Later than usual, here are last week’s English Premier League winners and losers…
Celebrated his first Champions League start in four years with a trademark goal. It’s often forgotten that Sturridge scored the first goal of Gareth Southgate’s England reign, now a fitter, stronger version of the player so often injured, the question is will Southgate recall him?
A man of match performance from England’s forgotten man. Lennon looks like being a key man as Sean Dyche’s side try to haul themselves up the Premier League table. At 31 Lennon says he hasn’t given up on an England recall, if Ashley Young can come back from the wilderness at 32, who knows?
The early front-runner or young player of the year continues to impress. Maddison ran the show as Leicester overpowered Huddersfield and scored with a beautiful free kick to seal the win. A senior cap must be around the corner.
Rarely do Manchester United players advance their cases by being suspended. But with Alexis Sanchez woefully short of form and Romelu Lukaku struggling to hit a cow’s arse with a cricket bat, it’s a fair bet Mourinho will welcome back Rashford with open arms.
Given a torrid time by Troy Deeney as Fulham escaped with a fortunate draw against Watford, Mawson may well have bought Alexsander Mitrovic a drink on Saturday night. The young defender is facing a huge season having suffered a relegation last term. Having missed the start of the season with injury he’s still getting acclimatised to Fulham, but he needs to adapt quickly if he’s to get another England call.
Not even in Chelsea’s 18 man squad!