Everton march up the table
Few sides have lit up the Premier League in 2017 like Everton, and their stunning form was on full display in the 4-0 drubbing of Hull City on the weekend. The Toffees have enjoyed a stunning start to 2017: in their ten league matches this year, they have won seven, drawn two, and lost just once. Everton have tallied an outstanding 27 goals in that timespan, with impressive victories such as a 4-0 defeat of Manchester City, a 6-3 dismantling of Bournemouth, and a 3-0 win over West Brom.
This blistering run of form, aided by the league’s top goalscorer, Romelu Lukaku, has carried Everton all the way up to seventh position. They sit on 50 points, level with Arsenal and just six points off the top four. If the Toffees can keep up their stunning 2017 form into the spring, then European football may be coming to Goodison Park.
Leicester’s renaissance continues
The new manager effect is one thing; yet what is happening at Leicester City, however, is something quite different. Most clubs experience an automatic, temporary boost when there is a change of personnel. The fresh face leads to a short increase in motivation and work ethic as the mere act of changing things up produces results.
Yet Craig Shakespeare has achieved something entirely different. He has engineered four wins in his first four matches in charge, led Leicester out of the relegation zone, and steered the Foxes into the last eight of the Champions League.
Is Shakespeare a genius, or is he just reverting back to the successful tactics that brought the Premier League title to the King Power? The Leicester owners will have quite the dilemma on their hands if Shakespeare keeps up these impressive results until the end of the season, faced with the choice of searching for a new manager or sticking with this year’s success.
Arsenal plummet further
Just when Arsenal fans thought it couldn’t get worse, it did. The Gunner slipped to new lows on Saturday, falling 3-1 away to West Brom at the Hawthorns. The loss leaves Arsenal in sixth, six points adrift of the top four. Adding insult to injury, planes were flown over the stadium in ridiculous fashion, urging the club to sack Wenger.
Alas, reports indicate that Arsenal have offered the Frenchman a new two-year contract. Whatever Wenger’s future holds, this season may prove to be his most tumultuous year in charge.