Wijnaldum - the Dutch playmaker went into the game against Norwich on the back of some average performances, now he is ranked amongst premiership elite such as Henry, Aguero and Ronaldo as a player who has scored 4 goals in one game. Newcastle reordered their first win of the season as they thrashed Norwich 6 – 2, not bad for a side that has only scored 6 goals in their previous 8 premiership games. In fairness it seemed everyone in the Newcastle vs. Norwich game has their shooting boots on as the first 5 shots in the game all resulted in goals.
Wijanaldum has not quite lived up to his potential after signing for £14.5m in the summer. The Dutchman is Newcastle third most expensive player of all time following Michael Owen and Alan Shearer, both of whom, ironically, have scored 4 goals in a premiership game. Wijnaldum has big boot to fill and this weekend’s Tyne-Wear Derby is the perfect opportunity to join the illustrious list of Magpies hero’s.
3 goals scored, 14 goals conceded and 0 points gained. Norwich, Bournemouth and Norwich were shown just how cruel the Premiership can be last weekend.
The three promoted sides have been playing well so far this season and I have even praised them in the past for how well they have adapted to life in the premiership, that life came crashing down around them this weekend as the newly promoted party bus came to an abrupt stop.
Bournemouth conceded within the first 15 minutes and were 4 – 1 down in the 45th minute against title favourites Man City thanks to a half-time hat-trick from Sterling (the first of his career), they did score, though, so that’s a positive.
Arsenal completed their second 3 – 0 victory in two weeks against Watford who enjoyed just 33% of possession on Saturday and managed just one shot on target.
The pick of the bunch was Norwich who were able to score an amazing 2 goals against Newcastle, unfortunately, they conceded 6 in the process, at least the other two sides lost top four teams, Norwich were beaten by a team in the relegation zone!
The best league in the world.
A lot has been mentioned lately about the poor state of British football, there are serious worry’s that British will only have 3 places in the Champions League if Britain best continue to underperform in European competitions. Only 12 Englishman have represented teams in the group stages of the Champions league this season, that’s less than players from Belarus and Israel.
But there is absolutely no debating that we have the best and most competitive league in the world.
On Sunday there was only one fixture, and it’s fair to say no one was really that excited, I turned over to Sky Sports feeling a sense of hope rather than anticipation, for the next 90 minutes I did not move, no tea breaks or toilet breaks, I watched 5 shots on target and 5 goals within the first 35 minutes of the Newcastle vs. Norwich game. In Germany, Spain, France and Italy there is a maximum of five teams per league that would tempt me to watch them; in the premiership we have 20.
The Premiership does not attract the best players in the world anymore; in fact only 5 of the 23 players shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or are from the Premiership. The English league is unbelievably unpredictable, which makes it exciting week in, week out. Last season’s champions Chelsea are currently 12th and the top scorer in the Premiership is James Vardy a player that moved to Leicester from non-league Fleetwood Town just 3 years ago, not to mention he only cost £1 million.
God luck to all the British sides who are hopeful of progressing from the groups stages of the Champions league and the Europa league this week.