Five Things The Premier League Taught Us This Weekend
It was another exciting weekend of football, as the Premier League moved into the final ten games.
The juggernaut that is Leicester City continued to head for the title, while the fight for fourth was made even tighter after Sunday’s Manchester derby.
Newcastle United and Sunderland knocked seven bells out of each other in their fight for survival, but ended up in a stalemate that doesn’t help either side.
But what lessons did we learn from the weekend? Here are five:
Marcus Rashford Is Not Going Away
He missed out on the England squad for the friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands – and rightly so, but Rashford made sure no one forgets him in the Manchester derby.
Martin Demichelis won’t forget him either, as he watched on while the 18-year-old flew past him and slotted past Joe Hart after 16 minutes of the derby.
The goal made Rashford the youngest scorer in the derby in Premier League history, and enhanced his reputation as one of the league’s brightest talents.
Talk of an international call up is still premature but thanks to his five goals this season, Rashford has proved he’s no Federico Macheda.
Harry Kane Is No One Season Wonder
When Kane scored just once in his first eight games this season, people were worried that the Tottenham Hotspur striker was a one season wonder.
24 games later, Kane is the Premier League’s top scorer and his brace against Bournemouth put him on 21 goals for the season.
He’s a certainty for the England squad this summer and on this form, he must start.
His goals have pushed Spurs to the verge of the Premier League title, and his goal after just 40 seconds against Bournemouth was fitting of his excellent recent form.
Rafa Benitez Is Improving Newcastle But Needs A Win
Newcastle improved on their performance against Leicester last week with another decent display against bitter rivals Sunderland.
They fell behind to a Jermain Defoe goal, but their second half performance had the Mackems hanging on, and they eventually got the equaliser through crazy Serbian Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Benitez has Newcastle looking more organised and up for the fight, even though he faces selection issues that prevent him fielding his best side.
But despite the performances, the Magpies are running out of time and need to get wins if they are to beat the drop.
Next week’s game against Norwich City is vital.
Martin Skrtel Isn’t Popular On Merseyside
Liverpool were coasting to a win at Southampton, before Jurgen Klopp made a substitution.
With Dejan Lovren on a booking, Klopp introduced Skrtel for the Croatian to shore up his defence and protect the two goal lead.
It seemed like a logical move, but it seriously backfired.
Skrtel put in a shocker and fans blamed him for Southampton’s comeback to win 3-2, and Klopp’s decision to go for Skrtel over Kolo Toure really pissed off fans.
Liverpool had conceded three goals in their last eight games before Sunday, but shipped the same amount in just 45 minutes as Ronald Koeman’s side nicked the three points.
Norwich Aren’t Giving Up
With the relegation scrap looking like three from four teams going down, Norwich City needed a win against a West Brom side that have been in decent form.
The Canaries aren’t the best away from home, but fought hard for a 1-0 win that moved them out of the relegation zone going into Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Thanks to that game ending level, Alex Neil’s side are at the top of the mini league at the bottom of the Premier League, and have the advantage going into the final nine games.