The overall highest scorer this week racked up an impressive 128 points.
A solid strike force of Jamie Vardy, Roberto Firmino and Alvaro Morata who were all amongst the points. Mohamed Salah turned out to be a solid pick, disproving my don’t go for new players along with Morata, albeit that Salah is formerly of Chelsea. Ahmed Hegazy debut goal for West Bromwich Albion really showed why you shouldn’t listen to me.
So 128 points was the total to aspire too.
The highest in the Lion of Vienna Suite league was 92 points scored by Drillos.
This was spearheaded by a new old boy in the form of Romelu Lukaku. A proven Premier League quality, the Manchester United man showed that he is a key striker to have this season. Then comes another brand new player in Huddersfield Town’s Steve Mounie who bagged a brace.
Paul Pogba was another lynch pin showing what the freedom Nemanja Matic offers can do for the world’s second most expensive player. Then was another two proven quantities. Sadio Mane has hit double figures in each of his Premier League seasons, and it would seem likely he will do so again. Dele Alli did what he does bagging a goal despite having a quiet game. There is a core there who will likely get points on a regular basis.
The most impressive part of the team is probably the defence. Leighton Baines, Ryan Bertrand and ex-Bolton Wanderers loanee Craig Dawson were all amongst the points along with goalkeeper Ben Foster. That for me does look like a generally solid defence which will get points regularly.
At the other end of the spectrum were two teams on 33 points. I will look at the one with my preferred name, The Rhythm of Zat Knight. It is just a shame there are no points for clever names, having said that they would both get points for that.
Rather like me he plumped for Harry Kane and Gabriel Jesus up front. Kane should have scored for Tottenham Hotspur, but as is normally the case early in the season he did not. There are a lot of managers out there hoping he can get going earlier than normal. I have faith in Jesus, and no that was no a terrible attempt at a joke, but this could be a case of second season syndrome, only time will tell.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is another I plumped for. He seemed to put in a solid performance on a hard day for Crystal Palace. He appeared to play as part of a front three which could give him plenty of opportunities to score some points. Son Heung-min seems like a good shout despite only having a cameo in the opening week. He scored a lot of goals last season, having said that if Ross Barkley joins Spurs his game time could be further hampered.
There was a top choice made in defence with Rob Holding in the mix. Arsenal though showed some defensive weakness against Leicester City on the opening day. I am always wary of Arsenal defenders because they always seem prone to shipping a goal. Joel Matip of Liverpool is an interesting choice. It has been a fair while since the club was defensively sound, but I know nothing about the player so would not want to judge his attacking qualities. Toby Alderweireld as a Spurs defender is a solid pick. They keep clean sheets and often gain attacking points. Personally I plump for their full backs, with goal scoring Ben Davies my current pick.
Its impossible to make too many judgements after one week. Players may come good or just be a flash in the pan and early stages are often about feeling out a few options.