As we roll into the first international break of the 2020/21 season, it’s hard to imagine a more exciting, entertaining start to the season than the one we’ve just witnessed. As well as the usual flurry of goals, Sunday provided us with not one, but two of the most incredible results in Premier League history. It was a weekend where a number of instant heroes and villains were made, and what happens next when the league returns in two weeks’ time is anyone’s guess. No surprise as to which side dominates the awards this week.
Stars in Premier League – Round 4
Goalkeeper: Alphonse Areola (Fulham)
This Matchweek may have lacked the match-winning goalkeeping heroics that we have seen on occasion already this season, but Alphonse Areola still put in a stellar performance for basement team Fulham on Sunday. Areola kept his side in the game against Wolves with a number of strong saves, and has every right to feel aggrieved at the fact Fulham walked away from the match empty handed.
Defender: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea)
New Chelsea left back Ben Chilwell made his Premier League debut for the club in Matchweek 4 following a pre-season injury, and instantly demonstrated why the Blues were so desperate to sign him. Aside from a debut goal and assist, he helped his side achieve their first clean sheet in the league this season, and made a huge difference to the team in place of Marcos Alonso.
Midfielder: Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
It was a beyond perfect day all round for Aston Villa, inspired in large part by the brilliance of their skipper Jack Grealish. Following a narrow escape from relegation last time out, Grealish is helping his side hit new heights this year, and returned a staggering two goals and three assists against reigning champions Liverpool on Sunday. He seems to only go from strength to strength these days.
Forward: Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
Whilst not trying to discredit the magnificent performances of Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane against Manchester United, the star forward honour simply has to go to another Villa man in Ollie Watkins. To score your first Premier League goal in a victory is great, as part of a hat-trick is astonishing, and to do so against the champions is unheard of. He’ll be a Villa Park fan favourite in no time.
Manager: Dean Smith (Aston Villa)
No surprises regarding who our manager is, given the magnitude of Aston Villa’s 7-2 victory and indeed their start to the season as a whole. Dean Smith is beginning to turn things around brilliantly at Villa Park, but even he couldn’t have dreamt of performance as good as that. Those in the Villa boardroom will feel vindicated for sticking by him; with three wins out of three, just how high can he take the Villans this season?