You’ve got to love this jam-packed football schedule we’re currently in the midst of. The glut of games ensures that there isn’t a moment of boredom in an otherwise dreary week. Harry Kane burst onto the scene in the game against Arsenal to get our collective hearts racing. In the span of three days, Tottenham then tasted defeat against a resurgent Liverpool. How the pendulum of fortune swings in the game of football.
Manchester United and Manchester City drew, Arsenal dropped points and Southampton won. What a race this is shaping up to be, as the automatic qualification spots for the Champions League continue to heat up. And as a result of all this drama, it’s only right that the English Premier League (EPL) continues to call itself the world’s most entertaining league. The entertainment factor is sure to increase with the signing of the new broadcast deal, estimated to be worth more than 5 billion pounds to be shared between the various clubs equally. This is a massive boost to all club revenues, and will ensure that the EPL continues to be the destination of choice for the world’s best players.
Tottenham vs. Arsenal (2-1): Oh, what a day it was for Harry Kane. A young Tottenham-bred striker through and through. He scored two beautiful goals against the Hotspurs’ bitter rivals (Arsenal), quickly negating the one goal scored by Mesut Ozil.
At first, after Ozil’s goal, it seemed as if Arsenal would get down to business as usual. But this was to be a day in which Harry Kane would be the headline act. The first goal was that of a classic poacher: right place, right time, perfect execution. The second was a thing of beauty: Kane rose up above the crowd and sent in a looping header. Each goal had the characteristics of a different type of striker. Yet, so far, Kane has defied any such labelling given to him. He played with heart for his boyhood club, and he is currently having one of the most phenomenal seasons of any striker in the world (22 goals in all games thus far). “One of our own,” sing all Tottenham fans proudly; one of their own indeed.
Manchester United vs. West Ham United (1-1): Manchester United suffered through another insipid performance. It was uninspiring and it was flat. Until the second half after Manchester had gone down by a deflected shot by Cheikhou Kouyate, there was no real attacking threat. For a team ranked as having one of the best attacking forces Europe has seen, the effort shown just wasn’t good enough.
In fact, some would say that United were lucky to win against West Ham. David de Gea proves his worth to United every day, and at this point most Manchester United fans would consider him worth his weight in gold. Let’s hope the United administrative team listens to us fans and ties him down with a new long-term deal.
Manchester City vs. Hull City (1-1): Hull looked to have come to the game with the hopes of putting a permanent dent in Man City’s title ambitions, and they just might have succeeded. Chelsea have now pulled seven points clear at the top of the table. It was interesting that the soon to be out of contract James Milner is the player who seems to be putting in the best shift of work out of all Man City players in the recent run of games. And yet, he might not be a Man City player for too much longer. In any case, Milner scored a beautiful injury-time free kick after entering the game as a substitute, helping level the game and saving Man City many blushes. Man City fans can only hope that the return of Yaya Toure, the addition of Wilfried Bony and the rehabilitation of Sergio Aguero will rejuvenate their attack.