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VIDEO: Premier League Player of the Week -- Round 23

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Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring the first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Queen’s Park Rangers at The Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, England, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES


After Stoke City lost star midfielder Bojan with an ACL injury, many wondered if the Potters could keep up their strong run of form and stay in the top half of the Premier League table.

In the first match without Bojan, Jonathan Walters picked up the slack.

[ RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS: Stoke City 3-1 Queens Park Rangers ]

Walters scored his first career hat trick in his 200th appearance for Stoke as the Potters cruised to a 3-1 win over a lackluster Queens Park Rangers side.

The Irish international scored twice within the first 35 minutes, both times working off of Stephen Ireland to give Stoke City a two goal lead. Leading 2-1 in the final minutes, Walters used his head to add an insurance goal for the Potters as QPR remain winless away from Loftus Road.

Walters joins Mame Diouf as the two Potters to be named Player of the Week this season, and Stoke will be reliant on the two as they continue to battle for a top-ten finish.

Premier League Player of the Week

Week 1: Raheem Sterling, Liverpool

Week 2: Nacer Chadli, Tottenham Hotspur

Week 3: Diego Costa, Chelsea

Week 4: Diego Costa, Chelsea

Week 5: Frank Lampard, Manchester City

Week 6: Edin Dzeko, Manchester City

Week 7: David De Gea, Manchester United

Week 8: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Week 9: Wilfried Bony, Swansea City

Week 10: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Week 11: Shane Long, Southampton

Week 12: Danny Ings, Burnley

Week 13: Lee Cattermole, Sunderland

Week 14: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Week 15: Andy Carroll, West Ham

Week 16: Olivier Giroud, Arsenal

Week 17: Charlie Austin, Queens Park Rangers

Week 18: Eden Hazard, Chelsea

Week 19: Mame Diouf, Stoke City

Week 20: Frank Lampard, Manchester City

Week 21: Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal

Week 22: Eljero Elia, Southampton

Week 23: Jonathan Walters, Stoke City