Chelsea Hot, Manchester United Not
Call it what you want, hot or not, the good and the bad or the best and worst as all that matters is that Andrew McNair is here with his first Bleacher Report Series.
Each week, I'll give my views on what was hot and what was not from the English Premier League. Simple as that really and I'm sure you'll all have your views.
HOT—Jason Roberts: The Blackburn Rovers forward has never looked so lean and mean. His runs and energy helped Paul Ince start his top flight managerial career on a high with that 3-2 win at Everton.
HOT—Leon Osman: Where does he get that energy? The lad doesn't stop. Such a positive and unsung player who is a firm fan's favourite at Goodison. Pity he ended up on the losing side.
NOT —Manchester City's new bright orange away kit: Absolutely hideous! Wigan's new illuminous away kit comes a close second. A mention for Liverpool and Portsmouth too.
NOT —Paul Robinson: Same shit different day about covers it. The troubled goalkeeper hoped for a fresh start at Blackburn but was then beaten at his near post by a speculative Mikel Arteta free kick.
HOT—David Wheater: When a referee rules out a goal unfairly, there are two ways to deal with it. Moan until you're blue in the face or go up and get another. No need to tell you what happened.
NOT —Tottenham Hotspur: A shocking display at Middlesbrough for the big spending Londoners. They signed David Bentley's right foot for £16m and played him on the left!
HOT—Xabi Alonso: Goal of the season was nearly wrapped up at the Stadium of Light with another own half Alonso strike. Graig Gordon was beaten but unluckily for Xabi it floated JUST wide. EPL keepers get the memo!
HOT—Fernando Torres: Liverpool weren't great and neither was Torres but boy is he great. A turn and finish worthy of winning any game!
NOT—Stoke City: Welcome to the English Premier League lads.
HOT—Hull City: Showed Stoke how it can be done with a great opening day victory over Fulham.
HOT—Arsenal Kit: I like it. Don't get me wrong I'm pretty traditional when it comes to football and I know the white sleeves are no more. But hell, at least your not a Manchester City fan!
HOT—Dean Ashton: Two goals in 10 minutes made my write up the other day all the more worthwhile.
NOT—Dean Ashton: A second half injury makes me a genius. I'm only kidding really but another blow for the big striker.
HOT—Shay Given: Earned his Newcastle United team a point at Old Trafford with a string of great saves. Well, if he uses his head is it still a save or a goal line clearance? Either way it was spectacular.
NOT—Portsmouth: They were shocking. Chelsea were great but wouldn't anyone with 22 players! Even David James looked shaky and invited Joe Cole to score the first and palmed Deco's long ranch effort into the top corner. A season too far?
HOT—Gabriel Agbonlahor: Dean who? Fabio Capello look no further. The young Aston Villa forward bagged a sensational hat trick in just seven minutes to sink Man City.
NOT—Mark Hughes: Valeri Bojinov snapped his achilles tendon in the warm up. Ouch! My problem though was replacing him with Ched Evans. Daniel Sturridge would have been my choice and he proved it as a second half substitute.
So there you have it. Week one sewn up!
Have I missed anything you feel is worthy? Be sure to let me know.
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