Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Three Things We Learned This Weekend

This is the first in what will be a weekly update from the football action over the weekend.  Whilst this blog is primarily a political and cultural blog, we cannot help but chip in with our football opinions on a weekly basis.  Inspired by the weekly articles in The Guardian with a similar name, these weekly posts will highlight the five major things that we have learnt from this weekend's football action:

With Edin Dzeko, Man City will do just fine without Carlos Tevez

With a lot of the attention focusing on Sergio Aguero's fantastic debut last week, and rightfully so, Edin Dzeko's return to form has slipped under the radar.  Three goals in three games is not the whole story.  His all round game has improved, holding up the ball perfectly against Bolton on Sunday and bringing players like Silva and Aguero into the game perfectly.  We sometimes forget that Dzeko was prolific in Germany, scoring over 22 goals for Wolfsburg in the 2009/2010 season, and this season may well be the time for him to justify his large transfer fee.

Wolves will not struggle to stay up this season

Yes, it has only been two games.  And yes, they only played Blackburn and Fulham.  But Wolves look like the real deal this season.  Well not the real deal, but definitely not relegation strugglers.  Kevin Doyle  has looked strong, and it is not surprising that he has been attracting interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, whilst Matt Jarvis has continued his fine form from last season and should be due another call up from England.  Mick McCarthy has a strong nucleus to his team, and if he can add one or two reinforcements before the transfer window closes Wolves may have a very strong season.

Everton have real, real problems

Everton's financial problems are well documented.  No money to buy players. In need of a new stadium and new owners. Owing money to the bank. And disaffected fans.  To top it all off, they had an awful start to the season in losing to QPR at home and their players look very disaffected.  Cahill has stopped scoring, Saha cannot keep fit and Beckford does not look ready for the premier league.  Everton seriously need players, and it will not surprise us if this is Moyes last season.

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