Across the globe, we are fortunate enough to have a range of exceptional players and well-developed sides. At times we forget how much of a luxury this is therefor we believe its time to highlight some of the best and worst moments on the pitch each week.
Strike Of The Week – Tanguy Ndombele (Spurs vs Aston Villa)
Ndombele joined Spurs this summer for a fee of around £55 million after a brilliant season in Ligue 1. He played in centre mid for Lyon and drew praise from many pundits. He only managed one goal in the league all season though, and after seeing this strike that was a huge surprise. Many of Europes biggest clubs were trying to get his signature but Spurs were the lucky ones who managed to get the deal done. Ndombele looks like what Spurs have been missing for a while. He’s a versatile box-to-box midfielder who can be very influential at both ends of the pitch.
This was seen as a game that Spurs should win comfortably. Aston Villa have just been promoted to the Premier League and lost their top goal scorer last season in Tammy Abraham. However, the visitors took an early lead through McGinn. This took the home side by suprise and they struggled to get going in the first half. In the second half though it changed and Spurs started to dominate. It felt as if one goal would then lead to more. Eriksen put in a good ball across the face of goal that Sanchez flicked on but it was somehow kept out. The ball then fell to Lucas, he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet and was closed down quickly. He saw Ndombele free just outside the box and laid the ball off. The Frenchman hit it first time fizzing it from the left-hand side of the box into the bottom right corner. It was a fantastic first-time finish, especially on his debut, and it was the catalyst for Spurs to go on and win 3-1.
SAVES Of The Week – Tim Krul (Liverpool vs Norwich)
Norwich went up as the Championship winners this season and have managed to keep hold of their best players. They have brought in a lot of signings but none of them have Premier League experience. Norwich don’t have a great record against Liverpool. The last few times they have met, the Canaries have been beaten heavily. However, its game against teams in the bottom half where they are going to need to be there best and pick up points to stay in the Premier League. Krul joined Norwich at the start of last season and played every league game for them. He was instrumental in getting promotion and kept 13 clean sheets along the way.
Liverpool started the game very well and were 4-0 up by the 42nd minute. The scoreline could have been a lot higher in the second half had it not been for a good display by Tim Krul. It is key for Norwich that they let in as little goals as possible in games when they are already losing. Come to the end of the season it could be goal difference that keeps them up or sends them down. Liverpool were flying and looking to add a fifth goal to their tally. Origi ran down the byline and put a ball into the box. Firmino dummied it for the oncoming Henderson who hit it first time. As he was running on to it the ball rifled off his boot and looked set for the goal. Krul pulled off a fantastic reaction save to tip the ball onto the crossbar and stop Liverpool from getting a fifth. Norwich then went on to score and the game finished 4-1.
Player of the week – Raheem Sterling (West Ham vs Man City)
Last season Sterling was just beaten to the PFA Player Of The Year award. He had a brilliant season scoring 17 and assisting 12 more. He has become one of Man Citys most important players and when he is at his best, City are too. Peps side needed to get off to a good start, especially with Liverpool winning 4-1 the night before. Last season it only went down to one point and every point this year will be crucial.
Sterling got three goals in the second half of this game to put him to of the scoring charts and City top of the table. His first goal was a one on one that he calmly turned home past Fabianski. His second goal was his best one. Mahrez cut inside and chipped a ball over to him. He controlled the ball and the chipped it himself over the oncoming Fabianski to get him his second goal.
Mahrez then won a penalty and Aguero took it not giving Sterling his chance for his third. Aguero missed but VAR made them retake the penalty due to the keeper not being on his line. Again Aguero didn’t give to Aguero and with only minutes left it looked like he wouldn’t get an opening day hat-trick. Sterling did get his third though and it was identical to his first except on the other side of the box.
This was a brilliant display by Sterling who looks like he could be in for another high scoring season.