With the Premier League taking a break this weekend, now seems a good time to assess the start of the campaign. Who’s impressed you most so far?
Bournemouth are the first team that come to mind. I know they’re quite established in the top flight now, but they’ve done ever so well. I really like the front pairing of Josh King and Callum Wilson, they were excellent against Watford last time out. And Jefferson Lerma in the midfield, bought for big money by Bournemouth standards, looks a real player.
Another side that I’ve enjoyed watching so far is Wolves. They’ve played the same sort of football as last season and they’ve had some excellent results already. The draw with Man City being one of them.
If they both continue to play the way they are, I see no reason why Bournemouth and Wolves can’t make a top half finish this season.
At the top, Man City and Liverpool have obviously been picking up regular points. But for me, Chelsea are the standout amongst the three of them. Sarri has come in and taken them up a level straight away. Hazard has been my player of the season so far and Chelsea look like genuine title challengers, which I don’t think anyone predicted start of the season.
And my old side Arsenal have clicked in recent weeks. Lacazette and Aubameyang are firing and if they continue to bang the goals in, I believe Arsenal have a decent chance of breaking back into that top four.
And who hasn’t impressed you?
Manchester United would be the obvious ones. So many big names under-performing for them and the much talked about debate around Mourinho’s future and Pogba’s future. They’re already off the pace at the top and need to be using that Newcastle win as a springboard to kick on.
And Newcastle would be the other team that I would have expected to have been doing a little bit better than they are. They’ve not been able to invest in new signings and that’s definitely hurt them, but they put themselves in a great position against United and in those situations you have to take something from the game. They didn’t, and it could be a long season for them.
And if you had to pick one team right now who you think could break up the ‘Big Six’, who would it be?
I think Everton will be the team that finishes above the rest. Whether they can capitalise on United’s poor start and actually make the top six I’m not sure, but I definitely think Everton are next best. They’ve had a few indifferent results but for me they have the strongest squad outside those six and I also think they’ll reinvest in January if they think they need one or two more.