Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action | Premier League

1) Grealish nonetheless has time to shine at City

Pep Guardiola’s love of difficult ball-players is well-known – he as soon as spent greater than £30m on Cesc Fábregas when Barcelona already had maybe the biggest midfield of all time. Similarly, including Jack Grealish to a Manchester City squad already supremely stocked with attacking expertise appeared pointless and, regardless of an important aim at West Ham in final season’s title run-in, the transfer has but to correctly repay. Grealish started Saturday’s recreation at Wolves below strain … after which scored after 55 seconds. He will know that this isn’t the finish of the dialog, and must be the starting of one thing extra vital. The portents are good: others have taken a season to regulate to the particular calls for positioned upon them by Guardiola. With defenses preoccupied with the calls for of dealing with Erling Haaland, there needs to be each scope and house for Grealish to deploy his distinctive model of improvisational brilliance. Daniel Harris

2) Lage’s Wolves pack appears skinny at each ends

Watching a free-scoring Manchester City facet rack up one other three objectives en path to victory will need to have felt one thing of a tease for Bruno Lage, given Wolves have managed that many throughout all seven of their league video games to date. Summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic faces months out with a critical knee damage, Raúl Jiménez can be sidelined, Gonçalo Guedes is but to attain following his arrival from Valencia and Diego Costa could solely be match sufficient for the bench in opposition to West Ham after the worldwide break. If Wolves’ bluntness is a priority, so too is the incoming three-match suspension for center-back Nathan Collins. Wolves allowed Conor Coady to hitch Everton and now seem gentle in protection. Lage couldn’t conceal his irritation following the defeat, insisting that he wished each a striker and a center-back earlier than the switch window deadline. Wolves have issues to unravel in each bins. Ben Fisher

Anthony Taylor exhibits a pink card to Nathan Collins for his foul on Jack Grealish. Photograph: Paul Greenwood/Shutterstock

3) Vieira and Nwaneri level to a vivid future

“We know the the reason why we signed him,” stated Mikel Arteta of Fábio Vieira, who capped his first Premier League begin with a superb aim in opposition to Brentford. “I believe he suits in rather well. He is a artistic participant; he must play with intuition. I preferred the approach he went about the ugly a part of the recreation.” Despite a hanging full debut from the 22-year-old, it was a participant virtually seven years youthful that Arteta answered repeated questions on after the recreation. “It was a pure intestine feeling,” he stated of his determination to make 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri the Premier League’s youngest-ever participant. “It’s one other step, after that he perhaps wants three steps again to go one other one ahead.” Nwaneri was instructed on Saturday that he was in Arteta’s plans, and stayed in the group resort earlier than approaching in stoppage time. “Congratulations and revel in it,” had been the supervisor’s remaining phrases earlier than his younger cost made historical past. John Brewin

4) Hammers look rusty in Goodison defeat

David Moyes was left annoyed by the efforts of his gamers at Goodison Park. He is making an attempt to combine his summer season signings right into a struggling facet, however those that know the calls for of their supervisor should not setting the commonplace for brand spanking new arrivals to comply with. Moyes admitted that his facet performed poorly, including that Everton weren’t a lot better. The dwelling facet had been horrible in the first half, however West Ham couldn’t enhance in opposition to a group there for the taking. They had received their earlier two visits to Goodison Park and had extra gears to undergo, however solely discovered them after Neal Maupay’s winner and a set of substitutions, together with the direct Maxwell Cornet, introduced some life to a stale efficiency. Moyes now has two weeks to consider the way to change issues – and perhaps begin by swapping out the outdated for the new. Will Unwin

5) Iwobi enjoys extra central Everton function

“I’m glad you bear in mind,” deadpanned Alex Iwobi when requested about his crisp help to Maupay in the win in opposition to West Ham. Following a primary half of slapstick comedy wherein gamers on each side charged round displaying valuable little management or composure, it was refreshing to see a midfielder produce a number of moments of each in the second half. The former Arsenal winger picked out Demarai Gray and performed a easy one-two together with his teammate. Maupay capitalized to full impact together with his match-winning strike; it was so simple as it was efficient and bodes properly for Iwobi’s future in a extra central function. There had been additionally appreciative phrases from the participant on Frank Lampard’s affect and his perception that Iwobi would flourish in the center. “The supervisor permits me freedom to precise myself, like I do in coaching, and produce it to matches,” Iwobi instructed Sky Sports. There had been promising indicators right here. Luke McLaughlin

Alex Iwobi takes the ball away from Lukasz Fabianski during Everton's win over West Ham.
Alex Iwobi takes the ball away from Lukasz Fabianski throughout Everton’s win over West Ham. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters

