11 The Daily Telegraph Monday 27 July 2020 *** Bournemouth Brighton and Hove Albion Biggest headache this summer Star of the show Star of the show Most improved player began with five straight defeats, including a 4-1 home drubbing by Newcastle. Tariq Lamptey, a January recruit from Chelsea, was not deemed ready to make his debut until June. He has been excellent. Aaron Ramsdale has had rather more practice than he would have liked, but has improved greatly. It is an impressive feat for Neal Maupay to reach double figures in goals in his first season in the Premier League. Harry Wilson scored eight times and 34 games in a top-flight season will be invaluable for his return to Liverpool. Finding another goalscorer to compete with, or play alongside, Maupay in attack. Biggest headache this summer Game to remember Fans’ mood Biggest let down Biggest let down Resolving Eddie Howe’s future. Game to remember There has been a clear shift in philosophy under the management of Potter, and the consensus is that Brighton are on the up. Ryan Fraser was a case study on the consequences of allowing a player to run down his contract. The uncertainty over his future seemed to have a wider draining impact. Alireza Jahanbakhsh was a £17 million club-record signing in 2018, but started just three league games this season. A 3-0 win at home against Tottenham was the first big victory of Graham Potter’s reign. Fans’ mood There is loyalty to Howe, but fans are asking fair questions about some of the transfer decisions. A first ever away win against neighbours Southampton in September was a high point. Game to forget A 3-1 defeat by Bournemouth was a painful night. Grade D Grade B- Most improved player Game to forget Jeremy Wilson Sam Dean Project Restart Crystal Palace Everton Biggest headache this summer Star of the show Star of show was a heavy Merseyside derby defeat. last year, but has been even better this time around. looking more comfortable in the Everton No9 shirt. Has shown more promise than previous years. Top scorer Jordan Ayew, rather than Wilfried Zaha for once, has been Palace’s most important attacker. Lucas Digne. A top-four defender in a mid-table side. Everton will fight to keep the French full-back. Biggest headache this summer Game to remember Squad desperately needs new faces, with concerns over how long Hodgson will want to continue. A 2-1 victory at Old Trafford, thanks to a stoppage-time winner from Patrick van Aanholt, was hailed as “heroic” by Roy Hodgson. Another rebuild while resisting interest in Digne and Richarlison. Carlo Ancelotti should keep their stars and attract players. Biggest let down Game to remember Biggest let down Fabian Delph. He has barely played, and has not taken kindly to fans’ criticism. Everton wanted far more from him. Fans’ mood Max Meyer. Was signed to be a creative threat, but he drifts through matches. Duncan Ferguson inspiring victory over Chelsea as caretaker manager with Everton in the bottom three. Hodgson provides security and comfort. Is it time to pursue something more exciting, to dream a little bigger? Fans’ mood Most improved player Game to forget Most improved player Concerned but hopeful. A 1-0 loss at home to Burnley in the third match since restart. Game to forget Vicente Guaita has impressed in goal. He was good Grade B- Grade D Dominic CalvertLewin was Marco Silva’s last game in charge Sam Dean Chris Bascombe Manchester United Newcastle United Norwich City Star of the show Biggest headache this summer Star of the show Star of the show redeeming feature. another relegationthreatened side, Southampton, in the first game proved how short Norwich were. continued. Bruce, he looks fitter, leaner and focused. Max Aarons – another hugely talented young English player. Most improved player Bruno Fernandes’s arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January had a transformative effect and helped unlock the suppressed potential of a select group of players. Allan SaintMaximin – a truly bright spark amid the gloom. Todd Cantwell – Norwich have a lot of talented young players, but he has looked the best of the lot. Biggest headache this summer Game to remember Is the takeover going to happen, by who and if it does not, will Mike Ashley allow a manager to improve the squad so they can finish in the top 10 regularly? Mason Greenwood’s outstanding debut season deserves special mention. Game to remember Biggest let down Can they recruit well, and in volume? The shortcomings of the wider squad mean that there is no margin for error in the transfer market. Bournemouth 1 Newcastle 4. Comfortably the best game Newcastle played, dominating from start to finish. Joelinton. When you smash your transfer record and spend £40million on a Brazilian striker, you expect more than two league goals. Seems like a long time ago, but Norwich were brilliant in securing a 3-2 win over Manchester City back in September. Biggest headache this summer Biggest let down Game to remember Teemu Pukki – Started the season well, but the 30-year-old has looked like the Championship is more his level as the season progressed. Which players can they hold on to and which will start to agitate to leave. Two, actually: the home and away wins over rivals Manchester City. Game to forget Biggest let down Fans’ mood There were two, both against Norwich City. Both times, Newcastle were awful. Fans’ mood Game to forget Game to forget Frustrated, angry and increasingly bitter. David de Gea. The glaring individual errors that surfaced last season have Fans’ mood Most improved player Cautiously optimistic. Wretched 1-0 defeat at Newcastle was devoid of a single Emerging from lockdown with slim hopes, the 3-0 defeat by Here we go again. Grade C+ Grade B Grade D- Most improved player Jonjo Shelvey. Under Steve Luke Edwards James Ducker Luke Edwards Watford West Ham United Wolves Game to forget Star of the show Star of the show Star of the show Most improved player management. Who goes and who stays? The likes of Sarr and Abdoulaye Doucoure should generate income. the Carabao Cup did not make it any less embarrassing. Will Hughes has continued his development. now one of the most potent attackers in the league. A triumph for Nuno Espirito Santo’s ability as a coach. The 0-0 borefest against Brighton was a stinker and cost them dear. Declan Rice had not been at his best over the first half of the season, but since the return of David Moyes the England international has been superb. Ben Foster has been the most consistent performer. Ismaila Sarr has shown glimpses. The peerless Joao Moutinho and consistent Conor Coady stand out, but the goals of Raul Jimenez were crucial. One of the top three strikers in the Premier League. Ben Johnson earned the praise of Gary Neville for his performance in the draw at Old Trafford. Game to remember Biggest headache this summer Biggest headache this summer The 3-0 win over Liverpool came out of nowhere. Needing to raise funds to overhaul the squad. Fans’ mood Biggest let down Game to remember Game to remember Game to forget The squad needs urgent refreshing. There are too many average players who have not contributed anywhere near enough, given their salaries. Nuno has just over 10 months left on his contract and Wolves need to sort out that new deal quickly. Danny Welbeck has not provided the goal threat that was expected of him, but the biggest flop was undoubtedly Quique Sanchez Flores. West Ham 3, Chelsea 2. West Ham have taken six points off Chelsea this season. The 8-0 loss to Manchester City. Conceding five goals in the first 18 minutes is unforgivable. Completing the league double over Manchester City was admirable, and it will be the 3-2 win at Molineux on Dec 27 that lingers in the memory. Fans’ mood Biggest let down Biggest let down Survival will not change many supporters from being unhappy with the running of the club. Despite a promising start, Sebastien Haller has struggled to live up to his club record £45 million price tag. Patrick Cutrone arrived from AC Milan, but it did not work out. Fans’ mood Game to forget Biggest headache this summer Epic season of progress. Most improved player Oxford 4, West Ham 0. The fact this result came in Grade D Grade D Grade B Most improved player Sam Dean Matt Law John Percy Adama Traore is Squad
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