Another stunning weekend in the Premier League is in the books, as many headlines surrounded the EPL. To get a further look at the EPL weekend, here are ten headlines surrounding the league:
Jose Has The Last Laugh: The United faithful winded up booing Mourinho, as he brought on Martial for Marcus Rashford with 20 minutes left in the match. In result, Martial came up with a brilliant finish after 81 minutes to decide an intense game. Sometimes you just have to trust the manager, and this match justified that theory. The quality substitution for Rashford was much needed, and winded up paying off.
Hazard and Morata Beginning To Gel: At one point it was Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa emerging as a powerful duo, but now it happens to be Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata. There were more signs of the “connection” between the pair that Hazard spoke about this week against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. The link-up between the two was one of the features of Chelsea’s display, and it’s encouraging to see them gelling so well together.
Alderweireld The Best Center In The League?: No matter the formation, the Belgian center is the best in the business. Alderweireld headed, blocked and anticipated everything Manchester United offered in attack. He was the best player on the pitch this past weekend, and I don’t believe he would look out of place in any team in the world.
Hope For Huddersfield: The tiny Yorkshire club is seemingly a walking miracle, even within the Premier League, thanks to the wiles of their canny coach David Wagner.
Their only mission this season is to somehow cling on in the top flight, and their only chance is to continue to hope everything falls in place for them. It didn’t come together for them this past weekend, but that doesn’t mean it’s over for Huddersfield by any means.
Frustration For Abraham: How frustrated must have the on-loan Chelsea striker been at halftime this past weekend? Not just because Ayew failed to square the ball to him for a tap-in seconds before half time, but in the 32nd minute, Abraham had sent Ayew down the right, only for the ball to be floated too close to the keeper. He is a potentially high-class striker whose speed of thought is not yet matched by the players around him. If Swansea is to build this season, that needs to change quickly.
Three Lions Called Up For Sturridge: Is Daniel Sturridge still among England’s best options up front? Of course. Harry Kane deserves a run now in Gareth Southgate’s side, but beyond him, the Liverpool player is still one of the most instinctive finishers in the game. With an astounding goal under his belt from this past weekend, this will be a headline to look out for in the upcoming weeks.
Defoe’s Difficulties Continue: Jermain Defoe is not having the best of times back on the south coast. He has scored just once in the league this season, which was against Brighton last month. It was not an encouraging sign when Eddie Howe took matters into his own hands, which resulted in Defoe being taken off. In his defense, he was starved of service and had little support.
Back To Basics For Puel: Giving the home side too much space allowed new boss Claude Puel to show that he understands how Leicester operated when at their best. Puel went back to the basics of his defense, and used that solidity to spring effective counters, using the pace of Vardy, Mahrez and Gray. It’s not rocket science, but that formula seemed to have been forgotten over the past year.
Same Old Arsenal: The fans were saddling up to get onto the backs of the players by midway through the first half, and rightly so. Had Swansea taken chances during the first half, a victory such as theirs may have been out of sight. The front three of Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez looked to repeat the damage they inflicted at Goodison Park just six days ago, as it marked the first time they played together as a trio, and they all went on to score.
Unsworth Running Out Of Time: Tactically, David Unsworth got it wrong in the first half, with a traditional 4-4-2 formation that simply gifted Leicester’s lightning-quick attackers to exploit his team. They didn’t need much of an invitation it seemed like, with Demarai Gray in particular reveling in the lack of protection offered to veteran Leighton Baines.