Matchweek 9 produced some fine performances throughout the Premier League but none moreso than these 11 gentleman:
Goalkeeper – Tim Howard (Everton)
Tim Howard has flown under the radar for his efforts in goal this season but that all changed Saturday when the American made a stunning penalty kick save on Christian Benteke as well as a number of other key stops, including a sprawling tackle on Andreas Weimann.
Defender – Vlad Chiriches (Tottenham)
Vlad Chiriches was the rock of Spurs backline on Sunday, leading the defense with a game high six clearances while notching three key interceptions to preserve the clean sheet.
Defender – Martin Olsson (Norwich City)
Martin Olsson makes his first TOW after impressing in the 0-0 draw with Cardiff City, winning 75% of his defensive duels while pushing forward to provide five crosses and two chances on goal.
Defender – Winston Reid (West Ham United)
Winston Reid continued his strong string of performances this season by shoring up the Hammers defense with seven clearances and two blocked shots to help preserve the clean sheet.
Midfielder – Leon Osman (Everton)
After a brilliant 2012-13 campaign, Leon Osman has struggled to find his form this season. The midfielder’s woes seemed to be a thing of the past on Saturday, however, when he entered as a substitute and promptly provided Romelu Lukaku with an assist before scoring one of his own.
Midfielder – Jay Rodriguez (Southampton)
The Southampton forward has managed to squeeze his way into a busy forward line at Saints, and deservedly so. On Saturday he scored his second goal in three games when he out-jumped Philippe Senderos to head home the opener before nearly missing on a perfectly executed side volley.
Midfielder – Adam Lallana (Southampton)
Of all Southampton’s talented young guns, none has been more impressive than Adam Lallana. The winger kept his string of strong performances alive with an electric display, taking on defenders and creating scoring opportunities for his side to convert.
Midfielder – Lee Cattermole (Sunderland)
The Sunderland midfielder owned the center of the park winning 78% of his tackles to help the Black Cats grab their first win, a 2-1 victory over Newcastle in the derby.
Forward – Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
In what has been a painful year for United, Wayne Rooney has been one of the few bright spots with his tireless efforts, creative ability and knack for scoring goals. On Saturday, Rooney left it all on the pitch, scoring the game tying goal before Chicharito’s header won the match.
Forward – Luis Suarez (Liverpool)
What can you say about Luis Suarez? The man is absolutely incredible. His hat-trick on Saturday was a thing of beauty. While his nutmeg goal on the opener was fantastic, I’m not sure I’ve seen a more powerful header than his second when he nodded it into the top corner from 18 yards out. Astounding.
Forward – Fernando Torres (Chelsea)
There isn’t a player in the league who has dealt with more crap than Fernando Torres but now he truly seems to be turning the corner. He burned Gael Clichy to set up Andre Schurrle’s opener and then anticipated and chased down the 90th minute winner on Joe Hart’s brain fart. Nando, we salute you.