Premier League Weekly | Latest News & Stories – Feb. 23, 2022
Hello, Premier League fans! Today we will review some exciting news in the past seven days in English Premier League. So sit tight and enjoy the show!
What happened to Romelu Lukaku?
Chelsea has paid Inter about 100 million pounds for Romelu Lukaku. He started the season well with four goals in the first four games. But, after that, the Belgian forward started to struggle. Lukaku scored only six times from September and missed a couple of weeks because of injury. In his interview in December, he criticized manager Thomas Tuchel and said that he missed Inter very much.
In Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace, which Chelsea had won 0-1, Romelu Lukaku played all 90 minutes, and he touched the ball only SEVEN times during the game! One was from the kick-off at the start of the game, so he has only SIX touches in the open play! He touched the ball more in his box than in Palace’s.
That performance was one of the worst in Premier League history, and that number of touches is a negative record for a player who completes a full 90 minutes.
The main question is, where is the problem? In Lukaku? Tuchel? Or Chelsea’s game plan?
After the game, Thomas Tuchel said that it’s not about the system, and English pundits agreed that Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel don’t know how to exploit the strengths of Romelu Lukaku.
The 28-year-old striker played 17 games in the Premier League and scored five goals.
Romelu Lukaku’s game by numbers vs. Crystal Palace:
4 accurate passes
0/4 duels won
0 touches in opp. box
0 chances created
He played the full 90 minutes. 😳 pic.twitter.com/xZJRy2fDAQ
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 19, 2022
Tottenham made a race for the title wide open
A few weeks ago, it was rather evident that Man City would be the champion of England because Pep’s team was winning 12 games in a row, with almost 10 points advantage of Liverpool and Chelsea, and it seemed that no one could stop them. But, in the last couple of weeks, things changed a lot.
Man City cut a good run with a 1-1 draw at Southampton, and on Saturday, they suffered their first defeat since 30th October against Tottenham Hotspur. After Saturday, the title race is now open again. Liverpool is only 6 points below Man City with a game in hand. That game Klopp’s team will play on Wednesday against Leeds at Anfield. If they win, they will be only 3 points below the Citizens.
In that case, all eyes will be on 9th April when both sides will meet at Etihad in a game who will probably decide the next champion of England. Man City will have to play against Everton, Peterborough in the FA Cup, Man Utd, Sporting, Crystal Palace, Brighton, and Burnley until that game. Liverpool will play against Leeds, Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup, West Ham, Inter, Brighton, Arsenal, Man Utd, and Watford.
There is no doubt that after Tottenham’s victory at Etihad on Saturday, we will have a much more exciting finish of the season in the Premier League with all battles for the title, top 4 spots, and relegation wide open.
Jack Wilshire finally found a new club
After a full year without a club, the ex-Arsenal midfielder finally found a new club. Jack Wilshere signed a contract with Danish side AGF Aarhus Gymnastikforening until the end of the season with an option for another year.
AGF is currently 7th in Danish Superligaen with 24 points. In the first game in the second part of the season, they beat Sonderjyske 3-2, and in the next game, they will play against Vejle.
Jack Wilshere started his career in Luton young team before signing for Arsenal in 2001. He was in Arsenal’s first team from 2008 to 2018 and played in 197 games, in which he scored 14 goals. After leaving Arsenal, he signed for West Ham, where he spent two years, and last season he played for Bournemouth in the Championship but left them in the summer.
The 30-year-old midfielder played 34 times for England national team and scored two goals.
So happy to welcome @JackWilshere at our club 🤝⬇️ Read more about it here (also in english ✔️) #ksdh #jackishere https://t.co/aqO7vcmvit
— AGF_English (@AgfEnglish) February 20, 2022
From Everton’s 13.5 million pounds signing a couple of years ago – to League One
Are you probably remember Oumar Niasse? Everton signed him in January 2016 from the Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow for 13.5 million pounds. He signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Everton and made a debut 20 days later against Bournemouth when he came on from the bench in the 80th minute for Romelu Lukaku.
He played only 152 minutes of football in the second part of the season, and Everton didn’t give him a number before the season 2016/17 started. He was sent to Hull on loan; the next season, he was on loan at Cardiff, and in the summer of 2020, he left Everton when his contract expired. He played 42 games for the club and scored nine goals in all competitions.
Last March, he signed for Championship side Huddersfield, but he was injured and left the club without playing a game. He left Huddersfield in the summer and was without a club until last week when he signed a contract with League One side Burton Albion until the end of the season.
On Saturday, he made a debut in a 3-0 defeat against Ipswich Town. He comes from the bench in 62nd minutes.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the manager of Burton Albion, says that he is not 100% ready, but he will be an excellent signing for League One.
Oumar Niasse played nine games for Senegal from 2013 to 2018 and scored three goals.
✍️ Burton Albion are delighted to announce the signing of free agent Oumar Niasse!
Welcome to the #Brewers, Oumar 💛🖤#BAFC
— Burton Albion FC (@burtonalbionfc) February 17, 2022