Seven games to go and you can feel the ribbons on the Premier League trophy would be blue, difference is, this time it wouldn't be...
Seven games to go and you can feel the ribbons on the Premier League trophy would be blue, difference is, this time it wouldn't be Man City's or Chelsea's. The Cinderella story is still printing, Leicester are holding on to a title charge, with Tottenham and Arsenal following behind.
Week 31 saw some strange results and there was the Manchester derby that saw the Red Devils run out winners. The international break is here and winners can bask in their wins while losers can only itch to get back. Without further ado, here are the things we learnt from the previous week.
Rashford and Martial To Move Forward.
It might be a call too soon but recent games that Rashford and Martial have featured prove a point that Man utd could be in good hands in the nearest future. Against an experienced Man City side, 19 and 20 year old Rashford and Martial put on a display that belied their ages.
|Marcus Rashford's first-half goal was enough to inflict a fifth home league defeat of the season on City|
Calm heads on shoulders and backs overburdened by carrying the failures of LvG should only set them on a course which I believe would make then the next deadly twins of United regardless of the dying orthodox 4-4-2 line up.
Bye Bye Skrtel.
Southampton's comeback from being 2-0 down against Liverpool could only have the blame compass point in one direction, Martin Skrtel. Centre back Dejan Lovren was taken out of the game because, according to Klopp, struggled emotionally at his former grounds. Off went the Croatian, in came the Slovak, and disaster ruled the day.
|Skrtel had a 45 minutes shocker after coming on in the second half against Southampton|
Skrtel's horrendous performance would have made you think it was a league debut, nine years at the Merseyside with the captaincy band eluding him, he is top of the Klopp's overhaul roster. Years ago Skrtel was arguably top 5 central defenders, perfomance at St. Mary's could easily wipe that off.
Alex Iwobi's display at Camp Nou earned him a starting berth against Everton at Goodison Park. And boy did he take the chance with two hands. His brilliant finish after a long run with the ball was the icing to a good performance, good link up play with Welbeck another to mention.
|Iwobi (18), Bellerin (22) and Welbeck (23) put up a great performance for the Gunners with 2 goals and 1 assist between them|
Bellerin, Coquelin, Iwobi and not to forget Joel Campbell suggest with the right players around them would be the kick start of a new era for Arsenal because what has been between the Invincibles and now is nothing more than experimental transition.
Kane Moves Past One Season Wonder Tag.
Kane's double against Bournemouth that saw him take his goal tally to 21 not only moved him past the Jamie Vardy but also the one-season-wonder tag.
|Harry Kane now leads the premier league with 21 goals|
Strikers light up the league in one season and disappear the next, it is a scenario we are way too familiar with in the league but Kane equalling his tally last season with 7 games to spare suggests you give the boy a large portion of respect. Last season it looked like momentum, this season it looks natural. Kane dreams of beating Alan Shearer's record of 260 goals, it might be a far target but definitely a worthy try.
Aston Villa Need Top Bottom Overhaul.
Chairman Steve Hollis has wielded the axe at Villa Park with top positions being affected. CEO and Sporting Director positions have been vacated and rumors of Remi Garde being next have hit the mill. But it shouldn't end there, this Villa side have not only lacked talent but effort and with a team looking more likely to be relegated the best the players could do is put up a fight and it would only be right to get out the chaff.
|Remi Garde is expected to be sacked within the next 48 hours after Aston Villa lost their 21st game of the season against Swansea|
The club has been battling relegation for six years and if relegation means the club burning to reappear as a phoenix so be it. This time around getting the right football board, getting a manager who has done well in the Championship, and bringing their wage bill close to zero before they drop.