TT's Top Men: African gems lead the line

Samuel Eto'o, Emmanuel Adebayor and Yaya Toure star in our Premier League Team of the Week, while north London is well represented in defence.

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Check out TEAMtalk's Premier League Team of the Weekend and then let us know your top XI using the story comment facility at the bottom of the article.

TEAMtalk's Top Men (4-3-1-2): Jack Butland, Bacary Sagna, Ryan Bennett, Laurent Koscielny, Danny Rose; Willian, Yohan Cabaye, Yaya Toure; Santi Cazorla; Samuel Eto'o, Emmanuel Adebayor.

Jack Butland - Stoke City

He may have ended up on the losing side at Selhurst Park, but Butland's heroics more than kept Crystal Palace at bay. His triple save was worthy of earning the Potters at least a point, but his display was certainly not lost on Eagles boss Tony Pulis - the man who brought the England cap to the Britannia Stadium.

Bacary Sagna - Arsenal

The French full-back proved not only solid at the back in Arsenal's weekend win over Fulham, but also added an extra dimension to the attack with his forrays down the right channel.

Well worthy of inclusion as the division's best right-back of the weekend.

Ryan Bennet - Norwich City

His 87th-minute winner against Hull could prove vital towards the end of the season and with his goal enough to lift Norwich into the dizzy heights of 12th in the Premier League table and level on points with Saturday's opponents.

His work in defence also laid the groundwork for his winner - a good day at the office all round.

Laurent Koscielny - Arsenal

Consistent and stylish, the French defender never looked troubled against Fulham at the weekend. His partnership with Per Mertesacker has proved solid all season and he was at his imperious best to help shut out the Cottagers as they recorded an eighth clean sheet in nine games at Emirates Stadium.

Danny Rose - Tottenham

An assist for team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor capped a fine afternoon's work for Rose and Spurs, who have won 78% of Premier League matches this season in which he has featured.

Willian - Chelsea

Here, there and everywhere against Manchester United on Sunday and the real star of the show, according to this blog.

He hustled, he harried, he created, and ultimately, he proved exactly why he's a regular in Jose Mourinho's side this season.

Yaya Toure - Manchester City

Six goals in the last eight games would be impressive stats for any in-form striker, but for Yaya Toure, that just sums up another exceptional season for the City midfielder.

Having appeared to give the ball away to Craig Noone inside his own half, the Ivorian then managed to get it back and strode forward. He played a one-two with Sergio Aguero on the edge of the box and then fired home low past David Marshall.

Yohan Cabaye - Newcastle

A fine free-kick in the win at West Ham capped a great few weeks for the on-song Frenchman, who is at the heartbeat of everything Newcastle do.

The main worry for Newcastle fans will surely be keeping the much-coveted midfielder at St James' Park with PSG boss Laurent Blanc again casting an envious eye over the player.

Santi Cazorla - Arsenal

Two goals made him Arsenal's matchwinner and it was his opener that really caught the eye as the Fulham defence was finally unlocked.

The Spanish playmaker is clearly determined to help keep the Gunners in the title hunt, and he'll hope to inspire more moments of magic along the way.

Samuel Eto'o - Chelsea

After netting a hat-trick in the Super Sunday win over Man United, was there any doubting Eto'o's place?

In doubling his Premier League goals tally for the Blues, the Cameroonian also became only the fourth player in the Premier League era to net a treble against United - see our stats piece here to discover the others!

Eto'o is five months away from becoming a free agent, with reports on Tuesday suggesting he's keen on a move to former club Real Mallorca in the summer.

Emmanuel Adebayor - Tottenham

It was a great afternoon for the powerful striker, who not just netted twice, but also helped Spurs pile up a stack of impressive statistics in the game.

Having not only helped the club to a fifth straight away league win (the first time they've achieved that since 1960) the powerful Togolese also moved on to 88 goals in the Premier League - one more than the highly-acclaimed Dennis Bergkamp. Impressive stuff!

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