Chelsea have one winner and one loser from the weekend…
Luis Suarez – Liverpool
The brilliant Uruguayan returned from his ten match suspension against Sunderland on Sunday, and reminded the Premier League why he’s a contender for Player of the Year this season. He bagged twice, and linked up fantastically with Daniel Sturridge in the final third. Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to keep these two fit and together for Liverpool’s top four pursuit this term.
Juan Mata – Chelsea
Mata was left on the bench yet again for the Blues against Tottenham on Saturday, but came on at half-time, and showed Jose Mourinho what the rest of the league already knew. The Spanish playmaker changed the game, and linked up fantastically with fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres. If Mata doesn’t start the next game, he has every right to throw his toys out of the pram.
Pablo Osvaldo – Southampton
Southampton’s record signing has been industrious and combative since his £15m club-record transfer, but fans were getting nervous as he hadn’t scored a goal yet. Against Crystal Palace, the Italian international led the line fantastically, scoring his first goal with an impressive strike, and showing an impressive commitment and desire to work for the team. Full marks.
David Moyes – Manchester United boss
Following the shock 2-1 defeat to West Brom at Old Trafford, Moyes has led United to their worst league start in 24 years. His side are currently languishing in 12th place, having lost three of their opening six matches, having failed to score a goal from open play since the opening day of the season. Poor.
Joe Hart – Manchester City
The England keeper could have done better for Villa’s first goal, and rushed out unnecessarily to give Andreas Weimann a simple finish for the winners. It seems a long time ago that Hart was rated as the Premier League’s best stopper…
Willian – Chelsea
One of the biggest transfers in Premier League history is quickly turning into one of the biggest Premier League flops – and through no fault of his own. Despite spending £33m on the Brazilian winger, Jose Mourinho didn’t even put Willian on the bench against Spurs. The 25-year-old must be quietly wishing he’d moved to White Hart Lane or Anfield instead, as he seems consigned to League Cup appearances at Chelsea. So far, Willian’s easily the biggest transfer flop of the summer.