The Premier League season is heading into an international break with some clubs, managers and players as absolute losses. Poor Liverpool.
10) Hyung Min Soon
Not the best start, this one. She’s already been exposed as a journalist unsuitable for the clickbait agenda of bias, and it’s hard to argue frankly.
On a serious note, it would be interesting to see if Heung Min Son’s late rise was just a natural consequence of facing a Leicester defense unable to close, post a high streak, tackle, run, pass and play football in general, or If his hat-trick is a prelude to a real improvement in the level against the professional teams. The point here is that those fictitious 31 minutes are currently the exception to the post-Golden Boot frustration rule.
While the initial reaction may have been sarcasm, there is really no way to describe Casemiro’s inability to find a path past Scott McTominay and into the Manchester United midfield as anything other than disappointment.
The whole point of spending £60m on a 30-year-old was to directly join a team that has lacked central stamina since the dawn of time. That was three days after the 4-0 defeat against Brentford when Manchester United It was first said that he was considering breaking Casemiro’s glass in case of emergencyand immediately solved many of their problems by adding a world-class defensive midfielder. It’s not sold as an answer to every question, but certainly some.
Instead, it has five-time European champion Erik ten Hag gathering dust on the bench as McTominay Casemiro stealthily drains his power. The Scot would be dropped at the slightest hint of a drop in standards but that suspension has lasted much longer than anyone expected and now the conspiracy over what Manchester United could look like with a proper screening device has dissipated.
In a Premier League table made up solely of results since Eddie Howe’s appointment at Newcastle, the Magpies have more points than any team outside the Big Six and are a draw behind Manchester United’s tally. However, the recent trend is downward: a return to the mean sets aside the immediate European aspirations are starting to enjoy strongly in the middle of the table.
Five draws from seven matches after spending over £200m in two transfer windows is the kind of return on investment one might expect Steve Bruce to oversee. There is still a very disturbing dependence on Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin and while the gameplay has been drastically changed, those growing pains make watching uncomfortable. It is not yet known exactly where the tolerance threshold for new owners lies but it is not a leap to suggest that Howe is under increasing pressure.
7) Steven Gerrard
The most upsetting element of Steven Gerrard’s reign at Aston Villa so far is the lack of identity. It is difficult to recognize the true distinguishing features of his team, and it is often difficult to determine exactly what is being trained after defensive diligence and hard work.
The same can be said about the team of his predecessor in the last two seasons at least. Dean Smith was fired because the board “did not see the consistent improvement in results, performance and position in the league that we were all looking for”. His last 36 matches had 12 wins, six draws and 18 defeats; Gerrard has played 36 matches so far, including 13 wins, six draws and 17 defeats. They were 16th when Smith was fired and 15th a year later. Given the expenses at the time, losing to Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and West Ham in the opening two months is not close enough.
6) Frank Lampard’s children
The bloody Henry Winter warned Thomas Tuchel But one of the last responsible German actions was the imposition of the penalty for the permanent sale of Billy Gilmore to Brighton. Between that, the failure to apply Conor Gallagher to a sick regime and the distress that Mason Mount finds himself in, the Chelsea kids aren’t quite right.
Rhys James does a good enough job, albeit with some of the usual snags. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in the picture. Armando Broja looks bright. Things may soon change under Graham Potter. But Trevoh Chalobah is gone, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu are on loan and Chelsea are starting to rely on experience once again. The Academy can’t afford to fall back into obscurity — and with the talent it produces, it really shouldn’t.
5) Bruno Lagg
“When I came here, the project wasn’t a revolution,” Bruno Lagg said in August. He claimed Wolverhampton “tried to play a different style, to get more ball” in his first season. They went from owning an average of 49.7% in Nuno’s last season Espirito Santo to 49.3% with worse passing accuracy under Lage in 2021/202.
Since then, the Portuguese has sought to change the old club system. There are no longer three central defenders, and they have been replaced by a tactical smoothness that has seen Wolverhampton use 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1 to mixed results so far this season.
Lage establishes at least a general timeline by which this transformation can be assessed. “I don’t mean in terms of points or goals, but when I expect it to look strong in mid-November,” he said at the start of the campaign. “Then I will be able to say, this is our team. This is a good moment to believe that the team will be in a good position in terms of the way they play as well as in terms of the table.”
The manager also called on fans to “be patient” and pointed to injuries that have undermined much of their work. But the Wolves moment of realization couldn’t come soon enough: only seven clubs have scored fewer goals in their first seven Premier League games and none have finished 11th. After spending too much, this is a dip that may not be accepted when more offensive football is promised.
4) Trent Alexander-Arnold
It could have been Darwin Nunes or just Liverpool in general. But the club’s record signing has an excuse to adapt and much of their struggles are due precisely to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s downward spiral.
However, to score a crucial pass since the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Villarreal in May, the right-back’s offensive contribution has waned. But it is his defensive retreat – from a point many would argue was already a problem for Liverpool – that is most striking.
At his best, Alexander-Arnold costs Liverpool perhaps one goal every several games through poor positioning or lack of awareness, but he repels it by excelling as a key creator. This trade-off made any setback worth it But the balance is not close to being hit.
3) Nottingham Forest
It turns out that signing once for every year he spent outside the Premier League before returning is not overly conducive to building a successful squad. For Fulham or Norwich, that may represent a major under-investment, but Nottingham Forest’s bragging rights over two decades have had its own drawbacks.
Steve Cooper admitted that “there is a sense of the unknown” surrounding which team he currently chooses, but “what we have to do is try to build our knowledge bank quickly on these players and ‘get fast as one, as fast as we can'”.
Speed is definitely the issue. After seven matches, Forest beat West Ham in 18th place and won the Everton Masters title at Goodison Park. Their five defeats included decent but ultimately futile efforts against Newcastle and Spurs, humility from Erling Haaland and most of all, surrendering the lead at home to their ascendant brothers, conceding three times both times in the process.
2) David Moyes
A vote of confidence, scary or otherwise, released. However, those familiar with David Moyes’ style could recognize one of the first signs of pressure he showed after the defeat to Everton. The Scotsman likes to inject enthusiasm with a passive-aggressive press exchange and this was an absolute classic of the genre, right down to Dr. Evil’s laughter and the gradual realization that no one else joined him.
Moise?! F ** King of Hell! | David Moyes shuts down journalist who calls him ‘Moisey’ pic.twitter.com/FhqybklPHG
– BeanymanSports (@BeanymanSports) September 18 2022
Honestly, do you know how hard it is? Not To hold a press conference filled with football writers floods sycophants with giggles. All you have to do is answer one of their phones they didn’t intentionally silent and suddenly Peter Kay is screaming about garlic bread in the mid-2000s void.
Moyes did a great job at West Ham. But that only gives him so much credit, especially when it’s his specific stubbornness that causes so many of their problems. The same formation is used with the same players as Tomas Sucic, Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals and Lukasz Fabianski and they have an odd level of managerial protection.
Gianluca Scamaca, Maxwell Cornett, Flynn Downs and Alphonse Areola have been signed for £70m or so in the summer, and Said Benrahma might want to have a word too. Or Moyes can go on cooking something inedible with those stale ingredients before serving them with a forced smile, a few hundred caveats and a sprinkling of profanity.
They finished last and conceded the most goals of any team in the Premier League ever after seven games. We are not angry, only disappointed. Except, Leicester fans are probably very angry.