Premier League: five things we learned from this weekend’s action
Chelsea, Liverpool, Brighton and Tottenham continued their 100% debuts for the new Premier League season as champions Manchester City took to the skies, but the first signs were bad omen for the new Norwich boys.
Here, we take a look at what we’ve learned from this weekend’s top action.
Lukaku the missing link?
It’s been four years since the Premier League title was last won at Stamford Bridge, with Manchester City and Liverpool reigning supreme in recent seasons, but Chelsea may have found their missing link to Romelu LukakuDiego Costa was the The latest player to score 20 league goals for the Blues and it took just 15 minutes for Lukaku’s record signing to open his account on his second stint with West Londoners. The former Inter Milan ace immediately settled into an old environment in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Arsenal to issue a warning to the chase pack.
Another twist in the Harry Kane saga
The story that grabbed the headlines all summer took a different turn on Sunday when Harry Kane made his first appearance of the season for Spurs. Included in the squad to face Wolves, the forward was called in from the bench in the 72nd minute and helped Tottenham hold on to a 1-0 victory. Returning late from vacation amid his desire to join Manchester City, everyone at the North London club reportedly hailed the vice-captain’s return to action as traveling fans chanted ‘One of ours’ throughout. from Molineux.
The resurrection of Jesus
After Manchester City shot a blank on the opening weekend at Tottenham, Pep Guardiola’s side returned to form with a 5-0 loss to Norwich on Saturday with Gabriel Jesus the key to the triumph. After a poor end of term and a disappointing Copa America that ended with a red card for a karate kick against Chile, the Brazilian was in the mood at the Etihad Stadium and assisted three goals to show that ‘he can fill the void. left by Sergio Aguero… and not yet completed by Kane.
Deja vu for Norwich?
As Norwich has been given a terrible run of matches to start the new season, Daniel Farke has to wonder if he has time traveled. The Canaries opened their last Premier League campaign with a three-goal loss to Liverpool and also suffered a 5-0 loss at Manchester City, with both recurring on their top-tier comeback. The Sky Bet Championship winners will face easier opposition over the next few months, but must eliminate their naive defense and find a way to create chances for Teemu Pukki. Otherwise, it will be another long season.
Seagulls fly away
Brighton quietly racked up maximum points in their opening two games of the campaign and may have finally found a clinical advantage in front of goal. It was no secret that Graham Potter’s men struggled to seize their opportunities during the 2020-21 tenure, with their expected goalscoring value (xG) suggesting their point total should have been 67, not 41. With Neal Maupay on target at Burnley and again in that weekend win over Watford, plus Alexis Mac Allister and Shane Duffy already participating, the signs are positive, the Seagulls could be ready to turn their beautiful football into wins on a consistent basis.