Team Of The Week – Week 4 – Season 12 – League One

Starting XI

GK: Pure Vegetable (Wolverhampton) – If you like to talk to tomatoes, If a squash can make you smile, If you like to waltz with potatoes, Up and down the produce aisle, have we got a goalkeeper for you – it’s Pure Vegetable! The veteran player makes his second appearance in the TOTW this season thanks to strong run of performances, which was highlighted by 6 clean sheets from 10 matches. His 17.06 PER led the position group for the period.

RB: Sleepyboy123 (Atalanta) – Don’t sleep on Sleepyboy123. Twelve of his 14 games this season occurred during the voting period for this TOTW, and boy he made them count. As a matter of fact, the ENTIRE Atalanta backline appear in this Volume of TOTW, an achievement worthy of special recognition. For his part, Sleepy tallied 24 tackles, 33 interceptions, 58 possessions won and 7 clean sheets in 12 matches.

CB: Snowboarder 778 (Atalanta) – Player of the Week – When late November hits, you know what time it is – Snowboarding season. By air or by ground, if you let your balls get near Snowboarder 778, consider them gone. Our POTW for the final L1 TOTW of S12 boasts 44 headers won and 37 interceptions during the period, crushing most of his peers in those categories.

CB: I Cerus I (Wolverhampton) – This central defender was taking no bull and trampling all in his path over his 10 games. l Cerus l led all center backs with 20 defensive tackles during the period. He also had 27 interceptions, 55 possessions won, 6 clean sheets and just 7 goals conceded. All of this combined for an impressive 22.32 PER. His PCN experience is quite limited, so it will be interesting to see what Season 13 holds for him.

LB: Zee King (Atalanta) – Zee King…..has returned. Making just 14 appearances on the season, with 10 of them during the voting period, the man with a L1 TOTS on his resume did not show any rust, cruising to a first TOTW of the season. He is yet another member of the previously mentioned Atalanta backline that dominates this week’s team. He led ALL defenders with 58 possessions won, adding 34 interceptions, 20 tackles and 5 clean sheets on his way to an elite 26.72 PER.

CDM: Fuji I 6 I (Valencia) – *blink twice, rub my eyes, blink twice more, squint, get real close to my computer screen for a closer look, go to League Republic and double check the stats*
That was my reaction when I saw Fuji l 6 l’s phenomenal tally of 56 interceptions in 12 games – nearly 20 more interceptions than the next closest CDM. He also put in 29 tackles, 2nd most of all CDMs and a whopping 82 possessions won. What more can we say?

CM: brapslap (AS Monaco) – Everyboooody, brapslap’s back, alright! The AS Monaco man put in an extremely well-rounded performance to earn his first TOTW of the season. He ranked 2nd in interceptions, 2nd in possessions won and top 5 in tackles for all midfielders. He also completed 239 passes, with a very efficient 89.85% completion rate – ranking first in both those stats among mids.

CM: Chubworldpeace (Atalanta) – Chub here, doing Chub things! No stranger to accolades, Chubworldpeace makes his 3rd TOTW of the season by way of 16 key passes, 3 assists and 2 goals in 10 games. He also contributed a respectable 22 interceptions from the CAM slot for the 3rd placed Italian side.

RW: Expect Bills (LAFC) – I know what you’re asking yourself …”did they forget to erase his name from the last one?!” No, Expect Bills has gone 4-for-4 as a TOTW starter this season! In just 7 games this period, he managed 8 goals, 2 assists, 11 key passes and 6 crosses completed. Crosses are sometimes overlooked, but in each TOTW he has vastly outshined his peers in that category. He attributes his success to a simple motto: Kill, Every, Time.

ST: Shamrockslax24 (LAFC) – Joining LAFC in the later stages of the season, Shamrockslax24 wasted no time finding his feet. All 9 of his appearances for the club came during this voting period and in these appearances, he tallied 11 goals, 4 assists and 12 key passes. Doing all of this in just 9 games led him to an impressive 27.35 PER for this TOTW cycle.

LW: oX M A M B A Xo (Valencia) – It wouldn’t feel much like TOTW without an appearance from oX M A M B A Xo and/or his partner in crime Death Row Tull. This marks the 3rd appearance on TOTW for each of them, and we haven’t had a TOTW without at least one of them. Mamba makes the starting lineup this time, by way of 9 goals, 6 assists and 20 key passes from his spot on the left wing.

BENCH

GK: Grafix I5I (Atalanta) – The long-time PCN player is having his most active season to-date and it has paid off with a TOTW honor. In 12 games Grafix l5l allowed just half a goal per game (that’s 6 for those of you struggling), had 34 saves and kept 7 clean sheets!

CB: Xx N1ghtmar3 xX (Atalanta): Xx N1ghtmar3 xX has lived up to his name, haunting the dreams of any attacker that had the misfortune of facing him recently. Over his 10 games, he put on an all-around display – 13 tackles, 27 interceptions, 20 headers won, and 46 possessions won. As previously mentioned, he is part of a rock solid backline, with all four defenders and the goalkeeper making it into the TOTW.

LB: Largemightycow (AS Monaco) – The sacred one makes his third TOTW appearance on the bounce. It’s not quite Mattu Pongal, but it’s pretty close! Largemightycow holds the distinction of being the only player to make TOTW for two different League One teams this season. He continues to be a stellar passer of the ball, with a 90% passing rate during the period. He also led all fullbacks with 25 headers won in addition to 13 tackles, 23 interceptions and a very solid 50 possessions won.

CM: Platypus Thrust (AS Monaco) – Disney + and…..ok, I’ll stop there. Platypus Thrust goes back-to-back in TOTW with another strong run of games at CM. In his 10 games he had 10 key passes, an 89% pass rate, 20 tackles, 24 interceptions, 10 headers won and 45 possessions won. A very well-rounded performance, resulting in a 19.27 PER for the Monaco man.

CAM: Haydzh (Seattle Sounders) – The PCN rookie goes back-to-back on TOTW appearances for the first time in his career. It seems Haydzh has found his feet in this league and has played an integral part in one of League One’s most potent offenses. In just 9 games this period he had 3 goals, 3 assists and 11 key passes. On the defensive side of the ball, he is no slouch either as he added 19 tackles and 23 interceptions as a CAM.

ST: Death Row Tull (Valencia) – Shaq/Kobe, Jordan/Pippen, Mamba/Death Row – who you got? The Valencia boys are both on the TOTW this time around (see previous comment on Mamba’s write up). Tully tallied 11 goals, 5 assists and 12 key passes in his 12 games. Death Row Tull also added 21 possessions won (Mamba added 22), showing that these boys defend from the front while continuing their form as the league’s most deadly strike pair.

ST: YOSHIgoalMANIA (Seattle Sounders) – The Seattle talisman had a very fine period, earning his place on the team. Not only did YOSHIgoalMANIA knock in 8 goals and provide 14 key passes, but his 7 assists led all strikers in the category. His 23.3 PER was 2nd among all strikers, and 1st among those who are good friends with both Mario AND Luigi.

Editor: Sir Kones
Cards: Fuji Sells
Graphic: Turajlic

 

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