This week saw fewer high totals from goalkeepers and defenders but more from midfielders and attackers. Costa’s brace and Lukaku’s hat trick being the stand outs. However Costa is now two cards away from a ban and could pick up a red at any time so this warns the cautious manager away. Lukaku is mercurial – you just know against an ‘easy’ team like Middlesborough at home next week that he’s going to blank. Nearly all the double figure scores came from midfielders but this area is so hard to predict.
- Lamela has been performing strongly and then only plays 36 minutes. Spurs are playing in the Champions League so do we accept their rotation or look more to teams that are less susceptible?
- Man City also fall into this category but not just because of rotation. One week it might be Sterling; DeBruyne the following week; and then Silva the following week. That’s not even mentioning Nolito who looks good plus Sane and Gundogan will return.
- Liverpool’s goals can come from right across the middle and we know this of Arsenal too.