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Premier League – Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

Graham Fisher in Editorial, English Premier League 14 Feb 2011

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Who's Hot and Who's Not

  • Hot team
  • Bolton, Arsenal, Birmingham, Manchester United and Tottenham all picked up three points, but the winners of the award this week have to be United. They bounced back from defeat at Wolves to pick up an absolutely crucial win. They may not have been great, but those three points may have won them the league.

  • Not Hot team
  • Everton, Wolves, Stoke, Manchester City and Sunderland all failed to pick up a point. Wolves hardly had a kick at Arsenal and Sunderland weren’t great against Tottenham. Manchester City probably deserved a point at Old Trafford and Stoke lost to a goal deep in stoppage time. The worst team were Everton. They were poor at Bolton and their manager David Moyes cut a sorry figure on the touchline. The players were arguing and they were devoid of ideas. These are worrying times at Goodison.

  • Hot keeper
  • He was out of the limelight for a long while after some highly publicised errors, but Paul Robinson has slowly but surely restored his reputation since moving to Blackburn. He can’t be far away from being England’s best keeper again, so if you’re passing the time until he gets between the posts with some Online poker or Champion’s League action, don’t worry – it won’t be long if he’s lucky.

  • Not Hot keeper
  • Sunderland’s Craig Gordon had a horror show at Stoke last week and would have been keen to put that behind him with a good display against Tottenham on Saturday. Unfortunately for him he carried the jitters from last week into the game with him and looked anything but the fine keeper we all know he can be.

  • Hot defender
  • It is rare to select a defender for this award who played on the losing team, but I will make an exception this week. Vincent Kompany was immense in the centre of the Manchester City back four on Saturday and it was clear that it would take a piece of unbelievable individual brilliance to get past him. Unfortunately for him that is what happened, but it didn’t take away from how well he played.

  • Not Hot defender
  • You really could pick any of the eight defenders who played in the 3-3 draw between West Brom and West Ham. The two sides took it in turns to see who could produce the most comical piece of defending. If I have to pick one, I’ll have to go for West Ham’s New Zealander, Winston Reid. He was out of position, slow to close down, weak in the challenge and scored an own goal. Even then, he wasn’t really any worse than any of the others!

  • Hot midfielder
  • The signing of Raul Meireles may well be the only thing that Roy Hodgson will be fondly remembered for at Anfield. The Portuguese midfielder took a while to settle in but he is certainly looking the part now. Yet another goal from him on Saturday will have made him even more popular with the Liverpool faithful.

  • Not Hot midfielder
  • Aston Villa’s Jean Makoun hasn’t been at the club long and he will not have endeared himself to his manager, team-mates or fans with the ridiculous tackle he made in the 1-1 draw at Blackpool. His side held on for a point in the twenty minutes they had to play without him but he could have cost them dear.

  • Hot striker
  • It is probably completely unfair to give the ‘Hot striker’ award to a player who produced just two seconds of brilliance in an entire game, but my goodness those two seconds really were brilliant and worthy of this award. Wayne Rooney is probably the only English player who could have scored that goal.

  • Not Hot striker
  • Whenever I see Victor Anichebe playing for Everton I admire his work rate and determination. Yesterday, in the defeat at Bolton, the television commentators were talking about the fact that he worked really hard and ‘put in a good shift’. Unfortunately, as a striker, the main thing he should be doing is providing a goal threat, and he simply doesn’t do that. I do wonder if he is quite good enough to be a striker at the top level.

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    take 9
    take 9
    12 years ago

    for me the hot striker has to be Robin Van Perise without a doubt, 11 goals in his last 9 games is remarkable. if only he could stay fit for the remainder of the season. its Valentine’s day and im wearing my red and white with number 10 on it.

    wisy
    wisy
    12 years ago

    To me, the best striker for the weekend was Robin Van Persie. He score from the tight area that no one I mean no one can do it except him (Van persie)

    Keno
    Keno
    12 years ago

    Rooney is indeed the best striker for the weekend. I think his goal is most likely to be the goal of the season.

    ColdTurkey
    ColdTurkey
    12 years ago

    Chris smalling neutralized Tevez he should have picked up the hot midefielder award.

    Bacon310
    Bacon310
    12 years ago

    Except smalling is a centre back (though he should have got hot defender!)

    Brad
    12 years ago

    Chris Smalling took on an in form Tevez, Kompany took on an out of form but still in class Rooney. Both deserve hot awards for their positions. but maybe there could have been a tie between RvP and Rooney.

    bongani
    12 years ago

    hot striker has got to be tevez. watch that player he is rising

    Brad
    12 years ago

    you idiot. Tevez didn’t score a bicycle goal like Rooney did, in fact, he got shut out by United’s defence.

    Chelsea FC Fan
    Chelsea FC Fan
    12 years ago

    Rooney’s bicycle kick is the goal of the year so if he gets Hot Striker award for playing 2 mins so be it…do it again WAZZAAAAAA!! Served precisely by Nani! Incredible!

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