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

1) Grealish still has plenty of time to shine at City

Pep Guardiola’s love of deceptive footballers is well known – he once spent over £30m on Cesc Fábregas when Barcelona already had the greatest midfield of all time. Similarly, adding Jack Grealish to a file Manchester A squad already equipped with attacking talent seemed superfluous, and despite the crucial goal at West Ham last season, the move didn’t properly pay off. Grealish started Saturday’s game against Wolves under pressure… then scored 55 seconds later. He’ll know this isn’t the end of the conversation, and it should be the start of something more important. The seeds are good: others took a season to adjust to the specific demands that Guardiola placed on them. With defenses preoccupied with the requirements of dealing with Erling Haaland, there should be room and space for Grealish to spread his unique brand of improvisational intelligence. Daniel Harris

2) Lage’s Wolves pack looks delicate on both ends

Watching Manchester City’s free-goals score three more on their way to victory surely felt something of excitement for Bruno Lage, given that Wolves have managed that number in all seven league games so far. Sasa Calajdic, joined in the summer, faces months out with a serious knee injury, Raul Jimenez is also sidelined, Gonzalo Guedes has yet to score after arriving from Valencia and Diego Costa may only be fit enough to be replaced against West Ham after the international break. If Wolverhampton’s rudeness is anything to worry about, so will the upcoming three-match ban for central defender Nathan Collins. The wolves allowed Connor Kwady to join Everton And now they appear light in defence. Lagg couldn’t hide his anger after the defeat, insisting he wanted both the striker and full-back before the deadline in the transfer window. Wolves have problems that must be solved in both chests. Ben Fisher

Anthony Taylor shows a red card to Nathan Collins for his foul on Jack Grealish.
Anthony Taylor shows a red card to Nathan Collins for his foul on Jack Grealish. Photography: Paul Greenwood/Shutterstock

3) Vieira and Nwaneri point to a bright future

Said Mikel Arteta of Fabio Vieira, who was crowned the first team Premier League He started with an excellent goal against Brentford. “I think he fits in really well. He is a creative player. He needs to play with instinct. I loved the way he handled the ugly part of the game.” Despite the 22-year-old’s stunning debut, he was a player nearly seven years younger than him and Arteta answered frequently asked questions about him after the match. “It was a purely internal feeling,” he said of his decision to make 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri the youngest player in the Premier League. “It’s another step, then maybe he needs three steps back to take another step forward.” Nwaneri was informed on Saturday that he was in Arteta’s plans, and he stayed at the team’s hotel before coming in in stoppage time. “Congratulations and enjoy it,” were the coach’s last words before his young player made history. John Bruin

4) The hammers look rusty in defeating Goodison

David Moyes was frustrated by his players’ efforts at Goodison Park. He’s trying to incorporate his summer deals into the faltering side, but those who know their manager’s requirements aren’t setting the standards for newcomers to follow. Moyes admitted that his team played poorly, adding that Everton weren’t much better. The hosts were scary in the first half but West Ham couldn’t improve against a team there. They’ve won two previous visits to Goodison Park and had more gears, but only found them after winner Neil Maupai and a host of substitutes, including outright Maxwell Cornet, which led to some life in the stale performance. Moyes now has two weeks to think about how to change things – and he might start by replacing the old with the new. will unwin

5) Iwobi enjoys a central role at Everton

“I’m glad you remember,” Alex Iwobi said when asked about a assist for Mubaye in the win against West Ham. After the first half of slapstick comedy in which players on both sides showed little control or composure, it was refreshing to see a midfielder produce a few moments from the two in the second half. Previous Arsenal He chose winger DeMarie Gray and played a simple double with his teammate. Maupay took full advantage of the match-winning blow; It was as simple as it was effective and bodes well for Iwobi’s future in a more central role. There were also words of appreciation from the player about Frank Lampard’s influence and his belief that Iwobi would thrive in the middle. “The manager allows me the freedom to express myself, like I do in training, and bring it to matches,” Iwobi told Sky Sports. There were promising signs 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 during Everton’s win over West Ham. Photo: Jason Kerndof/Action Images/Reuters

