EPL talking points

1 ALARM BELLS RINGING FOR GOAL-SHY BOURNEMOUTH

Bournemouth's defending left a lot to be desired as they crumbled against Watford, but their failure to penetrate Nigel Pearson's side was equally alarming.

The Cherries have scored the joint-fewest goals (20) this term and have the joint-second worst goal difference (-15) in the top flight.

After seeing his side slump to a ninth defeat in 11 league matches, manager Eddie Howe admitted "the feeling we are going to score has gone missing".

2 HAMMERS HAVE A GOALKEEPER ISSUE

West Ham's pursuit of a new stopper - with Middlesbrough's Darren Randolph still on their radar - will likely have intensified over the weekend.

Lukasz Fabianski suffered a recurrence of his hip injury, which kept him out for three months, while his replacement, David Martin, made another error, leading to Oli McBurnie's winner for Sheffield United.

3 WANTED: A STRIKER FOR NUNO'S WOLVES

Wolves' 1-1 draw with Newcastle suggested manager Nuno Espirito Santo urgently needs a new forward in this month's transfer window.

With Diogo Jota injured, Pedro Neto was given a chance to shine, but he struggled. He is not the only summer signing to do so at Molineux this season, with Jesus Vallejo and Patrick Cutrone having already departed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2020, with the headline 'EPL talking points'. Print Edition | Subscribe