Boxing Day Select 11

Gareth Bale Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur

In the festive period we are always treated to a set of games in very quick succession. This year is no different with Manchester United and Newcastle providing a Boxing Day clash to remember with goals galore whilst Swansea and Reading appeared to have eaten too much for Christmas with a dull 0-0 draw. So with only 9 games played of the 10 scheduled who actually stood out as a Christmas cracker and who played like a Christmas pudding?

1. Simon Mignolet

Sunderland stopper has been courted by Manchester United if you believe the press and with a performance like this he will have endured himself to the United fans already. Great show.

2. Danny Rose

Seems to add something to Sunderland when he is playing. I actually think Spurs made a mistake sending him out on loan as he looks much better than Naughton at Left back. Solid display again.

3. Chico

Important clearance in the 85th minute to prevent Reading taking all three points. Also helped out with keeping Pobregnyak quiet for 90 minutes. Does an important job quietly for the Swans

4. Phil Jagielka

Evertons Mr Reliable headed a winner and helped keep Wigan at bay even if his team were lucky to escape giving away a penalty when in the lead. In the hunt for 4th without any shadow of a doubt.

5. Kyle Walker

Spurs right back is a hit and miss for some fans. For me he is a hit. A strong player going forward and went about his work without any fuss at Villa Park.

6. Gareth Bale

Spurs have to get 4th place. If they don’t then surely Bale will be snapped up. 23 minutes of class from the Welshman ensured three points for Spurs and a miserable Christmas for Villa

7. Michael Carrick

Manchester United have an understated midfielder in Carrick and Robin Van Persie recently voiced his appreciation for the former Spurs man. His range of passing and vision helped United go 7 points clear.

8. Juan Mata

The Chelsea man may appear to be the second spaniard benefitting from Rafa Benitez’s culture at Chelsea. Fernando Torres has benefitted, David Luiz playing better in midfield and Mata running the show at Norwich. Good season so far for the man who couldn’t break into Vincente Del Bosques squad earlier this yeat.

9. Adam Johnson

I don’t like including three players from one team in the Team of the Week editions but I feel it unjust if I don’t include this guy for sticking one to his old team mates and Roberto Mancini.

10. Chris Brunt

I like Brunt a lot and think he is heavilly under-rated in West Broms march towards the Premier League top 4. Incredible strike against a disappointing QPR team who look like they are heading down whilst West Brom head up.

11. Jon Walters

Led Stokes line very well and also led the attack against Liverpool with two cracking goals. Second one in particular made me sit up and take note. Well played Jon.

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So there we have it. This special edition allowed for a few Boxing day knock outs. Excuse the puns, I think we need to keep it light hearted around this time of year! Anyway feedback is welcome, please keep it polite though. So if you want to give feedback just tell me who you would have replaced in the team with your own choice!

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