TEAMtalk's Top Men: Stuck on Toffees

Four Everton aces, two Man City stars and a pair of Chelsea heroes are among TEAMtalk's Top Men, our elite Premier League XI from the weekend.

Last Updated: 24/04/12 at 23:45 Post Comment

Jelavic (c) & Pienaar (r): Named in TT's Top Men this week

Jelavic (c) & Pienaar (r): Named in TT's Top Men this week

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Every Tuesday, we'll pick our Premier League team of the weekend, explain our selections and then invite you - our loyal army of readers - to pick your team of top men who caught your eye with dazzling displays or powerful performances from Saturday April 21 - Sunday April 22.

You can choose any formation and there's no limit on how many players you can pick from each team - so have a think, then get involved.

Danny Mills' Top Men (4-4-2): Kenny; Steinsson, Dann, Coloccini, Ridgewell; Eagles, Cabaye, Taarabt, Hoilett; Rooney, Jelavic.

TEAMtalk's Top Men (4-4-2): Foster; Hibbert, Cahill, Terry, Clichy; Taarabt, Cabaye, Fellaini, Pienaar; Aguero, Jelavic.

Selected by James Marshment and Rob McCarthy

Goalkeeper

Ben Foster (West Brom):

West Brom were never going to claim a first win at Anfield in 45 years without their backline being tested to the limit, but in Ben Foster, the Baggies have one of the more reliable last lines of defence.

The former Manchester United custodian was on hand to block, parry and repel everything the Red men threw at him, and whoever takes charge of England at the Euros, they should make persuading Foster to come out of his international hiatus one of their first tasks.

James Marshment

Defenders

Tony Hibbert (Everton):

Hibbert has never really been in vogue when it comes to naming great right-backs to have graced the Premier League. But as the club's longest-serving player, and the only player to have stayed in the side throughout the David Moyes era, Hibbert clearly has something many of his detractors choose to miss.

You may wonder why a man who conceded a quartet of goals in one match makes in into any team of the week, but Hibbert's efforts in creating two of Everton's own awesome foursome means his place in our elite XI is richly deserved.

JM

Gary Cahill (Chelsea):

Tasked with the job of keeping the prolific Robin van Persie quiet, Cahill more than held his own in the 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Saturday and is rapidly forming an excellent partnership with his skipper John Terry.

David Luiz's injury has allowed Cahill a regular starting berth of late and the £7million Chelsea paid for the former Bolton man is starting to look like one of the bargains of the season.

You'd have to say at the moment that he looks a certain starter for England at Euro 2012.

Rob McCarthy

John Terry (Chelsea):

Having the assured Cahill, as opposed to the erratic David Luiz, next to him certainly looks to have done Terry the world of good in recent weeks.

The England pair compliment each other well and Terry's leadership shone through again as a much-changed Blues side kept a cleansheet at The Emirates.

RMc

Gael Clichy (Man City):

Clichy retains his place in our elite XI on the back of another defensive shut-out and for playing what is (in my book) the pass of the season for Sergio Aguero's opener at Molineux. If ever you needed a definition of 'defence-splitting pass' then this is it.

Clichy is currently the back-up left-back for Patrice Evra in the France squad, but from what I've seen of both, it is the City man who should be in their side ahead of the out-of-form United star.

JM

Midfielders

Adel Taarabt (QPR):

As soon as that free-kick was given against his former club Tottenham there was an air of inevitability that Taarabt would curl home what turned out to be the winning goal.

Sure Brad Friedel, for once looking his 40 years, should have done better but Taarabt was inspired - even putting in a shift to stop the jet-heeled Kyle Walker getting forward.

His late dismissal for stupidly kicking the ball away, earning him a second yellow, tarnished his display a little but the damage had been done as QPR grabbed a crucial win in their fight for survival.

RMc

Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle):

By now, we all know the connection between Newcastle's supreme scouting network and TV's 'Chatty Man' Alan Carr, but I don't think it can be stressed enough just how big a part Graham Carr and his network have played in the Magpies' resurgence this season.

Cabaye is just one of their success stories, and his dominance in midfield against Stoke at the weekend underlined just how vital a cog he's become in their engine room. Add in two great goals to boot, and Cabaye was an easy pick for our Top Men.

JM

Marouane Fellaini (Everton):

It's been well documented over the past few seasons that I just don't getMarouane Fellaini. However, I've been forced to eat a little bit of humble pie over recent months and his all-action display at Old Trafford was truly special. Playing just off lone frontman Nikica Jelavic, the bushy-haired Belgian was a constant thorn in United's side and gave Rio Ferdinand one of his hardest games of the season.

JM

Steven Pienaar (Everton):

That aren't many midfielders that work a flank with as much industry and invention as Pienaar and that was once again in evidence in the astonishing 4-4 draw at Manchester United on Sunday.

The South African gave Rafael a tough time at Old Trafford and was fully deserving of his late goal that earned the Toffees a remarkable point.

His energy and dynamism are the sort of thing that my beloved (and currently hopeless) Tottenham could do with at the moment. Oh, wait - we let him leave on loan in January - genius!

RMc

Strikers

Nikica Jelavic (Everton):

I wonder how many pundits thought the former Rangers striker would have this sort of an impact on the Premier League?

Jelavic made it six goals in nine league outings for the Toffees after his brace at Old Trafford and is starting to look like the 20-goal-a-season hitman that Everton have needed for years.

The 26-year-old seems adept at scoring all kinds of goals, although he looked a little surprised to see his cushioned header float over David de Gea on Sunday. Jelavic, however, could well be the man capable of taking David Moyes' men to that next level.

RMc

Sergio Aguero (Man City):

Quite how Aguero didn't win PFA Young Player of the Year is beyond me and you could argue that, alongside Joe Hart, he's been City's most consistent performer this season.

He's clearly enjoying himself alongside friend and compatriot Carlos Tevez and he was again in the mood in helping to put Wolves to the sword on Sunday. His goal at Molineux - albeit a simple one - was executed with consummate ease and proof of why he's the one striker City simply cannot afford to lose this summer.

JM

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