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Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 32

EPL talk Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 32

  • Leaders leading &
  • Chelsea score 7, Liverpool should have scored 7

And it was Craig Gordon (again) who produced the kind of performance that kept Sunderland from experiencing an embarrassing afternoon, just ask Aston Villa. Such were the fortunes and misfortunes from just 2 of the 9 Premier League matches on offer Saturday and Sunday (with Manchester City and Wigan set to come Monday night).

It was a business as usual weekend as the business end of the season approaches like a tidal wave of anxiety for most Premier League clubs. All remained chuffed in the top 2 of the title race, while Beautiful Passing Gnomes tripped and stumbled away to Birmingham City. But I assure you, the Arsenal continue to remain involved in this title race. An Arsenal win next weekend at home to Wolves and a Chelsea v Manchester United draw would put the top 3 teams on points 73, 72 and 71, respectively. It’s not over yet folks.

Aston Villa have forgotten how to win in recent weeks, while Saturday’s trip to Chelsea saw them forget how to defend. The Blues impressively smashed 7 past Villa, who like last year, seem to be stuttering and stalling towards the finish of the season and continue to remain outside of the top 4. Their lack of depth in squad being the main ingredient of their hesitation.  

  • R words

Rightfully, relegation seems to be on a lot of peoples minds in recent weeks. Realistically, Pompey are down and have ran out, which leaves 2 spots for about 6 teams to row over. Righteously, Hull City won at home and repulsively, West Ham lost yet again in front of their resolute faithful. While we remember the excitement of the title and L4, we remain captivated by Relegation.

Honorable Mentions -

Dimitar Berbatov, Manchester United- His most brilliant moment in the game was neither one of his 2 goals, or his leading of the United line whilst Wayne Rooney was left home to rest. Berbatov showed his true skill, when in the 18th minute, he received a ball in from Darren Fletcher on United’s right wing. The often-described “languid” Bulgarian, with his back to goal, caught the ball with his right foot in one smooth, turning motion and volleyed it towards goal only for Jussi Jaaskelainen to save and bobble out for a United corner. It was a breathtaking attempt that surely would have been mentioned for goal of the season if the ball had found the net.

Regardless of his incredible attempt, Berbatov showed his worth for United scoring a brace, the second and third of the day for the Reds which laid claim to all three points after Jloyd Samuel gifted United their 11th OG of the season. I can’t stress again how important it was for Berbatov to have a solid, break-through kind of performance for United when their true leader was out. United will continue to need these kinds of performances from Berbatov as they continue their pursuit of their fourth straight Premier League title and possible third straight appearance in a Champions League final.

Fernando Torres, Liverpool- The Spaniard is rreeaaaaally coming into form as of late for Liverpool at just the right time. Torres has led Liverpool by scoring 7 goals in 4 matches as they now sit in 5th place having jumped ahead of Manchester City (who have 2 games in hand). He scored an incredible goal to open the match at home v Sunderland on Sunday. It was a goal of some class as he slid past his defender coming in from the left and curled a perfectly weighted shot past the in-form Craig Gordon.

If you thought his first was decent, wait until you see his second. Torres wrapped up the scoring and all three crucial points when in the 60th minute his touch and quality were soft and quiet enough to lull a baby to sleep. Torres received a straight ball in the box from Glenn Johnson and took one touch before two Sunderland defenders attempted to close him down. In a moment of brilliance and pure class that only a naturally gifted footballer can possess, Torres timed his soft shot just perfect enough to allow the on-rushing defenders to slide past him and create the space he needed for a clear look on goal. In a split second, the defenders took the bait and Torres calmly slotted home his second of the match. Genius.

