Suarez, Adebayor join young England in Team of the Week

Luis Suarez celebrates with Jordan Henderson

Liverpool superstar celebrates contract with brace, as Spurs striker comes in from the cold

BY Jonathan Harwood LAST UPDATED AT 10:36 ON Mon 23 Dec 2013

LIVERPOOL are top of the pile after yet another Luis Suarez masterclass at the weekend helped them to victory over Cardiff. Manchester City also won, going second in the table and pushing Arsenal down into third ahead of their massive clash with Chelsea tonight.
 
Everton were not to be outdone, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with as they beat Swansea to climb to fifth, and further down the table Spurs and Man United both registered wins, sending a warning to the clubs above them that this year’s race is far from run.
 
Suarez, unsurprisingly, makes this week's team of the week, but who will join him? Here's the pick of the experts' picks.
 
Goalkeeper: Vito Mannone (Sunderland): It was not a vintage week for goalkeepers, with only three clean sheets in nine games. Former Arsenal stopper Mannone, now with Sunderland, was one of those not to concede. His five saves earned the Black Cats a vital point against Norwich and make him the highest scoring keeper in Premier League fantasy football.

Defence: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Vincent Kompany (Man City), Michael Turner (Norwich).
Everton full-back Coleman was at it again on Sunday, scoring for the second week running against Swansea. Bleacher Report calls him a goal machine and notes that "his lung-busting runs are beginning to win him plenty of admirers throughout the game". Newcastle outclassed Crystal Palace on Saturday and Debuchy was in the words of manager Alan Pardew "immense", Garth Crooks of the BBC concurs. He also picks Man City captain Kompany who scored at both ends as  City beat Fulham. "His effectiveness in both penalty areas against Fulham was quite extraordinary," he notes. Norwich centre-back Turner was The Guardian man of the match against Sunderland, although it notes that the Black Cats strikers made life relatively easy for him.
 
Midfield: Ross Barkley (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton).
A three-man midfield that offers England hope for the future. First up is 20-year-old Barkley whose 84th minute goal against Swansea won the game for Everton and capped a brilliant performance. "Time will tell whether or not Roy Hodgson listens but on this form it is impossible to see how he can  go to the World Cup in Brazil without him," says the Daily Mail. Henderson meanwhile is prospering in his new role as the leader of the Liverpool midfield. "He's looking an awful lot like the Steven Gerrard of old, with his lung-busting runs and improving passing game," says Bleacher Report. The third young Englishman in the middle is Lallana, who scored for Southampton and was the highest-scoring fantasy football midfielder this weekend, even though his side lost to Spurs.
 
Attack: Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs), Wayne Rooney (Spurs), Luis Suarez (Liverpool).
One name in the front three stands out this week, and it is that of Spurs striker Adebayor who has barely featured for Spurs this term. However, he endeared himself to Spurs caretaker boss Tim Sherwood with two goals against Southampton. Garth Crooks of the BBC is impressed. "What made the performance so incredible was that he would have had to work so hard to return to that form after so little first-team football. Top class." Alongside him is Rooney, who managed two assists for United and also caught the eye of Crooks. "The England international is critical to the fortunes of United and the England team," he notes. But once again the man who stole the show was Suarez. He celebrated his massive new contract with another awesome performance against Cardiff that featured two goals and an assist. "Simply unplayable at the moment, a one-man match-winner," says Eurosport. · 

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