Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s events | football

1) McTominay is taking big strides forward under Ten Hag

Eric ten Hag said the reason Casemiro stayed on the bench against Arsenal was “Scott McTominay playing really well”. The Scottish midfielder seemed about to be a victim Casemiro arrives from Real Madrid But it has improved under Tin Hag, which is a sign of the quality of training he can provide. Against Arsenal, he kept things simple. In the first half, he achieved 100% passing accuracy, taking 27 touches and winning twice. Introduced the base to allow Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes the freedom to make a difference on the field. Casemiro’s arrival propelled McTominay forward, knowing that his former best would not be good enough to earn a starting point. Seeing what Casemiro does in training would be helpful as he hasn’t had a role model at the club in recent years and only got his chance due to a dearth of options. Finally, he appears to be a United player, but he still has a fight on his hands to keep his place. I will unwin

2) Is Elliott ready for England?

Is Harvey Elliott ready to take a step into international football? After all, if you’re starting with Liverpool in the Merseyside derby, it’s safe to say you’re probably ready to take on Iran in Doha. The 19-year-old was brilliant at Liverpool’s monotonous show at Goodison Park. If he continues like this, then England manager, Gareth Southgate, should surely take a look. With Jordan Henderson out of the fray and Calvin Phillips not getting minutes at Manchester City, Elliott and Judd Bellingham became part of the vanguard of a new English midfield, equally convenient recycling, sprinting through defenses, changing an attacking point or choosing a pass through heavy traffic. Jonathan Liu

3) Gerrard hopes the draw will help Villa reset and restart

It looked as if Manchester City’s plan was to kill all Aston Villa’s optimism and then cause another of those heavy defeats that had become so common under Pep Guardiola. City looked set to flee with victory when Erling Haaland scored his 10th goal in six games, but Steven Gerrard’s side managed to claim a draw which the Villa boss hopes will prove to be a foundation on which his side can build. “It’s just an important point and an important point if we get the game back on Monday now and play it against Leicester and Southampton,” Gerrard said. “I don’t think anyone gave us a chance before the ball was kicked, so it was important that we had faith and courage in the dressing room, because you need it against City, both in possession and out of possession.” Ben Fisher

Steven Gerrard barks instructions to his players at Aston Villa during the 1-1 draw with Manchester City. Photo: Matthew Ashton/AMA/Getty Images

4) Richarlison brings a new dimension to Spurs attack

Richarlison may not have capped his Spurs debut with a goal but the former Everton striker’s dynamic performance has earned him plaudits and suggested he is a strong addition to their attack. Brazilian Pierre-Emile Hojberg scored Spurs’ first goal, one of four he created in the dominant win over Fulham before seeing a late attempt canceled for offside. There was plenty of encouragement from the way he linked up with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min to wreak havoc on Fulham’s defence. Early evidence is promising and suggests that Richarlison – whose contribution has delighted Antonio Conte – will offer flair and strength to add another dimension to the Spurs frontline. He won’t be playing every week but with the team’s unrelenting schedule, including the start of his Champions League campaign on Wednesday, Richarlison looks like a smart signing who will bolster his attacking power. Simon Mill

5) The Video Assistant Referee continues to disrupt matches and confuse fans

The fact that Chelsea rescheduled against West Ham a week before kick-off, with the kick-off time only known last Monday, probably should have made it all the more popular. That was a slap in the face for many fans, so imagine how the visitors felt when a poor decision, made by a combination of the VAR and match officials, got a late equalizer from Maxwell Cornet. The rush of intense emotions dissipated completely in this way, and as usual, those in the paid seats were left with little idea of ​​what was actually inferred with technology. Every football fan deserves better than this, but those in the stadiums are the ones who get the hardest deal. The idea happens: VAR has helped get some big calls right but nonsensical situations like this still pop up almost every week. The balance feels completely wrong and there is definitely no improvement in the scenery. Is it really worth all the trouble? Nick Ames

Match report: Chelsea 2-1 West Ham

Referee Andrew Madeley is consulting the field observer for the VAR decision at Stamford Bridge.
Referee Andrew Madeley is consulting the field observer for the VAR decision at Stamford Bridge. Photography: Stephen Baston/PA

