Eight things we learned: Xhaka has a problem, Chelsea are back, City in trouble

16 Oct

5. No ordinary Joe

Stoke manager Mark Hughes had complained in the week that Wales had ‘compromised’ Joe Allen’s fitness during the international break.

If that was the case, then Hughes might want to see Chris Coleman and company do the same in future.

For Allen returned to Stoke colours to score both goals in a 2-0 victory over Sunderland, securing an overdue first Potters’ win.

It was the first time Allen, shining in a new number 10 role, had scored a brace in the same match and extended his tally to five goals in four games for club and country.

Stoke might have had a difficult start to the season, but in Allen they have one of the Premier League’s most under-rated talents.

6. Bob’s got a job on to save Swansea

Bob Bradley, the Premier League’s first American manager, will be perplexed by some of the defending he saw on his English football bow, a 3-2 defeat to Arsenal which dropped Swansea into the relegation zone.

Individual errors were to blame for all three Arsenal goals and Ashley Williams’ excellence at Everton is a painful reminder of what their former captain was worth to them.

Bradley has exciting attackers in Modou Barrow and Gylfi Sigurdsson but he knows he has to build a solid base from the back – or Swansea have no chance of staying up.


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