Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Three Things We Learned This Weekend

Mario Can Be Super....When He Wants To Be

Is there a Premier League footballer that is more annoying and frustrating than Mario Balotelli? Leave aside his tendency to sulk around the football pitch, his disregard for his teammates when he refuses to pass and tries an elaborate flick, even his over inflated ego.

No, he is frustrating because it is so clear that he has a large amount of talent that he is not utilising on a weekly basis.  On Saturday at Ewood Park we saw glimpses of the potential that Man City invested 20 odd million pounds for, albeit against a Blackburn side who may have to sit their defence 101 classes again.

The Italian has now scored in each of his three last appearances and was unlucky to only score once against Blackburn, hitting the post and side netting in a game where he had seven attempts on goal (the most by a player that weekend).

If Balotelli can replicate this form over the course of a season, most City fans will be forget all about the moody Argentinean who refuses to play and will be singing the name of Super Mario.

Gabby Agbonlahor Has Proved To Be A Free Replacement For Ashley Young 

Under Gerard Houllier, Gabriel Agbonlahor was a cut figure.  He only scored 3 goals in 35 league appearances, with his performances matching his poor goalscoring record.  Many Villa fans were glad to see the back of Houllier, but none more so than Gabby himself, who has now found a new lease of life under Alex Mcleish (who the Villa fans again were not happy with).

In seven games, Agbonlahor has already surpassed last season's tally and has been a great provider of goals for Villa.  His assist for Darren Bent on Saturday was inch perfect, and everyone still remembers his goal on the first day of the season which was immense.

There is one clear reason why Agbonlahor has been so successful this season.  Coming in from the flanks, Agbonlahor has been deadly in the same position that Ashley Young revelled in last season.  It suits him well, allowing him to cut in on the inside and turn provider for the deadly predator that is Darren Bent.

If he continues on this form, Young may have some competition for his starting place in the England team.

Never Bet On The Unpredictable QPR 

With characters like Neil Warnock and Joey Barton in the same dressing room, every day must be a different and eventful day at QPR.

The same thing goes for their games.  One week Rangers are irresistible, putting in the kind of performances that merited their Championship winners trophy last year.  Other weeks, however, QPR still look like a Championship team.  On Sunday against a Fulham side going through problems of their own, Rangers were awful, shipping 6 goals against a team that boasts Bobby Zamora as its most prolific striker.

Warnock may be able to keep Rangers up, even get them into the top half of the table, but for now QPR will be kept well away from my accumulators and coupons, as I am unable to predict which QPR turns up.  

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