Eight weeks in and the Premier League is once again halted for an international break – one that in the current climate seems to be risky and unwanted, particularly amongst fans. We hope that during this international break the safety of players is managed effectively and that the regular season can resume unscathed in two weeks time. Ahead of this break though, there is plenty of football still to dissect from Matchweek 8, as surprise results continue to roll in on a fascinatingly regular basis.
Stars in Premier League – Gameweek 8
Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City)
Leicester City have enjoyed a brilliant start to the season, but their pile up of defensive injuries was tested to the limit against midlands rivals Wolves. Luckily for the Foxes, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was at his very best, making several fine saves to help his side hold on to a 1-0 victory and go top of the table. Schmeichel has been a key feather in Leicester’s cap for a very long time now, and there are no signs of that changing any time soon.
Defender: Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
This new look Chelsea side appear to be clicking following an indifferent start, and the signing of Thiago Silva looks as important an addition as any to the Blues this season. The veteran defender continued his strong form in Chelsea’s thrashing of Sheffield United at the weekend, and even netted his first goal for the club with a trademark header.
Midfielder: Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
This was a must win game for Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and as has so often been the case in the past ten months, Bruno Fernandes was the solution to their problem. After going 1-0 down to Everton, Fernandes scored a perfect header before inadvertently bagging his second goal directly from a cross. A simple pass to Cavani in stoppage time, when he could’ve shot for goal himself, gave him an assist as well.
Forward: Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
Following two difficult defeats, Aston Villa shot right back to form against a lacklustre Arsenal side, earning an emphatic 3-0 win at the Emirates. After a spectacular performance against Liverpool last month, Ollie Watkins was at it again here, scoring two quick-fire goals in the second half to finish off the Gunners. It’s been a wonderful start to life in the Premier League for the man signed from Brentford.
Manager: Dean Smith (Aston Villa)
Dean Smith is becoming something of a regular fixture in our Stars of the Week, and not without good reason – this was Villa’s fifth win from seven games so far this season, and they are now the only side in Europe’s top five leagues not to have conceded a goal away from home. This was also the second time already this season that Smith has led his side to a big win against a ‘big six’ club. Not bad for a club and manager who barely escaped relegation last time around.