Grealish, Son silence critics with their first EPL targets

Jack Grealish and Son Heung-min, two of the English Premier League’s most high-profile gamers, have been dealing with rising criticism for his or her failure to attain this season.

They silenced the doubters on Saturday.

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With a strike after 55 seconds, Grealish — the England worldwide with the 100 million pound ($139 million) price ticket — set Manchester Metropolis on its approach to a 3-0 win at Wolverhampton and first place within the standings, no less than for twenty-four hours.

With a hat trick after coming off the bench, Son — the joint-top scorer within the league final season — rounded off Tottenham’s 6-2 victory over last-placed Leicester, whose supervisor Brendan Rodgers will head into the worldwide break together with his job below severe menace after six straight league defeats.

The wins left Metropolis and Tottenham tied for factors in first and second place, respectively, and their managers thrilled to see their forwards scoring once more.

“Rightly so, folks have been asking questions — I needs to be scoring extra and getting extra assists,” stated Grealish, who hadn’t even arrange a objective this season.

“I’m all the time going to have folks speaking about me with the cash that was spent on me, however all my profession I haven’t scored sufficient targets. I do wish to add that to my sport.”

Naturally, Erling Haaland was one in every of Metropolis’s different scorers at Molineux — that’s 14 in 9 video games in all competitions since becoming a member of from Borussia Dortmund — together with Phil Foden, with Wolves enjoying with solely 10 males from the thirty third minute after Nathan Collins’ pink card for a chest-high lunge on Grealish.

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Metropolis has 23 targets in its seven video games to this point.

Son was rotated — or was he dropped? — by Tottenham supervisor Antonio Conte for the Leicester sport and the South Korea ahead regarded emotional after every of his targets having gone on as a 59th-minute substitute. Two of them have been curling pictures into the highest nook and his hat trick objective squirmed below beleaguered Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward, earlier than needing the say-so of a VAR evaluation.

“The way in which I play, I can do a lot better than I’ve been,” Son stated. “I’ve been disillusioned, the group has been doing actually, actually good however I used to be disillusioned with my performances.”

Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Rodrigo Bentancur additionally scored for Tottenham, whereas Youri Tielemans — with a twice-taken penalty — and James Maddison scored for Leicester.

Rodgers stated the strain was “very a lot” on him.

“I perceive the sport,” he stated. “The scoreline didn’t replicate the sport however the backside line is it’s a heavy defeat. They (the homeowners) have given me sensible assist. No matter occurs to me at Leicester, whether or not I keep and combat on, I’ll all the time respect them.”

NEWCASTLE FLAT-LINING

It’s no wins in six video games for Newcastle, whose supervisor Eddie Howe will perceive the strain that comes with teaching the soccer group with the world’s richest homeowners. How affected person will the membership’s Saudi management be?

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After a disappointing 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at St. James’ Park, Newcastle remained with no win within the league since beating Nottingham Forest at residence on the opening weekend. 5 of Newcastle’s six outcomes have been attracts.

There have been some jeers from Newcastle supporters on the fulltime whistle after Bournemouth held out for some extent in a disciplined defensive efficiency, which noticed the guests take the lead towards the run of play by way of Philip Billing within the 62nd.

Newcastle, which hit the put up by way of Kieran Trippier and Joelinton by that time, equalized 5 minutes later when Alexander Isak transformed a penalty awarded for a handball towards Jefferson Lerma.

Bournemouth continued its upturn in outcomes since firing Scott Parker after a 9-0 loss at Liverpool on the finish of August. In three video games since below caretaker supervisor Gary O’Neil, the south-coast group has two attracts and a win at Nottingham Forest.

TRIBUTES TO QUEEN

There have been extra tributes to Queen Elizabeth II earlier than and through Saturday’s video games, together with a pre-match minute’s silence and a interval of applause after the seventieth minute — marking the 70 years she was on the throne.

All gamers wore black armbands as a mark of respect for the queen, who died final week. Her funeral is in London on Monday.

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