Through seven weeks in the Premier League, it has become abundantly clear that this EPL season is going to be vastly more unpredictable than last year’s campaign.
The defending champions, Chelsea, dropped two points away at Newcastle. Manchester City, the presumptive champions, lost 4-1 in a blowout at White Hart Lane to a very in-form Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester United, propelled by the emergence of Juan Martial, finds itself on the top of the table for the first time since the David Moyes era.
The stars were certainly out in full force during Week 7 of the Premier League season, and here are the three that shone the brightest.
Romelu Lukaku, Striker, Everton F.C.
When Lukaku was first loaned from Chelsea to Everton in 2013, many Chelsea fans likely thought it was a good time for the young striker to develop, and weren’t overly emotional when he left for the Toffees full-time. Those same fans are really wishing they had him now.
At just 22 years old, Lukaku has scored 29 goals for Everton, and looks to improve week after week. He put another two in the back of the net Monday night at the Hawthorns against West Brom Monday night.
With his Toffees down 2-0 in the 55th minute, Lukaku was able to put a Gerard Deulofeu cross in the back of the net. Then, in the dying embers of a 2-2 game, Deulofeu once again found Lukaku who nailed the winner for Everton as the clock ticked past the 84th minute.
Lukaku’s clutch scoring will definitely be a key to Everton’s pursuit of a European spot.
Erik Lamela, Attacking Midfielder, Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday easily could be regarded as Erik Lamela’s best performance since he joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. Not only did he score his second goal in three games en route to a Spurs victory over the presumptive favorites Man City, but Lamela also added an assist and was a dynamic attacking force for Tottenham’s best performance in quite some time.
While most Spurs fans had given up on the Argentine after his lackluster play last season, Lamela has restored faith amongst the Tottenham faithful, as he enjoys a career revival under new manager Mauricio Pochettino. Pochettino, a countryman of Lamela, has inserted the midfielder into the Spurs’ starting lineup far more frequently than Tim Sherwood, and as a result, has Tottenham seriously competing for a spot in the top four through seven weeks.
Alexis Sanchez, Winger, Arsenal
After starting the season mostly goal-less, the floodgates opened for Alexis Sanchez against Leicester on Sunday as the Chilean attacker poured in three goals against the surprising Foxes. Sanchez was a fantastic creator, obliterating Leicester defenders on his way towards his first three goals of the season.
With Manchester City losing their invincibility, Chelsea in the doldrums, and Manchester United extremely uncertain, there has to be some feeling around Arsenal that this is their year to finally win a Premier League title. If the Gunners have any chance, Alexis Sanchez will have to be phenomenal. Arsenal fans hope that Alexis has put his six-game goal-less streaks in the rearview mirror and will be a solid contributor for Arsenal moving forward.