Hero: Gylfi Sigurdsson
The man who is a spell checker’s nightmare! Iceland’s finest export put in a real show stopper for Everton as they finally returned to winning ways on Saturday. Sigurdsson was pivotal to every move and showed real composure to recover from his first-half penalty miss, others would have let it bother them and affect their play.
Took both of his goals really well as the Toffees got a convincing victory and carry on their ruthless regard against Fulham at Goodison. His first goal in particular was sweetly curled in to the right corner, Everton fans will hope for more!
Zero: Paul Pogba
This was supposed to be the season that we all cowered in terror at what the World Cup winning midfielder could do. It was not supposed to become a media circus that threatened to topple the manager and ruin the harmony of the club. As West Ham showed plenty of spirit and quality on Saturday, Pogba simply let the game slip him by. Yet another 90 minutes of bitter disappointment for United fans who so desperately need their record signing to perform.
At least he has been quiet on social media following another miserable 90 minutes for the Red Devils, every cloud and all that.
Hero: Eden Hazard
It’s already looking like the year of Hazard at Stamford Bridge. Once again Liverpool fans were left to stare in disbelief as their defence was split open and exploited by the magnificent Belgian. His finish past Alisson was a real sign of a player in top form, and his only disappointment was that he was thwarted by the Brazilian ‘keeper in the second half.
On this form, he could keep Chelsea in the hunt all season long. However, he will be looking around at his teammates to chip in with more goals, he’ll probably avoid looking at Morata though.
Zero: Danny Rose
No need Danny, there was just no need! One of the most unpleasant aspects of Pochettino’s Spurs side was again on display at Huddersfield. With the game still poised and The Terriers very much still in the match, England full-back Danny Rose went down in the area under the softest of touches to win his side a penalty and effectively kill the tie.
Diving against an already stricken Huddersfield Town is a pretty horrible way to go about your business. Spurs fans won’t care a bit, but it looks like we’re going to see plenty more of their players in conversation with the worms this season as they look to have their fellow professionals off.
Hero: Harry Maguire
This season could well be Maguire’s dress rehearsal for the top six. England’s other Harry was in sublime form once again as Leicester picked up a deserved three points at a miserable St James’s Park.
The centre-half was excellent as he displayed every positive side to his game at Newcastle. Winning perfectly time tackles all day long, Maguire was also pretty handy and composed with the ball at his feet. His textbook towering header from one of the finest foreheads in The Premier League was very well deserved and yet another bonus the former Hull City player brings to the table. The Foxes will struggle to keep him for sure, but at least they’ll get a top price for their star defender.
Zero: DeAndre Yedlin
File under “M” for muppet! Newcastle fans booed and hissed as the linesman for frantically flagging, but ultimately there can be few real complaints from the home side at the decision. The last thing you want to see when you are so desperately struggling is one of your more experienced defenders flailing his arms about in the box from a corner as the ball is bouncing around. Yedlin gave the linesman no choice but to signal for a penalty regardless of their protestations.
Newcastle need points and will have to see better, more composed defending from their players if they are to get out of this Ashley manufactured mess.