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TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Williams leads Swans and Kane fires for Spurs over Christmas period

The games have come thick and fast over the festive period, prompting a combined Tribal XI for Weeks 18 and 19 of the 2015/16 season.


TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK - 18 & 19
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Goalkeeper

Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City)

Two clean sheets and some key saves in Swansea's 1-0 win over West Brom and scoreless draw with Crystal Palace.
The Polish gloveman has been at the forefront of a defence that has produced three shutouts in a row following a run of 10 matches when conceding prior.
Had plenty of help from a defence led by Ashley Williams at Selhurst Park after coming up with some key saves against Albion.
Fabianski has been key in Swansea's upturn in fortunes since Alan Curtis took over from Garry Monk.



Defenders

Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)

Has been an integral part of a strong Liverpool defence in the past two outings.
Was well below his best in the 3-0 loss at Watford but bounced back with a pair of strong performances in the 1-0 wins over Leicester and Sunderland.
Clyne has played every minute of all 19 matches so far and could now be classified as one of the top right-backs in the competition.


Ashley Williams (Swansea City)

A pair of dominant performances in central defence which produced two clean sheets for the Swans.
Williams was a colossus in the win over Albion as well as in the draw with Palace.
His display at Selhurst Park was particularly brilliant as evidenced by Eagles boss Alan Pardew's assessment: "They had a couple of outstanding displays, particularly Ashley Williams, who snuffed out everything in their penalty box."
Williams leads by example with his inspiring defensive performances and is brilliant with his instructions for those around him. A true leader.


Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)

The Frenchman was a pillar of strength for the Reds in their pair of hard-fought wins over Leicester and Sunderland.
Sakho did the job against the joint-heaviest scoring team in the league when keeping the Foxes goalless on Boxing Day, cutting down the influence of the competition's leading scorer Jamie Vardy.
Backed that up with an assured showing in Wednesday night's triumph at Sunderland.


Pape Souare (Crystal Palace)

The Senegalese left-back has been on the brink of making this team for a while now.
A pair of clean sheets in scoreless draws with Bournemouth and Swansea gives him the nod this time.
Souare is a picture of consistency for the Eagles for whom he ash been a key figure in them having the joint-second best defensive record in the competition.
Continues to grow in England's top flight after arriving from Lille in January.



Midfielders

Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City)

The Swiss playmaker did his job int he Boxing Day win over Man Utd before putting on a stellar display in the 4-3 classic win over Everton on Monday.
Shaqiri scored a brace to open his Premier League account in a dominant showing against the Toffees.
The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan man put the Potters ahead with a neat finish from Arnautovic's clever pass before pulling one out of the top drawer when firing home a stunning half-volley from Bojan's pass.
Has now adapted to the English game. Look for a big second half of the season.


Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

The German may not have been at his best in the heavy loss to the Saints on Boxing Day but he recovered in quite some fashion on Monday night.
Ozil provided his 16th assist of the season in the 2-0n win over Bournemouth with a perfectly-placed corner allowing Gabriel to head home before scoring a quality goal with a lovely give-and-go with Olivier Giroud.
During the Cherries triumph, Ozil created nine scoring opportunities for his teammates - the most by a player this season.


Michail Antonio (West Ham United)

The 'missing person' has returned to the Hammers lineup with a bang!
Antonio has been given increasing opportunities by Slaven Bilic during the Hammers' injury crisis and has certainly made the most of his chance.
Provided the assist for Aaron Cresswell's cracking goal in the Aston Villa draw before producing a Man of the Match performance in Monday's come-from-behind win over Southampton.
Scored a fortuitous goal to tie it up for West Ham before his header, which had cannoned into the post, bounced back for Andy Carroll to score the winner.



Forwards

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)

Fired home a cracker in the 2-0 win over Man Utd on Boxing Day in what was another strong showing up front.
Arnautovic's selection for Monday's clash with Everton was under a cloud but the Austrian stood up and helped his side to victory in the seven-goal thriller.
Provided the assist for Sahqiri's opener before winning a (questionable) penalty which he converted coolly in injury-time, prompting these words from manager Mark Hughes: "Marko was probably the only one I had a real doubt over, but thankfully I went with a gut feeling and he has produced the goods again."


Harry Kane (Tottenham)

The Spurs star scored a brace in the 3-0 win over Norwich on Saturday, firing home form the penalty spot, before adding a second just before half-time.
Kane followed up that match-winning performance with the assist for Erik Lamela's opener while helping influenced Tottenham to a 2-1 triumph over Watford on Monday.
Is becoming increasingly important for his side's modest title hopes.


Odion Ighalo (Watford)

Goal against Chelsea and Tottenham further enhanced his reputation as one of the competition's most dangerous strikers.
Ighalo fired home a deflected effort in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge before providing plenty of problems for Spurs in their eventual 2-1 defeat at home.
His 14th goal of the season saw him out-muscle Eric Dier before producing a clever turn and then firing beyond Hugo Lloris - it was the perfect mix of strength and guile.
The Nigerian has announced himself in the first half of the season and is sure to be a handful for opposing defences in 2016.



Manager

Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham)

Spurs had a slight setback when losing to Newcastle recently but have got things back on track with three victories on the trot.
The 3-0 win over Norwich was a dominant performance before they toiled hard to beat Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday.
Tottenham have their best chance in recent memory of a genuine title tilt and Pochettino is one of the main reasons for their current standing.
Fourth at the New Year, just four points off top, is a fantastic result for the North Londoners.

Andrew Slevison
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