Round 13 of the Premier League has been and gone. Last weekend saw Manchester City continue their amazing start to the season with a hard-fought win at Huddersfield. Arsenal capitalised on Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham dropping points by scraping past Burnley. Everton… well, they’re sinking towards the relegation zone while their owners continue to ponder who should be the new captain of the ship. But hey, at least they’re playing the English kids.
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At this rate, Everton and Tottenham are likely to remain first and second all season long. The only way the Toffees are knocked off top spot is if there new manager opts for experience over youth. If they get Sam Allaydyce, that could end up being the case. Spurs’ position remains strong thanks to the core of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Winks.
At the other end, I’m wondering if it’s worth tracking Chelsea’s and Burnley’s games. Both play English players, but they seldom tap into their youth set-ups and have very settled starting elevens.
It’s been a good week for Watford. Their 3-0 win at Newcastle saw Will Hughes continue his comeback from injury with another goal. I’m quite excited to see how Hughes develops under Marco Silva, and whether he shows the talent that had so many big clubs interested in him a few years ago. Ruben Loftus-Cheek also seems to be doing well under Roy Hodgson, who should, at least, know a thing or two about the young English players around the country.
In the battle for most individual minutes, Jordan Pickord and Alfie Mawson are level with 1,170 minutes for Everton and Swansea respectively. Bringing up the rear are Dier (1067) and Alli (1057).