Premier League Footballer of the Week -

 Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 32
 
Frank Lampard, Chelsea – Don’t scoff at me, isn’t winning the title what it’s all about? Score 4 goals, assist on another, surge forward in attack all day long and lead your team to a 7-1 thrashing of a potential top 4 team, and you then get the distinct privilege of winning awards, it’s that simple.
Sure, 2 of the 4 were pens (damn fine ones if you ask me), but the other 2 were quality goals from a quality midfielder doing what he does best, getting forward in attack. On Saturday, Frank Lampard became the third highest scorer in Chelsea’s history. AS A MIDFIELDER!
Lampard’s first of the day required a full stretched effort when he was able to meet a Florent Malouda cross that was drilled across the face of goal. Lampard met the ball at the back post after it cleared three Villa defenders, 1-0 Chelsea (oddly enough, Villa’s only goal of the day was quite similar to Chelsea’s first when Ashley Young crossed from the wing across the face of goal for John Carew to tap in).
2 well struck penalties later, Lampard was scoring again in open play as this time he cleaned up scraps that Villa midfielder James Milner left in front of goal. Lampard wanted it more, and Lampard got it. His fourth of the day in a route.
With top players from Chelsea and Manchester United in great form, Saturday’s top 2 clash at Old Trafford is sure to be a massive game that could give us a clearer idea on who’s going to win the title this year. Stay tuned.

26 Responses to Premier League Footballer of the Week, Gameweek 32

  1. percyfilth says:

    You sad lot. We get a write up on the top four clubs players in the poll and how good they are yet Fuller(and Crouch) who scores the goal of the weekend… nothing. had it been one of the other 4 you would be creaming yourselves at its Messi like quality. Typical big 4 mentality where no one else exists outside of ManYoo, Chelski and Arsenal. Poor.

  2. robbo says:

    Ricardo Fuller scores one of the best goals for years

    nothing said

    Rooney Messi orRonaldo would’ve been proud

  3. scfcrob says:

    Fuller > Messi

    Fuller = Legend

  4. The Gaffer says:

    Percy and Robbo, it was a very rare weekend in the Premier League where there were so many talking points. There was Nani’s dribbling, Torres’s incredible goal, Fuller’s mazzy run and goal against West Ham, Crouch’s nice header from Bale’s cross, and much more.

    As I wrote in my piece earlier this morning at http://epltalk.com/why-were-no-longer-watching-the-same-epl-matches/17125 — with each Premier League game being shown live in the States, it’s hard to watch them all. And our highlights package is horrible (no MOTD), so I wasn’t able to see the Fuller goal until late Sunday night. And by that time, I’m ready for a good night’s sleep to begin a new work week.

    It’s very possible that Jesse may not have seen Fuller’s goal. At least not yet.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  5. John Potter says:

    Gaffer, wouldn’t it be better if Jesse had not seen Fuller’s goal to have refrained from putting up the poll until he had? Or if that is not possible have left out editorial comments on any of the players in the poll. It just seems wrong to have a poll with editorial comments on some of the players (from the BIG clubs, naturally) whilst other players in the poll have no editorial comment. It doesn’t doesn’t fit in with my English sense of fair play! ;)

    PS – Fuller’s goal was the dog’s danglies as we say on this side of the pond!

  6. Fuller>Messi says:

    Fullers goal best ive seen in ages, if it was drogba every1 wud still have jizz in there pants

  7. ben scfc says:

    fuller scored a great goal again west ham.

  8. Jesse says:

    To all my rowdy Stoke City supporters:

    Thanks for the feedback,

    Yes I had seen the goal well before I had included Fuller as a choice. My viewing of the goal was my very reason to include Fuller as a choice. It was brilliant, but I simply can’t write about every single goal or more than a small handful of players without risking redundancy.

    As the Gaffer stated, it’s nearly impossible to watch every match over the course of the weekend. So no, I wasn’t able to view the whole of the West Ham v Stoke match.

    Also, the theme of this week’s column was leaders emerging for their respective clubs. And although Fuller’s wonder goal was a winner, and yes, quite inspirational, Fuller himself only played about 25 minutes of the match and didn’t warrant a write up.

    I vow to continue to appease other clubs outside of the top 4 in upcoming weeks as I have been in weeks past when appropriate.

  9. Dave B. says:

    IMO folks give way to much praise to the guy who scored a penalty kick over the guy who drew the penalty in the first place.

    Why wouldn’t Zhirkov get some praise? I believe he drew both penalties with a couple of nice hard charges into the box, beating defenders and putting them in a position to do something stupid.

    By the time Lampard scored a goal that wasn’t a gimme, the game was already over.

    Compared to Torres who put his team on the front foot early in the match, and then sealed the victory later.

    Or Fuller who almost singlehandedly earned his team 2 extra points.

    • CTBlues says:

      Yes Dave because first goal Lampard scored was gimme when the ball managed to get across the box and he came slidding in on his backside to knock it.

