Firstly I should point out this form check is really a bit of fun and nothing that happens on the pitch can be compared to the shock of Glenn Hoddle’s collapse and disturbing news that the England legend remains critically ill in hospital. Nor does football compare to the unspeakable tragedy that unfolded at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening. Of course my thoughts are with those most intimately affected by those awful events.
So here’s my weekly England form guide…
An incredible week for a man no longer forgotten at Chelsea. First he claimed a sublime hat-trick as Chelsea saw off BATE Borisov 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Despite his fine finishing and claiming his first career match ball Loftus-Cheek was overlooked in Chelsea’s starting lineup against Burnley. However an injury to Pedro saw him play the last hour and claim his fourth goal of the week with a close range finish. It should be remembered Ruben got his chance due to an injury to Pedro and the enforced absence of Eden Hazard so he remains down the pecking order. But this week provided a clear reminder of his talent and it seems Ruben and Maurizio will have to sit down and have long think about what they do in January.
Barkley was sensational as Chelsea trounced Burnley. First he produced a sublime touch to play in Morata for the opener, then blasted in the second and added a further assist late on. Barkley ran the show and whilst tougher assignments await, he’s starting to eliminate the mistakes and looks a fixture for club and country.
Scored both goals as Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin to remain top of the Bundesliga. So far in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season, Sancho has 10 goals or assists, that’s 2 behind Messi and Mbappe and 1 behind Ronaldo and Neymar having played far fewer minutes than any of them. Oh and he scored in Dortmund’s 4-0 Champions League win over Atletico in midweek. The £100million alleged valuation from a month ago already looks cheap, but when you’re doing this well and playing in front of 80,000 every other week what makes anyone think he’d want to play in the Premier League?
Bagged a brace as Bournemouth heaped misery on Fulham at Craven Cottage. Having scored from the spot, Wilson grabbed a fine second to move on to 5 for the season. With Jamie Vardy retired could Wilson be closing in on a first cap?
Finally getting a run in the Arsenal team in his preferred position of centre-back, Holding is starting to look the part. Man if the Match in the Europa League on Thursday, Holding was steady at Crystal Palace. Oh and he wasn’t responsible for his teammates two brain farts that lead to Palace penalties.
100 goals for Brighton! The veteran striker reached an impressive century of strikes for Brighton this weekend. Murray is never going to be an England striker but may just be the prolific one to go uncapped since Jimmy Greenhoff.
Some red cards are understandable, some controversial and some are just daft, Noble’s lunge was in the later camp and left his team with their backs to the wall for almost an hour.
You can applaud his attitude especially against Alvaro Morata, but Tarkowski was made to look repeatedly foolish as Burnley crumbled against Chelsea. Surely won’t be in Gareth Southgate’s next squad.
“He won’t want to see that replay” claimed Sky Sports minute by minute as Raheem Sterling ghosted past him to set to Riyad Mahrez. No sh@t!