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Premier League talking points: Lukaku’s Chelsea title belief, City need Kane, Arsenal woes

The Premier League is most undoubtedly again, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham main the best way on the summit. Manchester Metropolis in the meantime received again to successful methods however Manchester United might solely draw. So much might now change within the ultimate days of the switch market, says Matthew Dunn, and in some instances it must.


Romelu Lukaku has by no means lacked confidence so it’s no shock that the Chelsea striker’s second spell on the membership has began so spectacularly properly with a objective after 14 minutes.

Round £270million has been spent for his companies since I spoke to him simply after his mortgage spell at West Brom in a sultry reception space in Kuala Lumpur on the membership’s pre-season Malaysia tour in 2013.

Fernando Torres then stood in his path however rumours that Wayne Rooney was about to be signed had the Belgian insisting that the England captain on the time was coming to play alongside him fairly than the opposite method round.

“I can rating with each ft and with my head, I’m very fast and skilful,” stated a person who by no means doubted his personal potential. “I can do a little bit of every thing however I can enhance on issues as properly.”

Because it was, it has taken him eight years to develop into Chelsea’s primary man however already he’s trying like being an enormous ultimate piece within the membership’s title-winning armoury.

Definitely Lukaku believes they may win the title – little doubt about it.

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It was aid for Harry Kane – however ought to have been no shock – that the followers will get behind him for an additional 12 months at Tottenham if Manchester Metropolis fail to grab him from Daniel Levy’s claws.

A ultimate extra severe bid from the defending champions can be no shock this week, regardless of Gabriel Jesus’s tantalising flash of goalscoring brilliance on the weekend.

The Brazilian, although, continues to be a rung in need of the extent wanted to steer an assault on the Premier League and Europe and for all that Metropolis have gotten by with no striker, knocking 5 previous hapless Norwich can’t be taken as an indication that every thing is alright.

We’re solely two weeks into the season, however a desk that has Metropolis in eighth and Chelsea – with their world class striker within the fold – on high of the pile may be all of the encouragement wanted for Metropolis to dig deep of their pockets earlier than the window closes.

Assured, although, as time ticks all the way down to discover a alternative, Levy won’t settle for a penny lower than his full valuation.



There have been 58,729 “tickets bought” for Arsenal’s return to a “full” Emirates towards Chelsea on Sunday however the empty seats shouted loudly simply how many individuals are paying NOT to observe the Gunners in the meanwhile.

Lockdown has protected Mikel Arteta from listening to extra of the boos that met the half-time and full-time whistles and has maybe hidden simply how disjointed the workforce has develop into since he took over.


Steven Gerrard breaking West Ham hearts within the FA Cup ultimate. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at their bristling greatest. Andrea Pirlo showcasing his skills on the most important stage. Peter Crouch doing the robotic.

Fifteen years in the past, soccer was not too unhealthy a spot to be so if the brand new guidelines take us again there, we needs to be all for it.

It’s disappointing however no shock that distinguished managers are already moaning in regards to the safety of their gamers in gentle of the extra flowing sport referees are attempting to orchestrate, and Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to be higher than this.

There’ll nonetheless be contentious selections however hopefully with gamers staying on their ft extra there will even be extra targets and pleasure – the issues that made the Premier League the most effective on this planet within the first place and made it such an attraction to soccer folks from throughout Europe.


Having been at Elland Street the final time there was a full home within the Premier League, it was a pleasure to see the stadium again at its noisy greatest this weekend.

The Champions League season noticed Barcelona, AC Milan, Lazio, Valencia – among the largest names in Europe – wilt within the face of its ardour.

Peter Ridsdale, dwelling the dream, was the one speaking about extending the stadium to 60,000.

Barely six years after reaching the Champions League semi-final, they have been in League One. It took them 17 years to get again on their ft.

And now these plans for a 60,000 redevelopment are firmly again on the desk.

Let’s simply hope the present house owners do not make the errors of the previous and attempt to run earlier than they will march on along with confidence.



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