Ledley's Talking Points: 2017's Top Striker, Goal Fests and Bad Excuses
7 Talking Points
Harry Kane has broken Alan Shearer’s record for most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year after his eighth hat-trick of 2017. The stats show that he’s the best striker in the world right now, scoring more hat-tricks than Messi, Ronaldo, Lewandowski, Cavani and Aguero combined!
Man Utd took two points from their first two games of the busy festive period, meaning they’re now 12 points behind their Manchester rivals who have a game in hand this evening. Mourinho has come up with a handful of excuses but saying that their summer spend of £300m was not enough is the one that has grabbed the headlines.
Brentford showed us that money isn’t everything by beating Aston Villa 2-1 on Boxing Day. The Bees have spent less on players in their 127 year history than Villa did in the summer, and are now just four points behind Steve Bruce’s side in the Championship table.
Liverpool scored their twelfth goal in three league games to brush aside a sorry looking Swansea side. The 5-0 rout was largely orchestrated by Coutinho, with a brace from fellow Brazilian Firmino and another brilliant performance from their man of the moment Salah. Leon Britton accused the Swans of “making basic errors you would expect to see at academy level.”
Cardiff suffered a second successive defeat to drop out of the Championship's top two, with Bristol City taking their place with five wins in six games. First the Bluebirds suffered a 2-0 defeat to strugglers Bolton, before conceding four at home to Fulham on Boxing Day.
Wigan scored 7 at Oxford before being humbled by a 0-0 draw with second-place Shrewsbury on Boxing Day. The Latics are four points clear at the top of the table and look destined for promotion, but their draw allowed Scunthorpe and Blackburn to make up some ground on the leaders.
Garry Monk has been sacked as manager of Boro despite winning on the day and being just four points outside the playoffs. It was a top-two finish that the Boro board wanted though, and Tony Pulis is the new man they have chosen to do that. He will take charge of his first game on Saturday when they face Villa. Meanwhile, Monk has been tipped to be the next Swansea manager.
The Legends scored 78 points at the weekend, putting them in 68th place in the weekly team table. Robbie Keane managed 17 points while Ledley, Jermaine Jenas and Shaun Wright-Phillips could each only muster 12 points.
Top 6 Selected wins
Man City (won 4-0)
Wolves (won 1-0)
Fulham (won 2-1)
Cardiff (lost 0-2)
Reading (lost 1-2)
Dunfermline (won 2-1)
Top 6 selected draws
Stoke 3-1 West Brom
Brighton 1-0 Watford
Burnley 0-3 Tottenham
West Ham 2-3 Newcastle
Preston 1-1 Notts Forest
Sheff W 1-2 Boro
Man City (4-0)
Wigan (7-0 - 2 points)
FC Halifax (4-0)