Did any part of Saturday’s Premier League action pass you by? Here, theScore runs down everything you may have missed.
Aguero surging up the scoring chart
Sergio Aguero is already regarded as arguably the greatest foreign goalscorer to grace the Premier League. By the time he hangs up his boots – or heads home for Independiente – the Manchester City star will go down as one of the most prolific players England’s top flight has ever seen. Aguero moved into 10th on the Premier League’s all-time scoring list Saturday, potting his 147th goal in a 5-0 demolition of an overmatched Cardiff City side.
Alan Shearer, atop the heap with 260 goals, won’t be sweating over the status of his record. Wayne Rooney, second all-time with 208 tallies of his own, is also likely out of Aguero’s reach. But the Argentine is now an even 40 behind Andy Cole, who sits third. Fresh off signing a one-year contract extension that tied him to the Etihad until 2021, Aguero can realistically surpass Cole’s mark. Assuming he stays fit, the manner in which City create chances will give the 30-year-old plenty of opportunities to continue his steady climb up the chart.
Mitrovic 5, Newcastle 4
Frightening Serb striker Aleksandar Mitrovic was sold to Fulham in the summer, and despite Newcastle gaffer Rafa Benitez’s assertion that he has no regrets over the exit, the Magpies may be questioning that decision after Saturday’s results.
Mitrovic’s 78th-minute equalizer versus Watford gave him a Premier League joint-best five goals on the season, while Newcastle have just four following their drab, scoreless stalemate at Selhurst Park. Fellow former Magpie Dwight Gayle also has five goals for West Brom this year.
Sanchez’s scoring struggles sustained
Something isn’t quite right with Alexis Sanchez. It’s now been 831 minutes since the tireless Chilean attacker’s last Premier League goal – March 2018 against Swansea City – after he was yanked off for Anthony Martial in the 67th minute of Saturday’s stalemate with Wolves at Old Trafford.
He only has a pair of league tallies in 18 outings after his January swap from Arsenal. For inquisitive Gunners, Henrikh Mkhitaryan has three in 16.
Maddison making case for England spot
It doesn’t take the keenest eye to note that Gareth Southgate’s young England side is desperate for a playmaking No. 10. Look no further than Leicester City summer signing James Maddison after a shining display sparked the Foxes’ come-from-behind win over Huddersfield Town.
Maddison, 21, registered the match-winner, completed 87 percent of his passes, and now has either scored or assisted in four of his last five Premier League matches. The jump from the Championship wasn’t supposed to be this easy for the Coventry lad.
Strength in depth for Liverpool
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to see Liverpool, still perfect after Saturday’s slate, dropping points to anyone outside of the Premier League’s elite. The free-scoring Reds continued their recent run of dominance at Anfield by easily swatting aside Southampton 3-0. That’s now eight home clean sheets on the trot in league play for Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were expected to win handily and duly delivered. But while the scoreline won’t raise any eyebrows, the squad’s depth was, once again, on full display. Joel Matip, who’s been relegated to a bench role thanks to both injury and the excellent form of Joe Gomez, found the net, while Xherdan Shaqiri played a key role in Mohamed Salah’s insurance marker; the stocky Swiss’ free-kick crashed off the bar before the Egyptian tapped in the loose ball. Klopp is blessed with a wealth of options – even Naby Keita came off the bench – and that ability to rotate without losing quality will prove vital against both the heavyweights and lesser lights. Unlike in prior seasons, the Merseyside club doesn’t look liable to drop points unexpectedly.
Nuno frustrates mentor Mourinho
It takes something special to damper a Sir Alex Ferguson sighting at Old Trafford, though Nuno Espirito Santo’s resilient Wolverhampton squad did just that Saturday. The former Manchester United gaffer was at the stadium for the first time since suffering a brain hemorrhage in May, but the legendary boss’ appearance couldn’t inspire the Red Devils to victory, settling instead for a 1-1 draw.
Joao Moutinho’s exquisite left-footed strike not only helped end United’s three-game winning streak, it also allowed Nuno to pull one over on his own old boss, Jose Mourinho, who oversaw the former goalkeeper at Porto.
A welcome ugly win for Tottenham
As responses go, it was more of an embittered, inaudible mumble than an unsettling, ear-assaulting statement. If it wasn’t for the ball retention of Mousa Dembele – he misplaced just two of his attempted 72 passes at Brighton & Hove Albion – it could have been a very different scoreline from the 2-1 win that Tottenham Hotspur ground out.
Lucas Moura, after a sensational start to he campaign, was frustratingly sloppy. Harry Kane will again be questioned after an outing that saw him muster only five more touches than Tottenham’s third-choice goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga. Had Anthony Knockaert not unnecessarily deliberated over one chance earlier on, his late goal may have been more than a consolation. But this was something quite rare for Tottenham: winning ugly. There was no “Spursy” crumble as they gleaned a much-needed three points via a Kane penalty and well-worked Erik Lamela goal to remedy a trio of defeats.