Garth Crooks's team of the week: Terry, Sterling, Rooney, Sanchez

Team of the week

Premier League leaders Chelsea secured a commanding victory over West Ham, while second-placed Manchester City survived a snowstorm to win at West Brom.

Manchester United made it 11 Boxing Day wins in a row by beating Newcastle and Arsenal overcame Olivier Giroud's sending off to defeat QPR and keep in touch with the top four.

Meanwhile, bottom-of-the-table Leicester City's winless Premier League run extended to 13 matches as they lost to Tottenham and Crystal Palace were comfortably beaten by fourth-placed Southampton.

Following the Boxing Day action, take a look at my team of the week and see if you agree with my choices.

GOALKEEPER - Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City)

Lukasz Fabianski
Lukasz Fabianski kept his third clean sheet in his last four games. He made three saves, including two in injury time as Swansea held on to beat Aston Villa

What a save by the former Arsenal goalkeeper to deny Christian Benteke in injury time against Aston Villa and secure Swansea three points.

Fabianski is having a good season for the Swans and might have been selected for my Team of the Week on more occasions had it not been for the likes of Joe Hart and Thibaut Courtois.

DEFENDER - Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton)

Nathaniel Clyne
Despite playing in defence, Nathaniel Clyne had more touches in the opposition half than any other player in the Southampton v Crystal Palace match (55)

I had the pleasure of interviewing Nathaniel Clyne for this Saturday's Football Focus (12:10 GMT) at a lovely Indian restaurant in South London and I was impressed with him then. I was even more impressed with the way he dealt with his return to Selhurst Park and Southampton's demolition of Crystal Palace.

If the England international can remain focused and free from injuries, he can be anything he wants to be.

DEFENDER - John Terry (Chelsea)

John Terry
John Terry has scored 36 Premier League goals, 11 more than any other defender when penalties are excluded

Jose Mourinho said in his post-match news conference that John Terry was "playing like he did in 2004, 05, 06". High praise indeed against a West Ham side who looked dangerous in the second half, but the Chelsea captain appeared totally unfazed by anything the Hammers had to offer.

He totally outmuscled Andy Carroll and, on this display, Terry could be playing for the Blues until he's 70!

DEFENDER - Ryan Shawcross (Stoke)

Ryan Shawcross
Ryan Shawcross made a combined tally of 11 clearances, interceptions and blocks in Stoke's 1-0 win at Everton

Injured in a clash of heads with Romelu Lukaku in the first half for Stoke against Everton and required extensive treatment but nevertheless played on.

The Stoke captain went on to superbly organise his defence and made an excellent clearance off the line. A centre-back made from the same mould as former Potters legend Denis Smith and almost as popular with the fans.

DEFENDER - Ashley Young (Manchester United)

Ashley Young
No player found a team-mate with more crosses than Ashley Young in the Premier League (3) on Friday and he also beat an opponent with four dribbles

Ashley Young is having a new lease of life at full-back for Manchester United. I singled him out for special praise against Aston Villa on Saturday and he was even better against Newcastle.

He provided some wonderful crosses and seems to be mastering the dying art of tackling at the other end of the field as well. It looks like he is well on his way to making a comeback at Manchester United.

MIDFIELDER - David Silva (Manchester City)

David Silva
David Silva now has three goals in his last two games for Manchester City after two in 15 (in all competitions) prior to that this season

In foul conditions at The Hawthorns, David Silva and his Manchester City colleagues put on a title-winning performance against West Brom to keep the pressure on Chelsea.

The conditions and the fact that they were without a striker could have been a good excuse for the champions to provide a sub-standard display. Instead, Silva and company made the perfect statement.

Beware Chelsea, the title race is far from over.

MIDFIELDER - Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has scored 92 goals at Old Trafford in the league now, including 11 in his last nine there

There was a time this season when some pundits began to doubt whether Wayne Rooney had the right temperament to lead Manchester United. Not only was I astonished by the notion but utterly convinced otherwise.

His contribution for the Red Devils has been immense and he is an early candidate for my player of the season. A stellar performance by the England captain against Newcastle.

MIDFIELDER - Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)

Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling has scored three goals in his last three appearances (all competitions) after going 17 without one for Liverpool

What a testament to the lad's ability that he can adapt to almost any attacking role on the pitch. This season he's played wide left and right, centre midfield, behind the front two and now centre forward at a most crucial time for Brendan Rodgers - and he's still only a rookie.

Playing Raheem Sterling as a centre forward is a noble act but you get creativity, inspiration and goals when he plays in a deeper position, so the quicker Rodgers buys a world-class striker to assist this gifted young man the better. What's next, Mario Balotelli in goal?

STRIKER - Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Harry Kane
Harry Kane has now scored 15 goals in all competitions this season; only Sergio Aguero (19) has more for Premier League sides

This 21-year-old Tottenham striker just can't stop scoring goals.

His first-half opener against Leicester helped Spurs to a third straight league win for boss Mauricio Pochettino. It was Kane's 13th goal in his last 18 matches. I said after Tottenham's victory over Swansea that chairman Daniel Levy could do much worse than offer this lad a long-term contract because if he doesn't, someone else will.

STRIKER - Diego Costa (Chelsea)

Diego Costa
Diego Costa has scored nine goals and made one assist in eight Premier League home games this season

Not since the days of Didier Drogba in his pomp did the Chelsea fans have such a relationship with their centre forward - Diego Costa left the pitch against West Ham after 83 minutes to a standing ovation.

The moment that did it for me was when he sent three West Ham players almost out of the ground with one swivel of his hip to make the opening for his goal. Absolutely superb.

STRIKER - Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal)

Alexis Sanchez
Ian Wright (14) is the only player to reach 10 Premier League goals in fewer games for Arsenal than Sanchez (17)

Poor old Arsenal are still not firing on all cylinders at the moment but they are picking up points - largely due to the superb performances of Alexis Sanchez.

Even after Olivier Giroud appeared to lose self-control against QPR, Sanchez was unperturbed by his departure and went on to produce a wonderful display for the 10-man Gunners. There are only two words to describe the Chilean at the moment: world class.

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