Seven Days in Seven Points
The goals will come for Janssen
It hasn’t taken long for the Spurs fans to start getting on Janssen’s back. The young Dutch striker has only scored once since heading to London in the summer and, though he has been industrious and moderately threatening in every game he’s played, he has yet to find his scoring boots. Some have started comparing him to Bobby Soldado, who flopped at Spurs a few seasons ago following a big money move from Valencia, but I think it’s a little too early for that. While Soldado regularly looked out of place and lost, Janssen does not; he’s hardworking, intelligent, and has been unlucky not to find the net again since he bagged that penalty against Gillingham. I am confident the goals will come soon, and I still have faith that he will end up being regarded as a tremendous signing.
This Champions League lark is easy for Leicester
Three games. Three wins. Five goals scored. Zero conceded. This Champions League business is a bit too simple, isn’t it? Leicester may not have started their Premier League title defence in the most impressive of manners, but in Europe they appear a completely different team. Many critics of Ranieri’s side have said that they were very lucky to have found themselves in one of the competition’s easier groups, but the Foxes have still performed incredibly well in each of their games on the biggest stage. It appears that they will go through with ease, and you’d hardly bet against them going even further than the first knockout round.
Koeman has made Everton a top side again
Under Moyes, Everton were one of those teams you hated to play against. They were solid at the back, tough to break down in the middle, and not bad on the counter. Under Martinez all that changed, and Everton became very beatable. However, with Koeman now at the helm, the Blues look more like the Everton of old than the one that failed to do much of note last season. The Toffees currently sit in sixth – just one point behind Chelsea and only two behind city rivals Liverpool – and have the second best defensive record in the league (only Tottenham’s is better). Under Koeman, the future looks bright for Everton.
Is a season in the Championship exactly what Dwight Gayle needed?
The 25-year-old, who was prone to erratic performances while at Crystal Palace, made the decision to drop down a league and play for Championship newcomers Newcastle this summer. The striker, who hasn’t really been a prolific goalscorer since his Bishop’s Stortford days, now cannot stop finding the net. He already has 11 goals in 11 games this season and we’re not even out of October. Newcastle look likely to head straight back up to the Premier League, but whether Gayle will be able to cut it as a Premier League striker is yet to be seen. Maybe a stellar season on the second tier will give him the confidence to perform week in week out in the biggest league in the world.
City fans must be praying for Joe Hart’s return
This Bravo lad isn’t all that good, is he? Joe Hart may have had the odd dodgy game, but Bravo seems to have one every other week. Against Barcelona he made the quite incredible decision to run way outside his box, pass the ball straight to Suarez, then punch the ball out of the air while stranded in no man’s land. At the time the score was 1-0 and, though it’s difficult to say whether or not City would have been able to get back into the game, their challenge was all but destroyed once the ‘keeper decided to get himself sent off. Joe Hart’s return cannot come quickly enough for the City faithful.
Tim Cahill’s still got it
It’s not often that I include more than one video, but this goal really is something special. Tim Cahill, formerly of Millwall, Everton and New York Red Bulls, scored this absolute stunner on his debut for Melbourne City. Not a bad way for the 36-year-old, who is a national hero in Australia, to introduce himself to the A-League.
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