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Premier League Player of the Week: Round 20

Former Toronto FC hitman Jermain Defoe gave Sunderland fans something to love with a brilliant performance in Saturday’s win over struggling Aston Villa.

Though his tapped-in hat trick attempt was ruled offside, the Black Cats striker worked Joleon Lescott to lash a left-footed shot past Brad Guzan and inside the near post.

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Later, the 33-year-old Londoner finished off Ola Toivonen’s solid work to side-foot a high shot over Guzan, earning Sunderland a 7-point gap over Villa and moving to within four points of Premier League safety.

Premier League Players of the Week

Week 1: Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Week 2: Romelu Lukaku, Everton

Week 3: Callum Wilson, Bournemouth

Week 4: Bafetimbi Gomis, Swansea City

Week 5: Steven Naismith, Everton

Week 6: Anthony Martial, Manchester United

Week 7: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Week 8: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Week 9: Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

Week 10: Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

Week 11: Arouna Kone, Everton

Week 12: Jesse Lingard, Manchester United

Week 15: Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Week 16: Ayoze Perez, Newcastle United

Week 17: Odion Ighalo, Watford

Week 19: Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke City

Week 20: Jermain Defoe, Sunderland

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