In this recurring segment our lead soccer correspondent, Nick Verlaney, takes a look at the Premier League action from the previous week with three big takeaways.
1. Best Eleven: (3-5-2)
- Goalkeeper: Robert Green (QPR)
- Defenders: Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), Alberto Moreno (Liverpool), Erik Pieters (Stoke City)
- Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Chelsea), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), Nathan Dyer (Swansea), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
- Forwards: Andreas Weimann (Manchester City), Diego Costa (Chelsea)
2. Biggest Takeaway: Chelsea’s 6-pack. There is no doubt that this Premier League season will be unpredictable and incredibly fun to watch, but last week’s Everton-Chelsea match might be an early season candidate for match of the year. With 5 goals in 11 minutes in the second half, the Toffees and Blues went back and forth right until the end of the match. Chelsea’s 6-3 win and subsequent goal assault away from home should strike fear into the rest of the Premier League. The Blues look to have the proper balance to take teams to their limits, and then push some more.
3. Bold Question: Who won the transfer window? For the top 6 title contenders, I believe that Chelsea unequivocally won the transfer window. Bringing in Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Felipe Luis and Loic Remy are all vital moves to help the Blues truly contend for the Premier League title. With the sales of David Luiz, Romelu Lukaku, and 26 players out on loan, the Blues are adapting to Financial Fair Play by getting a ton of young players experience and getting their salaries off of the books.
For the rest of the Premier League teams, Hull City. Hull had a lot of weaknesses going into the season and Steve Bruce decided to do something about that. For bargain hunters, Hull did a fantastic job to bring in Robert Snodgrass, Jake Livermore, Tom Ince, Michael Dawson, Hatem Ben Arfa, Abel Hernandez, Mo Diame and Gaston Ramirez among others. Very impressive for a smaller club coming off of an FA Cup Final appearance.
What’s next? There won’t be any Premier League matches this weekend due to the international break. The Premier League resumes on Saturday, September 13th.