    • Jesse says:

      Again, as good as Fuller’s goal was, Lampard and more specifically Chelsea, are in the middle of a heated title race -while Fuller’s goal put Stoke in 11th. Let’s put a little more perspective on Lampard’s contributions.

      I’m not sure I care how one scores 4 goals. If you find the net 4 times in a day, something is going right for you.

      In regards to the Torres comment, I agree. It really could have gone either way (Torres was brilliant), but if Chelsea win the title this year and beat Manchester United next week because of the momentum they have, Chelsea supporters will all look back on Lampard’s performance at the end of the season with some fondness.

  10. Jesse says:

    And whoever has voted for Fuller 270 times, thanks for your contributions, we get the point.

  11. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Jesse,

    I think you’ll find that they’re all individual votes from fans of Ricardo Fuller over here in Stoke.

    ICK

    • The Gaffer says:

      I agree with Ian. They’re legitimate votes. Stoke fans are loyal to the core whether it’s at the Britannia or on the Interwebs (honestly).

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  12. ROBIN.RELIANT says:

    I concur with IanCransonsKnees: we here in Stoke are very proud of our bitch-slappin’ reggae boy Ric.

    Though he was cast out into the wilderness at Upton Park last season, he regained his place in the starting 11 and ended the season as our most prolific goalscorer.

    The goal was as memorable as the Lampard 4 since Stoke have a lean away goalscoring record, so when they come they’re held in high esteem.

    Just remember, our whole starting 11 cost less than one of the big four’s strikers !

    Perspetive is everything in football, but I’m proud to be a Potter (even though I’m biased !)

    • Jesse Chula says:

      Then I stand humbled and corrected!

      Stoke City fans have earned my respect and praise today. I’m honored that the lot of you participated in the post.

      Up the Potters!!

  13. AussiePotter says:

    Absolutely cracking goal by Fuller!

  14. Jeff says:

    Forget Fuller. Zoran Tosic had to best goal of the weekend with regards to a Premiership Player.
    http://www.101greatgoals.com/videodisplay/5176311/

    Granted he is on loan from United to Cologne.

  15. evan says:

    tevez deserves a mention. 12 minute hat trick is pretty good!

  16. Daftburger says:

    “Again, as good as Fuller’s goal was, Lampard and more specifically Chelsea, are in the middle of a heated title race -while Fuller’s goal put Stoke in 11th. Let’s put a little more perspective on Lampard’s contributions.

    I’m not sure I care how one scores 4 goals. If you find the net 4 times in a day, something is going right for you.

    In regards to the Torres comment, I agree. It really could have gone either way (Torres was brilliant), but if Chelsea win the title this year and beat Manchester United next week because of the momentum they have, Chelsea supporters will all look back on Lampard’s performance at the end of the season with some fondness. ”

    And that my friend sums up the Top four supporter mentality. Sup[porting a team is not just about the team who wins on an unlevel playing field. The significance of Fullers goal was safety for another season (only their second season in the Pemiershit) of a team that survives on a percentage of the budget of the top four.

    In the league within a league Stoke are doing very, very well considering….

  17. Bristol Potter says:

    Sorry but another individual vote for Fuller. If Rooney, Drogba or Torres had scored it we wouldn’t have heard the last!

  18. KingKenny says:

    Decent goal from Fuller but it doesn’t warrant all the hoopla! He got lucky with the dribbling as the defending was dreadful and if the keeper had stood up he’d have saved it as Fuller hit in the middle of the goal pretty much, then again, he’s hardly known for his cool and calm finishing. Bet he won’t do it again!

    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      Astoon Villa last season was a better goal by Fuller in my opinion KK. Fuller tries to score like that every week, even when he doesn’t it scares the crap out of the opposition. If it doesn’t work we’ll always get a goal from a Delap throw in wont we?

  19. KingKenny says:

    Yeah go for it, “always” get a goal from a Delap throw – yeah sure go for it, hope you get relegated for it next season.

  20. IanCransonsKnees says:

    I being ‘boring’ was reason for being relegated then Liverpool would be below Portsmouth this season and the ‘Daytrippers’ would have to buy a new shirt.

    As it is we’ll have to settle for them finishing sixth.

    Enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TV4bXyl4uM

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