Chelsea scored two late targets in a 3-1 win over Southampton to maneuver prime of the Premier League whereas fellow title rivals Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis performed out an exciting 2-2 draw.
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Goalkeeper: David Raya (Brentford)
To lose a sport in any respect is tough sufficient however to take action within the 94th minute will need to have been soul destroying for West Ham. One of many causes for the Hammers’ defeat was the efficiency of Brentford’s David Raya between the sticks.
The Spaniard made three excellent saves at a vital interval, which turned the match in Brentford’s favour. This end result places the Bees above Tottenham, West Ham and Arsenal.
I mentioned final week that Brentford’s squad is so skinny it should battle to outlive the calls for of the Premier League. After this end result Brentford may most likely survive something.
Do you know? Together with play-offs, Raya has performed in 101 of Brentford’s 105 league matches since becoming a member of the membership earlier than the beginning of the 2019-20 season.
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Diego Llorente (Leeds United), Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea)
Azpilicueta: VAR actually ought to thoughts its personal enterprise. Clear and apparent errors we had been instructed. So why disallow Timo Werner’s headed aim for Chelsea within the second part of play which had nothing to do with the earlier part. I assumed the referee waved play on when Cesar Azpilicueta tackled Kyle Walker-Peters within the construct as much as Werner’s aim however modified his thoughts when VAR raised a purple flag.
It was hardly stunning the Chelsea captain and his supervisor Thomas Tuchel, went ballistic. Thankfully Azpilicueta did not enable the incident to dwell on his thoughts too lengthy. He supplied the move of the sport for Werner to attain Chelsea’s second aim of the match and put proper what Martin Atkinson had clearly bought fallacious.
Do you know? Azpilicueta has two Premier League assists this season in seven video games, matching his tally from final season already (in 26 appearances).
Llorente: Boy did Leeds want this victory. The response by Diego Llorente was that of a striker and it was sufficient to seal the factors – nevertheless it should not have. But once more VAR will get concerned in a state of affairs it mustn’t have gotten concerned in and when it did it nonetheless bought it fallacious.
What’s the level of this method? Watford’s disallowed aim was incorrect and nearly definitely contributed to their supervisor Xisco Munoz getting the sack hours after this end result. It was Watford’s Christian Kabasele who was fouled within the field and the aim ought to have stood. I do not know who was working VAR however he should not be allowed anyplace close to the expertise ever once more.
Do you know? Solely Liam Cooper (64) accomplished extra passes for Leeds than Llorente (60) in Leeds’ 1-0 win over Watford.
Chalobah: I am at all times fascinated by defenders who’ve a real urge for food for targets. Trevoh Chalobah scored a cracker towards Crystal Palace earlier within the season however his aim towards Southampton was notably attention-grabbing.
His motion away from the ball on the set-piece was instinctive. He knew precisely the place the ball was going to fall. Most defenders know how you can assault the ball particularly within the air however few know how you can learn the place it’s doubtless drop with the intention to apply a well timed end. Chalobah does. Learn why I feel gamers ought to proceed heading the ball within the Crooks of the Matter beneath.
Do you know? Chalobah has scored together with his solely two photographs within the Premier League, towards Crystal Palace and Southampton.
Midfielders: Andros Townsend (Everton), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham), Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis), Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
Townsend: : My goodness it seems to be like Andros Townsend is having fun with his soccer once more. I do not know if it is the Merseyside air that is accomplished it, however no matter it’s he ought to proceed doing it.
Having gone by way of tough durations in his profession at Spurs and Crystal Palace he appears bang in type for Everton. His aim towards Manchester United was of the very best high quality. His first contact with the skin of his left boot was solely equalled by a end of precision together with his proper foot. David de Gea was rooted.
Do you know? Townsend has scored 5 targets in all competitions for Everton this season, three greater than he managed in his final two seasons for Crystal Palace (2 in 61 video games).
Hojbjerg: He was by no means one among my favorite gamers when he performed for Southampton however I have to say he has grown on me since his arrival at Spurs. He is one of many few Tottenham gamers which have some grit to their sport.
You can too belief him in a battle and at instances the sport towards Aston Villa turned simply that. What was spectacular, nevertheless, was the way in which Hojbjerg took his aim. He did it with consummate composure and in a fashion that means Tottenham or their supervisor aren’t below any stress in any respect – and we all know that is not true.
Do you know? Hojbjerg scored together with his solely shot, accomplished extra passes (59) and received possession extra typically (10) than some other Spurs participant towards Aston Villa.
