5 Things We Learned from Premier League Weekend

Neri SteinFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2011

5 Things We Learned from Premier League Weekend

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    It was another exciting weekend in the Premier League following the international break, as many teams didn't miss a beat in the two weeks away.

    For some, though, that wasn't such a good thing.

    After four games (three for some), we start to get a picture of both the title race and the relegation picture. 

    Before many teams turn their mid-week attention to European football, let's look back at five things we learned in the Premier League this weekend.

Big Signings Struggling

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    Two of last January's biggest signings, Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres, have not even come close to living up to their mammoth price tags.

    And this weekend, they were both on the bench because of it. 

    Both Carroll and Torres have failed to impress for their new clubs, Liverpool and Chelsea, as they did for their previous ones, Newcastle and Liverpool, and we're almost to the point when they're running out of time. 

    Carroll probably has a slightly longer leash than Torres because he's younger, and he came in with an injury. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, meanwhile, has shown before that he will give up on a struggling star, no matter how long he tried to sign him. 

    Both of Carroll and Torres need to pick it up, but unfortunately, neither look all that close. 

Bad Transfer Dealings

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    Some big names caused a stir this summer by not switching clubs, and some of them will surely regret it, especially Gary Cahill.

    Cahill stayed with Bolton, and it looks like that 4-0 win at Queen's Park Rangers on opening day was a fluke. Bolton may regret the decision to keep him too, when they can't get near the £17 million they wanted come January. 

    Sunderland held on to Asamoah Gyan, only to have him leave on loan, meaning Sunderland's main strike force is the young, unproven Connor Wickham. Oh yeah, and Nicklas Bendtner. 

    Tottenham clung to Luka Modric by their fingernails, and there's no chance anyone will shell out £40 million for a player who isn't happy where he's playing.

    Some managers were taking a stand in keeping their star players away from the big clubs, but they may have done more harm than good. 

Gaols Galore

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    In just four weeks of games, 94 goals have been scored. There have been four hat tricks, two from Wayne Rooney, in successive weeks no less. 

    In 38 matches, only six have been scoreless draws, and there have only been 10 draws in total. 

    If this keeps going, this is going to be one wild season. 

Officials Still Have Issues

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    The officials unfortunately are typically too involved in the games these days, and managers are starting to get aggravated. 

    Chelsea were denied several penalty shouts in their opening match, Sir Alex Ferguson has found that the officials are the one thing he can actually complain about so far in the season and Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish thinks his team has gotten a very raw deal so far this season. 

    So, are the officials really making wrong decision after wrong decision, or are some managers looking for things to complain about? 

Can Anyone Stop the Manchester Clubs?

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    Both Manchester United and Manchester City have started the season off flying, winning all four of their matches in emphatic fashion.

    Chelsea is just behind them on 10 points, but their three wins have not been nearly as impressive. 

    It's still very early in the season, and a lot can happen in the net month alone, but right now it's hard to imagine a non-Manchester club winning the Premier League this year.

    No matter what Sir Alex Ferguson says.