5 things we learned from an exhilarating weekend of Premier League action
Now that we’ve all just about got our breath back from that Manchester City v Liverpool encounter, it’s time to take a glance back at the weekend learnings.
Chelsea are now looking imperious after a performance of champions earned a battling win at Stoke, leaving the rest of their title ‘challengers’ in their wake.
Tottenham continued their remarkable home form, City and Liverpool showed why their the league’s great entertainers and United are looking more and more like a Jose Mourinho outfit.
And Arsenal? Oh Arsenal…
Here are five things we observed from all the action…
1 Christian Eriksen is the most underrated player in the Premier League
If your Dream Team needs a guaranteed goals or assist man, Eriksen should be your go-to figure at the moment.
In his last six games, the Dane has three goals, seven assists and three Star Man awards from WhoScored’s ratings algorithm.
On Sunday he showed his prowess on either foot with a brilliant left-footed strike as he continues to quietly yet impressively go under the radar.
2 Has the real Riyad Mahrez finally turned up?
Until two weeks ago last year’s PFA Player of the Year hadn’t found the net from open play all season in the Premier League.
But, perhaps unsurprisingly since Claudio Ranieri’s departure, Mahrez is now looking like last year’s world-beater again after three brilliant performances.
He scored against Hull, provided a crucial assist in the Champions League shock against Sevilla and found the net again against West Ham at the weekend.
That’s three successive games with a goal involvement and in this form, Mahrez has to be a contender for your Dream Team.
3 Bournemouth’s potent strike force are driving them to safety
Bournemouth were in a spot of bother last month after failing to win a single game in 2017 until the victory over West Ham last weekend.
Luckily for Eddie Howe, he’s stumbled across a rather exciting strike pairing of Benik Afobe and Josh King in Callum Wilson’s continued absence.
King was the match-winner against the Hammers after a electric run of personal form in front of goal, but it was Afobe who stepped up against Swansea on Saturday with two goals.
King, in particular, is having a stellar season and earned his second successive Star Man award against the Swans.
4 Two England goalkeepers having brilliant seasons
Sunderland’s stalemate with Burnley won’t live long in the memory, but both goalkeepers can hold their respective heads high after keeping two clean sheets.
Both Jordan Pickford and Tom Heaton will feel they’ve had excellent personal seasons, with the former and Jermain Defoe pretty much the sole reasons Sunderland aren’t relegated yet.
If you’re looking to save money for more stellar outfield players in your Dream Team, you could do worse than trusting either of these two between the sticks.
5 King Sergio is silencing all his critics – even Pep
Gabriel Jesus’ injury may have been a horrible incident, but the Brazilian’s injury has given a new lease of life to one of the Premier League’s best ever finishers.
Dropping Sergio Aguero has looked like a masterstroke from Pep Guardiola, with the Argentine responding with some brilliant displays.
He’s working harder for the team but his imperious goal record hasn’t been affected, with Aguero hitting seven goals in his last seven games and on 22 for the season now.
So much for struggling this season…
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