On another historically bad weekend for English numbers in the Premier League, which of the chosen few came up trumps?
A 4 goal salvo! Better still he managed 6 goals in 7 days. Abraham excelled two years ago on loan with Bristol City and is up to his old Championship tricks at Villa. Abraham is still just 21 and has time on his side so perhaps making the switch to Villa Park permanent is his best move. Villa won’t go up this season but surely will be amongst the favourites next with Abraham a key player. It’s that or a few more years on Chelsea’s loan farm.
Got his chance in the Europa League, but grabbed it with a goal and Man of the Match performance. Chelsea’s reputation for promoting young players is hardly inspiring, but Hudson-Odoi looks a special talent and it seems destined to stay in West London rather than go on loan in January.
Made up for last weeks comedy dive with a man of the match performance and sublime goal. Maddison is surely the favourite for the PFA Young Player of the Year award and looks like making his England debut in March.
Remember when he was the next big thing? Redmond gave the best performance of his Southampton career and added a goal as The Saints held Man United, not that it did Mark Hughes much good!
Is Sterling a Footballer of the Year contender? His form has been phenomenal and he provided the vital breakthrough again on Saturday as City overcame a stubborn Bournemouth side. That’s just the 8 goals and 6 assists for the season.
That was bad wasn’t it! Pickford’s horrible mis-judgement cost Everton a point at Anfield at the death and got Jurgen Klopp in a lot of bother, the former of which will cause Everton fans nightmares for weeks.
English numbers in the Premier League…again!
Just when you thought it had reached rock bottom, the number of English starters in the Premier League got worse with just 53 English players, that’s 24%! Yes injuries were a factor as is the rotation of players with midweek fixtures coming up, but this is beyond ridiculous. Chelsea and Newcastle yet again fielded an all foreign 11 whilst Arsenal, City and Wolves fielded just 1 English player each.
As a clearly irked Gareth Southgate pointed out if clubs want to sell the idea of academy places there has to be a chance you’ll get to the first team, in too many cases that is simply a lie.