Manchester City is in the top spot in the Premier League. That much is unsurprising. What is truly shocking is the three sides below them that occupy the top four.
Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Swansea City have all earned spots near the top of the table, with many viewing their ascendancy as the shakeup in the Premier League’s power structure. After an influx of television money this summer, these sides, among others, have looked to escape the EPL’s middle class and make a run at a spot in a European competition.
With upset victories comes stars, so here are the three stars of Matchday 4 in the Premier League.
Bafetimbi Gomis, Striker, Swansea City
The fact that Gomis has yet to make an appearance in the three stars thus far this season simply speaks to the number of quality players in the Premier League. Gomis has been simply sensational for the Swans, scoring four goals in four games, including strikes against top four sides.
This weekend, Gomis netted one against Manchester United, helping Swansea overtake the Red Devils 2-1. Gomis celebrated with his traditional animalistic goal celebration, which is certain to win him quite a few fans both in the United States and all over the world.
If Gomis keeps up his scoring and link up play with winger Andre Ayew, the Swans can book their place in the Europa League next season, and possibly challenge for a top four spot. Swansea have become a very difficult side in recent weeks, and it’s players like Gomis that have carried them to this high level.
Callum Wilson, Striker, AFC Bournemouth
The first repeat offender of this season’s edition of three stars, Callum Wilson was simply too phenomenal in the Cherries matchup with Leicester City not to be included this week. His overhead goal to give Bournemouth the lead is an early candidate for goal of the season in the EPL. And after scoring four goals in his first four appearances in the Premier League, Wilson has looked to emulate previous star strikers on recently promoted clubs like QPR’s Charlie Austin or Liverpool’s Danny Ings, who played for Burnley last season.
Wilson was recently called up to England’s Olympic qualifying squad that takes on the United States in a friendly on Thursday, and will certainly be a player to watch as he will likely be paired with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane at the forefront of the English attack.
Bournemouth have secured one point per match during their spell in the Premier League, putting them firmly above Spurs and Chelsea through four games. With Wilson scoring at such a prolific rate, the Cherries could live up to their Cinderella billing this season and avoid relegation to the Championship.
Manuel Lanzini, Attacking Midfielder, West Ham United
This Saturday was the best thing to happen to East London since the team earned their way back into the Premier League in 2012, as the mighty Hammers took down Liverpool at Anfield for the first time in 52 years. Key to the 3-0 West Ham victory was Manuel Lanzini, a young Argentine attacker brought in by new manager Slaven Bilic this season.
Lanzini scored the opening goal for the Hammers, and was a thorn in the side of the Liverpool back line throughout the day. Bilic has compared Lanzini to Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Manchester City’s David Silva, giving high praise for the River Plate academy product. Lanzini has shown the creativity moving forward that West Ham needs, as well as a willingness to create for others that is so valuable in modern soccer.
Certainly, this young attacker will be one to watch this season as he develops in East London.