6) Cooper needs to look forward, not backward

Steve Cooper received little criticism during his tenure at Nottingham Forest But he seems unable to learn from his mistakes. He started with three defenses from Joe Worrall, Steve Cook and Scott McKenna despite their struggles in recent weeks. The trio were all over the place in the second half as Forest gave up a two-goal lead against Bournemouth. The Premier League is ruthless, which is why Forrest has invested in Willie Polly, among others, and Cooper needs to forget about loyalty in order to move forward with Forrest. Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard, the player who has carried the weight of Forrest’s season on his shoulders, is struggling to deal with the pressure at City. He gave the ball cheap to help Bournemouth get back into the game. Cooper needs to make tough decisions in defense and offense to show which direction Forrest must take in order to stay alive. I will unwin

7) Brentford reaps the fruits of Frank’s talk with Tony

Thomas Frank wasn’t exactly credited with Evan Toni’s stunning hat-trick against Leeds, which put him level with Harry Kane on five Premier League goals and fueled speculation about an England call-up. But had it not been for Frank’s intervention on the final day of the August 2020 transfer window, the striker might not have been persuaded to join his squad from Peterborough. “She kept slowing down and pulling out,” Frank recalls. Then I said: Come on an elephant [Giles, Brentford’s director of football] Give me the number and then I will lure him and explain why he should come here.’ I stood outside my sister-in-law’s house and was talking to Evan, and I said to him: “Evan, what are you suspecting?” Since then it has been a very, very happy marriage until now.” Ed Aarons

Match report: Brentford 5-2 Leeds

Evan Toni (centre) takes the match ball with him after he scored a hat-trick for Brentford against Leeds.
Evan Toni (centre) takes the match ball with him after he scored a hat-trick for Brentford against Leeds. Photo: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

8) Rodgers must address Leicester’s defensive weakness

Leicester City are scoring at an alarming rate. Five for Brighton in the AMEX made them 16 in their first six games at the Foxes. Nobody wants to extrapolate that across the season. Interestingly, Wilfred Ndidi again partnered with Jonny Evans in a four-way defense. The performance wasn’t particularly guaranteed, which is understandable given that Ndidi is a midfielder. Hard times then? Except that Brendan Rodgers had two central defenders – Jaglar Soyunko and Janek Westergaard – neither of whom were on the tour’s lineup. It looks like Wout Faes will be the only reliable person to fill a hole the size of Wesley Fofana. Or at least try. However, no one doubts that the newly signed Belgian player will not be particularly upset that his visa was not fulfilled in time for this match. Sam Daling

Match report: Brighton 5-2 Leicester

9) A new puzzle for Newcastle moving upward

This year has been almost relentlessly positive for Newcastle. Now to advance. Ahead of Saturday’s visit to Crystal Palace, Eddie Howe’s apparent attempt to bolster a vault mentality for extra motivation was understandable. After two tough games on the road, which ended in a late disappointment at Liverpool, Palace’s visit heralded a string of matches in which, given their current optimism, Newcastle are expected to win essentially – a new center for them. Whether they have accomplished enough to warrant this expectation – especially in the absence of Bruno Guimarães, Alain Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson – is another question. While Howe had every right to be pleased with Saturday’s assertive performance (and he was), the inability to finish off Palace’s side hanging by their nails at times suggests Patrick Vieira’s post-match prediction that Newcastle could make Europe might be A bit premature. . Andy Brassell

10) Kellman proves his worth to wolves

Left-footed centre-backs who are adept at handling the ball are few and far between in England. Max Kellmann continues to improve at Wolverhampton, leading them to a clean sheet against Southampton. The new signing of Mateos Nunes shows why the club has paid so much to secure his services, but Kellmann is helping build the foundations to allow Wolves midfielders and strikers to flourish. He faced former Maidenhead defender Conor Cody and Willie Polley this summer. Cody has a chance to go to the World Cup in Qatar, but Bruno Lagg was happy to lay off his services because of his confidence in Kielman. In six matches, Wolverhampton conceded four goals on its way to three draws, its first win of the season against Southampton. Burnley’s Nathan Collins has been brought in to long-term partner Kellman, providing the perfect balance in a newly designed four-way defense team. WU