It’s been over three months since the start of the 2021-22 EPL season, and we already see competition at its toughest and rivalry at its peak. Though at its early stage, this EPL season has already given us a lot to review about.
Mass Manager Dismissal among EPL Teams
The EPL is a member of Europe’s top 5 leagues; it is a very tough and competitive league. To remain in this league for a long time, you need a good team with good players and managers. After 12 matches played this season, EPL team owners have shown that they would not entertain below-par or underperforming managers in their respective clubs.
Three months have gone by, and a total of 6 managers have been sacked by various EPL clubs this season. This is shocking but shows that EPL owners know how competitive the league is. The coaches sacked so far are;
Steve Bruce, sacked by Newcastle after a poor start to the season.
A few weeks ago, Saudi Arabia PIF bought ownership of Newcastle FC from Mike Ashley for about £300m. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the big money spenders would want big or above-average players, managers, and staff in their new club. One of the first moves they made was to get rid of Steve Bruce, who was doing poorly as Newcastle’s manager.
Nuno Espírito Santo who was deservingly sacked by Tottenham Hotspurs.
This is the most shocking of them all. Nuno was sacked exactly 52 days after winning EPL manager of August. He performed well at the beginning of the season, but things went south very quickly. He is the former coach of Wolves FC; he was doing well at Wolves FC but decided to leave Wolves FC in the summer when Tottenham came calling.
Many have criticized the Portuguese for leaving Wolves, only to get sacked by Tottenham after less than six months in charge.
Dean Smith, sacked by Aston Villa.
After five consecutive defeats, Aston Villa showed Dean Smith they aren’t in the EPL for fun. Dean Smith was in charge of Aston Villa for three years, but the club cut ties with him after 11 EPL 2021-22 season games.
Aston Villa FC signed some amazing talents this summer, and many were rooting for them to finish top 6, but this isn’t the case now. After sacking Dean Smith, they’ve gone on to hire Liverpool’s biggest legend, Steven Gerrard.
Daniel Farke, sacked by Norwich.
The German-led Norwich to EPL promotion last season after winning the EFL Championships. But, after a very poor start to the EPL season, he was dismissed as Norwich’s manager.
Xisco Munoz, sacked by Watford.
Xisco was sacked by the newly promoted club, Watford, after a very poor start to the season. The EPL team owners are clearly showing how eager they are to remain in EPL. Their eagerness and hunger for EPL football were further proven after hiring Chelsea and Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær who was sacked by Manchester United after several backings
This is the latest managerial dismissal in EPL so far this season. The Manchester United legend coached Manchester United for three years, and so far has been the only manager post-Ferguson not to win a trophy.
Over the weeks and months, there have been different controversies and critics calling for the dismissal of the Norwegian with some staking on his dismissal on fast payout online casino NZ. After several changes from the Manchester United board, the fans would be excited to know that their supposed messiah and savior, Ole, is no longer at the wheel.
Top Performing New Zealand Players in the EPL
Currently, there are two New Zealand players in the EPL, Chris Wood of Burnley and Winston Reid of West Ham United. Chris Wood has played all 12 matches for Burnley this season; Winston Reid, on the other hand, is yet to make his first appearance.
This season, Chris Wood has scored three goals; he recently hit 50 EPL goals after scoring in Burnley’s draw against Crystal Palace. The center forward didn’t have the best start to this season but always turns up for Burnley when needed.
Most Disappointing Big Signings So Far
Every season, we get to see at least one big signing in the EPL, and this year is no different. There were more than five big signings by different EPL clubs this year. Some of these signings have not played to expectations. The most disappointing so far are;
Manchester United signed the English player for about £73m. After being chased for two seasons by Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund finally gave in and sold him. The youngster, however, is yet to either score or make an assist for Manchester United so far this season. He is arguably the most disappointing signing so far this season.
Sold by Aston Villa to Manchester City for £100m, Jack Grealish has performed below expectation. The English player has scored just one goal and made two assists in 9 appearances this season. He has been in poor form; ironically, the two biggest disappointments are English players.
Netting three goals and making 0 assists in 7 EPL appearances this season, Romelu Lukaku has not matched the fantasized comeback. The Belgian cost Chelsea about £97m, their biggest signing ever. At his best, Romelu is one of the deadliest strikers, but he is currently in poor form.
Betting Updates for the Weekend
The biggest games to bet on for the weekend are Man City vs. West Ham, Chelsea vs. Man United, and Brighton vs. Leeds. These matches are the toughest fixtures and would most likely produce draws, each team’s scoring, and more than two goals each.