VIDEO: Premier League Player of the Week – Round 22

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In just his second appearance in the Premier League, this man made quite the impression.

Ravaged by injuries with the likes of Sadio Mane, Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and plenty of others missing, Southampton headed north to Newcastle on Saturday after beating Manchester United 1-0 away last Sunday and then Ipswich away by the same scoreline on Wednesday.

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A weary and depleted Saints squad dug deep to beat Newcastle 2-1 at St James’ Park to remain third in the PL table as Southampton’s fans have a new hero: Eljero Elia.

The Dutch winger, who signed in January from Werder Bremen on a loan deal until the end of the season, drilled them ahead early on and netted a fine second half strike as the winger gambled twice and it paid off.

Known as the ‘Dutch Mario Balotelli’ it is safe to say Elia burned his bridges at plenty of other clubs including the likes of Juventus and Hamburg in the past. At the age of 27 he was handed a lifeline by Saints boss Ronald Koeman to reignite his career. Elia has grabbed that chance, and after scoring the first goal he ran straight to Koeman for a huge hug to thank him for giving him a chance.

The Dutch international winger is the PL Player of the Week for round 22, as he and the Saints march on.

Premier League Player of the Week 

Week 1: Raheem Sterling, Liverpool

Week 2: Nacer Chadli, Tottenham Hotspur

Week 3: Diego Costa, Chelsea

Week 4: Diego Costa, Chelsea

Week 5: Frank Lampard, Manchester City

Week 6: Edin Dzeko, Manchester City

Week 7: David De Gea, Manchester United

Week 8: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Week 9: Wilfried Bony, Swansea City

Week 10: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Week 11: Shane Long, Southampton

Week 12: Danny Ings, Burnley

Week 13: Lee Cattermole, Sunderland

Week 14: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Week 15: Andy Carroll, West Ham

Week 16: Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

Week 17: Charlie Austin, Queens Park Rangers

Week 18: Eden Hazard, Chelsea

Week 19: Mame Diouf, Stoke City

Week 20: Frank Lampard, Manchester City

Week 21: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Week 22: Eljero Elia, Southampton