That’s better! 70’s and 80’s always feel more satisfying. We even had a few nudge up to the 100 point holy grail… It also sounds like most of us managed to put the Costa problem behind us, and may have actually done better without him? All of my midweek picks produced with Aguero, Giroud and Remy all getting in amongst it. Aguero only gave us a 5, but with him it’s more long term than short term gains…
* Don’t forget about me *
Asian Cup. What a game!!! Credit goes to both teams but South Korea have to be hurting. They had the better of most of it and there shouldn’t have been complaints if they came out on top. Credit also goes to Gaffer Ange for sticking to his philosophies under incredible and often unreasonable pressure over recent months. Also in Luongo, Australia have an heir apparent to the great Timmy Cahill and is surely going to attract attention from bigger clubs sooner rather than later. Took his goal very well, and generally looked clean and industrious throughout. Attentions turn to World Cups now and with a young Aussie team looking the goods, the only way is up!
Bouncebackability. How’s this for a record? Since the start of 2013, every time Daniel Sturridge has had an extended period of time away from the EPL, he has scored in his first game back… Jan 13 2013 when at Chelsea, he missed over a month with a hammy and scores against United. In his first game of last season he scored against Stoke. Jan 12 2014 after missing 6 weeks with that ankle injury, he scores against Stoke in his first game back. First game of this season, he scores of course. And then with the latest injury nightmare over, he’s back and he scores yet again! So how do we use this information? Well we’re gonna have to wait for him to get injured again… Or next season. Just try and remember this!
Honourable mentions. Arsenal motor warming up… Jono Walters’ hatty. Kane dominating. Sterling’s relevance increasing. Swansea surprise.
* You probably can’t get away with this in England… *
Hull. They haven’t quite hit rock bottom yet, they’ve only lost 3 in a row, but it’s starting to look pretty damn ordinary. They barely looked like scoring at home to Newcastle never mind winning. I’ll repeat that, AT HOME TO NEWCASTLE… This is the same Newcastle team that have conceded a goal in every one of their last 12 games. They conceded 3 at home to Burnley! They don’t do defence. Never really have to be honest. Hull played their normal 2 strikers up top, apparently because I didn’t see much of them. But where they really went wrong was moving to 4 at the back, and having the defensively inept Elmohamady and Robertson as full backs as opposed to the wing back roles they suit. The pair were continually found out of position by the lightning fast counter attacks Newcastle were able to rain down on them time after time. Hull should revert back to the 3 at the back this week, but it’s against City so it might not even matter… After that though will be a season defining run of 5 games that they should be able to get points from. If they don’t, it’s curtains because their run home is atrocious.
Deadline. The transfer deadline is upon us and cue a hectic few days! This is the time of the season supporters of middle to lower clubs dread, and the ones of the bigger clubs take the opportunity to talk absolute bollocks. There’ll be a big purchase, there always is… I just hope it’s not involving any Everton players!
Honourable mentions. Elmohamady’s handball. Chelsea with no shots in 2nd half… Villa sinking.
Ryan Bennett Award – Massadio Haidara. Newcastle don’t do defence. He was one of the beneficiaries of the change in formation by Hull with their wingers not doing too much chasing back and Elmohamady not knowing how to tackle (harsh?). Won’t get this much freedom too many times.
Jonjo Shelvey Award – Nico Kranjcar. Loves a shot does Nico! They’re nearly always low percentage however and barely ever get the results we’d like to consider him in our teams. He’s a Harry favourite however so don’t think he’ll stop any time soon.
Jamie Vardy Award – Jermaine Defoe. Welcome back Jermaine! There’ll be a lot of FPL’ers who will consider Defoe but to be honest he’s not been a massive goal scorer over recent seasons so you’ll be picking him on luck…
How did we all go post – Costa? And are we actually thinking about bring him back again this season? I don’t think I will if I’m honest. That 3-4m I banked will be used to strengthen everwhere else, or a Sturridge might find his way in…