6) Leicester is trying to look on the bright side

When is a 6-2 defeat and not a 6-2 defeat? Well, according to Brendan Rodgers and James Madison, at Tottenham Hotspur The stadium on Saturday evening. The results showed that Leicester had beaten quite well, but their manager and creative star felt otherwise. They collectively asserted that apart from the team’s set-piece error – Tottenham’s first two goals came from corners – and individual errors – Wilfried Ndidi hesitated before the third for Spurs – the foundations of a decent performance were clearly visible. Wise thinking? Intentional blindness? Or a fair assessment? Who knows what to believe, though, as Rodgers’ suggestion that center back Weiss excelled defensively on his debut weakens his credibility a bit. Now comes an international break – Rodgers should hope his two-week break doesn’t become a long hiatus. Sam Daling

7) Bentancur begins to present the latest in Tottenham

In October 2018, Juventus beat Manchester United 1-0 in the Champions League, and their victory was more comfortable than the score would suggest. The main reason for this – other than United’s poor performance – was the Uruguayan’s superiority in midfield. Rodrigo Bentancur, at just 21, looked a future star, his simple but discerning pass, a slender frame beset with serious stiffness. In the following years, his career stalled somewhat, and when Antonio Conte signed him last January, few in Turin felt anxious. Since then, things have changed and he is now realizing the potential that was so evident the first time he played in England. Against Leicester, he put in another excellent performance in all respects, and best of all, he provided a goal and an assist. He scored only five goals in his football career, which is very few for a player in his position; If he can tackle that, it will get even better. DH

Rodrigo Bentancur (right) celebrates after putting Tottenham ahead 3-2 at home to Leicester.
Rodrigo Bentancur (right) celebrates after putting Tottenham ahead 3-2 at home to Leicester. Photo: Vincent Minot/EPA

8) Derby offers Forest a chance to stop the rot

There is much need to settle on City Ground, with manager Steve Cooper on contract with less than a year left and on a small compensation clause. The club’s hierarchy will be relieved that Brighton have looked elsewhere for their new coach, but Cuper is still looking for a formula to help Forest “emerge as a team” after signing 22 players. The defeat to Fulham on Friday was the fourth consecutive defeat in the league, with the sixth Midlands derby tailgating against Leicester, Aston Villa And wolves after that. Jungle fans of a certain age will remember that the last time the club lost six consecutive Premier League games was the start of the 1992-93 season, when their relegation ultimately led to the departure of Brian Clough and the end of their greatest era. Lansley House

9) The magpies lost something during the transition

Monopolizing the ball is one thing and knowing what to do with it is quite another. Newcastle had 72% of the ball as they drew 1-1 with Bournemouth but needed a penalty – smartly turned by the shady Alexander Isaacs – to earn a point. Eddie Howe’s side were so flat that Bournemouth’s clever counter-attack well orchestrated by their interim manager, Gary O’Neill, looked the more dangerous team at times with Philip Billing (scoring the opening goal), Marcus Tavernier and Jordan Zimora all impressing. rest time. Until recently, Newcastle enjoyed possession and counter-attack, and the constant shift in style partly explains why they have won only one league game this season. “We have to be better at handling the ball,” Howe said. “We have to be more creative and be patient.” Louise Taylor

10) Did Gerrard’s merciless call from the Mings pay off?

It was impossible to avoid the uproar surrounding Steven Gerrard’s decision to remove Tyrone Mings from driving Aston Villa, but perhaps that was the right call after all. Last month, Mings secured Aston Villa’s victory over Everton with a decisive foul to deny Anthony Gordon a tie in injury time. The defender performed well as he did against Erling Haaland in the draw with Manchester City, and was a standout performer in Friday’s win over Southampton. Mings’ season started sharply, on the bench at his former club Bournemouth but the centre-back, who lost his place in the England squad, has recovered from that disappointment. “The idea was to take it [the captaincy] “Away from him so he can focus on him more and not worry about the other players on the team, just focus on you and constantly bring your attributes to the table,” Gerrard said. “He got them. I still think he can do a better job.” bf

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