Successes and failures in the Premier League: the acquisition of Man Utd by David de Gea, Romelu Lukaku shows the evolution | Football news

Takeover for De Gea

David de Gea has had all summer to mull over his fateful role in concluding last season’s Europa League final.

With Manchester United and Villarreal’s shots on goal locked at 11-10 after his counterpart Geronimo Rulli scored his penalty for the pressure, De Gea stepped up the shot on goal with the sudden death he couldn’t afford to miss, but he missed it.

De Gea didn’t even get a chance to change his mind with an appearance for Spain at Euro 2020, as he watched their entire journey to the semi-finals from the sidelines.

Given his long-term future at Old Trafford which has been the subject of speculation for many years and the recent emergence of Dean Henderson, the way last season ended for De Gea could well have marked the beginning of the end of his time. in Manchester.

But United’s first five games of the season have ruled out any lingering notion that De Gea’s days are numbered. The Spaniard has returned for the new season with renewed vigor and purpose – and seizes the opportunity before him.

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It all culminated in a final redemptive word at London Stadium as Mark Noble’s long streak of converted penalties was brought to a screeching halt as De Gea saved his Premier League debut since 2014 after conceding his previous 40.

De Gea’s heroism in stoppage time and his performance this season has not been lost on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who said Air sports: “David is a different man. He asked to come back early for the preseason, he wanted to show how good he is and he’s so focused. He saved us two points today.”

Solskjaer said De Gea is back. With the Spaniard in form back to his best between the sticks, Manchester United could well be too.
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No goal but the evolution of Lukaku evident

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There was no goal for Romelu Lukaku. But even so, it was a performance to show how far he had come as a striker since his difficult time at Manchester United. There is a lot more to his game than scoring these days and Spurs found that out on Sunday.

The Belgian was closely led by Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for most of the afternoon at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, ensuring he himself had few scoring opportunities himself, but that didn’t did not prevent causing problems for the hosts.

Indeed, his mere presence was enough to distract Tottenham defenders from the other players around him and there were plenty of occasions during the 90 minutes where he showed the kind of selflessness and creativity that is now typical of him.

Indeed, another day, the Belgian would have managed a hat-trick of assists. In the first half, he twice resisted the urge to shoot when the others were better placed, only to see Kai Havertz and then Mason Mount not connecting properly with their shots.

He started again in the second half, when he slipped a pass to Timo Werner, who was rushing down the left side of Tottenham’s area. The substitute had a clear vision of the goal but couldn’t beat Hugo Lloris.

Lukaku’s goals were central to his return to Chelsea. There have been four out of four appearances so far. But he also takes care of his teammates.

In fact, only Reece James and Marcos Alonso create more chances every 90 minutes among Chelsea players. Add to that his leadership as well as his creativity – note how he encouraged Werner rather than berating him after his failure – and it’s clear he’s a much more complete proposition than he was.
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Rodgers’ Maddison Challenge

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Leicester midfielder James Maddison struggles to stay in shape

Of all the challenges Brendan Rodgers faces – negotiating key player injuries, addressing his team’s vulnerability on set pieces, handling Yuri Tielemans’ workload as his team once again compete on multiple fronts, the more delicate – and most scrutinized – seems to rejuvenate James Maddison.

Rodgers had every right to feel aggrieved by Stuart Attwell’s negligence to use the sideline monitor to review a penalty imposed on his team at the Amex.

But his side have been second best against Brighton for too long and Ademola Lookman’s impact in the second half only underscored how Maddison, hung up after struggling on the right in a 4-3-3 formation, lost its swagger and its brilliance.

Amid injuries and ties to Arsenal, Maddison hasn’t managed a shot on target in any of his five Premier League games and hasn’t registered any top goals or assists since February. The post-match questions therefore continue to flow.

How to get it back to its best level?

“The time, the patience, the support,” Rodgers said. “Realizing that no matter how confident someone is and how good a player they are, you have to get them back to the basics: work your socks, work even harder and when you do that it gives you confidence.

“He’s a brilliant talent, he’s just in a little while it’s not quite going but he won’t feel sorry for himself.”

The challenge to getting back to basics is a Maddison – still refreshingly frank on camera – has to grab hold of.

But at Rodgers, he has a manager who is as sensitive to the psychological as he is to the tactics, a mentor who will give him the conditions to emerge from the shadows.
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Cucurella can make seagulls fly

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Graham Potter has been impressed with Marc Cucurella’s language skills before but Getafe’s signing of Deadline Day appears to have adapted to the speed on the pitch in the Premier League as well as in the dressing room.

Barcelona academy product dubbed ‘The Hair’ for his tight, flowing curls is learning English after his £ 15million move, but here in that energetic home debut in Brighton’s win over Leicester, there were a lot of signs of football telepathy with his new team-mates.

Cucurella has been influential throughout – no Brighton player had more touches in Sunday’s game, nor made more precise passes – but especially in the first half where the hosts dominated as he unleashed a series of attacks from the left.

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Marc Cucurella was Sky Sports’ man of the match for Brighton against Leicester

There was a record 11 sprints in possession and promising patterns woven with Leandro Trossard, Adam Lallana and forwards ahead of him, but Cucurella’s verticality of play drew attention as well as his pace and penchant for a tackle.

A long ball forward, after an impudent nutmeg, gave Neal Maupay a nice chance in the first half and he also offered variation, a well rounded ball giving Lallana another opportunity.

“He can play as left-back, left-back, left-back,” Potter had said. “Sometimes we missed that left-footed balance last season, especially offensively. He gives us options. He’s a really smart player.”

Last season’s promising campaign resulted in frequent frustrations for the beloved division’s expected goals and while the new tenure is still in its infancy, Cucurella appears to possess the technical and physical characteristics to give new impetus to Potter’s progressive side. .

With Tariq Lamptey finally back in the fold after a series of painful setbacks, Brighton fans should have fun watching their side from both sides.
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