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1) Grealish nonetheless has time to shine at Metropolis

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

2) Lage’s Wolves pack seems to be skinny at each ends

Watching a free-scoring Manchester Metropolis aspect rack up one other three targets 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 this point. Summer season 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 might 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 centre-back Nathan Collins. Wolves allowed Conor Coady to affix Everton and now seem gentle in defence. Lage couldn’t disguise his irritation following the defeat, insisting that he wished each a striker and a centre-back earlier than the switch window deadline. Wolves have issues to unravel in each packing containers. Ben Fisher

Anthony Taylor shows a red card to Nathan Collins for his foul on Jack Grealish.
Anthony Taylor exhibits a crimson card to Nathan Collins for his foul on Jack Grealish. {Photograph}: Paul Greenwood/Shutterstock

3) Vieira and Nwaneri level to vivid future

“We all know the the explanation why we signed him,” stated Mikel Arteta of Fábio Vieira, who capped his first Premier League begin with a superb objective in opposition to Brentford. “I feel he matches in rather well. He’s a artistic participant; he must play with intuition. I favored the way in which he went in regards to the ugly a part of the sport.” Regardless of a hanging full debut from the 22-year-old, it was a participant nearly seven years youthful that Arteta answered repeated questions on after the sport. “It was a pure intestine feeling,” he stated of his resolution to make 15-year-old Ethan Nwaneri the Premier League’s youngest-ever participant. “It’s one other step, after that he possibly wants three steps again to go one other one ahead.” Nwaneri was informed on Saturday he was in Arteta’s plans, and stayed within the group resort earlier than approaching in stoppage time. “Congratulations and luxuriate in it,” had been the supervisor’s last phrases earlier than his younger cost made historical past. John Brewin

4) Hammers look rusty in Goodison defeat

David Moyes was left pissed off by the efforts of his gamers at Goodison Park. He’s making an attempt to combine his summer time signings right into a struggling aspect, however those that know the calls for of their supervisor should not setting the usual for brand new arrivals to comply with. Moyes admitted his aspect performed poorly, including that Everton weren’t significantly better. The house aspect had been dreadful within the first half however West Ham couldn’t enhance in opposition to a group there for the taking. They’d 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 group of substitutions, together with the direct Maxwel Cornet, introduced some life to a stale efficiency. Moyes now has two weeks to consider find out how to change issues – and would possibly begin by swapping out the previous for the brand new. Will Unwin

5) Iwobi enjoys extra central Everton function

“I’m glad you keep in mind,” deadpanned Alex Iwobi when requested about his crisp help to Maupay within the win in opposition to West Ham. Following a primary half of slapstick comedy wherein gamers on either side charged round displaying treasured little management or composure, it was refreshing to see a midfielder produce a couple of moments of each within the second half. The previous Arsenal winger picked out Demarai Grey and performed a easy one-two along with his teammate. Maupay capitalised to full impact along 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 have been additionally appreciative phrases from the participant on Frank Lampard’s affect and his perception that Iwobi would flourish within the center. “The supervisor permits me freedom to specific myself, like I do in coaching, and produce it to matches,” Iwobi informed Sky Sports activities. There have 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/Motion Photos/Reuters

6) Leicester attempt to look on the intense aspect

When is a 6-2 defeat not a 6-2 defeat? Nicely, in accordance with Brendan Rodgers and James Maddison, on the Tottenham Stadium on Saturday night. The scoreline confirmed that Leicester had been properly crushed, 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 targets got here from corners – and the person errors – Wilfred Ndidi’s dithering earlier than Tottenham’s third – the foundations of a good efficiency had been seen. Wishful considering? Wilful blindness? Or a good evaluation? Who is aware of what to consider, though Rodgers’ suggestion that centre-back Wout Faes excelled defensively on debut dilutes his credibility a little bit. Now comes a global break – Rodgers should hope {that a} fortnight’s relaxation doesn’t turn into an prolonged hiatus. Sam Dalling

7) Bentancur begins to supply Spurs leading edge

In October 2018, Juventus received 1-0 at Manchester United within the Champions League, their win way more snug than the scoreline instructed. The principle motive for this – apart 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. Within the following years, his profession stalled considerably, and when Antonio Conte signed him final January, few in Turin had been perturbed. Since then, although, issues have modified, and he’s now fulfilling the potential that was so apparent the primary time he performed in England. In opposition to Leicester, he delivered one other wonderful all-round show and, most promisingly of all, provided a objective and an help. He has scored simply 5 targets in his membership profession, far too few for a participant in his place; if he can deal with that, he’ll turn into even higher. DH

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 supply Forest an opportunity to cease the rot

There may be nice want for stability on the Metropolis Floor, with supervisor Steve Cooper on a contract with lower than a 12 months 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 continues to be in search of the method to assist Forest “appear to be 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 beginning of the 1992-93 season, when their eventual relegation led to Brian Clough’s departure and the top of their best period. Pete Lansley

9) Magpies have misplaced one thing in transition

It’s one factor monopolising the ball and fairly one other understanding 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 aspect had been so flat {that a} intelligent counterattacking Bournemouth organised properly by their caretaker supervisor, Gary O’Neil, seemed the extra harmful group at instances with Philip Billing (scorer of the opening objective), Marcus Tavernier and Jordan Zemura all impressing on the break. Till not too long ago, Newcastle had been a low possession, counterattacking outfit, andan ongoing stylistic transition partly explains why they’ve received just one league recreation this season. “We’ve bought to be higher with the ball,” stated Howe. “We’ve bought to be extra artistic and present a bit extra endurance.” Louise Taylor

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

The commotion that surrounded Steven Gerrard’s resolution to strip Tyrone Mings of the Aston Villa captaincy was not possible to keep away from, however maybe it was the proper name in spite of everything. Final month Mings secured Villa’s victory in opposition to Everton with an important block to disclaim Anthony Gordon a stoppage-time equaliser. The defender gave pretty much as good as he bought in opposition to Erling Haaland within the draw with Manchester Metropolis, 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 within the England squad, has bounced again from that disappointment. “The thought was to take that [the captaincy] away from him so he might deal with him extra and never fear about different gamers within the group, simply solely deal with you and produce your attributes to the desk constantly,” Gerrard stated. “He has bought them. I nonetheless assume he can do higher.” BF

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