Pause for breath – two weeks of the Premier League are down and already we have had our fair share of headlines. But what have we learnt so far? Here are a few things I have noticed.
Arsenal may do better than many predicted
A flying start if there ever was one; the Gunners charged out of the blocks with that massive 6-1 win at Goodison Park. Goals continued against Pompey as well as that win over Celtic in the final round of Champions League qualifying. The only question mark maybe over the squad depth, does Wenger need to strengthen before the deadline?
Key player – Thomas Vermaelen. The ‘Verminator’ is already a cult figure with the Arsenal fans after a great start to his Gunners career.
City are in business.
Two games two wins, the Arabian revolution is well underway at Eastlands.
It has been the talk of the summer, how will City cope with the influx of new signings? Well it seems like they will be just fine. The one thing that has surprised me has been their defending. Yes they have an impressive forward line but at Blackburn in particular they were made to scrap for the result and are yet to concede. An exciting season ahead for City fans.
Key player – Emmanuel Adebayor, Two goals in two games is just what City needed from their big money striker. The key is sustaining it throughout the season.
Everton need players.
With the Lescott deal seemingly completed Everton need to strengthen their squad desperately. Their whole pre-season has been tainted by the Lescott situation and with no players arriving the team has looked stale and dis-jointed in their two opening games. With others around them adding players to their squad, Moyes has some work to do if they are to repeat last year’s 5th place finish.
Key player – Anyone who Moyes brings in
The promoted trio could stay up.
The land mark result was, of course, Burnley’s win over Man United but all three promoted clubs could stay up this term for the first time since 2002. Wolves grabbed their first ever Premier League away win at Wigan while Birmingham got four points at home and were unlucky to lose at Old Trafford. Bear this in mind before placing any Premier League football bets as some of the other Premier League strugglers may start to get worried.
Key players – Robbie Blake, James McFadden and Andy Keogh, all earned their sides valuable early season points.
Spurs may finally challenge the top four.
They flatter to deceive most years but after a flying 100% start Harry Redknapp may finally have turned Spurs into the real deal. Jermin Defoe is in red hot form, Luka Modric is finally justifying his transfer fee and Aaron Lennon is producing an end product to his pacy runs and dribbles. Injuries in defence may let them down, Woodgate and King will always miss games. But it maybe the year were things finally click at the Lane.
Key player – Jermian Defoe, continued his England form with his club to help Spurs win all three of their games.