Premier League: 10 speaking factors from the weekend’s motion

Premier League: 10 speaking factors from the weekend’s motion


Ten Hag’s males proceed to wrestle

Pre-season is supposedly a duff barometer of the marketing campaign forward. The principle goal is to realize health and audition techniques of play versus opposition getting ready for their very own season. Manchester United normally return from the summer time money-spinners with a profitable file and aware that the true stuff of the Premier League is about to start. But within the US this summer time, Erik ten Hag’s facet received solely the primary recreation, towards Arsenal, and misplaced to Wrexham, Borussia Dortmund and Actual Madrid: to this observer, United’s kind was a real warning of a misfiring unit and, up to now, it has duly struggled – badly. Rasmus Højlund is an apt shorthand for United’s issues: the £64m striker was once more starved of probabilities towards Crystal Palace. This has to enhance – quick. Jamie Jackson

Match report: Manchester United 0-1 Crystal Palace


Richarlison finds his perform

It received slightly misplaced within the common chaos of puzzled-looking bald blokes nominally in command of a multimillion-pound game-review system, however Tottenham additionally received on Saturday. Within the course of Ange Postecoglou – vibes man, empathy-master, the primary good man ever to be concerned in soccer – demonstrated one other of his qualities; the flexibility to deliver beforehand flatlining footballers again into the realm of the dwelling. In opposition to Liverpool Richarlison performed his first 90 minutes since August, had 5 photographs at aim, made tackles, interceptions, dribbles, fouls and created a aim. Shifted to the left, the burden of appearing as Kane-style centre-forward slightly dissipated, he has appeared for the primary time a functioning factor in his group, a part of a notably busy entrance three. Given Richarlison’s apparent state of unhappiness a number of weeks in the past, this appears like an achievement in itself for now, and one other word of quiet progress. Barney Ronay

Match report: Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool

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O’Neil makes his mark at Molineux

It was simple for the extra cynical Wolves supporters to pooh-pooh the appointment of Gary O’Neil lengthy earlier than his first recreation in cost however there isn’t a doubt he’s getting a tune out of his gamers, a lot of whom have been revitalised since he succeeded Julen Lopetegui. Saturday’s victory over Manchester Metropolis supplied probably the most compelling proof but, with sturdy performances towards Liverpool and Manchester United equally encouraging. It has not been flawless – they exited the Carabao Cup to Ipswich final week – however after simply six weeks within the job, the numerous hours spent on the coaching floor and getting ready for opponents has been time effectively spent. “Individuals can’t see behind the scenes and the quantity of labor him [O’Neil] and his group are doing and the way they’re setting us up tactically,” stated the Wolves captain Max Kilman. “The standard of coaching has been phenomenal and it was a matter of time earlier than we began choosing up the outcomes.” Ben Fisher

Match report: Wolves 2-1 Manchester Metropolis


Arsenal formidable away from house

For all of the fretting about Arsenal’s incapacity to maintain a clear sheet at house, there are not any such issues about their defensive kind on the street. Mikel Arteta’s gamers are but to concede in an away recreation this season and have hardly ever appeared like doing so. At Bournemouth they have been grateful to the typically majestic William Saliba for an excellent sort out on Dominic Solanke early on earlier than pulling clear to win at a canter. Moments like that may flip matches; Arsenal appeared composed and compact from there, barely permitting one other probability. “Retaining clear sheets goes to be essential,” Arteta famous. “Now the problem is can we take that into the Emirates as effectively and be constant there.” Subsequent week’s go to of Manchester Metropolis, which might put Arsenal prime of the desk in the event that they maintain the door shut tight, would hardly be a nasty event on which to begin. Nick Ames

Match report: Bournemouth 0-4 Arsenal

William Saliba slides in to disclaim Dominic Solanke throughout Arsenal’s win at Bournemouth. {Photograph}: Robin Jones/AFC Bournemouth/Getty Pictures


Edwards lastly will get his reward

Sean Dyche’s greatest gripe after Everton’s newest house defeat centred on his gamers’ failure to “change the story of the final two years” by constructing momentum following two away wins. In comparison with the predicament going through Luton – who have been written off by one and all earlier than the season began, had one level earlier than kick-off and had not skilled a top-flight victory in 31 years – the criticism was a damning indictment of Everton’s mentality, in addition to a back-handed praise to Rob Edwards. The Luton supervisor has protected his gamers’ confidence throughout a tough begin to the Premier League marketing campaign – sharing with them his conviction they’d win at Goodison Park, for instance – and devised a gameplan that absolutely exploited Everton’s more and more determined and clueless ways. “Everybody else will write us off and I perceive why,” stated Edwards. “However it’s all the way down to us to not fear in regards to the outdoors noise and maintain believing within the work we’re doing.” Andy Hunter

