Five Takeaways From Today's Premier League Action

Five Takeaways From Today's Premier League Action
By Ciaran Bradley

It was a frenetic day in the Premier League, with five matches full of goals and a few storylines. We have taken a look at social media to see which talking points that some may have missed.

 

Chelsea supporters are sick of Pedro

When Manchester United and Chelsea were slugging it out for Pedro's signature, his decision to join the latter was seen as a coup for the Blues. Their disastrous season last year did not prove fertile ground for his development, and the former Barcelona winger has found form difficult to come by. It seems that Chelsea fans are increasingly willing to see the itinerant Victor Moses in his place in the starting line-up, which says a lot:

 

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Spurs' squad depth is already paying dividends

Tottenham's final fixtures last season became the dictionary definition of 'Spursiness'. Having succumbed to Leicester, mental and physical fatigue led to a complete implosion. So the priority this summer was to recruit to help key players in the squad share the burden. The signings of Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama should help the form and fitness of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier - and if their performances against Crystal Palace are anything to go by, this could be a hell of a season for Spurs.

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Hull are the new Leicester (yes!)

In the maelstrom of pre-season predictions, there was only one that united every pundit and fan - that not only would Hull be relegated, they would likely finish bottom. The more doom-mongering among us also predicted that they would overtake Derby's lowest-ever Premier League points tally, as their lack of a manager, signings and thirteen first-team players would lead to humiliation. If that is to be so, then Hull have amassed over half of their entire season's points in the opening two games. What is more likely is that a siege mentality has galvanised the squad, and their fans can be forgiven for dreaming.

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Everton's 'bouncebackability' could serve them well:

Once the signings of Idrissa Gueye, Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie were confirmed, Everton fans could begin to see a side being made in Ronald Koeman's image - tough and uncompromising, with no little skill. The problem was always going to be how quickly they settled, given how relatively late the business was left. The solid performance against Spurs was a good foundation, and Blues fans will be happy with how well they rallied after going down to Gareth McAuley's first-half goal. This is the type of hard-won fixture that was nowhere to be seen last season.

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Swansea's home form will be key to survival:

Last weekend, Swansea were one of the teams that could take particular solace from their three points. Their pre-season has been uncertain, losing the likes of Andre Ayew and Ashley Williams, while also missing out on Joe Allen, so the win against Burnley was very welcome. Today's loss against Hull City will be worrying for several reasons: the lack of goals, the concession to a relegation rival and the fact that both were done at home. Francesco Guidolin has to prioritise replacing Ashley Williams with a defender of similar quality, or the Swans can count themselves in for a very long season.

 

 

 

 

 

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