Five observations from the weekend’s matches

Peter Crouch has still got it

He’ll be 36 at the end of this month but Peter Crouch is showing no signs of slowing down. Crouch’s header against Sunderland was his 99th Premier League goal and his 50th for current club Stoke. The English striker has made 13 appearances for Stoke this season with eight coming from the bench. He has scored in each of his last three Premier League starts, proving that he still has what it takes to lead the line. When he scores his 100th goal, we will hopefully see the reappearance of the robot!

Spurs are looking like strong title contenders

Tottenham Hotspur seem to have learned from last season’s heartbreak and are determined to improve this season. An example of this is their most recent game against West Brom. When Spurs faced the Baggies in April, they still had a chance of winning the title. However, the match ended 1-1 and Spurs finished the season in third place, behind rivals Arsenal.

This time, Pochettino’s side dominated the game and won 4-0. West Brom are not an easy side to beat but Spurs made it look easy and could have scored more. They beat Man City 2-0 to end Pep’s perfect start to the Premier League and also defeated Chelsea to end their 13 game winning streak.

The Lilywhites have a formidable side with talented young players. Their strong England contingent is also impressive. Dele Alli has already matched last season’s tally of 10 goals while Danny Rose has two goals and two assists. Kyle Walker has provided five assists (two more than last season) and Harry Kane is undoubtedly the club’s number one striker. Harry Winks is also another young English talent coming through at the club.

Spurs are doing very well with six consecutive Premier League wins. If they continue their current form, they will definitely have a chance of lifting the coveted trophy in May.

Leicester City will be lucky to finish in the top 10 this season

The Foxes are currently 15th in the Premier League, 31 points behind league leaders Chelsea. They have lost 10 matches (seven more than last season) and only won five.

When they beat Man City 4-2 in December, it seems like a turning point but then they lost their next game against Bournemouth. Leicester have been so inconsistent this season and it seems very unlikely that they will finish in the top 10.

They shouldn’t sack Claudio Ranieri after last season’s achievements, however something needs to change. The team will struggle without Daniel Amartey, Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani who are away at the Africa Cup of Nations but they have to find a way to cope.

Leicester have more attacking impetus with Demarai Gray but he is only 20 and Ranieri has used him sparingly with just three starts in 15 appearances.

It was to be expected that the defending champions wouldn’t do as well as last season but have to make some serious room for improvements. They are in the last 16 of the Champions League but the Premier League must be their  immediate priority.

Youngsters make an impact at Goodison Park

18-year old Tom Davies had a fantastic game for Everton. He contributed from start to finish as his side were victorious against Manchester City. As well as being involved in the opening goal, he started the move for Everton’s third goal which he finished from a tight angle. A great game to get his first Premier League goal for the club he has been at since the age of 11.

The Merseyside-born teenager has taken the chance given to him by manager Ronald Koeman. As a football fan, it’s always brilliant to see a young, local lad doing well for the club he loves.

As if this wasn’t good enough for Everton, their 19 year-old debutant Ademola Lookman came on in the 89th minute and scored his debut goal five minutes later. What a start to his Everton career!

Davies was deservedly given the Man of the Match award by his new team-mate Lookman. Both of these young players are ones to watch.

Pogba nearly hands Liverpool victory at Old Trafford

This was Paul Pogba’s time to shine. Especially for this game, the French midfielder had his own emoji and a new hairstyle. Instead of having the best game of his life, Pogba very nearly cost his team three points on several occasions. His handball resulted in a penalty for Liverpool which James Milner converted. In addition to that, a failed back heel led to a Liverpool counter attack and it was nearly 2-0 to the Reds. After he gave away the penalty in the 27th minute, Pogba never recovered. If he spent more time focusing on his football instead of ridiculous hair styles and pointless emojis on social media, perhaps he would have had a better performance.



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