Player of the Week

VIDEO: Premier League Player of the Week – Matchday 9

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There was some eye-popping moments in the Premier League this weekend, yet still very little debate who shone brightest.

Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri scored a pair of Goal of the Month competitors in the same day in the Potters’ 2-0 win at Hull City on Monday.

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The first was a curling wonder from distance, while the second came from a bit closer as the big-calfed Swiss attacker bamboozled the Hull wall and goalkeeper.

The Potters are up to 16th in the Premier League table with nine points.

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After Stoke City lost star midfielder Bojan with an ACL injury, many wondered if the Potters could keep up their strong run of form and stay in the top half of the Premier League table.

In the first match without Bojan, Jonathan Walters picked up the slack.

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Walters scored his first career hat trick in his 200th appearance for Stoke as the Potters cruised to a 3-1 win over a lackluster Queens Park Rangers side.

The Irish international scored twice within the first 35 minutes, both times working off of Stephen Ireland to give Stoke City a two goal lead. Leading 2-1 in the final minutes, Walters used his head to add an insurance goal for the Potters as QPR remain winless away from Loftus Road.

Walters joins Mame Diouf as the two Potters to be named Player of the Week this season, and Stoke will be reliant on the two as they continue to battle for a top-ten finish.

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

Week 23: Jonathan Walters, Stoke City

VIDEO: Premier League Player of the Week – Matchweek 20

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There were a number of memorable performances in Matchweek 20 but for the Premier League, none moreso than that of Frank Lampard.

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The Manchester City midfielder was a 70th minute substitute and within just three minutes he had the winner for his side, heading home Gael Clichy’s curling cross handing City a 3-2 victory.

The boon for the Champions was an extra knife in the side for fans of Major League Soccer, who learned just 12 hours earlier that, despite a supposedly completed deal to New York City Football Club, the England legend would not be joining the expansion side for their 2015 opening match.

Watch the above video to see Lampard’s winner.

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

ProSoccerTalk’s MLS Player of the Week: Víctor Bernárdez

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Defenders just can’t give up chances. Over the course of 90 minutes, great attacker are going to generate enough opportunities on their own. Teams can’t afford to have individual mistakes make it easier for the opposition.

That’s why those errors get judged harshly in PST’s weekly awards. When DeAndre Yedlin gets caught on the ball in the first half against Sporting Kansas City, a mistake that lead to a chance within seconds, it’s was enough to knock him to honorable mentions in our first Team of the Week.  As strong as Yedlin was in week one, if you had a whole back line making similar errors, you’d give him far more good chances than similar defenses. Mistakes tend to outweigh the series of smaller contributions defenders make throughout matches.

That’s what made this week’s Player of the Week honor so difficult. San Jose’s Víctor Bernárdez was certainly the weekend’s big hero, scoring twice in Saturday’s final 30 minutes to help pull the Earthquakes even with the league’s best team (spoiler alert), but he also played a part in two big Real Salt Lake chances. When Joao Plata’s feint bought the RSL forward extra time ahead of his team’s second goal, it was Bernárdez’s lack of effort to get back in position that allowed the Ecuadorian to exploit the space closer to the spot. And in the second half, Álvaro Saborío beat the Honduran badly on a ball that ended up off the base of Jon Busch’s post.

At the other end of the field, however, Bernárdez more than made up for those mistakes. The 2012 Defender of the Year assisted on Chris Wondolowski’s sixth minute opener. In the 75th minute. his headed finish off a set piece pulled San Jose within one, while his 95th minute winner through a desperate RSL defense earned the Earthquakes a 3-3 draw.

All of which still makes his choice as Player of the Week a skeptical one. Jermaine Defoe had two goals in Seattle, but he also was allowed to click it into cruise control for 67 minutes. Seattle’s part in his brace meant his level of difficulty was low. Maurice Edu and Michael Bradley had strong days in their respective midfields, while Bernárdez teammate Shea Salinas may have been the best player on the field at Buck Shaw on Saturday. Consider the San Jose winger a close second this week. (Even as I type this, I want to give Salinas the award.)

Ultimately, we couldn’t ignore Bernárdez. It’s not just that he scored goals. They were big goals, scored against the best team in the league – a team that’s going to make other defenders look back this season. In a week were there was no clear Player of the Week winner, Bernárdez Goonie-ism serves as the tiebreaker.

This season’s Player of the Week winners:

  PST Award MLS Award
Week 1 Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo
2g, 1a vs. New England
Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake
8 saves, PK save at LA
Week 2 Victor Bernardez, San Jose Earthquakes
2g, 1a vs. Real Salt Lake
Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
2 goals at Seattle

Premier League Player of the Week: Dimitar Berbatov

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Saying that Dimitar Berbatov has been underwhelming this season would be kind. Through 14 matches his poor form led to rumors that he wanted out of Craven Cottage but three days later, he looked a rejuvenated man helping Fulham to a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Berbatov played role of provider on Steve Sidwell’s opener before brilliantly flicking on a pass to Alexander Kacaniklic to draw the penalty that the Bulgarian striker then converted.

Whether the rumors of Berbatov’s wantaway are true or not, no one seems to know. And with Arsenal and Tottenham rumored to be waiting in the wings for the 32-year-old, Fulham’s willingness to hold onto their classiest striker will be proven come January.

Nevertheless, Berbatov’s performance this weekend was nothing short of outstanding. And for that, he’s the Premier League Player of the Week.