Counters and Crouchy: 8 hot takes from the Premier League
Liverpool's scary summer signing and Stoke's saviour up-front head our reactions to the weekend in the top flight.
Alexis Sanchez showed Manchester City what they’re missing
Which is… not much at all.
Arsenal’s so-called talisman has scored just one goal in eight league games this season, and two in his last 12 against the big six.
Perhaps they should have cut him loose in the summer, after all.
Jose Mourinho’s logic doesn’t add up
It’s all well and good playing for draws against the good sides away from home, except when it doesn’t work.
Mourinho’s sides have lost five and drawn five of their last 10 away games against the other members of the big six, scoring just once – an own goal in a 2-1 defeat to Spurs last season.
Peter Crouch has still got it
The 36-year-old super sub has scored three times off the bench this season, winning five of Stoke’s 12 points on his own.
Someone get Gareth Southgate on the phone.
Sean Dyche is a rich man’s Sam Allardyce
Or, at least, Allardyce without the baggage.
Like Big Sam, the Burnley boss has the skills to drag a team away from the relegation zone and turn them into a solid – if a little ugly – Premier League side.
He’s earned a chance at a big club (although Everton might have to do for now).
Mohamed Salah is the signing of the season so far
The only sight in the Premier League more frightening than a Manchester City counter attack is Salah and Sadio Mane streaking up the pitch side-by-side with the ball.
Like Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, the Egyptian has proven that being unfancied by Jose Mourinho might not actually be a bad thing.
Newcastle need a hero
The Magpies have failed to find the net in all five of their defeats this season, losing 1-0 to Huddersfield, Brighton, Burnley and now Bournemouth.
There’s only one man to send for.
Southampton might be safe…
…from a Liverpool spending spree next summer.
Bar Virgil van Dijk – who could be off in January anyway – it looks like, for once, the listless Saints have anyone that would be worth poaching for Jurgen Klopp’s side.