6) Leicester attempt to look on the vivid facet

When is a 6-2 defeat not a 6-2 defeat? Well, in response to Brendan Rodgers and James Maddison, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night. The scoreline confirmed that Leicester had been properly overwhelmed, however their supervisor and his star artistic participant felt in any other case. They collectively asserted that past the group’s set-piece fallibility – Spurs’ first two objectives got here from corners – and the particular person errors – Wilfred Ndidi’s dithering earlier than Tottenham’s third – the foundations of an honest efficiency had been seen. Wishful considering? Willful blindness? Or a good evaluation? Who is aware of what to imagine, though Rodgers’ suggestion that center-back Wout Faes excelled defensively on debut dilutes his credibility somewhat. Now comes a world break – Rodgers should hope that for him a fortnight’s relaxation doesn’t change into an prolonged hiatus. Sam Dalling

7) Bentancur begins to supply Spurs innovative

In October 2018, Juventus received 1-0 at Manchester United in the Champions League, their win was way more comfy than the scoreline urged. The major motive for this – aside from the poverty of United’s efficiency – was the excellence of a younger Uruguayan of their midfield. Rodrigo Bentancur, simply 21 then, seemed a future star, his passing easy however perceptive, a slender body belying critical toughness. In the following years, his profession stalled considerably, and when Antonio Conte signed him final January, few in Turin had been disturbed. Since then, although, issues have modified, and he’s now fulfilling the potential that was so apparent the first time he performed in England. Against Leicester, he delivered one other glorious all-round show and, most promisingly of all, provided a aim and an help. He has scored simply 5 objectives in his membership profession, far too few for a participant in his place; if he can tackle that, he’ll change into even higher. DH

(*10*)Rodrigo Bentancur (right) celebrates after putting Spurs 3-2 ahead at home to Leicester.
Rodrigo Bentancur (proper) celebrates after placing Spurs 3-2 forward at dwelling to Leicester. Photograph: Vincent Mignott/EPA

8) Derbies provide Forest an opportunity to cease the rot

There is a superb want for stability at the City Ground, with supervisor Steve Cooper on a contract with lower than a yr to go and with a small compensation clause in place. The membership hierarchy can be relieved that Brighton seemed elsewhere for his or her new head coach, however Cooper remains to be searching for the formulation to assist Forest “seem like a group” after signing 22 gamers. The defeat to Fulham on Friday was their fourth successive league defeat, with bottom-six Midlands derbies in opposition to Leicester, Aston Villa and Wolves subsequent up. Forest followers of a sure age will recall the final time the membership misplaced six successive Premier League video games was the starting of the 1992-93 season, when their eventual relegation led to Brian Clough’s departure and the finish of their biggest period. Pete Lansley

9) Magpies have misplaced one thing in transition

It is one factor monopolizing the ball and fairly one other realizing what to do with it. Newcastle loved 72% of possession as they drew 1-1 with Bournemouth however required a penalty – transformed by the in any other case intelligently shadowed Alexander Isak – to earn a degree. Eddie Howe’s facet had been so flat {that a} intelligent counterattack Bournemouth organized properly by their caretaker supervisor, Gary O’Neil, seemed the extra harmful group at occasions with Philip Billing (scorer of the opening aim), Marcus Tavernier and Jordan Zemura all impressing on the break. Until not too long ago, Newcastle had been a low possession, counterattacking outfit, and an ongoing stylistic transition partly explains why they’ve received just one league recreation this season. “We have gotten to be higher with the ball,” stated Howe. “We’ve bought to be extra artistic and present a bit extra persistence.” Louise Taylor

10) Has Gerrard’s cruel Mings name paid off?

The commotion that surrounded Steven Gerrard’s determination to strip Tyrone Mings of the Aston Villa captaincy was unattainable to keep away from, however maybe it was the proper name in any case. Last month Mings secured Villa’s victory in opposition to Everton with an important block to disclaim Anthony Gordon a stoppage-time equalizer. The defender gave nearly as good as he bought in opposition to Erling Haaland in the draw with Manchester City, and was a standout performer in Friday’s win over Southampton. Mings’ season started acrimoniously, on the bench at his former membership Bournemouth, however the centre-back, who has misplaced his place in the England squad, has bounced again from that disappointment. “The thought was to take that [the captaincy] away from him so he might give attention to him extra and never fear about different gamers in the group, simply solely give attention to you and produce your attributes to the desk constantly,” Gerrard stated. “He has bought them. I nonetheless suppose he can do higher.” BF

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