It’s time for the Premier League Weekly Awards, where The Football Faithful rewards the very best – and worst – of England’s top-flight from the week gone by.
Moment of the Week
Carlo Ancelotti is quickly learning what it means to be an Evertonian. The Italian’s Toffees were drawing 2-2 at half-time with Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday, having matched the home side blow for blow up until then, only for them to concede 29 seconds after the interval. His facial expression said it all.
*Record Scratch* My name is Carlo Ancelotti. I have won the Champions League three times. I am slumming it on the Everton Bench. I bet you’re wondering how I got here… #RestingEvertonFace pic.twitter.com/kjKJj20BGL
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) February 24, 2020
Player of the Week
Diogo Jota terrorised the Norwich backline on Sunday, picking up great scoring positions inside the box while also stretching the defence with his runs in behind. The Portuguese striker was involved in all three of Wolves‘ goals in their emphatic home win, scoring a brace in the opening half before his second-half shot cannoned off the post and rebounding into the grateful feet of Raul Jimenez in the six yard box.
Goal of the Week
There was some stiff competition this week, but Enda Stevens blew the rest out of the water with his rocket of a shot against Brighton on Saturday. 2019/20 really is the year of the full-back.
Runners-up: Anthony Martial, Manchester United (vs Watford); Matej Vydra, Burnley (vs Bournemouth); Dwight McNeil,
Burnley (vs Bournemouth); Patrick van Aanholt, Crystal Palace (vs Newcastle United); Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Arsenal (vs Everton).
Save of the Week
Leicester City may have lost 1-0 to Manchester City in the end, but Kasper Schmeichel did at least come away with a penalty save against Sergio Aguero. He can put that on his CV now, although City have missed 60% of their spot kicks this season, so maybe it’s no longer that impressive stopping them.
Miss of the Week
Christian Benteke ended his long goal drought last week, but he missed a sitter this one; the Crystal Palace striker was right in front of goal when he headed the ball in the other direction. A glorious opportunity that went a-begging, but it did at least give us Gary Cahill’s hilarious reaction, in which he gesticulated “THE GOAL’S RIGHT THERE.”
Stat of the Week
Bruno Fernandes, straight in the record books.
Bruno Fernandes today with the 12th PL goal by a Bruno but the first by a Bruno born in September, the month in which Frank Bruno became world champion
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) February 23, 2020
Quote of the Week
Paul Merson on Norwich City‘s tactics:
“Surely if you’re Norwich and it’s passy passy and nicey nicey, but you’re bottom of the league, surely you’ve got to changey changey a bitty bitty.”
Howler of the Week
West Ham came so close to winning a famous point against Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night, but Lukasz Fabianski laid an egg from a Mo Salah effort. The Polish shot stopper has been one of the best in the league over the past few seasons, so he gets a free pass, but with such close margins in the relegation battle this could end up making a huge difference come May.
Donkey of the Week
As you all have probably seen by now, Giovani Lo Celso made a dreadful challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta at Stamford Bridge. It was deserving of a red card, but referee Michael Oliver didn’t give one and neither did the VAR, after a lengthy review, instruct him to do so.
Okay, mistakes happen, fair enough. Video technology was brought in to make it easier for officials to rectify these errors, but hey ho, on we go. What happened next, however, was just plain bonkers.
The PGMOL, the body responsible for match officials in English professional football, released a statement – while the match was still ongoing – which said it was “not a clear and obvious error and there was nowhere else for Lo Celso to put his foot.”
❌ – No red card for Lo Celso against Chelsea
😬 – VAR admit they got the decision wrong
❌ – No retrospective action to be taken on Lo Celso
Take it away, Jeff…😅 pic.twitter.com/l5K9kZRcco
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 22, 2020
They weren’t finished with the nonsense, though. Moments later, they admitted that a human error had been made and that the Argentine midfielder should have been sent off. However, they said he would not face retrospective action as the referee had seen the incident and made a decision on it.
The same decision they just admitted was wrong. Donkeys.