Silva: I am not within the behavior of choosing Bernardo Silva forward of Kevin de Bruyne however on this event I really feel I’ve to. Silva was sensible all through the match towards Liverpool and for a lot of this sport De Bruyne wasn’t.
Silva was additionally booked within the match for a real mistimed sort out nevertheless it was neither cynical nor calculated. Nonetheless, the sort out on Silva late within the match by James Milner was each. Milner ought to have obtained a second yellow however did not. Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola prompt in his post-match interview that he wasn’t stunned by the referee’s choice, in spite of everything it was Anfield. It is true and it used to occur in my day and it is time it stopped.
Do you know? Silva accomplished extra passes in Liverpool’s half than some other Manchester Metropolis participant (26).
Son: It has been a tricky couple of weeks for Spurs and particularly for his or her supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo. Towards a really harmful Aston Villa outfit each the crew and the supervisor held their nerve in what was a really tough fixture. Harry Kane seemed way more like himself, nevertheless it was Son Heung-min who supplied two vital assists for Hojbjerg and Lucas Moura, who for some motive noticed his aim credited to Villa defender Matt Targett. I am unable to perceive why. Targett does not need to have an personal aim subsequent to his title and Moura is determined for one. The excellent news is that a few of the warmth has been taken out of the Tottenham Hotspur stress cooker, not less than in the meanwhile.
Do you know? Son Heung-min ended a run of 9 Premier League video games with out an help, organising Tottenham’s first aim towards Aston Villa
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Hwang Hee-chan (Wolves), Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis)
Salah: It is official: Mohamed Salah is again to his greatest and being the participant I noticed arrive at Anfield 4 years in the past. Common readers will know that I’ve had my points with Salah after I thought he was chasing the golden boot award the second the primary ball of the season was kicked. Not anymore. Towards Manchester Metropolis he was unselfish, confirmed blistering tempo and stylish ending. The ball for Sadio Mane to attain was sensational whereas his personal aim was simply breathtakingly sensible in such circumstances. Nice to you will have you again, Mo.
Do you know? Salah has scored in seven matches in a row in all competitions, equalling his greatest ever scoring run with Liverpool, doing so for the primary time since April 2018.
Hwang: It seems to be like Wolves have discovered a finisher to go together with Raul Jimenez. Each males had been in devastating type towards Newcastle, who could not have completed a fish supper. Granted Jeff Hendrick got here on and scored a stunner for the Magpies, however if you cannot take the easy probabilities you are going to battle to win matches.
In the meantime, Hwang completed fantastically on two events and each had been equipped courtesy of the bang-in-form Jimenez. Wolves look so a lot better with a match Jimenez again within the facet however Hwang’s capability to complete may develop into a serious asset.
Do you know? Hwang Hee-chan was the primary Wolves participant to web a brace in a Premier League sport since Diogo Jota in February 2020 towards Norwich
Foden: He missed two gilt-edged probabilities within the first half and I’m satisfied a Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus would have taken one among them. Every time Pep Guardiola asks Phil Foden to guide the assault he does not get the very best out of him.
Put him on the left of a three-man assault and you’ve got a very completely different participant. His aim towards Liverpool demonstrated that with a bit extra time at his disposal he can’t solely end however pick gamers who’re in higher positions to attain targets. The final time I noticed Foden play at Anfield he scored the same aim. He clearly likes the massive event.
Do you know? Foden (21y 128d) is the youngest participant to attain in three consecutive Premier League appearances towards Liverpool since Romelu Lukaku in November 2013 (20y 194d).
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The Crooks of the Matter
I used to be fascinated by the current feedback made by former England captain Terry Butcher suggesting that heading the ball ought to be fully phased out of the sport. I used to be barely shocked by his assertion, not least as a result of the previous Ipswich centre-back was slightly good at it.
His causes had been after all due to research showing that skilled footballers had been extra prone to get dementia or Alzheimer’s as a consequence of repeatedly heading the ball. The invention is worrying if not totally stunning. The top shouldn’t be designed to be repeatedly bashed towards any object by no means thoughts one travelling at pace. So why do I disagree with my former England Below-21 colleague?
To match skilled footballers with members of the general public is an unfair comparability. It will be extra cheap if soccer gamers had been in comparison with women and men competing in different sports activities like rugby or boxing.
Moreover, the dynamics of soccer are so intoxicating it makes it probably the most watched sport on the planet. Change it and it’ll lose a lot of its enchantment. So what’s the skilled sport to do below these circumstances? Go away it to the modern-day gamers I say. Allow them to ponder the dangers and permit them to make their very own decisions. In any case, we made ours.