league.
Midfielder – Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Hazard’s brace against Cardiff City showed that he is finally developing into the goal-scoring threat that was acquired from Lille in the summer of 2012. With blazing speed and swift foot skills, Hazard is one of Jose Mourinho’s mainstays in the Blues midfield.
Midfielder – Andros Townsend (Tottenham)
Townsend has been all the rage the last few weeks and after his wonder goal for England this past week the Spurs man nabbed his club an early lead that provided some breathing room from a feisty Aston Villa team.
Midfielder – Kevin Mirallas (Everton)
Mirallas has endured a difficult start to the season but opened his scoring account for the season with a well-taken strike from distance to help the Toffees defeat Hull City 2-1.
Striker – Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Along with Daniel Sturridge, Aguero looks the most likely to take down this season’s Premier League scoring title. Against West Ham the Argentine finished brilliantly on two occasions, once with his feet and once with his head.