The Good 😀 The Bad 😕 The Ugly 👹: Big guns falter, Mou's back


Padraig Whelan

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José Mourinho is back, Liverpool couldn’t be stopped and several managers are now feeling the heat in terms of their jobs.

It was just another classic Premier League weekend …

The Good

Spurs are back

Okay, maybe not quite back yet and the final 20 minutes of this one were a little hair-raising.

But when the dust had settled, José Mourinho had steered Tottenham to their first league away win since January.

Dele Alli looked revitalised, leading his new manager to claim afterwards he can become one of the world’s best under his tutelage.

There were other positives too. The midfield controlled proceedings for large portions of the contest and Son Heung-min looks like the kind of player Mourinho is going to adore.

It is as good a start as could be hoped for.

Brilliant Burnley

It feels like we haven’t talked enough about how good Burnley are this season.

The Clarets sit seventh after an impressive start, with their latest success seeing them thrash Watford on Sean Dyche’s Vicarage Road return.

They turned it on big style after the interval in dispatching the Hornets, who simply had no answer after coming up against an inspired Nick Pope in the first half.

Surprisingly given their standout start to the campaign, this was Burnley’s first away win and a first clean sheet since January.

Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes were unplayable in attack, Ashley Westwood impressed in midfield, while James Tarkowski and Charlie Taylor had faultless afternoons at the back.

With a tough December looming, this was a huge win.

The Bad

Phil Jones

You only need to take a quick social media scout of the term ‘Phil Jones’ to get an idea of just how bad his Sunday was.

The centre-back was shambolic in his side’s 3-3 draw at Sheffield United.

He lasted just 45 minutes before being withdrawn in a mercy substitution at the break for Jesse Lingard.

His ‘defending’ and complete lack of strength or awareness for the Blades’ opener was classic Jones.

As were the expected facial expressions, poor passes and general air of calamity he gave off.

This was his first Premier League appearance of the season. If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is wise, it will be the last too.

Another Arsenal shambles

Alexandre Lacazette’s celebration after equalising for the second time for Arsenal, this time in the 96th minute, said it all.

The former Lyon man couldn’t even muster a celebration, such was his embarrassment that it took a last gasp strike to rescue a point against the league’s 19th placed side.

Southampton do deserve credit and we won’t take it away from them because they should have won this.

It means the Gunners are now winless in five in the league and in fact, have tasted victory on just four occasions this season – all of them by a single goal margin.

This is also hardly even an Emery problem anymore either. He is out of his depth and if those in power aren’t willing to take action, they are now arguably even more responsible.

The Ugly

Abysmal Everton

Things are bad at Goodison Park right now. Extremely bad.

Prior to the international break, the under-fire Marco Silva appeared to have bought some time with wins over Watford and Southampton bookending a draw against Spurs.

But Saturday’s defeat to Norwich City, who had drawn one and lost six of their previous seven games, was grim.

The Toffees were abject throughout, creating no clearcut openings and deserved to lose to one of the division’s weakest sides.

Oh, and their next five games: Leicester (A), Liverpool (A), Chelsea (H), Manchester United (A), Arsenal (H).

It could get very ugly and very quickly on Merseyside.