Another Saturday of Premier League action is in the books, let’s have a review of what was good and what was bad.
- Manchester United go top of the league with a pretty routine win over Sunderland. It felt like a training exercise at times with Sunderland just trying to hold out as long as possible but once United did get their noses in front they never looked back. Wayne Rooney will no doubt be delighted that he has ended his drought for the season, although he knew pretty much nothing about the goal as he bundled it over the line but they all count I suppose and I doubt he’ll care too much as to how he scored he’ll just be glad he did. The Manchester Derby in 4 weeks time is already shaping up to be of extra importance.
- Talking of goal droughts another one was ended yesterday as Harry Kane also finally got off the mark as his Tottenham side ran rampant over a despondent Manchester City with a 4-1 win at White Hart Lane. Spurs may have had the luck yesterday when it came to offside decisions but ultimately they were deservedly winners and for all the moaning about a lack of strike force in August, September has been of a much Sonnier disposition (sorry these Son puns tend to right themselves)
- A recurring theme yesterday was the ending of goal droughts. Another man to get the monkey off his back was Alexis Sanchez whose sublime hat-trick put Arsenal in the driving seat against a Leicester side who started brightly but were then subsequently outclassed by The Gunners who bounced back from their defeat against Chelsea and made sure it was the football and not the action off the ball that everyone was talking about after the game.
- Newcastle performed a lot better than their previous performances so far this season, they’ll feel frustrated that they didn’t come away with all 3 points yesterday evening but again Jose Mourinho was thwarted on Tyneside as Chelsea came from 2-0 down to secure a draw, the big thing that Newcastle will now have to prove is that this wasn’t just a case of them raising their game against one of the big clubs and they can do it on a more regular basis.
- Jamie Vardy with every week that goes by, he looks more and more like an established Premier League striker. Yesterday saw his 4th goal in 4 matches and his 5th all season with that he’s already matched last years tally. If he keeps this form up it will certainly be a season that hits double figures and beyond. What price Vardy going to France in the Summer with England?
- Where else to start but Sunderland. A real abject performance yesterday, they could have played all day and still not scored, a club not only lacking identity but now seemingly lacking ideas as well. With every defeat that Sunderland rack up this season Dick Advocaat must be thinking “Why didn’t I just retire in May?”
- Callum Wilson. A cruel blow for the Bournemouth Striker whose excellent start to the season had many people wondering not if but when he would be called up to the England Squad, the questions that will be asked now are a) how long will Wilson be out for and b) do Bournemouth have enough goals in their side without him. A nervous wait for Eddie Howe until the extent of his injury is revealed.
- Manchester City, not quite a crisis but after their red hot start it’s now 3 defeats in 4 in all competition with back to back league defeats. Missing Hart, Kompany and Silva, Aguero misfiring and Yaya Toure going off injured meant it was a miserable day in the Capital yesterday for the Citizens. For how good their first eleven seems to be when you remove that spine of the team they seem to be a different outfit. Manuel Pellegrini must be hoping returns not just from injury but also to form are imminent.
- Chelsea not a particularly bad day at the office but once again Mourinho’s side were Geordie Poor as again his side were foiled by The Magpies. Branislav Ivanovic is doing his very best not to be rewarded with a new contract at the end of the season with another sub par performance yesterday. Credit must go to Mourinho though for his substitutions that got Chelsea back into the game but the league table really doesn’t make for good reading as they now sit 15th at the end of September.
- Aston Villa look like they are going to be in for another long season as they haven’t won since their opening day victory at Bournemouth, I suppose some credit must to Tim Sherwood for blooding young players but there doesn’t seem to be any leaders or anyone whose going to take the game by the scruff of the neck and drive the team on. Their defeat at Anfield yesterday now seems slip into the bottom 3 and with Stoke at home next weekend, is it too early to start talking about “6 pointers”