Five Things The Premier League Taught Us This Week
Despite the Premier League only featuring a limited amount of games this weekend, there was still plenty of drama to see us through towards the end of the season.
Leicester City were tasked with coping without Jamie Vardy, Manchester United tried to salvage something from their season with an FA Cup semi-final clash with Everton, while Riyad Mahrez picked up the Player of the Year gong at the PFA Awards in London.
There was more than enough to keep us going, but what lessons did we learn?
Here are five of them:
Eden Hazard Is Alive
It’s taken 34 games, but Hazard has finally done something this season.
His two goals against Bournemouth proved that he has finally ditched his invisibility cloak, and he’s now probably expecting a call from PSG any minute.
The post-match interview was particularly cringeworthy, with Hazard grinning like he’d scored the winner in a Champions League final, rather than scored twice against a team with nothing to play for.
He also aimed many digs at title chasing rivals Tottenham Hotspur, although it’s hard to believe they’ll care about anything that a player from a mid-table team has to say about them.
Leicester Are Fine Without Vardy
Much was made of Jamie Vardy’s suspension last week, and many were doubting the Foxes’ effectiveness without the former Fleetwood Town striker.
It didn’t make much sense really, as Claudio Ranieri’s side have been so much more than a one man team this season, so when Leonardo Ulloa bagged two goals in Vardy’s absence en route to a 4-0 win, it was the latest triumph on the way to a spectacular league victory.
Vardy will undoubtedly come back into the team next week, (providing his FA hearing doesn’t extend his ban) and the performance of Ulloa may mean he has a new strike partner.
Claudio Ranieri’s side are one step closer.
Newcastle Have Started Fighting
In the space of seven days, Newcastle United picked up five points from three games – giving them hope in their relegation battle.
Rafa Benitez’s return to Anfield was always going to be memorable, but with his current side 2-0 down at half-time, it wasn’t going to plan.
Luckily, Rafa knows how to do half-time comebacks, and watched on as Newcastle clawed their way back to 2-2 and held on for a potentially valuable point.
Unfortunately for them, Sunderland nicked a point against Arsenal on Sunday to move clear of the relegation zone for the first time in seven weeks, leaving Newcastle more work to do if they are to survive.
There’s Some Decent Teenage Strikers In Manchester
The heroics of Marcus Rashford have earned plenty of headlines in the last couple of months, but there’s more than one decent teenager scoring goals in Manchester.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice for Manchester City as Manuel Pellegrini rested some of his top players ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, and proved that spending £30m on Wilfried Bony was totally pointless.
The young Nigerian now has 11 goals this season, that’s more than Bony has managed in his entire time in Manchester.
Bring on Madrid.
LVG May Win Silverware For Man United
Despite being utterly useless in his time at Manchester United, Louis van Gaal is on course to win the FA Cup, thanks to a last minute Anthony Martial goal against Everton at Wembley.
There’s no doubt United don’t deserve to win anything under the stewardship of the Dutchman, but with Crystal Palace the opposition in the final, it looks like they’re going to.
Suppose £250m has to get you something…