Hero of the Round – Christian Pulisic
Despite mucking in with a handful of assists already for Fat Frank, it’s taken Captain America a short while to find the net for himself. He’ll be delighted to have finally got that monkey off his back by notching a perfect hat-trick against Burnley.
His tasty trio meant trouble for the Clarets and wedged daylight between the sides to make the game safe for the Blues in spite of a late flurry from the hosts.
The stats paint a pretty picture for Chelsea and their youthful Yank. He knocked fellow nipper Abraham off his perch as Chelsea’s youngest ever hat-trick hero after his trio against Wolves in September, a record the Englishman held for just 42 days.
Pulisic is in esteemed company after becoming the first player since Didier Drogba in 2010 to score with his left, right and head in a game for the West Londoners.
Three is the magic number.
Goal of the Round – Jay Rodriguez v Chelsea
In the unintended spirit of assigning this award to consolation goals, the Burnley boy’s 30-yard screamer versus Chelsea (see above) is an elegant shoe-in. He started and finished the move and a better strike you may never see. You can give him that bottle of bubbly for Goal of the Month now.
Game of the Round – Brighton 3-2 Everton
Nothing says ‘entertainment factor’ like a last-minute smash-and-grab win for a team that barely deserved a point. Witnessing almost every type of goal under the sun in a single game of footy and you always come away feeling satisfied.
Brighton’s opener from Pascal Gross was a free-kick howitzer helped on by wet and windy coastal conditions wreaking havoc for Jordan Pickford and his chocolate wrists. A nicely worked corner routine at the other end pulled the Scousers level.
The momentum rocked back and forth like a merry-go-round stallion down on Brighton Pier and the Toffees soon got their noses in front through a tidy finish from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
It looked like it wasn’t to be for the Seagulls until VAR awarded them a penalty 10 minutes from time. With that safely converted and Brighton now enjoying the rub of the green, the game was decided by a dramatic own-goal as Lucas Digne humped in a dangerously squared ball deep into the 94th minute. That's a wrap.
Digne's howler was so bad it was almost comical.
Chump of the Round – Granit Xhaka
There are several factors that culminate in the Arsenal skipper taking this biscuit. One the one hand, he's an unfortunate lightning rod for a number of fan greivances that are nothing to do with him - Emery's tactics, the Ozil situation, it not being 2004 anymore - but as the club captain, proffessionalism in trying circumstances is an asbolute minimum.
As unpleasant as the initial jeers at his exit were, then dawdling like a schoolboy while your team are chasing a winner wasn't particularly smart. Telling your fans who’ve forked out more than a few pound notes to come and watch you, to “f*ck off” is downright dumb as hell.
Whipping his shirt off before storming straight down the tunnel won’t earn him any plaudits except from maybe Spurs fans. Emery was quick to condemn his bagman but given the Spaniard isn’t exactly flavour of the month himself, it feels like a watershed moment for the Gunners.