Monday Manager: Talking Points

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool (L) celebrates scoring their first goal with Alberto Moreno of Liverpool during the FA Cup fifth round match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on February 14, 2015 in London, England

Every week we bring you our take on some of the big talking points from the weekend’s action. This week we have an FA Cup edition, and we also look ahead to Gameweek 26 of the Barclay’s Premier League.

Can Sherwood turn it around for Villa?

Tim Sherwood’s reign at Villa Park got off to the perfect start when his new side saw off the challenge of Leicester City. For fans, the realisation that they actually looked a threat going forward will have been as promising as the victory. The question now becomes whether this was a sign of things to come, or merely an aberration?

The turgid style of play adopted under Paul Lambert rendered their attackers completely useless, particularly from a fantasy football perspective. Under new leadership the likes of Christian Benteke, and Carles Gil may have more opportunities to showcase their undoubted abilities.

Sturridge Shines for Liverpool

Defences around the country take note; Daniel Sturridge is back. The England international has endured a torrid, injury riddled season, but another goal at the weekend- in the FA Cup win over Crystal Palace- signaled his return to form.

Liverpool, who were already showing signs of improvement in his absence, look a different side with Sturridge in the team. His pace and movement create space for the likes of Sterling and Coutinho, that simply wasn’t there during his absence. Add to that a poachers instincts and you have a recipe for a side that will score a ton of goals between now and the end of the season.

West Brom hammer complacent Hammers

West Ham have exceeded all expectations this season, both in terms of league position and style of play. However, the weekend was a stark reality check for a side that may have taken their foot off the pedal after back to back games against Man Utd and Southampton.

Tony Pulis’s West Brom side demolished them from start to finish. Pulis is demonstrating, once again, what a truly exceptional manager he is. West Brom have lost just once in nine games since he took over, and he has even gotten record signing Brown Ideye scoring goals.

The much maligned summer purchase has now scored in his last three and is becoming one to watch for your fantasy football line ups. Yet again Pulis’ has turned around a seemingly dire situation in a matter of weeks.

Gameweek 26 is now live on PlayON.co. Enter the £1,000 Guaranteed Game now.

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