We look back at what happened in game week 21 for the premier league. Some of the big teams got back to winning ways. Some went to Everton four nothing. Others just like to throw a tantrum and sulk. Let’s see who were the winners and losers for the week…
Everton, Tottenham, West Ham, Hull City
- Wow. Ronald Koeman must have a rather large grin on his face right now. A 4-0 thumping of his old friend Pep’s City and some very talented acquisitions in the January market has the Toffees bouncing. If they can replicate their performance from the weekend consistently next season one would have to consider them a threat for the top four.
- I’m not sure if Gareth Southgate was in attendance at White Hart Lane on Saturday but from wherever he watched the game, he will have enjoyed what he saw. Dele Ali and Harry Kane stole the show as the latter bagged a hat rick against a traditionally tricky opposition. The normally composed West Brom team were blown away by magnificent Tottenham display.
- Slavin Bilic must have raided his local Boots pharmacy so often they ran out of Panado. Dimitri Payet’s strike has made headlines this week as the petulant little Frenchman has downed tools in a bid to rejoin Marsaille. Don’t ask me why anyone would want to leave the Premier League for the one team show of League A. Nonetheless after a dull first half, the Hammers provided their boss with a proper tonic. Three good goals and a clean sheet will give Bilic hope they can progress without Payet.
- I’d never heard of Marco Silva until his appointment at the KC but he’s got off to a good start. Eddie Howe will look back at the first half and wonder why his team weren’t two or three up before half time considering the clear cut nature of their chances. Two Abel Hernandez goals later and Howe was sent packing, thinking of what might have been.
Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Manchester City
- Two weeks ago I wrote about Sunderland’s spirit and fortitude. Aaaand it’s gone. Stoke have a good team but when you play at home against a mid-table side you must take something from the game. The Black Cats did no such thing. Defoe scored once again just to emphasize his value to the rest of the league.
- Palace have been abysmal the last few weeks and Alan Pardew must feel somewhat justified as one of the pricier sides assembled continue to disappoint. Considering the problems West Ham were facing off the field Big Sam must felt this was a good opportunity to take points off a fellow lower table club. I’m not sure where he goes from here.
- Pep Guardiola’s previous clubs were both twelve points clear at the top of the table during his first years at Munich and Barcelona. He now finds himself looking up at a ten-point gap as he sits in fifth. The illusions of his invincibility has well and truly broken as the competitiveness of the English league take its toll on the Spaniards reputation.
The name Andy Carrol brings images of a 6.5ft slab of the North East with long hair and a giant leap. What I saw on Saturday defied belief and is well worth a visit to Youtube. Picture some of the best bicycle kicks in recent memory, most likely Rooney’s against City springs to mind. For me, this was better. The jump, the contact, the placement. It was all perfect. Hat’s off Andy. That was bloody brilliant.
This week a young, talented Evertonian midfielder scored a goal that had me out of my seat. No, it wasn’t Ross Barkley. Enter Tom Davies, an 18 year-old charged with playing against one of the most talented midfields in the league. And, boy, did he show the world what he can do. Receiving the ball on the left flank he charged down the pitch with two City defenders in tow, a quick chop inside left them for dead before he fed Barkley. As Barkley received the ball the teenager slipped to the floor. Barkley looked around and spotted the teenager spring back to his feet and dart into the box. He fed Davies the ball and a cute dinked finish found the back of the net. Talent.
If Alexis Sanchez ever gets forced to retire from football I’m sure a Spanish soap opera would hire him in seconds. The stroppy tantrum and shows of petulance after being substituted with ten minutes to play and his team four nil up boggle the mind.
Why?? Just why?
Is he trying to make his own fans hate him so leaving is easier? Only the Chilean knows.