The premier league weekend certainly saw a lot of ups and downs for many clubs. While some enjoyed their share of 3 points, others were left contented with sharing points. The others were left to scratch their heads after coming back to their tactical room with nothing to show for in terms of points won.
So let’s have a look at what we learnt from the past weekend in the Barclays Premier league –
1. Everton still possess the ‘David Moyes touch’ –
They are now being termed as ‘Roberto Martinez’s boys’ but Everton in their 1-0 won over Chelsea certainly showed every bit of David Moyes’ gritty determination and the solidity instilled in their ranks by a certain Scottish David Moyes. It would be unfair on Martinez’s part to rule his contribution out in a match where Everton deservedly beat Chelsea. But the more deeply you look into it, the more you’d find Everton still have that ‘David Moyes touch’ to their side in terms of attitude and passion.
2. Great debut performances –
It was a weekend of great debuts. Mesut Ozil, Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj, Gareth Barry and Christian Eriksen all made more-than-impressive debuts for their sides each helping their side in winning their ties. Ozil and Junuzaj both looked lively with Fellaini and Barry did exactly what was expected off them. Christian Eriksen put in a class performance for Spurs, who’d really be glad with their Danish star’s debut.
3. Christian Eriksen was a steal –
Sticking to the topic of Christian Eriksen, Tottenham Hotspur deserve a mighty pat on their back for this steal-of-a-deal of their Danish star. Manchester City did try to sign him last year but Eriksen felt he could spend too long on the bench. Tottenham Hotspur were the right club at the right time and, at £11m, Eriksen, now 21, is an absolute steal, as he showed with his performance against Norwich City on Saturday.
4. The tale of 2 opposites –
Danny Graham and Ben Arfa could very well define ‘Black and White’ pretty accurately at this point of time in their career. While Ben Arfa’s career at Newcastle seems to be hitting an all-time high, the same cannot be said about the Hull City striker, on-loan from Sunderland. Danny Graham needs a goal from somewhere. He last scored on New Year’s Day, shortly before making his ill-fated £5m move to Sunderland. He has since played nearly 20 hours football without a goal in any competition and his lack of confidence showed when he missed two excellent chances against Cardiff.
On the other hand Ben Arfa, back from his long-term injury misfortunes, seems to be a completely new player and ran the Aston Villa defense ragged left, right and center. He was simply unstoppable for Paul Lambert’s men and if Newcastle manage to keep a fully fit Ben Arfa, they could expect many more of such performances from the Frenchman.
5. Man City still not the complete product –
It’s hard make anything of Manchester City’s season so far. They were Brilliant against Newcastle, amateurish against Cardiff, average against Stoke and lucky against Hull. With five new signings purchased for over £90m and a new manager at the helm it would be overly-optimistic to expect the new-look City to sparkle consistently from day one. But then with the amount of talent and the class of Manuel Pellegrini as manager, you would expect a better standard from Manchester City. Unfortunately for City their task only gets tougher with the Manchester derby coming up next weekend and I predict a much improved performance against United.