Romelu Lukaka scores against Huddersfield but could he play against the big boys?

Romelu Lukaku

 

Romelu Lukaku played against Huddersfield Town and it looks like he used his brute strength to score against them.

Huddersfield could not just stop him. But despite his good performance on Saturday, some are still questioning his talent as he has only been able to score against teams that are in the bottom half.

Manchester United transfer him from Everton for £75 million but it looks like he still has no big moments until now.

While he also was able to muster four shots on target against big teams but it is not the goals that are lacking but performances.

Romelu Lukaku

 

So far, Lukaku has not made devastating counter attacks against bigger teams that prevented them from challenging Manchester City for the title.

It can be seen that he has the confidence to do so and he has the attributes of a great player, but he still does not have the killer instinct like what Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane possess.

If Lukaku cannot make the goals that matter, he may not be able to have fans remember him in ten years’ time.

For now, fans can celebrate the two goals he made against Huddersfield.

 

 

 

Lucas Moura introduced himself at Tottenham in style

Lucas Moura

 

Lucas Moura had to wait for his debut at Tottenham after signing in January but he did announce himself to English football in some style against Rochdale.

Fans are happy with Moura and even commenting that the attacker stole the show for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Even during the first half. Moura stood out with his pace and trickery. The second half was excellent though as they were able to keep the score 1-1.

Moura was replaced by Delle Alli but showed more than enough in the 65 minutes he was on the pitch.

Fans were impressed and showed their love to Moura on Twitter.

Sanchez arrival at Man Utd blame for Pogba’s slump form

Paul Pogba

 

Former Manchester United Paul Ince believes that the arrival of Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford is responsible for Paul Pogba’s loss of form.

Results have not yielded up since Sanchez came and United failing to defeat in two of their last three Premier League outings.

“Since Sanchez joined the club, Pogba’s confidence and mood seem to have gone in the opposite direction to earlier in the season,” the former England midfielder wrote for Paddy Power.

“He looks like a totally different player.

“It’s probably due to the fact that, pre-Sanchez, he was the main man. He was the kingpin and the one everyone was talking about.

“But the arrival of Sanchez has taken the shine off him. What I would say is, at United, you’re all main men. You should all perform like that, too.

“Looking at the Newcastle game, you could see from his body language that he’s fed up. Whatever it is, it’s a problem that needs addressing.”

Sadio Mane says he is back on track after his roller-coaster campaign

Sadio Mane

 

Sadio Mane admits that he has suffered a roller-coaster campaign after being punished in a one-on-one clash with goalkeeper Ederson in their 5-0 defeat to Manchester City in September.

After his three-match suspension, Mane received a hamstring injury and looked short of confidence for several weeks.

When asked whether his red card affected him, “Yeah, it was not my wish but it happened.”

“It was tough on me but it is part of football and can happen. I never doubted how I could help the team and I never stopped working hard every day in training.

“I always tried to remain balanced, even when it was not working, because it is my job and I have to do it.

“I don’t know how to describe it but it can happen to every single player and in my mind I was relaxed that it will change.”

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte credits Olivier Giroud after win against West Brom

Olivier Giroud

 

After a series of disappointing losses, Chelsea beat West Brom 3-0 and Olivier Giroud was deservingly praised for his great play.

Eden Hazard was the star performer of the game, but Antonio Conte showered praised on new signee Giroud who also made a sensational fulltime debut for his side.

Chelsea made three points from their game against West Brom with the help of Hazard and Victor Moses. The victory also eased pressure on Conte who had a series of unfortunate losses against Watford and Bournemouth.

“We must be pleased for Giroud’s performance. It was the first time he has played from the start for us.”

“Giroud is coming back from a muscular problem so it’s important he goes into our idea of football, into the right position. The first goal was a clear example of our idea.”

Hazard was still the man of the match as he was able to score in the 25th minute from Giroud’s pass and scored again in the 71st minute when he capitalized on a ball from Morata before curling it past the goalkeeper.

Eden Hazard named the Best Belgian player in a Foreign League for 2017

Eden Hazard

 

Eden Hazard from Chelsea was named the Best Belgian player in a Foreign League for 2017, edging Kevin De Bruyne from Manchester City and Dries Mertens from Napoli.

