Monday, September 19, 2016

Premier League weekend: 10 interesting things we learned

1. De Bruyne continues to shine
On current form, De Bruyne has to be the best player in the
Premier League.
Fresh from his man-of-the-match display in City's 2-1
derby win over United, he tormented Bournemouth with his
pace, vision and direct running.
He opened the scoring with a cheeky free-kick and had a
hand in City's breathtakingly quick second goal on the
No better player in England at the moment.

2. Liverpool turned into fearsome attacking outfit
Liverpool can score from anywhere.
Defenders and midfielders - Lovren and Henderson on this
occasion - are just as potent as their strike force.
They turned up with their attack formation and have now
stuck four past two of last season’s top three (Leicester and
Arsenal), breached the backline of the side with the joint-
best defensive record last season (Spurs) and dismissed a
Chelsea with a £34million defender.
Liverpool are proving themselves to be a nightmare to play
against this season.

3. Alex Iwobi is a star in the making
Iwobi clearly has some of his uncle Jay Jay Okocha in him
and he was outstanding against Hull.
His best moment was his delightful backheel to play in Theo
Walcott for Arsenal's second goal on a day when his
trickery, directness and pace was a constant menace.
For a player who rarely starts it is important to take your
chances when you get them. He did that today.

4. Slimani shows debut promise
Leicester's £28million record signing did well on his debut in
the Champions League in the 3-0 win at Club Brugges and
he opened his Premier League account with a promising
He has now scored nine headers in 2017, including seven for
old club Sporting Lisbon. Jorge Jesus said he would score
50 goals if given Jamie Vardy's chances, and while he may
not reach that total, this was a fine start.

5.  Toffees could make top four
Koeman is a top coach who – unlike Martinez –
understands the importance of balance between defence and
Don't be surprised if he takes Everton beyond the top six
this season....maybe even into the top four, because they're
tough opponents.

6. Nader Chadli is back
Record signing Nacer Chadli may not have set the pulses
racing beyond the Black Country on deadline day at
£13million, but he has repaid the first chunk of his fee
The Belgian winger had grown tired of his bit-part
appearances at Tottenham – and on this evidence, you can
see why he packed his bags in search of regular first-team

7. Rooney's woes continue
Wayne Rooney isn't currently worth his place in the United side.
Jose Mourinho faces a tough call over whether to axe his captain.
Being rested for the Europa League trip to Feyenoord didn't
do the England skipper any favours as he made a string of basic errors.
As with England in Slovakia, Rooney was played too deep
and he is struggling so badly that his technique looks shot
to pieces.

8.  Sunderland need to pray that Jermain Defoe stays injury- free
The 33-year-old marksman’s 18 goals saved the Black Cats from the drop last season.
He has already scored twice in his four league games so far
this season before the loss at White Hart Lane, and he
caused his former club problems all day, almost giving
Sunderland a first-half lead.

9. Time for Stoke to worry
The Potteries team needed seven games to get their first win last season on September 26 against Bournemouth. They finise ninth.
That is five games and counting in this campaign after one draw and now four straight defeats.
They should have too much class to be dragged into a relegation scrap but the limp manner of this defeat - dreadful defending combined with insipid attacking – should ring the alarm bells.
Stoke have only one win in 12 Premier League games across
both seasons.

10.Charlie Austin proves his point
It will take much more than two goals and a man-of-the-
match performance from Charlie Austin to convince Claude Puel.
That's what Austin produced against Sparta Prague in midweek but he was dropped back to the bench against Swansea before coming on to score the winner.
The writing was on the wall when, after he was offered the
chance to praise Austin's performance, Puel preferred to talk
about all of his strike options and the need to rotate his

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