A look at the heroes, and villain, of Premier League Round 4.
Hero – Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne picked up 18 assists for Manchester City last season and he was back to his playmaking best in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool. First, his defence-splitting pass set up Sergio Agüero to make it 1-0. 20 minutes later, De Bruyne’s cross from the right was perfect for Gabriel Jesus but his header was ruled out for offside. The Belgian kept going, switched wings and delivered another sensational assist for Jesus. De Bruyne was everywhere, and involved in everything.
Hero – Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Stoke’s new striker is carrying an injury but it didn’t show against Manchester United. José Mourinho’s defence were looking for a 4th straight cleansheet in Premier League Round 4 but they couldn’t cope with Choupo-Moting’s pace and power. He beat Eric Bailly to the ball to score his first and then outjumped Phil Jones to make it 2-2. Stoke aren’t missing Marko Arnautović at all.
Hero – Pascal Groß
Against West Brom, Brighton were looking for their first ever Premier League goals and their first ever Premier League win. Step forward Pascal Groß. The German attacker grabbed his place in the club history books with a deflected first-half shot. But there was nothing fortunate about Groß’s second strike and he capped off a brilliant performance with an assist for Tommer Hemed.
Hero – Harry Kane
Now that August is over, Kane is finally up and running for the season. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with his side’s 3-0 away win at Everton. Kane’s first goal was meant to be a cross rather than a shot but for his second, he guided Ben Davies’ cross perfectly into the bottom corner. Spurs’ hitman is back in business.
Villain – Chung-Yong Lee
With Yohan Cabaye back from injury, Crystal Palace were looking for at least a point away at Burnley. Frank de Boer’s side needed to start the game well but a moment of madness left them 1-0 down after 3 minutes. Dribbling back towards his own goal, winger Lee played a terrible back pass straight to Burnley’s Chris Wood. The match finished 1-0.