Looking back at England’s risers and fallers on an emotional weekend for English football.
There’s only one place to start, with grief-stricken Leicester City. Gray scored the goal that mattered so much more to Leicester than the three points it won. Gray has had an in and out time with Leicester, with James Maddison filling the void left by Riyad Mahrez, but Gray got the only goal of this emotional encounter. Oh and the referee who booked him for the tribute celebration was a plonker!
The most in-form Englishman in the Premier League by a country mile. Man of the match as City trounced hapless Southampton, Sterling provided a perfect cross for Aguero to score before the Argentine returned the favour to set up Sterling’s brace. That’s 6 goals and 5 assists in the League now for Sterling- that’s just one behind Leo Messi’s tally of 12 in La Liga!
Continues to star for Eddie Howe’s impressive Bournemouth. Wilson grabbed the goal as Bournemouth dominated Manchester United for 45 minutes, his power and pace causing United’s wobbly defence all sorts of problems. The second half was less impressive but Wilson’s stock is clearly on the rise after those two dreadful injury blows.
Jadon Sancho may be getting more headlines in Germany but Reiss Nelson is having himself a productive loan spell in Hoffenheim. On Saturday he opens the scoring as Hoffenheim thrashed Bayer Leverkusen. That’s five goals in six appearances.
That was a short drought.
It’s tough to call any Leicester player a loser this weekend. But Maguire went off injured within half an hour and will miss England’s double-header. But ultimately that mattered little this week.
Remember a year ago he was England’s frat choice left back!? That seemed an awful long time ago watching him get blitzed at The Etihad. Hardly Southampton’s only poor performer but Bertrand looks woefully out of confidence and form.
Shaw has been excellent this season, his revival one of the feel good stories of the season and a rare positive gambit for Jose Mourinho to discuss in his prickly press conferences. But he struggled to cope with Bournemouth’s quick silver attack on Saturday. United got the win but Shaw’s performance served as a reminder that he remains a work in progress.