England’s Premier League winners & losers

Winners:

Harry Kane

He’s so good Pep Guadiola reckons he’s an entire team… sort of. 5 goals in 4 days with A whole range of different finishes on display, Kane’s goal scoring statistics are becoming silly. Does anyone want to argue Jordan Henderson would make a better England captain?

Gareth Southgate

It’s been a good week for the England manager, first those helpful chaps on the FIFA disciplinary committee only gave Dele Alli a one match ban for flipping the bird on camera, meaning he won’t incur a 2 match ban next summer.

Then at the weekend 70 English players started premier league games (32%). That doesn’t sound a huge amount but it is a significant increase on recent weeks at a time when 8 England internationals are out injured. The FA needs to be aiming for around 85 English players a week for England to have a credible playing pool- the FA statisticians will be hoping this is the start of a trend rather than a blip.

Fabian Delph

Good in the Champions League, great against Chelsea even if he is playing at left back, 2 weeks ago Delph was the forgotten man of the Etihad- with Mendy out until Easter he’s a key player for City and this week gets a shot at reviving his England career.

Rob Holding

It’s been a humbling start to the season for young Holding who cut a haunted figure at Anfield a month ago. But a goal in the Europa League and a solid display against Brighton keeps him in the first team picture at Arsenal and suggests he’s not destined for the young player at Arsenal vortex that swallowed the careers of Callum Chambers & Henri Lansbury.

Losers

Saido Berahino

29 games without a goal!! Even the penalty spot isn’t offering a respite- that collapsed move to Spurs and subsequent sulk has seemingly wrecked his career. Doubt Tottenham would be interested in January

Nat Chalobah

A month ago he was given his first England call up now he’s crocked until Christmas. It’s unfortunate for a player who’s finally making headway as a Premier League regular.

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge is not the only Liverpool striker needing a goal, but none need one as badly. Recalled to the starting lineup against Newcastle Sturridge missed 2 presentable chances and was hooked when Jurgen Klopp substituted his entire front line late in the game. The problem with Sturridge is everytime he starts a game we all hark back to 2013-14 when he looked a world beater, he looks anything but right now. How much longer will he be ahead of Dominic Solanke in the Liverpool queue?

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