As featured on NewsNow: Football news

TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: More Mahrez magic for Leicester, Mitrovic makes impact for Newcastle and Ramsey rules at Arsenal

Week 16 of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season has produced yet another team of the week.

Aaron Ramsey, Riyad Mahrez, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Rob Elliot all feature in the Tribalfootball XI following important displays for the respective clubs.


TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK - 16
*4-4-2 formation

Goalkeeper

Rob Elliot (Newcastle United)

The Magpies' third-choice before the start of the season has grabbed his chance in recent weeks.
29-year-old Elliot made seven vital saves in the weekend's come-from-behind 2-1 win at Tottenham, keeping Newcastle in the contest before they scored twice late at White Hart Lane.
His two saves to deny Erik Lamela in the first half were top quality and he even got a full hand on Eric Dier's fizzing near-post header only to see the ball lodge itself in the back of the net for Spurs' opener.
Elliot, who was told he may need to find a new club before the season kicked off, also kept out efforts from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen in the second half in what was a match-winning performance from the former Charlton Athletic gloveman.


Defenders

Allan Nyom (Watford)

The Cameroonian right-back was at his best in Watford's 1-0 win over Sunderland.
The summer signing from Udinese set up the opening goal for Odion Ighalo with a forceful run down the right before turning his attention to defending with an assured performance.
Did well to cut out the influence of Jermain Defoe as the Hornets registered their seventh clean sheet of the campaign.


Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion)

The towering Swede was a constant thorn in Liverpool's side as West Brom were held to a 2-2 draw.
Olsson had a goal controversially ruled out for offside on the stroke of half-time before glancing home a neat header in the 73rd minute to put the Baggies ahead.
Despite being unable to keep out the Reds at the death, his attacking performance as well as his tussle with Christian Benteke was also encouraging.


Wes Morgan (Leicester City)

The Foxes attacking stars have been landing the plaudits all season but the importance of their inspirational skipper must not be overlooked.
Morgan took on aggressive Chelsea striker Diego Costa, with the help of fellow powerhouse Robert Huth, and got the job done on the Spaniard.
Continues to be a rock in defence, even though Leicester are struggling to keep clean sheets, and his leadership is unquestioned.


Leighton Baines (Everton)

In his first Premier League start since May, Baines looked as though he had been featuring all season in Everton's 1-1 draw with Norwich.
The England international was integral in the Toffees' dominant first half and went oh so close to getting his name on the scoresheet, only to be denied by the woodwork.
With Baines back in the fold, expect Everton to be an even more dangerous outfit, provided they can make the most of their dominance going forward.


Midfielders

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

The Algerian maestro produced another dazzling display in the 2-1 win over Chelsea to gain yet another selection in this team.
Mahrez provided a stunning ball for Jamie Vardy's opener before rinsing Cesar Azpilicueta and then curling beyond Thibaut Courtois for the Foxes' second.
Is one of the Premier League's most in-form players this season with 11 goals and seven assists.


Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)

The Frenchman pulled the strings as the Eagles edged Southampton 1-0 at Selhurst Park.
Cabaye's performance was labelled as a 'masterclass' by Palace boss Alan Pardew who was full of praise for the former Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder.
Pardew said: "It was a Frenchman who was the difference between the two sides, it was a masterclass from Yohan Cabaye."
Scored the only goal of the contest in a display that consisted of 'tackling, heading, passing and being calm on the ball' according to his boss.


Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

Ramsey makes a second straight appearance in this XI following a stellar show in the centre of midfield for the Gunners.
His tackle on Idrissa Gueye and lung-busting run to get on the end of Mesut Ozil's ball for his side's second was indicative of his day's work.
The Wales international has stepped into the fray in the absence of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla to form a strong partnership with Mathieu Flamini.


Joshua King (Bournemouth)

The Norwegian wanted to prove a point to his former club and did just that by scoring the winner against Man Utd.
Was creative and energetic for the Cherries who backed up last week's win over Chelsea by getting the better of the Red Devils.
King's well-taken goal in the 54th minute sparked a passionate celebration from the former United youngster who was over the moon to show his old employers what he is indeed capable of.


Forwards

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United)

Despite playing less than 20 minutes, the Serbian striker made the biggest impact of any individual in the Premier League on the weekend.
Mitrovic climbed off the bench to stab home a 74th-minute equaliser for the Magpies before creating the winner for Ayoze Perez in the comeback win at Tottenham, who had been beaten only once before the weekend.
Has been much-maligned since arriving at Newcastle but perhaps a match-winning display like this can be the catalyst for something big.


Odion Ighalo (Watford)

It was another solid display from Ighalo who now has 10 league goals to his name, extending his scoring run to three games.
Poked home Nyom's cross early before giving John O'Shea the runaround in Watford's narrow in over Sunderland.
It could have been a more fruitful outing for the Nigerian who had an effort cleared off the line later on in proceedings.


Manager

Eddie Howe (Bournemouth)

The 38-year-old has overseen the biggest week in Bournemouth's history with back-to-back wins over Premier League heavyweights.
Last week the Cherries knocked off reigning premiers Chelsea away and managed to back that up with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at home.
The fairytale rolls along for Howe after a few tough weeks and wins like these will surely give the Dorset outfit the knowledge that they can definitely match it with the top flight's best, although the two sides they have beaten recently are certainly far from that at the moment.
Nonetheless, a monumental achievement from Howe and his united Cherries.

Andrew Slevison
About the author

Andrew Slevison

Have your say
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free
×

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free