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Premier League Player of the Week -- Round 21

When Sunderland fell behind in Round 21 to Swansea, Jermain Defoe was there to lift the team up with his hat trick.

For the second straight matchday, Jermain Defoe takes home the title of Premier League Player of the Week.

The Sunderland striker followed up his two-goal performance against Aston Villa with a hat-trick against Swansea City on Wednesday, leading the Black Cats to back-to-back wins.

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Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce praised Defoe after his hat-trick, talking down any criticism that the 33-year-old is no longer a top Premier League scorer.

Thanks to Defoe’s recent run of the form, Sunderland is now just one point away from safety as the club continues to fight for survival.

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

Week 21: Jermain Defoe, Sunderland