A look at the heroes from a reduced Premier League Gameweek 32.
Eden Hazard, Chelsea
If the Real Madrid rumours are to be believed, the Premier League will be a significantly less skilful place next season. Hazard will be so sorely missed, especially when he lights up matches like he did against West Ham in Gameweek 32. Chelsea weren’t at their best, but their little Belgian wizard was. Midway through the first-half, Hazard got the ball and glided past the Hammers midfield, before dancing through their defence and finding the net. It was a breath-taking moment of magic from a truly world-class player. Hazard even added a late second strike to take his tally to 16 goals and 12 assists this year.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton
In-form Everton beat in-form Arsenal 1-0 in Gameweek 32, but that scoreline only tells half the story. The Toffees were terrific throughout, with stand-out performers all over the pitch. Phil Jagielka stepped in for Michael Keane at the last minute and scored the winner; Idrissa Gueye won the midfield battle as usual; and Brazilian wingers Richarlison and Bernard were full of industry at both ends of the field. Everton out-fought their opponents in every department and no-one fought harder than their centre-forward, Calvert-Lewin. He might not be a prolific goalscorer yet, but the England Under-21 makes up for that with his superb hold-up play and willing runs in behind. The 3 Arsenal centre-backs just could not cope with Calvert-Lewin’s pace and power.
Chris Wood, Burnley
From one tall, strapping target man to another. Wood gave Bournemouth’s young centre-back Chris Mepham a match to forget in Gameweek 32. The Cherries took an early lead, but Burnley bullied their way back into the game brilliantly. Wood equalised with a towering header at the back post and played his part in his team’s other two goals too. He gave Mepham a timely shove for the second, and he set up strike partner Ashley Barnes for the third. That victory probably takes Burnley within 3 points of Premier League safety.
James Maddison, Leicester City
Gareth Southgate was in Germany on Saturday to watch Jadon Sancho’s Dortmund lose 5-0 in Der Klassiker against Bayern Munich. In hindsight, the England manager would have been better off at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium, where Leicester’s James Maddison put in another excellent creative performance. His passing was clever, his dribbling was dangerous, and he capped it all off with a beautiful free-kick goal, his seventh of the season. Maddison got his first senior England call-up back in October 2018, and he must be getting close to his first cap now.
Jordan Henderson, Liverpool
England aren’t short of talented midfielders, however. Just in case you thought Henderson’s best days were behind him, he produced a match-winning cameo in Gameweek 32 against Southampton. When he came on, Liverpool were drawing 1-1 with 30 minutes to go. Cometh the hour, cometh the captain. Henderson changed the game completely with his blend of passion, energy and composure. First, his smart header set Mohamed Salah free to make it 2-1. Then, a few minutes later, he burst forward himself to score his first goal of the season. Henderson’s leadership will be vital if Liverpool are to win the Premier League title.