Another weekend of Premier League football is over, and as usual, the action produced a whole host of Heroes and Villains.
Hero – Troy Deeney
Big Troy Deeney loves a goal against the Villa, doesn’t he!? The boyhood Birmingham City supporter has now scored five times in his last three league meetings against the Villains after his brace helped Watford claw back another three points in their quest to escape relegation this season.
He is such a big presence in that Watford dressing room and you can see the belief slowly returning to his teammates now that their iconic captain is back in the action.
Always nice to see my old mates 😂🤐🤫 pic.twitter.com/ZmBfeZgxz7
— Troy Deeney (@T_Deeney) December 29, 2019
Villain – Serge Aurier
The Christmas brain fart award goes to Serge Aurier after his slapstick own goal against Norwich City on Saturday.
The Ivorian has not had the best of times of late and his form can go some way to explaining why Spurs cannot buy a clean sheet on the road in the Premier League. God knows what the fullback was trying to do as he somehow ended up running the ball into the back of his own net at Carrow Road. One for the blooper reels!
Hero – Alireza Jahanbakhsh
Not only does he have by far and away the coolest name in the Premier League, but Brighton’s Iranian winger also wins the award for the most genuine goal celebration of the season so far, if that were actually a thing.
The 26-year-old was on hand to smash home his side’s opening goal at the Amex Arena on Saturday – his first-ever goal for the club – and he was visibly overwhelmed with emotion as the players mobbed him in jubilation.
It was a touching moment that really struck a chord in an age of the over the top or trademarked celebrations. Shudder.
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 28, 2019
Villain – Bernd Leno
Ah well, Arsenal you nearly had it all, you nearly made it back into the top half and then well…same old Arsenal isn’t it.
This time the defensive villain of the piece was Bernd Leno. The 27-year-old’s air punch allowed a fairly innocuous ball in to drift over him and land squarely at the feet of Jorginho for a tap in. Cue an Arsenal meltdown and a late Chelsea winner.
This is all feeling very routine now and Mikel Arteta should be worried.
7 – Bernd Leno has made seven errors directly leading to an opposition goal in the Premier League since the beginning of last season, the most of any player. Howler. pic.twitter.com/DSCYWYFrqW
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2019
Hero – Dominic Calvert-Lewin
However, life is even sweeter for the club’s 22-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The former Sheffield United man has lacked sufficient quality in front of goal so far in his Everton career. But he now has three goals in two games under the guidance of the Italian.
Coincidence or top class coaching? Who cares, get him in your Fantasy Football team!
7 – Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored seven goals in 18 Premier League games this season – his best goalscoring return in a single top-flight campaign. Poacher. pic.twitter.com/7F0zJkWcFh
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 28, 2019
Villain – Carlos Sanchez
In all fairness, any West Ham player could have made this illustrious list after their abysmal showing against Leicester City’s B team resulted in another demoralising home defeat.
Carlos Sanchez though earns his place for personifying the overall lacklustre effort put in by the West Ham players on Saturday. The Colombian barely looked interested in trying to get back to block off Demarai Gray in the run up to Leicester’s winner at the London Stadium.
This was a guy who didn’t look bothered to even feign interest in the result as he half jogged to track his runner as he bore down on goal. With the score at 1-1, and the gaffer’s job on the line, you’d expect a bit more of an effort from the veteran defensive midfielder who looked as though he’d rather be anywhere else on the night.