A look at the heroes, and villain, of Premier League Round 27.
Hero – Kevin De Bruyne
If De Bruyne doesn’t win the Premier League Player of the Season award, it’ll be a travesty. The Belgian put on yet another midfield masterclass in Manchester City’s 5-1 thrashing of Leicester City. Yes, Sergio Agüero scored 4 goals but where would he be without De Bruyne’s perfectly-angled passes? He now has 14 assists in 27 matches, and that’s only part of his contribution to the team.
Hero – Harry Kane
Another North London Derby, another goal for Kane. The England striker caused Arsenal’s defence all kinds of problems, and it was no surprise to see him grab the winner. As Ben Davies delivered the cross from the left, Kane used his strength and movement to outjump Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal. But that was only half of the job done. His header had to be excellent and it was; steered down into Petr Čech’s bottom corner.
Hero – Gylfi Sigurdsson
Sigurdsson hasn’t had the best of times at Everton since his £45million move from Swansea City. It doesn’t help when his manager Sam Allardyce keeps bemoaning the lack of pace in his creative players. Against Crystal Palace, Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney both started, with Theo Walcott providing that much-needed pace. It worked well. Sigurdsson opened the scoring and looked lively in one of his best games for Everton.
Hero – Steve Mounié
After 5 defeats in a row, Huddersfield Town desperately needed a win in Premier League Round 27. The Terriers also desperately needed goals, after scoring only once in those 5 defeats. Step forward striker Steve Mounié, who only seems to have 2 modes – awful or brilliant. Against Bournemouth, he was brilliant. Mounié set up Alex Pritchard’s opener and then scored 2 excellent goals of his own. These flashes of brilliance just might be enough to keep Huddersfield up.
Villain – Paul Pogba
It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Pogba. With Alexis Sánchez’s arrival at Old Trafford, José Mourinho has switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation. The two-man midfield really doesn’t suit Pogba’s attacking, box-to-box style. The Frenchman was substituted after 60 minutes in United’s defeat to Tottenham and he suffered the same fate in Sunday’s defeat to Newcastle. Mourinho must find a system that suits both of his big-money superstars – Sánchez and Pogba.