London24 team of the week: Has your team’s star man made the cut?
12:30 07 January 2013
The London24 sports team have picked this week’s star XI from the 14 Premier League and Football League clubs around the capital. Tweet us your thoughts @London24Sport.
With the New Year’s Day fixtures and this weekend’s FA Cup ties to consider, there were some tough choices to be made in this week’s line-up.
Goalkeeper – Julio Cesar (QPR)
The Brazilian looks to be Harry Redknapp’s preferred choice between the sticks now. After keeping a clean sheet in the R’s remarkable 1-0 win at Chelsea he made a number of important saves in the 1-1 FA Cup draw with West Brom.
Defender – Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal)
The Gunners’ best player in their 2-2 draw with Swansea. He was solid at the back, a real danger going forward and his stunning volley was the pick of the goals.
Defender – James Collins (West Ham)
Scored two excellent headers against Manchester United having not previously scored for the Hammers since joining from Aston Villa. His goals looked to be sending West Ham into the fourth round until Robin van Persie’s late leveller.
Defender – Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace)
Delaney came back from a three-match suspension to help Palace keep a clean sheet against a Stoke strike force that included Peter Crouch, Jonathan Walters and Michael Owen.
Defender – Ryan Nelsen (QPR)
The New Zealander has been a heroic figure for the struggling R’s this season. He was in imperious form in the 1-0 win at Chelsea and put in another gutsy showing against West Brom.
Midfielder – Joe Cole (West Ham)
A superb second Hammers debut for the 31-year-old, who provided good crosses for both Collins’ goals in the 2-2 draw with Man Utd.
Midfielder – Giorgios Karagounis (Fulham)
The veteran Greece international was his usual busy self against Blackpool and saved his side’s blushes with a beautiful half volley in the 80th minute to secure an FA Cup replay.
Midfielder – Andre Moritz (Crystal Palace)
Not a particularly notable performance in Palace’s FA Cup stalemate with Stoke but his two free-kick goals against Wolves on New Year’s Day were reminiscent of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Midfielder – Shaun Wright-Phillips (QPR)
The winger was superb against Chelsea and score the winner as the R’s triumphed at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1983.
Midfielder – Clint Dempsey (Tottenham)
The American followed up his New Year’s Day strike against Reading with a brace in Spurs’ 3-0 FA Cup third round victory over Coventry.
Striker – Demba Ba (Chelsea)
A dream debut for Ba as the former Newcastle hitman struck twice in Chelsea’s 5-1 FA Cup demolition of Southampton at St Mary’s. Fernando Torres could find himself spending more time on the bench…