Premier League speaking factors – Astute purchase, powerful begins & burgeoning expertise
Harry Kane lastly ended his August scoring hoodoo as Tottenham moved prime of the desk however big-spending West Ham are nestled on the backside.
Everton’s file signing continued his effective run of type in entrance of purpose whereas two promising English kids caught the attention.
This is 5 speaking factors from Saturday’s Premier League video games.
Everton’s £50m signing of Richarlison raised various eyebrows in the summertime.
The Brazilian moved from Watford, the place he failed to attain in his final 26 Premier League video games.
Nonetheless, Richarlison has hit the bottom working with the Toffees as he adopted up his double towards Wolves final weekend with a purpose in Saturday’s 2-1 win towards Southampton.
Now we have, to a sure extent, been right here earlier than – Richarlison scored 5 targets in his first 12 video games for the Hornets in his debut Premier League season earlier than his type hit a sudden and sharp decline.
However the larger image is that Richarlison is already a key a part of an Everton aspect that seems to be rediscovering its identification.
Towards Southampton, they pressed excessive and attacked with intent – a far cry from the generally ponderous soccer performed final season.
Early days however there are encouraging indicators of one thing optimistic creating at Goodison Park.
Robust begin for the Premier League newcomers
It has been a difficult begin to life within the Premier League for the three promoted groups.
Fulham signed 12 gamers and spent greater than £100m to assemble a squad they hope can preserve them within the prime flight however, two video games in, they’re but to choose up a single level following defeats by Crystal Palace and Tottenham.
Wolves, like Fulham, spent huge to ensure they keep away from a direct return to the Championship however are additionally but to file their first win of the marketing campaign, following up their 2-2 draw with Everton with defeat at Leicester on Saturday.
Cardiff, the bookmakers’ favourites to complete backside, have been the one aspect of the three to choose up something this weekend – drawing 0-Zero with Newcastle – however even then wanted a 96th-minute penalty save by Neil Etheridge from Kenedy.
It’s, in fact, far too early to push the panic button. Neither Newcastle nor Brighton managed to choose up any factors from their first two video games on their return to the Premier League final season however stayed up comfortably ultimately.
Massive spenders quick modified?
Talking of spending huge, West Ham are displaying that it would not at all times assure success. Not less than, not instantly.
The Hammers, like Fulham, spent in extra of £100m throughout the summer time in an effort to make sure they aren’t wanting over their shoulders fairly as a lot as they have been final season.
Nonetheless, Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth leaves them pointless after their opening two video games. They’ve now conceded six and scored only one purpose after shedding 4-Zero to Liverpool final weekend.
They are saying cash is not all the pieces and that will surely seem to ring true for those who look on the Premier League desk. Propping up the standings is West Ham, whereas joint prime is Tottenham, who didn’t spend a penny in the summertime.
English expertise flourishing on the massive stage
You would be forgiven for pondering that James Maddison and Ryan Sessegnon have been seasoned Premier League professionals, not top-flight newbies.
Maddison, who joined Leicester Metropolis from Championship aspect Norwich in the summertime, scored his first Premier League purpose in simply his second recreation at this stage because the Foxes beat Wolves 2-Zero on Saturday.
In the meantime, 18-year-old Sessegnon grabbed an help as Aleksandar Mitrovic scored Fulham’s first purpose on their return to the Premier League.
Up and down day for World Cup stars
There was blended fortunes for a trio of England’s World Cup gamers.
Kieran Trippier was one of many Three Lions’ standout gamers in Russia due to his driving runs down the flank and harmful set-pieces. He picked up proper from the place he left off as he made his first Premier League begin of the season towards Fulham.
The total-back was a relentless thorn within the Cottagers’ aspect and grabbed Spurs’ essential second within the 3-1 win, slamming house a free-kick that additional enhanced his credentials as ‘the Bury Beckham’.
In the meantime, Trippier’s team-mate Harry Kane lastly ended his August hoodoo, scoring his first purpose within the month after failing to search out the again of the web in his 14 earlier video games.
However it was a day to neglect on a private stage for Jamie Vardy because the Leicester striker was despatched off towards Wolves. The Foxes nonetheless managed to win 2-Zero in his absence.