Hazard defeat De Bruyne by 11 votes with 326 while Mertens was 56 voted behind.

De Bruyne had won the award for the past two years and even topped the second round of voting while Mertens won the first round.

But this was not enough to upstage Hazard at the gala ceremony on Wednesday in Belgium where he received the most points for his maiden honour in his home country.

“My first prize in Belgium and certainly not my last one,” Hazard said.

Hazard has scored nine goals and two assists for his club Chelsea.

Arsenal new signings Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan to get an early taste of the north London derby

Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan

 

New Arsenal signings Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will play against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday and taste the north London derby atmosphere.

Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan enjoyed a comfortable home debuts in their game against Everton where they won 5-1.

Spurs are fifth in the table and four points ahead of Arsenal who seats in sixth place, one behind fourth- placed Chelsea and two against third-placed Liverpool.

Arsenal won over Tottenham during their game against November but Spurs have the advantage at this time as they were able to beat Manchester United and drawn 2-2 at Liverpool.

Chelsea suffered humiliating defeat by Watford and it was the worst said Rooney

Antonio Conte Chelsea vs Watford

 

Chelsea suffered a humiliating defeat by Watford FC and Wayne Rooney said that Chelsea’s display at Vicarage Road on Monday was their worst he has seen them “for a long, long time.”

Antonio Conte’s side suffered a 4-1 lost which leaves Chelsea 19 points behind Manchester City and the manager’s job may be in danger.

The Italian manager has been in a war of words with the Chelsea board and Rooney suggested the club’s off-field issues could be having an impact on results.

“You’d like to think the problems with the board aren’t affecting players but that is not Chelsea,” Rooney said after the game.

“That is as bad a Chelsea performance I’ve seen for a long, long time.

“Chelsea are usually a clever team, tough to beat, you have to take your chances against them and they manage the game well. But tonight Watford were getting through so easily.’

“There’s a good chance he (Conte) could go before next MNF (Monday Night Football) because of Chelsea’s history of changing managers when they fear they won’t make the Champions League,’ he said.

“Conte said before he wants the owner and board to back him but Roman Abramovich hasn’t said anything since owning the club and it certainly won’t happen after tonight.

‘They’ve been found wanting – to lose 3-0 to Bournemouth and 4-1 to Watford is a shambles.

“Watford were by far the better team when it was 11v11. Chelsea never looked like scoring in the second half.

“It is nothing you associate with Conte teams. Is there discord between the manager and the players?”

 

Kevin De Bruyne admits Manchester City schedule is already taking its toll on players

Kevin De Bruyne

 

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne admits that he is already feeling “like s***” during their busy Premier League campaign.

While Pep Guardiola’s side are still on track to win a quadruple, they were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley on Saturday.

“I was feeling if from the first minute,” De Bruyne told the UK newspapers.

“You feel great for 10 games, then you feel OK for 10 games and then the rest you feel like s***.”

“We should have won the game, it’s just the way it is but nobody is complaining about the way we played,” he said.

“It is very hard now and we haven’t got any players left so maybe we do feel a little bit of tiredness which makes it a little bit more difficult but I thought the way we played was exceptional.”

Aaron Cresswell urged West Ham to unite after being back into the relegation zone

West Ham are dragged back into the relegation zone and Aaron Cresswell urged his club to “stick together.”

 Aaron Cresswell

 

The Hammers had a very turbulent week and ended up with a miserable 3-1 defeat at Brighton which left them three points above the relegation zone.

West Ham also sacked their head of recruitment Tony Henry on Friday after reports claiming that he told agents that they did not want to sign any more African players.

The scandal together with the underwhelming transfer window left the divide between the supporters and West Ham’s board.

“It’s really tight down there in the Premier League – there are only a few points separating the bottom from the top 10,” West Ham full-back Cresswell said.

“You win one and lose the next week, and you’re right back in it. We have got to keep looking forward to the next game, though, and try to get the points in that.

“We need to stick together and pull in one direction now. We have to focus on each game as it comes and try to push up for the rest of the season.”