With the Premier League well and truly back into the thick of things now, a few standout performers – both clubs and players – have quickly emerged. Some on the predictable end of the spectrum, while some have come out of nowhere to make a firm name for themselves in one of the best leagues in the world.
On the other hand, there’s been a few who have had beginnings to their campaign that they’d probably want to forget quickly.
We take a look at some of the big winners and losers in the 2019/2020 Premier League season so far, and where they have gone right – and wrong.
Teemu Pukki – One of the Premier League’s hottest strikers in town right now is undoubtedly Norwich star Teemu Pukki. Having signed for the Canaries in 2018, Pukki became the focal point for Norwich as they achieved promotion from the Championship, with the Finnish international scoring 29 goals from 43 games in the league. A proven knack of knowing how to find the back of the net, Puuki has well and truly transitioned that ability into the Premier League, scoring five goals in his first four games in the top flight. The 29-year-old has also recorded an assist, in what has been a blistering start to life in England’s elite. Norwich finds themselves in the relegation zone after four games, and Pukki’s ability to score goals for the rest of the season could determine the clubs destiny.
Liverpool – The champions of Europe have started the season strongly, winning four of four games to find themselves sitting pretty at the summit of the Premier League. Having scored 12 goals already and only conceding three, it shows that the Reds have largely picked up from where they left off, with their regular contributors such as Salah, Mane, and Van Dijk producing the goods on both ends of the ground. There were signs of trouble in paradise with Mane seemingly furious at Salah for not passing to him in their win over Burnley, but expect that to boil over and the rapport between them and Firmino to continue. Liverpool look similar to how they have in recent years: dominant, attractive and ruthless. This time around though, they will want to end the season with a Premier League title. And their first four matches certainly haven’t done anything to damage those prospects.
Sergio Aguero – Any hope Liverpool have of ending their Premier League drought may lie directly in the hands of one of the most dangerous players in the league. For almost a decade Sergio Aguero has been one of the best and most consistent players in England, and the 2019/2020 campaign looks to be no exception judging by recent showings. The popular theory has always been that the Argentinian will slowly find himself losing his way in the starting line up to heir apparent Gabriel Jesus, but the Brazilian may have to wait a while longer judging by Aguero’s form. The 31-year-old has scored six goals in the first four games of this season, with a series of clinical finishes seeing him leading the golden boot already. With City looking to win their third consecutive title, Aguero and his form may be critical to their chances of achieving so. Without doubt, his legend status at City continues to grow.
Watford – In terms of clubs, Watford would certainly have to be the biggest loser of the lot thus far. After a great season last season in which the Hornets found themselves just outside the top half of the Premier League (and close to Europa League qualification), fortunes have turned painfully for Watford within the first four matches of the season. The club finds itself sitting at the bottom of the table, boasting only the one draw to go with their three disappointing losses. With captain Troy Deeney sitting on the sidelines as well, it spells grim news for Watford fans, who will be hoping to bounce back as quickly as possible.
Manchester United – The Premier League is well and truly a marathon, not a sprint – but you still want to get off to the most impressive start possible if you are any chance to win the league. Of course, this applies tenfold to a club the stature of Manchester United, who haven’t been able to achieve Premier League glory for six – going on seven years. Based on their several games of the season, it appears that the drought could be set to extend. The Red Devils have only won one of their first four games, squandering points against the likes of Crystal Palace and Southampton. With no disrespect intended to those clubs, a club the size of Manchester United shouldn’t – and can’t – afford to be dropping winnable games like these so early in the season. It paints a bleak picture for United fans if things continue down a similar path. With a string of new signings, including record defensive signing Harry Maguire, United may just need a bit more time for their squad to truly gel and bring the best out of each other on the pitch. But they would want to get a move on, because there’s no time to waste in a title race.
Alexis Sanchez – With the transfer window closing, Chilean star Alexis Sanchez sought to put an end to his tenure at Manchester United, ending his 18-month spell at the club and signing for Inter Milan on loan, although a return to Old Trafford is highly unlikely. The 30-year-old was a proven star in the Premier League, scoring 60 goals in 122 Premier League appearances for Arsenal. Sadly, that form couldn’t be brought over to United, where Sanchez found himself struggling for form, as well as a regular spot in United’s starting eleven. The forward only managed to score five goals in 45 matches for United, and while he does have previous credits in the bank for his record in English football, his time at United will undoubtedly be seen as a failure. His departure spells an end to a forgettable period of Sanchez’ career.