Mid de­fen­sive dip

Sunday News - - FOOTBALL -

eight and Romelu Lukaku leads the way for Manch­ester United with 10. Chelsea are also barely into dou­ble fig­ures with Al­varo Mo­rata (10), who has lost his early-sea­son ac­cu­racy and zest.

United’s re­ported in­ter­est in Le­ices­ter’s Jamie Vardy and Arse­nal want­away Alexis Sanchez speaks of a need to in­ject speed into their front­line.

At the top, Pep Guardi­ola has trans­formed Ra­heem Ster­ling from a weak fin­isher into Manch­ester City’s most pro­lific (14) and a Chelsea dis­card, Mo­hamed Salah, leads the charts for Liver­pool with 17.

Many mid­dle-rank­ing clubs are telling them­selves the sure-fire hot­shots are out of range, fi­nan­cially, and that back­ing data­sup­ported hunches is a bet­ter pol­icy. But if your top scorer has four goals, then you need a re­think. If EPL de­fend­ing is dread­ful, some­body ought to tell the strik­ers who are fail­ing to ex­ploit chances. – The Tele­graph, Lon­don

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