Premier League talking points

1. KANE SCORES EVERY WHICH WAY

One thing to note is the sheer variety of goals Tottenham forward Harry Kane scores.

He now has eight in the Premier League this season: four with his right foot, three with his left and one header. Two from inside the six-yard box, four inside the penalty area and two outside.

Some forwards rely on service, some are opportunists and some can create their own: Kane is all three at the same time, and that's without mentioning his great work rate for the team.

For his first against Liverpool, he collected a fine pass, then forced mistakes from the defence. His second was a poacher's strike from a rebound. That is why he is arguably the best striker in the Premier League.


2. TIGHT DEFENCE A BOON FOR CITY

Everybody is talking about the number of goals Manchester City are scoring, but part of the reason they already boast a goal difference of 28 is that they have conceded only four times in nine league matches.

Credit for that is due to the new arrival Ederson, for it is doubtful City would be so parsimonious had they persisted with Claudio Bravo between the posts. The goalkeeper showed bravery in diving at Burnley's Chris Wood's feet early on, particularly as he took a kick to the face in the game against Liverpool last month.

"He is very brave," City manager Pep Guardiola said. "He's also good in the build-up, good on his line and shows good anticipation. For the next few years we have a good goalkeeper."


3. UNITED LOSE MOMENTUM

Heading into their game at Liverpool on Oct 14, Manchester United were flying, their six wins in seven Premier League games - and 21 goals - leaving them joint-top with Manchester City.

But despite Liverpool's struggles in defence, manager Jose Mourinho opted for a cautious approach that saw his side come away from Anfield with a goalless draw. They have not looked the same team since. United came crashing down to earth in an error-strewn 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield last weekend.

Mourinho slammed his players' attitude afterwards but, having gambled with his team's momentum, he also shares responsibility for the five-point gap between United and City.

THE GUARDIAN, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2017, with the headline 'Premier League talking points'. Print Edition | Subscribe