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Friday 9 December 2016

Premier League team of the week

Published 03/04/2016 | 18:41

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, pictured, reminded England boss Roy Hodgson of his qualities
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, pictured, reminded England boss Roy Hodgson of his qualities

Premier League team of the week (4-3-3): Foster; Bellerin, Morgan, Klose, Olsson; De Bruyne, Dembele, Payet; Iwobi, Mbokani, Coutinho.

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1. Ben Foster, West Brom. Played 90 minutes (0-0 v Sunderland) - Reminded England boss Roy Hodgson of his qualities as Sunderland shot on target six times. Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff, Fabio Borini twice and Jermain Defoe were frustrated by Foster.

2. Hector Bellerin, Arsenal. Played 90 minutes (4-0 v Watford) - The Spaniard scored his first goal in 44 games and almost a year. He has been involved in four goals in his past three Premier League games (three assists).

3. Martin Olsson, Norwich. Played 90 minutes (3-2 v Newcastle) - Kept his composure to score a clinical third in stoppage time and seal back-to-back wins for Norwich. It was the Sweden left-back's first goal since September 2014.

4. Wes Morgan, Leicester. Played 90 minutes (1-0 v Southampton) - The Foxes' last five wins have been 1-0, including the last four in a row. Morgan made 11 clearances and scored his first goal in 35 Premier League games.

5. Timm Klose, Norwich. Played 90 minutes (3-2 v Newcastle) - The towering Swiss was solid in defence, making 14 clearances and scored his first Norwich goal after his January arrival from Wolfsburg.

6. Mousa Dembele, Tottenham. Played 90 minutes (1-1 v Liverpool) - An all-action display from the Belgium midfielder, who made four tackles, two interceptions, five clearances. He had six dribbles and one shot, which might have won the game.

7. Dimitri Payet, West Ham. Played 90 minutes (2-2 v Crystal Palace) - Scored his ninth Premier League goal of the season, but first at home since September, with a stunning free-kick. He has been involved in 23 goals in all competitions.

8. Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City. Played 57 minutes (4-0 v Bournemouth) - City had won four of 12 games in his absence with a knee injury. He struck his sixth goal of the Premier League season as City went 3-0 up inside 19 minutes.

9. Dieumerci Mbokani, Norwich. Played 85 minutes (3-2 v Newcastle) - Scored a fine second for Norwich, 130 seconds after Newcastle had equalised. It was the Congolese striker's first goal in nine games and manager Alex Neil said he was "magnificent".

10. Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool. Played 90 minutes (1-1 v Tottenham) - The Brazil playmaker scored in back-to-back games after seven matches in a row without scoring. He is the first Liverpool player to reach 10 goals this season.

11. Alex Iwobi, Arsenal. Played 74 minutes (4-0 v Watford) - After failing to net in his previous 13, the Nigeria forward struck for a second successive game. His pace was a constant concern and he also hit the crossbar.

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