Gameweek 5 would see a return to Premier League action after the international break and would kick off Saturday lunchtime with Liverpool facing Newcastle United at Anfield. Manchester United would host Leicester City, while Chelsea travelled to face Wolverhampton Wanderers. That evening, Manchester City would travel to newly promoted Norwich City. Sunday would see Bournemouth face Everton at Dean Court, before Watford faced an uphill task against. Anyway, here’s the FPL Updates gameweek review…
Lukasz Fabianski – West Ham United ended off gameweek 5 with a trip to face newly promoted Aston Villa at Villa Park on Monday night. In a relatively dull affair there were few chances, with John McGinn being the standout player on the day. Declan Rice also impressed at the base of the Hammers midfield. West Ham went down to ten when Artur Masuaku was given his marching orders in the second half. Villa, however, may be lucky to escape with a point after a clumsy challenge from Tyrone Mings was fortunate not to yield a penalty in the closing seconds.
Serge Aurier & Toby Alderweireld – Spurs knew that Crystal Palace are strong travellers ahead of their visit to their new ground. However, Spurs were at their brilliant best on the day, and will know that they will take some stopping should they be able to become more consistent against the sides around them in the table. With a wealth of attacking talent never in question, defenders Serge Aurier and Toby Alderweireld were two of the standouts on the day. Aurier will be hoping to nail down the right-back position in weeks to come.
Fikayo Tomori – With the introduction of a transfer ban at Chelsea, Frank Lampard knows he will need to use some of the youth products at his disposal in the interest of squad depth. One of these players is talented centre-half Fikayo Tomori. After impressing while on loan with Lampard at Derby County last season, the former England midfielder deemed to England under 21 international good enough to be a part of his squad. He rewarded his manager’s faith at the weekend as he thundered home a stunner from thirty yards away at Wolves.
Heung Min-Son – A real fan favourite at Spurs, Heung Min-Son was in excellent form as he netted a brace in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in North London. After a mistake from Mamadou Sakho, Son took full advantage to open the scoring just ten minutes into the match, and Spurs were far from finished. Patrick van Aanholt then put through his own net before Son hammered in a full volley at the back post after some great work from Serge Aurier. They made it four before the interval as Erik Lamela struck minutes before half time.
Sadio Mané – Liverpool are really looking the part this season as they aim to go one better than last campaign and secure the Premier League title. They did, however, find themselves a goal down at home to Newcastle United as Jetro Willems struck early on for the visitors. In the end it wouldn’t matter though as two goals from Sadio Mané and another from Mo Salah would see the home side run out relatively comfortable winners. Liverpool look like a side that could go all the way this season and you wonder whether Manchester City will be able to edge them this time out.
Moussa Djenepo – Southampton knew that they would face a stern test as they travelled to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United on Saturday, and they were right, as a relatively end-to-end game failed to yield many goals. However, midway through the second half Moussa Djenepo produced a moment of magic to win the game for Saints. This comes after he scored his first touch in English football against Brighton earlier this season. A late red card to Billy Sharp killed any momentum the home side had, and Chris Wilder’s side need to find a way to pick up points fast.
Emiliano Buendía – Norwich City secured the result of the season so far as an understrength Canaries side secured a stunning victory over Manchester City. After Kenny McLean broke the deadlock the Canaries scored a superb move with Teemu Pukki squaring to Todd Cantwell to spark wild scenes. As Sergio Aguero pulled one back many thought that City would fight back. However, Pukki fired home a third early in the second half. Daniel Farke’s side then turned in a brilliant defensive display to hold onto all three points, despite a late strike from Rodri.
Tammy Abraham – Chelsea and England forward Tammy Abraham is the most in form player in the Premier league at the moment. Having netted braces in consecutive league matches he arrived at Wolves looking to improve on his tally. He did it in style, netting a brilliant hat-trick which proved the difference as Chelsea ran out 5-2 winners. His first was a smart finish on the turn, before his second came with his head. His third was his best, as he beat Conor Coady brilliantly before finishing smartly to secure his treble.
Callum Wilson – AFC Bournemouth knew that they needed to start picking up points if they are to get towards a top half finish come May. They got off to a good start against Everton and Callum broke the deadlock early on. However, Dominic Calvert-Lewin levelled the score just before half time. After the interval, Ryan Fraser netted with twenty minutes remaining, before Callum Wilson netted his second and his side’s third. It’s a great result for the Cherries, who will be hoping to get some good form going early in the season.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – It was a case of same old story for Arsenal on the road as they travelled to lowly Watford. They raced into a two-goal lead courtesy of a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. It should have been game over, however, a horrendous mistake from Matteo Guendouzi saw Tom Cleverley smash in to give the Hornets a chance. When David Luiz fouled Roberto Pereyra the Argentine stepped up to level, and but for a late miss from Abdoulaye Doucouré it could have been all three points for the Hertfordshire side.
Written by Ryan Nevin (@RNevin7)