Bit of a meh round that one wasn’t it? Looking at the FPLaddicts league there were a lot of scores in the 40-50s which isn’t huge, but not too ordinary either. Man City definitely helped with that feeling by failing to to ANYTHING at Arsenal, and those early Aguero jumpers would’ve felt pretty disappointed. They (read “we”) did save some money on the future jumpers though?
* Buyer beware – for now *
Chelsea. That was something special now wasn’t it? That first half was pretty close to immaculate… It’s always fun seeing great individual performances but when you see a whole team click there’s something a little more joyful about it. Swansea didn’t exactly help themselves however, I don’t think Siggy will play as a defensive midfielder again and Bony is going to be a massive hole to fill. Gomis has done nothing to convince me he’s up to the job, but may need some regular games I guess? Not only were Chelsea good going forward but they were able to successfully stifle Swansea’s noted game style having 55% of the ball. Away from home… In isolation that’s some performance. They were also fantastic in limiting them to poor shots on goal; zero shots on target, 91% of all shots were outside the box. The best thing about this performance? Mind games. They play City next for what could be an early title decider in 2 weeks! That’s 2 weeks for them to scout this game… There might be some sleepless nights up in Manchester!
Southampton. Credit. So much credit for this club. Bordering on man love credit. What they’ve done this season is near on astounding. After a sensational start, GW12 through 16 they went through an anticipated tough patch. They even lost points they probably shouldn’t have but losses against United, City and Arsenal were expected by nearly all here. What was a little unexpected was how hard they have bounced back. They started with a big win over my boys Everton, then vengeance wins over United (away!) and Arsenal. An often tough trip to Newcastle was dealt with this week too… It’s not like their next chunk of games are easy, but this team can do anything right now. Just a word on Elia. Please exercise a degree of caution… A brief perusal of any career bio on him will show a career punctuated with excellent runs of form, and slightly non-desirable issues with authority. The main issue I have is this. Over his whole career he’s averaged a goal every ~10 games… He’s scored 12 goals in his last 136 games prior to joining Southampton… On the flip side. Maybe he is feeling the love from the big Dutchman? Maybe the tactics suit his exact style of play? His biggest goalscoring season to date was 08/09 putting away 13 in 43 under McClaren, could he recreate that? 5.5m is decent value if he can but I’m going to need a little more before I break my team structure to bring him in.
Honourable mentions. Palace’s resurgence. Costa’s huge game v EBJT’s form? The Pulis machine warms up…
* Your god/s aren’t helping *
Villa. For every Chelsea and Southampton there has to be an Aston Villa… Unfortunately this Villa absolutely stinks. They’ve scored 1 goal in 7 games. Let that simmer… 1 in 7. 630 minutes, give or take, and 1 solitary goal. In fact, of the 22 games they’ve turned up for this season they’ve been kept to 11 cleanies. How they aren’t in the bottom 3 is a complete mystery but you have to think if they don’t turn this around soon they’re stuffed. Benteke is still finding his way back from a nasty injury, but far too much rests on his ability to get back to his best. He’s shown glimpses but not enough to carry this mob. Something will break soon. Money needs spending or gaffers need sacking as the status quo will end in tears for one of the longest serving top flight clubs. Note; They have Arsenal and Chelsea on the horizon…
Kevin Mirallas… Nah, not having that. I’ve been one of Kev’s biggest supporters over the years but that’s done it for me. One of the main reasons for Everton’s rise up the table, and staying there, was team spirit. Garbage like that has the ability to put massive dents in that and worst case ruin it. They are pros so they should move on from that, but will Mirallas be a part of it? He WAS negotiating a new contract. And he WAS my gun wildcard POD!!! -1. Selfish, arrogant, twat. That’s my stance until he apologises… A personal apology might be asking too much?
Honourable mentions. Vertonghen’s “offside” goal.
Ryan Bennett Award – Ben Mee. That was Mee’s second goal. Ever. As a pro… He might have scored in juniors? You’d like to think when picking your FPL defenders that they’re at least in with a shout of scoring a goal. Ben Mee is not in with a shout of scoring goals.
Jonjo Shelvey Award – Eljero Elia. Spoke earlier about him and much can be taken from that. Not a noted goalscorer except for 1 season. Could be great value but too risky.
Jamie Vardy Award – Fabio Borini. What has anyone seen in this bloke? Tell me. Please.
Tell me a story…