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OVERREACTION MONDAY: EPL WEEK 8

From “Ole Out!” shouts to the possibility of another two horse race season, we tackle all overreactions of the latest Premier League game week.

OLE OUT?
I cannot be the only one who thinks that this is only a matter of time. Ole Gunnar Solsksjaer has been under fire ever since he signed a permanent contract as head coach of Manchester United. The former Molde head coach had a fairy tale start to life at Old Trafford on an interim basis but what has followed has been inconsistent performances and slowly some sections of the Manchester United faithfuls have started to make their frustrations known. Manchester United finished second behind Manchester City last season and so naturally an upward trajectory was expected especially after securing the signing of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo. That has not been the case as Manchester United have continued to struggle both offensively and defensively keeping just one clean sheet since the start of the season. Sancho looks a shell of himself, captain Maguire keeps adding to his impressive list of errors leading to goals and even Bruno Fernandez cannot quite dazzle as much he is used to. For now the United board remain adamant that they stand firmly behind Ole Gunnar Solsksjaer but like a great manager once said, ” I’ll be better off knowing that they are in front of me rather than behind me.”

Mo Salah is the best player in the world!
I’ll start by saying, this is definitely not an overreaction. The Egyptian has been one of the most consistent players in the world since he came back to the Premier league. He is a Premiere league winner, a Champions a league winner, he has a golden boot to his name breaking the record for the most goals scored in the premier league on his way to achieving that. So why not. Why is Mo not widely talked about as being that level of player? I’ll let you think about that for a while. That being said it’s been back to back weeks now that Mo Salah has made an absolute mess of multiple defenders just before scoring highlighting all his great qualities. He is blistering fast and has the touch to follow, he is unfazed by defenders running at him at full speed, he is a creative player and is deadly in front of goal. It’s okay if you don’t think Mo Salah is the best player in the world, but someone saying that he is, certainly doesn’t deserve an overreaction cause he simply is that dude!



Brentford poised for a top half finish?
We all love a good underdog story and that is exactly what Brentford is this season. A team just promoted to the Premier league for the first time in their history is a massive achievement but like Thomas Frank said after their first victory in their first game at home against Arsenal, he one hundred percent believes that he has players on his team with enough quality to compete in the Premier league and compete, they have. They beat Arsenal at home, came back from behind to secure a draw against Liverpool and though they lost to Chelsea, they were the better side for most of the second half. A team that has fully embraced analytics in all aspect of their organization from scouting of players down to set piece scenarios, there is a conscious attempt by Brentford to get ahead of teams in any possible way and that coupled with the fact that they are a well coached, hardworking team, it is not far fetched to think that they would finish the season in the top half. Mind you, since the 2017/18 season at least one newly promoted side has finished in the top half of the table. This year, Brentford could be that team.



The most competitive the Premiere League has been in forever?
Okay maybe the use of forever here is an exaggeration but this season in the Premier league has been a delight. Every team bar Norwich looks really good. Aston Villa look really dangerous, but they lost a two goal lead to another well coached team in Wolves. Brighton always play attractive football, all talks of Rafa Benitez being a defensive coach has been thrown in the drain as his team continues to impress even without star man Dominic Calvert Lewis. Spurs are an underachieving side but a really good team. We just spoke about Brentford. Leeds are in a bit of a dip after a really good season last year but they are always a threat. Leicester City had a slow start to the season but will still finish in a European spot and are missing key players like Wesley Fofana, James Justin, Wilfred Ndidi and others. West Ham look a well balanced team, Crystal palace can hold their own and Arsenal whilst they still struggle with inconsistencies still have it in them to be a top side in the league. Every game is a most watch, every game seems to mean as much as the next. That is why we love the Premier league.



Is there really any team better than Liverpool and Man City?
Most people expected to see a four horse race this season but we have seen that Manchester United are slowly being nudged out of that conversation. Chelsea are a difficult team to analyze, they don’t necessarily blow you out of the park on offense and defensively they have been porous and have needed Edouard Mendy to be at his absolute best which he has been. I still believe they have enough in them to continue the chase for the title, but come the final stretch I expect Man City and Liverpool will fight it out for the number one spot. Their game at Anfield was one of the best games played so far this season. Both teams followed it up with convincing victories. Man City seem to be coping well without a striker and if Mo Salah can continue to conjure magic week in and week out, it will be a fight to the death between those two for the ultimate prize in English football.

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