There was only half a round of games in the Premier League this past weekend, what with FA Cup action also going on, and so with just ten teams taking part picking a best XI may be slightly different to usual. Sunday’s action was fun-packed, as Everton raised some eyebrows by beating Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison Park – their first home victory since mid-January – putting a big dent in Chelsea’s top-four ambitions. Liverpool were tested more than many will have been expecting at Craven Cottage, a late James Milner penalty putting them top of the table with a 2-1 win against Fulham. On Saturday, Bournemouth played out a 2-2 draw at home to Newcastle, Leicester won 2-1 at Burnley and West Ham beat Huddersfield in a 4-3 thriller.
Perhaps last week, he went too far, but the unbounded determination that Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles shows on a daily basis is has done both him and the club the world of good since he signed. Rumours of a bust-up with Rafael Benitez before the defeat against Chelsea have sinice been elaborated on; not only may that have contributed to his absence last week, but it could have even spread to a physical confrontation with teammate Matt Ritchie.
Bournemouth could have a battle on their hands to keep star midfielder Lewis Cook at Dean Court, with Tottenham believed to be preparing a £30m bid for the 21-year-old. Spurs have been going through an alarming absence from the transfer market this summer, but have been linked with players throughout and there seems to be some weight behind reports that manager Mauricio Pochettino wants Cook before the transfer window slams shut. Cook’s stock has continued to rise since he arrived at Bournemouth in 2016 from Leeds, culminating in him receiving his first – and, to date, only – England cap back in March during the Three Lions’ 1-1 draw with Italy at Wembley. Continue reading