Gameweek 25 would see the first round of Premier League action in February, meaning that the time for transfer business was over for Premier League sides. The gameweek kicked off in style as Leicester City and Chelsea clashed at the King Power. Watford faced Everton before Manchester United hosted Wolves. Sunday would see Burnley host Arsenal before Spurs and Manchester City faced off in North London to complete the action. Anyway, here’s the FPL Updates gameweek review…
Hugo Lloris – Spurs would likely have taken a point as they welcomed Champions Manchester City to North London on Sunday, in the spectacle of the weekend in the Premier League. In a tight affair Ilkay Gundogan saw his penalty saved by Hugo Lloris, before Spurs debutant Steven Bergwijn struck a wonderful effort to announce himself to the home faithful. Heung Min-Son netted his side’s second late on to make the points safe.
Antonio Rudiger – Chelsea travelled to the King Power to face a Leicester side that have impressed so far this season. There would be an unlikely hero for the Blues on the day, as boss Frank Lampard saw his German international centre back pop up with a brace. Having struggled with injury at various points in his Chelsea career, Blues fans will be hoping to see the former AS Roma man kick on and find some form.
Yerry Mina – Everton faced a massive test as they visited a Watford side that have been much improved under Nigel Pearson and may have thought it was a case of same old story as they found themselves two down. However, Yerry Mina netted a brace in first half stoppage time to delight the away fans. However, as the game wore on things got cagey, and the Toffees stole it in injury time when Theo Walcott sparked wild scenes in the away end.
Federico Fernandez – Newcastle United have had a mixed bag of a season so far, and their home clash against Norwich City was nothing to write home about. In a game with limited amounts of quality, both sides spurned chances to take all three points, although Norwich may be starting to get concerned that they need to pick up a good few wins before the season is out if they are to retain their top flight status.
Nathan Aké – Always one of AFC Bournemouth’s standout men, Nathan Aké was linked with a return to his former club Chelsea in January after the Blues saw their transfer ban lifted. However, the Dutchman remained with the Cherries, and proved his quality yet again for Eddie Howe’s side, as he intervened on several occasions, as well as finding the net, to ensure that the South Coast side took all three points in a massive home clash with Aston Villa.
Robert Snodgrass – West Ham and Brighton and Hove Albion played out a real thriller at the London Stadium on Saturday, as Brighton came from 3-1 down to take a point against the odds. The star man for West Ham was Robert Snodgrass, who bagged a brace for the home side. This came before veteran striker Glenn Murray did the same for the Seagulls, who will be the happier of the two sides with the point.
Mohamed Salah & Jordan Henderson – Having received praise in recent weeks, Jordan Henderson was keen to keep up his strong form for Liverpool, and the skipper didn’t disappoint. He scored and assisted as his side put four past Southampton. Mo Salah also netted twice, controversially in one case. Saints were perhaps a bit unlucky to see a shout for a penalty result in Liverpool converting at the other end, however Jurgen Klopp won’t care.
Philip Billing – Having endured a rough season in the Premier League, AFC Bournemouth were desperate for a win as they welcomed relegation rivals Aston Villa to Dean Court. In a tight game rare scorer Philip Billing would find the net for the side he joined last summer. The dominant midfielder has all the tools to play at the top level but has been in inconsistent form as his side have battled at the bottom end of the league.
Mason Mount – One of the real positives from this Premier League season for Chelsea has been the emergence of so many young talents such as Mason Mount. Having enjoyed strong loan spells at both Derby County and Vitesse he’s been given a chance by Frank Lampard this season and has taken it with both hands. He assisted twice as an Antonio Rudiger brace ensured the Blues would return to London with a point following their clash with Leicester City.
Roberto Firmino – Having really struggled for goals at Anfield this term, it’s important that Brazilian forwards Roberto Firmino finds another way to contribute for Liverpool, and he so regularly does. Despite failing to find the net against Southampton on Saturday the former Hoffenheim man recorded three assists on the day. This combined with his superb work ethic and hold up play prove that perhaps there’s more to being a striker than goals.
Written by Ryan Nevin (@RNevin7)