Every week we bring you our take on some of the big talking points from the Barclay’s Premier League.
Stone Cold Charlie Austin
Continuing to scores goals has proven beyond the majority of strikers who move up from the Championship to the Premier League, but for Charlie Austin, scoring goals has never seemed easier. His form brings back memories of Kevin Phillip’s 30 goal effort during the 1999/00 season; a total which saw him win the golden boot, and newly promoted Sunderland surprise everyone with a seventh place finish.
Austin’s importance to QPR cannot be understated. His stunning return of 11 goals from 15 starts is the sole reason the London side are currently residing outside the drop zone. This season, he has accounted for 55% of his side’s goals (Phillips scored 52% of Sunderland’s in 99/00). However, this is not sustainable in the long run. While Austin is clearly a far better player than people gave him credit for, he will need support from more heralded team-mates, like Eduardo Vargas, if QPR are to survive the drop.
Tough time for Manager’s on Merseyside
Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez were the toast of Merseyside last season. They had guided their sides to second and fifth in the league respectively, and had done so while playing extremely attractive brands of football.
However, things change fast in football. Both Liverpool and Everton have struggled badly this season and criticism of the managers has steadily mounted. After a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Southampton, Martinez in particular is under pressure. One thing is for certain, neither man became a bad manager over night. They are both the right men for their current jobs and must be given time to turn it around.
However, they need to sort out their defences fast. The two teams are first and second in defensive errors leading to goals this season. Sorting this out would go a long way to solving their problems.
In Gameweek 10, Man City claimed a 1-0 victory over bitter rivals, Man Utd. Neither side has lost since. United are undefeated in seven, while City have now gone eight games unbeaten. City, in particular, look in devastating form. They were incredible in a second half demolition of Crystal Palace on Saturday. Having been written off a few weeks ago by many, they now sit tied with Chelsea at the top of the table. Quite a turnaround for the Champions.
United, meanwhile, saw their six game winning streak ended when they drew away with Aston Villa. While they have not hit the heights of City during this run, they have rediscovered the art of winning ugly, and look a side full of belief and determination. If Radamal Falcao can find his goal scoring touch, they will be a serious force to be reckoned with.