The 2016-17 Barclays Premier League season promises to be one of the most entertaining ever and August 2016 certainly did not disappoint. The title race is on as the top three contenders for the title have all got off to a winning start and have won all three of their opening matches. This is the Monthly Roundup for the month of August in the 2016-17 Barclays Premier League season.
Stoke, Watford, Bournemouth, Sunderland and Crystal Palace have all been atrociously bad to start this season and look in serious danger already. These sides could be our prime relegation targets as every other side looks like they may have enough to stay in the league. Meanwhile at the top end, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have won all three of their matches while Ronald Koeman’s Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Middlesbrough all remain undefeated as well. The surprise of the month has to be the way Mike Phelan has managed to rally his Hull City side to two wins and a narrow defeat to Manchester United in the first three matches as his side sit in 5th right now.
Team of the Month: 4-1-2-3
Player of the Month: Curtis Davies
Manager of the Month: Mike Phelan
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Worst XI of the Month: 4-2-3-1
Mignolet – Faced eleven shots on target, six of them ended up in the back of the net.
Ambrabat – Made several defensive mistakes as pretty much every goal Watford conceded was down his side of the field. Gave Chelsea the ball off of a throw in before they scored and also got booked for leaving the field without permission against Arsenal.
Shawcross – Gave a way a poor penalty against City and captained Stoke to a draw and two defeats.
Kabasele – Looked out of place and confused about how to defend against both Arsenal and Chelsea. He doesn’t look the player many thought he might be coming into this league from Belgium.
Holebas – Played in three matches and was anonymous in all three as Watford remain winless at the start of the season.
Nordtveit – Has been dreadful since arriving from Borussia Monchengladbach. He was shaky against Chelsea and constantly gave the ball away, was a liability against Bournemouth and then lost his place in the 18-man squad against City.
McNair – Still does not know how to play defensive midfield, has won only 36% of his duels and scored an own goal to help Guardiola and City start their campaign with a win.
Arnautovic – The new hair just isn’t working out. He’s looked, sluggish, slow, disinterested, hasn’t shown any fight to try and get Stoke a win and has only registered 1 shot on target so far this season.
Arfield – Completed just 60% of his passes, won just 21% of his duels, hasn’t registered a shot on target and hasn’t been involved in much of anything at all for Burnley in attack or defense.
Valencia – Has been everything West Ham don’t need a the start of this season as their struggles continue. He’s won just 15% of his duels, never been a threat going forward and has faded in and out of games far too much.
Kane – Can’t tell you if he’s even been out there for the past three games. He’s been woeful to start this season, even worse than he was at the start of last season. He’s won just 4/15 duels in the air, has only had 1 shot on target and has probably run less than the substitutes.
SO BAD HE DIDN’T EVEN MAKE THE XI: Saido Berahino – Just looks a shadow of his former self. He looks completely uninterested in playing for West Brom under Tony Pulis. His body language is all wrong, is work-rate is nonexistent and he hasn’t done a single thing of note so far this season. I can’t understand how he has such a massive price tag and why so many clubs are after him when his attitude and form is this bad.
Manager: Walter Mazarri – Louis Van Gaal proved 3-5-2 doesn’t work in the Premier League 2 years ago…it still doesn’t work. 3 matches, 0 wins, absolutely terrible.
Top 200 Footballers Rising Stars
Number on top = August 31, 2016
Number on bottom = July 16, 2016
Top 200 Footballers Falling Angels
Number on top = July 16, 2016
Number on bottom = August 31, 2016
Well it’s been an entertaining month of football in the Barclays Premier League and it is setting up what should be another fantastic month of action in September. If you haven’t checked it out already, make sure to check out the Team by Team Guide for the 2016-17 season.
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