Tops and Flops- Football review 14th to 20th August

Image credit- the metro
Image credit – The Metro

It’s been another huge week in football. The transfer market being open means debuts are happening all over the world with big players moving between clubs. On that subject, a player who didn’t quite make the list is Mateo Kovacic who moved this week to Real Madrid, so best of luck to the young Croatian. Another unfortunate absentee from this list Oliver Giroud who’s acrobatic volley wasn’t enough to be in our tops list this week. But bearing that in mind lets see who made it into the tops and flops list this week.

Romelu Lukaku– The young Everton striker deserves his place for two reasons. First of all for his brilliant display against Southampton. The Belgian scored two goals which set up a comprehensive victory against the saints, also winning the man of the match award. Considering the brilliance Southampton have shown under Ronald Koeman, Lukaku dominated their defense showing the kind of form which his potential promised. The second reason for his inclusion is for what happened oddly in the pre-match warm up. Lukaku whilst practicing shooting, struck a ball which went up in the stands and hit a woman. In a lovely act of kindness Lukaku immediately walked up the steps to apologize, hugging the fan and checking if she was ok. The video is here to see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO4KbdvGp7w.

Image credit to The Guardian
Image credit – The Guardian

Memphis Depay– There has been much said about the young forward and what will come of him at United. He certainly got off to a great start and was in inspired form whilst playing against Club Brugge. Admittedly it was a match Manchester United should easily win and Memphis was practically the sole reason for the victory. His two stunning goals and an assist gave a 3-1 win to his side, after a early own goal from Michael Carrick gave the visitors the lead. His first was a brilliant solo goal, running past players with ease before a low finish, followed by a long range curling effort which gained him much praise, including from his manager Louis Van Gaal. He told the BBC that

“I am very happy for Memphis because a player needs that….I said it was a matter of time and hopefully he shall continue. He is 21 and he has only played two seasons for PSV, I have confidence in him.”

It was a magnificent performance and the winger has consequently earned himself a spot in our tops list.

Athletic Bilbao– Massive congratulations to Bilbao who this week won the Super Cup, and their first trophy in 31 years. The damage was really done in the first leg in which Barcelona were torn apart, limping to a 4-0 defeat. The second leg was a standard 1-1 draw to give Bilbao a substantial win over the infamous Barcelona. A truly brilliant day for the football club and well worthy of a place in the tops list.

Now we move on to players, teams and individuals who’s display was so poor this week that they find themselves in out flop list.

Image credit- Chronicle alive
Image credit – Chronicle Alive

Daryl Janmaat– Playing Swansea currently, is not easy. They have brought in some top players and attack teams with pace and power. To compete, most teams need to be at full strength. Daryl Janmaat certainly did not help matters for his team, when he was sent off for a constant stream of silly fouls on Jefferson Montero. Montero had way to much pace for the Newcastle full back who constantly resorted to foul play to stop the winger. Rightfully, the referee had had enough and just before half time, Janmaat was sent for an early bath. The short and detrimental effect he had on his team gives him a spot in the flop list.

Image credit- The Guardian
Image credit – The Guardian

Sunderland– Its only two games into the season and the black cats look in bad shape already. There was much speculation if Dick Advocaat, would stay on as manager this season or retire from the sport altogether. On this his sides display against Norwich, he would be forgiven in thinking that he had made the wrong choice. Norwich have one of the weaker squads in the division and, at the Stadium of Light, it was a match fans would expect their side to win. This was far from the case as two first half goals from Norwich saw boos rain down from the terraces and after Redmond made the score 3-0 the stands were emptying fast. Watmore did get a consolation goal but overall it was a horrific display. Sunderland will have to perform better to avoid not only the flop list, but the relegation places at the end of the year.

Image credit-BBC Sport getty images
Image credit – BBC Sport Getty images

Jose Mourinho– The Portuguese manager is one of my favourites and in my opinion a true mastermind of tactics and mind games. Therefore, it pains me to put ‘the special one’ in the flop list for a second week in a row. Manchester City ran Chelsea all over the park in a 3-0 thrashing over the champions. The defense had no answer for the little magician Sergio Aguero, who was instrumental throughout as well as opening the scoring for City. In a bold move he also took off captain and constant performer John Terry at halftime, the first time he had substituted Terry ever. He may feel he needs more investment but that is no excuse for his sides terrible display. There was surprise that Zouma had not started the game to give Matic more defensive help and I believe this was a rare mistake by Mourinho. Whether or not this is true, it was disastrous showing from his team and as a result he is in the flop list.

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