Following a round of FA Cup action, gameweek 24 would take place over Tuesday and Wednesday, which would certainly test the squad depth of sides at the top and bottom ends of the table. Manchester City knew that a slip against Newcastle United may see them out of the title race, while Cardiff City knew they would face an uphill battle against Arsenal. Elsewhere Fulham hosted Brighton and Hove Albion in a massive game for the Londoners. Liverpool would look to continue setting the pace as they hosted Leicester City. Anyway, here’s the FPL Updates gameweek review…
Artur Boruc – It’s not been an easy season for Bournemouth stopper Artur Boruc, having played much of the season as backup to Bosnian international Asmir Begovic. However, the former Chelsea man was unable to face his former side. This meant that Boruc was drafted in, and he may just have given manager Eddie Howe some food for thought as he turned in an excellent performance on the night, making some important saves that would make all the difference as his side ran out 4-0 winners at Dean Court.
Romain Saiss – Having started the season largely as a bit part player, versatile midfielder Romain Saiss will be delighted at his recent playing time, which has seen him deployed on the left side of a back three. The Morocco international, who featured for his country in the past summer’s world cup, opened the scoring for Wolves as they hosted West Ham United on Tuesday night. The Hammers have been in poor form of late, which has likely put pay to any hopes of a potential European place come May.
Victor Lindelof – One of the standout players at Manchester United under the new management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been Sweden international centre-half Victor Lindelof. Having impressed regularly of late he found a stoppage time equaliser as his side trailed at home to Burnley on Tuesday. Goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood looked to have sealed a famous win for the Clarets, however a Paul Pogba penalty pulled one back, before Lindelof found the net deep into stoppage time to salvage an unlikely point.
Michael Keane – Having enjoyed a difficult time of late under Marco Silva, Everton recorded a vital victory at the John Smith’s as they beat struggling Huddersfield 1-0 on Tuesday night. In a relatively tight contest it would be decided by a solitary Richarlison goal after just a couple of minutes. The Toffees had to soak up some pressure, and it was more difficult when Lucas Digne was dismissed with twenty-five minutes remaining. However, Michael Keane starred as Silva’s side returned to Goodison with all three points.
David Brooks – One of the finds of the season in the Premier League has undoubtedly been AFC Bournemouth’s capture of David Brooks from Sheffield United. The signing raised eyebrows somewhat but the Wales international has enjoyed excellent form since his move to the South Coast club. He was in superb form as the Cherries hit a sorry Chelsea for four at Dean Court on Wednesday night. The summer signing scored and assisted on the night and was arguably the best player on the pitch in a stunning display.
Joao Moutinho – Wolverhampton Wanderers secured a big three points on Tuesday night as a late showing against West Ham United saw the newly-promoted side into seventh place upon their return to the Premier League. Joao Moutinho had a fine game, assisting twice. Fellow summer signing netted a brace to take his personal tally to eight in the league this season. His goals are so often the difference for a Wolves side that look to be set to survive comfortably come the end of the season. Nuno Santo will be delighted with his side’s efforts thus far.
James Ward-Prowse – Southampton have improved massively under Ralph Hasenhuttl but found themselves a goal down to Crystal Palace as Wilfried Zaha broke the deadlock shortly before half time at St. Mary’s. It looked like a big victory for Palace, until James Ward-Prowse levelled towards the end. The afore mentioned Zaha was then sent off with ten minutes remaining. Despite Mamadou Sakho spurning two glorious chances to score both sides will have to settle for a point in the relegation six-pointer.
Heung-Min Son – South Korea’s loss was Spurs’ gain as Heung-Min Son returned relatively early from the Asian cup after missing just two matches. He proved to be a game changer when he was introduced from the bench against Watford on Wednesday night. Craig Cathcart stunned the Wembley faithful when he put the Hornets ahead late in first half. Watford were more than holding their own, and against a weakened Spurs side you started to think they would hold on for a brilliant win…
Joshua King – One man who can always provide a cutting edge or a moment of quality for AFC Bournemouth is former Manchester United man Josh King. On Wednesday night his side dismantled Mauricio Sarri’s Chelsea side, and King was at the forefront of everything, netting two and assisting one on the way to a famous victory for Eddie Howe’s side. The pressure continues to mount on Sarri, as the Blues continue to flounder in the Premier League. The Blues will be hoping that Gonzalo Higuaín can hit the ground running on the back of his loan spell from Juventus.
Aleksander Mitrovic – Fulham were starting to run out of time to gain ground on the sides outside the drop zone, and when they went 2-0 down to Brighton at Craven Cottage courtesy of two Glenn Murray goal, you wondered whether it was curtains for Claudio Ranieri’s side. However, they struck back in style when Callum Chambers netted prior to an Aleksander Mitrovic brace. Luciano Vietto added a fourth to keep the West London side’s hopes of survival alive. Brighton will be disappointed and should have been out of sight by half time.
Fernando Llorente – The much-lamented Fernando Llorente came up with a late winner as Spurs secured a big win against Watford at Wembley on Wednesday night after being a goal down. Heung-Min Son equalised for Mauricio Pochettino’s side with just ten minutes remaining when he hammered home from twelve yards to delight the home crowd. They then went in search of winner and found it when Fernando Llorente headed home his first league goal of the season to leave the Hornets fans wondering what might have been.
Written by Ryan Nevin (@RNevin7)