🏆 PL Awards: FIFA celebrations, snow jokes, old fogeys, spared blushes | OneFootball

🏆 PL Awards: FIFA celebrations, snow jokes, old fogeys, spared blushes

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Dan Burke

It was a hot weekend of Premier League action played out in freezing cold conditions.

And now it’s time to hand out our awards.

The It’s In The Game Award

The line between fantasy and reality was blurred at Anfield on Saturday when Diogo Jota took his FIFA 22 form onto the pitch with him.

Imagine being that good at FIFA and real football? We can’t even manage the first one.

The Spot The Ball Award

Those who tuned into Sunday’s games at the Etihad and King Power Stadiums will have had trouble picking out the yellow ball amid a backdrop of snow.

It makes you wonder whether the winter ball should actually be orange rather than yellow.

Don’t let anybody ever tell you that Pep Guardiola isn’t a man of the people.

While Burnley boss Sean Dyche attempted to prevent their game with Tottenham from being postponed by striding onto the Turf Moor pitch and offering the snow outside for a fight.

You can’t fight weather, Sean. Everyone knows that.

The Life Begins At 30 Award

Try telling 34-year-old Leicester striker Jamie Vardy that he’s in the twilight of his career.

You might regret it.

The Young At Heart Award

In fact it was a good weekend for old boys in the Premier League, with Aston Villa’s Ashley Young making a little bit of club history.

Age is just a number.

The Photo Opportunity Award

People scoffed at Arsenal’s decision to sign Aaron Ramsdale in the summer but they aren’t scoffing now, and he came to his side’s aid with another big save in Saturday’s win against Newcastle.

Maybe next summer they’ll invest in some more goalkeeper kits and won’t keep having to put their goalie in the away strip.

The Paying The Penalty Award

Concede a penalty to Brentford while Ivan Toney is on the pitch and you’ll live to regret it.

Move over Bruno Fernandes, there’s a new spot-kick specialist in town.

The Stay In Your Lane Award

It was pretty bold of Graham Potter to suggest the Brighton fans who booed the team off on Saturday don’t understand football.

Maybe they were saying “Boo-righton?”

The Man In Charge Award

Oh to have been a fly on the wall when Michael Carrick told Cristiano Ronaldo he was on the bench for Manchester United’s trip to Chelsea on Sunday.

But Carrick insisted before the match that Ronaldo had taken the decision well and we don’t doubt him.

Any potential future employers watching will know that Carrick isn’t afraid to make big decisions, and he also seems to have a knack for bringing the best out of Jadon Sancho after the 21-year-old scored his second goal of the week.

Poor Ole.

The Blushes Spared Award

*record scratch*

*freeze frame*

Yep, that’s me. You’re probably wondering how I ended up in this situation.

Fortunately for Jorginho, he takes Chelsea’s penalties and was able to atone for his blunder for United’s goal on Sunday.

We’re not sure what the cliché “spared his blushes” even means, but it feels applicable here.