On a day which saw Manchester City steamroll Liverpool as well as Brighton picking up their first win and Manchester United dropping points to Stoke, we outline the star performers from today’s Premier League action.
Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City
Manchester City were electrifying in their 5-0 win over Liverpool. Though the emphatic result can (arguably) largely be put down to Sadio Mane’s controversial red card, some of the attacking play from Pep Guardiola’s side was absolutely sublime. De Bruyne may not have found the scoresheet today, but his excellent ability to create space – as well as his incredible range of passing – were key as the Belgian international came up with two assists and was instrumental in securing a monumental victory. If De Bruyne continuously replicates this form, the Premier League title could very well end up in the Etihad at the end of the campaign.
Danny Welbeck – Arsenal
A much-needed win for the Gunners was spearheaded by Welbeck as his early header set the tone for a rare joyous afternoon for Arsene Wenger’s side. The England man showed clinicality which has been lacking at times in past, but he stepped up when it mattered most today. With Welbeck competing for places with Alexis Sanchez, Alexandre Lacazette and Olivier Giroud, performances like that of todays are sure to do the former Man United man absolutely no harm as the Gunners will look to build on this important victory.
Pascal Gross – Brighton
The German forward had one of the best days of his career so far as he scored a brace as well as providing an assist in the Seagulls’ first ever Premier League victory. The former Ingolstadt man improvised well for his first, and displayed great ability from distance when adding his second of the afternoon. His cross for Tomer Hemed to seal the win was the icing on the cake – and the Brighton support will be delighted with his performance as they picked up a vital win in the battle for Premier League survival.
Kurt Zouma – Stoke
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will pick up most of the headlines for his two goals in Stoke’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United – but it is Zouma who was the key man in their success as the French defender played an absolute blinder. The on-loan Chelsea centre half displayed speed, power and awareness in a commanding performance at the back – and if it wasn’t for him, one could argue United’s 100% record would still be intact.
Performances like that of today will make many wonder why Antonio Conte chose to send a player of this talent out on loan, given he is probably just as good as any defender that the champions fielded so far this season.
Harry Kane – Tottenham
August is well and truly over – as Harry Kane is back among the goals. Although the English striker probably didn’t mean his first goal as his cross looped in – it clearly done his confidence the world of good, as he added a brilliant second in the second half. If Tottenham are to mount another title challenge this campaign – they will need to have their star man in top form – and given today’s efforts, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will certainly be no push-overs with a striker of Kane’s quality up front.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena
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