Match report: Everton 1-2 Luton


Howe’s squad feeling the grind

Newcastle are within the midst of a run of 5 video games in 15 days and it’s clearly taking a bodily toll. Sven Botman, Callum Wilson and Joe Willock will all miss Wednesday’s eagerly-awaited house Champions League recreation towards Paris Saint-Germain whereas Joelinton is extraordinarily uncertain. That quartet are able to making an enormous distinction to Eddie Howe’s facet however Newcastle’s supervisor was circumspect when he was requested if the variety of matches main groups play needs to be rationed. “I don’t know,” he stated, presumably conscious of the wealth golf equipment generate from tv income. Burnley, in the meantime, have been superb to observe at St James’ Park. Vincent Kompany’s group are mentally, in addition to bodily courageous. They deserve to remain up. Louise Taylor

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Match report: Newcastle 2-0 Burnley


Watkins makes his England case

Aston Villa were crushing winners of Saturday’s meeting of those most likely to crash the Champions League picture. Ollie Watkins, with a hat-trick and all-round display, deservedly took the focus. After TV pictures flashed up of Gareth Southgate in the stands, England-related questions were asked post match. Watkins will fully deserve his place for the upcoming internationals, but Villa’s success did not rest purely with him. Tyrone Mings is missed by Villa but Ezri Konsa assumed leadership in central defence, a position where Southgate has issues. Comparisons have been made with Paul McGrath and for Konza there is no higher praise available at Villa. Meanwhile, Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, an England starter against Scotland, and centre-back partner Adam Webster were ravaged by Watkins and Moussa Diaby. John Brewin

Match report: Aston Villa 6-1 Brighton


Soucek revitalised in forward role

Tomas Soucek played a key role in West Ham finishing sixth in 2020-21. The Czech Republic international offered steel and athleticism in midfield, burst forward and finished as the club’s joint top scorer with 10 league goals. Yet the next two campaigns were tougher. The 28-year-old looked fatigued at times and there was a slight alteration to his role when Declan Rice began to attack more. Asked to sit back, Soucek’s goal threat decreased and his passing from deep was scattergun when he was pressed. With Rice sold to Arsenal, Soucek has been able to push forward again. David Moyes has found a nice balance in midfield after signing James Ward-Prowse and Edson Álvarez. With Lucas Paquetá shifting to an inside-left role, Soucek has been able to move higher. His goal during West Ham’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United was his third in his past four appearances. Jacob Steinberg

Match report: West Ham 2-0 Sheffield United

Tomas Soucek is in fine form in a new-look West Ham midfield.
Tomas Soucek is in fine form in a new-look West Ham midfield. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters


9) Murillo follows game plan to the letter

Making a Premier League debut as a 21-year-old who had only previously played in his native Brazil, could have been a daunting prospect for Murillo but he looked comfortable at the heart of Nottingham Forest’s defence. It was an inauspicious start for the centre-back, whose name was misspelt on the back of his shirt but the kitman will not make that mistake again in what could be an exciting spell at the City Ground. Brentford kindly allowed the defender to settle into the match by not launching an attack of note in the opening 45 minutes but before that he was happy with the ball at his feet and showed he was able to read the situation to avoid his team being put into dangerous positions at the back. When down to 10-men, he did not lose his focus, which would have been understandable considering the late pace of the match as Brentford looked to score the winner. Murillo was the hero in the end, clearing a injury-time shot off the line to ensure his team held on for a point and give Forest fans the impression they have secured another promising young Brazilian alongside Danilo. Will Unwin

Match report: Nottingham Forest 1-1 Brentford


10) Brighton overpowered in midfield

There were few positives to take from Villa Park for Brighton. Plenty of lessons, though. It soon became apparent Roberto De Zerbi, the revolutionary from whom even Pep Guardiola is learning fresh things, does not have a fully foolproof plan. The two managers that have picked him off this season, David Moyes and Unai Emery, are canny operators with greater mileage on the clock. Going direct over the counter-press worked for both, and De Zerbi admitted that his callow squad is already feeling the strain of playing Europa League football. Saturday was the first time the Italian had admitted his team missed Moisés Caicedo in midfield where Billy Gilmour, 22, was accompanied by the yet younger, full debutant Jack Hinshelwood, 18. Brighton were overpowered. The pitfall of building a talent factory for sell-on value is that resources can never be inexhaustible. JB

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