🏆 PL Awards: Bielsa's bucket, Vardy being Vardy, handbags at Fulham

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Joel Sanderson-Murray

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Jamie Vardy can start a fight in an empty stadium, Dani Ceballos is a little touchy in the morning and VAR might not be a bad thing after all.

The Premier League is back and here are our awards from the first weekend of the season.


The Special One Award

New season, same Mourinho.

Tottenham were poor in their defeat to Everton. And the Portuguese knew who to blame, pointing the finger at his own players, a lack of pre-season, and the referee.

Classic José.


The Sh*thouse of The Week Award

Jamie Vardy’s desire to piss off a home crowd, even when there isn’t one, can only be admired.


The Award for Most Sudden Decline

Virgil van Dijk is finished! He’s done for!

Well, probably not. But the rock in the Liverpool defence did take his eye off the ball on Saturday, and not for the first time lately.

Better sort that out sharpish, Virgil.


The Most Passionate Display Award

This has been described as a ‘heated exchange’ and an example of the high intensity in the ranks at Arsenal.

We just think Eddie Nketiah told Dani Ceballos that his ’81’ rating on FIFA 21 is a tad generous.


The VAR (what is it good for?) Award

Jon Moss, the man who owns a record shop called ‘The Vinyl Whistle’, might just have saved VAR.

After originally dishing out a red card to Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters, Moss reviewed the incident on the pitch side monitor and overturned his original decision.

Common sense prevailed, and VAR might be a good thing after all.


The Bargain Bucket Award

Listen, broadcasters, we know Marcelo Bielsa likes to sit on a bucket to watch his team play.

It’s fine, it’s cool, if it works for him then great but there’s no need to mention it every five minutes.

Sky Sports have had their turn, and  you just know Darren Fletcher and Steve McManaman are doing daily Zoom calls to prepare the ‘bantz’ for when they host a Leeds game.

Enough.


The Ronny Rosenthal Award

If I was Richarlison, I would simply just put the ball in the back of the net.

Or pass it to an open Dominic Calvert-Lewin to tap home.

Either of those selections are fine, all good.


The ‘Going Down, Going Down’ Award

Ah, it would’ve been just lovely if we had the fans in attendance this weekend.

As soon as the games turned 3-0, the chants of ‘going down, going down’ would’ve been heard loud and clear all around Craven Cottage and The Hawthorns from the travelling Arsenal and Leicester fans, respectively.

Beautiful.