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TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Vardy lights up Leicester, Forster saves Southampton and Barkley beams for Everton

Jamie Vardy was the star of the show yet again for Leicester City, lighting up Week 24 of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.

The former non-league striker netted a brace for the Foxes to land Tribal XI honours again while Fraser Forster continually denied Arsenal and Ross Barkley produced a stellar showing for Everton to gain their spots in the Team of the Week.


TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK - 24
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Goalkeeper

Fraser Forster (Southampton)

The 27-year-old was at his absolute best as Southampton held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday.
Forster was sidelined for close to 10 months before returning in January and has now kept four clean sheets in as many matches since his return.
His best performance to date was at the Emirates Stadium when making 10 saves to continually deny the Gunners.
Forster's two reaction saves to keep out Mesut Ozil efforts from pointblank range were the highlights while his acrobatic stop to thwart Olivier Giroud's curling attempt was also lovely to watch.


Defenders

Sebastian Prodl (Watford)

The towering Austrian was a pillar of strength for the Hornets.
Prodl took on the might of Diego Costa and battled well to keep the Blues attack under wraps.
Chelsea got on top late but Prodl continue to toil hard for his team and was one of the key reasons they kept a clean sheet


Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City)

The Argentine was in the back pocket of Jermain Defoe all day.
Otamendi produced a quality central defensive display as City edged Sunderland with four interceptions and 13 clearances.
Also helped Joe Hart make a key clearance off the goal-line and imposed himself on the contest at every opportunity.


Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Manchester United)

In just his third Premier League start, Borthwick-Jackson produced his most impressive performance in a Man Utd shirt.
The 19-year-old was buzzing up and down the Old Trafford pitch in what was a stellar display at left-back in the 3-0 win over Stoke.
Provided a pinpoint cross for Jesse Lingard's opener and helped quell the influence of the likes of Bojan Krkic and Jon Walters in a real show of his full potential.


Midfielders

Aaron Lennon (Everton)

Had his best game in an Everton shirt.
Lennon scored the opener with a nice turn and shot in the 23rd minute and could have doubled the advantage if it wasn't for a neat Rob Elliot save early in the second half.
The former Spurs winger then won a penalty when brought down by Rolando Aarons which allowed Barkley to make it 2-0 on 88 minutes.


Jan Kirchhoff (Sunderland)

The German was colossal in his home debut for Sunderland.
Kirchhoff was given a defensive midfield role on City star Yaya Toure and did a brilliant job in quelling the Ivorian's influence.
Possibly a surprise selection in this team but bounced back from his disastrous debut against Tottenham with an imposing performance, just as Sam Allardyce suggested he would.


Ross Barkley (Everton)

The talented midfielder was brilliant in the Toffees' 3-0 win over Newcastle.
Scored a brace and although both goals came late from the penalty spot, Barkley had a massive influence on the game.
Player in Aaron Lennon early in the second half, which could have led to another goal, before converting from the spot after the winger had been brought down.
Barkley, who had seven shots in total, then wrapped it up in injury-time after nicking in to win the ball off Jamaal Lascelles who was sent off for clattering into his back. The panenka penalty to finish it off was the icing on the cake.


Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

The Frenchman was given permission to roam in United's win over Stoke.
With Juan Mata in behind Rooney, Martial ran riot on the left wing and finished with a goal and assist in the Old Trafford triumph.
Martial finish for his goal, after being found by Rooney, was sublime and his pinpoint pass for the skipper's goal was equally as impressive.
Received a standing ovation from the United faithful when he came off late in the contest and they have been hard to come by this season.


Forwards

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

What can you say about Jamie Vardy?
Another top-quality outing from the Foxes ace who netted a match-winning brace against Liverpool.
Vardy's first goal was something of resplendence, allowing Riyad Mahrez's long ball to bounce in front of him before firing over Simon Mignolet from an angle, 25 yards out.
Followed up with a clinical left-footed finish to see off the challenge of the Reds and notch up his 18th Premier League goal this season.


Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

The 'HarryKane' has been fine form of late with 13 goals in his past 15 PL appearances.
Tuesday night was no exception as he scored a brace in the 3-0 trouncing of Norwich, which could have been more if it not for the woodwork.
The opening goal for Spurs came from Dele Alli but it was Kane's fierce shot which forced Declan Rudd to knock it into the path of the youngster.
Kane then dispatched his penalty in expert fashion after Alli had been clattered before coolly slotting a left-footed effort beyond Rudd to finish it off, tallying his 15th league goal of the campaign.


Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Rooney has proved many doubters wrong in 2016.
The England captain scored a goal and provided an assist as United easily accounted for Stoke.
His curling pass for Martial's goal was delightful and his positioning to get on the end of the Frenchman's low cross later on was vintage Rooney.
The Red Devils skipper has five goals and two assists in his past five matches.


Manager

Louis van Gaal (Manchester United)

Finally United fans have something to cheer about this term!
The Dutchman has been under the gun this season but the pressure has been well and truly relieved in the past week.
First the Red Devils got through in the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over Derby before backing that up with a fluid and free-flowing 3-0 triumph over Stoke on Tuesday.
Van Gaal looks like he is letting his players go about their business and simply enjoy their football and thus far it has garnered an extremely positive reaction.

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