The first two weeks of the 2021-22 Premier League season saw some exciting action on the field as fans returned to the stadium to cheer on their teams for the first time in months.
It has been a mixed start to the big six clubs. Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham got off to a positive start, while title favourites Manchester City and Manchester United had to contend with just one victory each.
The talk of the tournament, however, has been Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal as they’ve lost both of their fixtures and are in urgent need of a turnaround.
Club fortunes are made or broken by the performance of their players and the Premier League boasts of some of the best talents on the continent. Ahead of the Game Week 3 of the Premier League, we look at top players in action to watch out for.
While Manchester United are still in talks with Bruno Fernandes about his future at Old Trafford, the Portuguese superstar has already had a superb start to the season.
In the opening game against Leeds United at Old Trafford, Fernandes scored a hat-trick to give the Red Devils a thumping 5-1 win over the Whites. However, the fixture at Southampton saw a forgettable performance by the entire squad as the Saints managed to hold United to a draw.
But for Fernandes, the result extended his unbeaten away run with the Red Devils to a record 26 fixtures. After arriving midway through the 2019/20 season at Old Trafford, the former Sporting CP player is yet to taste an away defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
With the Red Devils travelling to face a lacklustre Wolverhampton Wanderers squad at the Molineux Stadium, the midfielder will be hoping to play a more active role to bring his club back to the top of the table.
The £100m fee that Pep Guardiola paid for Jack Grealish seems outrageous at first glance, but Grealish’s creativity with the ball and his leadership skills are well worth the money.
Manchester City are undoubtedly the strongest squad in the Premier League, but repeated losses at the European stage have forced Pep Guardiola to further strengthen his team.
Despite being at the club for less than a month, Grealish seems to have impressed the team management and players especially with his finishing skills.
Jack Grealish scored his debut goal for the Citizens in front of a raucous crowd at the Etihad as they routed Norwich 5-0, with his awkward goal coming in the 22nd minute.
For Grealish, who had the infamous record of being a substitute who was substituted by Gareth Southgate in the semi-finals against Denmark, the goal will give him just the right motivation to kick start his journey with the champions.
Romelu Lukaku’s signing by Thomas Tuchel for a whopping £98 million in a way encapsulated Chelsea’s plans for the season.
After clinching the UEFA Champions League title last season with a classy win over Manchester City, Thomas Tuchel is no longer content with the club playing for a spot in the Champions League alone. To that end, Romelu Lukaku gives the team the missing link they have been lacking so far in front of the goal.
Lukaku scored the opening goal in front of a full Emirates Stadium against rivals Arsenal, making light work of Arsenal’s defences. Tuchel’s ability to seamlessly move on from Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic to Kai Havertz and now Lukaku heading the attack is a further strength to the team.
With a crucial fixture against another big-six club this weekend, Lukaku’s prowess will be tested to the maximum as he will face a much-stronger Liverpool defence.
The veteran West Ham forward has been a key part of the Hammers’ run to qualify for the Europa League last season. The 31-year-old is now West Ham’s highest goal scorer – with 49 goals from 160 appearances for the team.
Antonio’s role in the team is not limited to scoring goals, however, as the striker has also featured as a right-back, a midfielder, and a winger for his club when required. Under David Moyes, Antonio has filled the void that West Ham have always had in front of the goal.
Antonio’s celebration after scoring the 49th goal in the game against Leicester is typical of the striker, who is a fun-loving person that happens to play football. With beginnings in the lower-rungs of English football, Antonio has managed to retain the humility that is increasingly becoming rare in the Premier League these days.
West Ham head back home to host Crystal Palace this week and Antonio will be looking to continue his excellent form and net early points for his team.
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