Team of the Week: Debutants have a ball

Hat-trick heroes Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero lead the attack, but who else made the cut in our Team of the Week?


GK: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)

The keeper was in imperious form when keeping a clean sheet against Liverpool. Luis Suarez was denied by one athletic stop but Begovic's highlight came on 62 minutes when he twice saved from Jordan Henderson and then clambered to his feet to block an effort from Charlie Adam. Liverpool had 24 shots to Stoke's three at the Britannia Stadium.

RB: Phil Jones (Manchester United)

The young man may well have been the signing of the summer given his rapid acclimatisation to life at Old Trafford. Deployed at right-back rather than centre-back, Jones excelled again in a 5-0 defeat of Bolton on Saturday, claiming two assists for Wayne Rooney, the second of which came following a mazy run through the home defence. Is he a centre-half? A full-back? A holding midfielder? Or quite possibly the brightest defensive talent seen in England in a generation?

CB: Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

The Belgian displaced Carlos Tevez as City captain over the summer and he continues to excel with some inspirational performances at the heart of defence. His excellent reading of the game and tenacity were on display once again in a 3-0 victory over Wigan and Kompany also rattled the post with a header from a James Milner corner.

CB: John Terry (Chelsea)

The skipper produced a brilliant array of blocks as Chelsea secured a 2-1 win at Sunderland and also netted the opening goal as he chested down at the back post and smashed a shot home from close range after 18 minutes. Managerial regimes may come and go, but Terry remains a calming constant in the centre of the Chelsea defence.

LB: Leighton Baines (Everton)

Undoubtedly one of the finest players outside of the Premier League's traditional powers, Baines enjoyed himself on Saturday during a 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa as he displayed his trademark endeavour from left-back and also scored from the penalty spot after 69 minutes. The England international could also have won a spot-kick himself and was a constant menace.

RM: David Silva

Okay, so Silva is not exactly a right winger, and he enjoys something of a free role for Manchester City, but such is his talent, he could play anywhere in midfield. On an afternoon that saw Sergio Aguero score a hat-trick, it was Silva who was named man of the match after another coruscating display. He assisted Aguero's first and second goals and was involved in the build-up for the other, while also winning the penalty that Carlos Tevez missed. Simply magic.

CM: Scott Parker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Spurs' new signing was thrown straight into the fray when handed his debut at Wolves and produced a performance that demonstrated why he was named Footballer of the Year last season, and why the Championship would have been an unfitting stage for his talent. Parker was a ball of energy in midfield as he harassed Wolves constantly and also produced a neat touch to tee up another debutant, Emmanuel Adebayor, for the opening goal of the game at Molineux.

CM: Raul Meireles (Chelsea)

Another deadline day signing who was handed his debut, Meireles helped orchestrate a 2-1 win over Sunderland with an influential performance in midfield. The Portugal international sat deep behind Frank Lampard and Ramires and provided vision from his role in front of the back four. His versatility will be a real asset for Chelsea this season.

LM: Juan Mata (Chelsea)

Playing on the left of the front three on his first start for Chelsea following a £23.5 million move from Valencia over the summer, Mata exploited the space afforded to him by Sunderland with a display of real purpose and promise. Accomplished on the ball, he also linked up well with his new team-mates and, under the watchful eye of Andre Villas-Boas, was at the heart of everything good about Chelsea's performance.

ST: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

The striker has 10 goals in his past six games for club and country and became only the fourth man - following Les Ferdinand, Ian Wright and Didier Drogba - to score back-to-back hat-tricks in the Premier League with his treble at Bolton. Though his strikes were not exactly spectacular, the third was well taken and Rooney tore Bolton apart with his clever movement and expert use of the ball.

ST: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Can a player who cost £38 million be considered a bargain? In the case of Kun Aguero, it is tempting to conclude that yes, they emphatically can. After his lovely hat-trick against Wigan on Saturday, the Argentina star has now bagged six goals in three-and-a-bit games since his arrival in the Premier League and continues to dazzle with his movement, pace and poise in front of goal. He benefited from some wonderful support play from Silva at the weekend but still had to apply the finishing touch.

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