The story so far
Five emerging themes from the first four rounds of the new season
1 Stability at Watford
Early days yet perhaps, but good to see the club reaping some reward from starting the new season with the same manager that finished the last one. Playing two up front seems to bring the best out of the evergreen Troy Deeney as a bonus. Everyone’s secondfavourite club at the moment.
2 Mourinho’s moaning
Th e glumness at Old Traff ord is just an act after all, as Juliette Ferrington proved on Match of the Day 2 when forcing José Mourinho into remembering which facial muscles we were necessary to break out a smile. Manager deflecting a attention from players is not a shock ; now it is time for the players to do the decent thing thin and put a few wins together. toget ef
3 Liverpool can defend
Granted, they st still have goalkeeping peculiarities, b but when Alisson is not attempting Cruyff turns in his own area he looks up to the task of completing a solid back division in which Virgil van Dijk commands most of the attention and Trent Alexander- Arnold, Joe Gomez and Andy Robertson more than hold their own.
4 Let’s talk about Kevin
Manchester City miss Kevin De Bruyne. Well anyone would, obviously, but the notion of improving on the impeccable standards set last season might have to go on hold until the Belgian returns. Th ey still look capable of retaining the title, perhaps even going further in Europe, but they also look reassuringly human without their ideas man.
5 Howe and why
Bournemouth under Eddie Howe seem to have quietly cracked the top fl ight. Sean Dyche insists Burnley cannot yet be regarded as an established Premier League force and results are proving him right. Bournemouth, on the other hand, have begun their fourth season well and this time it could be Howe who ends up being the best- placed English manager. Paul Wilson