EPL WEEK 4: WINNERS & LOSERS



WINNERS

Tottenham Hotspurs. Plenty at stake in this game for Jose Mourinho who never really got the players he truly wanted as ManUtd manager. Spurs and Mourinho are both transformed from their previous campaigns. With 2 goals and an assist from Harry Kane and a brace by Son Heung-Min, Spurs may have benifitted from Martial's sending off in the 28th minute but all credit to them for capitalising their man advantage and carving the ManUtd defence up. Mourinho won't admit it, but this victory and the manner of it over his previous employer will please him no end.


Ollie Watkins & the Villains. A hat-trick of goals for his first premiership goals against the title holders is exactly the dream start that so many players would wish for. Signed by Dean Smith for £30mil from Brentford, this is exactly what Dean Smith was hoping Watkins would produce. With Liverpool losing GK Alisson to a shoulder injury late and Sadio Mané missing due to isolating after contracting Coronavirus, Liverpool looked a shell of the title-winning juggernaut that we were all hoping for. With a virtuoso performance from Jack Grealish who contributed 2 goals and 3 assists, the Villains definitely produced the shock of the weekend with a 7-2 mauling of Liverpool.


West Ham. The Hammers provided a classy performance under the guidance of assistant manager Alan Irvine with David Moyes still absent with coronavirus related health issues. No club would have been under more duress at the start of the season than the Hammers with increasing fan revolt after some abject and woeful performances in the first two games of the season, a perceived defensive-minded coach in Moyes and lack of funds from owners for new signings. With the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek and Michail Antonio bringing some much needed spark to the Hammers gritty style of play, the fans will be holding their breath and hoping that the Hammers keep producing these match winning performances.


LOSERS

Liverpool. With the loss of GK Alisson and Mané and Thiago missing due to coronavirus isolation, Liverpool looked lost. The defence has been an issue for some time now since late last season and while rumours linking the Reds to Ozan Kabak at Schalke remain, nothing can be done now with the transfer window shut until January. With no matches next week due to international break, manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for Mané and Thiago to return and prove that the shock loss to the Villains was a one off. Still the team to beat, but a timely reminder for the Reds that there are no easy games in the Premier League.


Manchester United. A last gasp injury time winner against Brighton, a loss on opening day against Crystal Palace and this week a loss to much fancied Tottenham Spurs managed by José Mourinho who they fired as their previous manager, the Red Devils now sit 16th on the ladder, just above the relegation zone. A shambolic transfer strategy overseen by Ed Woodward, growing fan unrest and some truly woeful performances by current players in the squad (Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood), Ole Gunnar Solksjaer might now be understanding why Mourinho didn't last long. A sad state of affairs for one of the great clubs of the 90s/2000s era, the current team is only a mid-table side at best.


Burnley & Sean Dyche. With a minuscule transfer budget, Sean Dyche has instilled a fighting spirit at the Clarets that most promoted sides would be envious of. The Clarets finished 10th last season but have also had season finishes of 15th and 16th along with a 7th in four seasons in the premier league. Under manager Sean Dyche, Burnley are without a point so far this season and this could end up another relegation dogfight for the team. They will not have funds to bring in top class talent and with top strikers Chris Wood & Ashley Barnes 28 & 30 respectively, Burnley will need to be astute in the January window with loan signings to try and extend their premier league survival beyond this season.

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