London24 team of the week: Taarabt, Cazorla, Vertonghen, Reid and more
12:00 18 December 2012
The London24 sports team have picked this week’s star XI from the 14 Premier League and Football League clubs around London. Have we missed someone out? Tweet us your thoughts @London24Sport!
Goalkeeper – Jussi Jaaskelainen (West Ham)
The Icelandic veteran kept a clean sheet as West Ham battled to a 0-0 draw with West Brom, making a number of saves to keep the Hammers hanging on.
Defender – Jan Vertonghen (Spurs)
Vertonghen stole the headlines for his well-taken winner in Spurs’ 1-0 victory over Swansea but he was equally impressive for his assured display at the heart of their defence.
Defender – Winston Reid (West Ham)
The New Zealander was the inspiration behind the Hammers’ superb defensive display against West Brom as their injury-hit squad held on for a point.
Defender – James Collins (West Ham)
Reid drew most of the plaudits after West Ham’s point at West Brom but Collins put in a battling shift alongside him, winning headers and throwing his body on the line for his team.
Defender – Danny Shittu (Millwall)
Shittu was a man mountain at the back for Millwall as they got back to winning ways with a narrow 1-0 win over Leicester. He led by example and will make it difficult for injured skipper Paul Robinson to win back his place.
Midfielder – Adel Taarabt (QPR)
Described as a “genius” by Harry Redknapp and a “wizard” by Martin Jol, Taarabt was one of the standout performers of the weekend as his two-goal display against Fulham inspired the R’s to their first win of the season.
Midfielder – Matt Saunders (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Saunders scored his second goal in three games with a great curling effort from outside the box to set Daggers up for their fifth win in seven league games against Barnet.
Midfielder – Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
The Spaniard put in his best performance yet in Arsenal’s 5-2 win at Reading, netting a superb hat-trick and taking home the match ball. His treble included a rare headed goal and his sharp passing and movement was too much for the Royals.
Midfielder – Chris Taylor (Millwall)
The midfielder came on for Scott Malone as a substitute and tipped Millwall’s match against Leicester in their favour, scoring the winning goal midway through the second half.
Striker – Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace)
Murray made it 20 goals for the season with his brace in Palace’s 2-2 draw at Birmingham City. The goals take him above Burnley’s Charlie Austin and make him the Championship’s leading scorer.
Striker – Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)
Podolski scored one and set up two against Reading, working well in a front three with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Germany international’s form had been poor in the run up to the Reading clash but he gave a reminder of what he can do.