Game of the Round – Everton v Wolves
It’s not always the games involving the big boys which pack the biggest punches. In fairness, Everton and Wolves are not far off that higher echelon themselves and they delivered 90 minutes of theatre that even dear old Bill Shakespeare would have marvelled at.
Goals galore - including a brace for Richarlison and a debut strike for Alex Iwobi too - surely left footballing romanticists love struck. And who doesn’t love to see a good old-fashioned cock-up at the back? Add to that some wily goalkeeping from England’s number one, a sending off and a late winner that just 1% of fans predicted, and you have all the components of a Premier League classic. Can we see you every week?
Relive the most epic unscripted drama from Gamweek 4.
Hero of the Round – Jamie Vardy
The fleet-footed Fox has been causing absolute chaos in opposition boxes of late and Gameweek 4 was another absolute belter. The former non-league lad put in a shift and half on Saturday as if he was still going through the motions at Fleetwood Town playing to put bread on his kitchen table. He single-handedly dragged his team to a 3-1 win against Bournemouth bagging a brace and providing an assist for good measure.
The boy Vards is clearly excelling under the tutorage of gaffer Brendan Rogers. The unequivocal Ulsterman must be giddy with how much character his number nine is showing in front of goal. In 14 league appearances under Rogers, Vardy has been involved in a goal in each game (12 goals and 2 assists). Long may the party continue.
Jamie Vardy glides around the pitch so breezily it's as if he's on casters.
Goal of the Round – Roberto Firmino
The Brazilian’s brilliance has been well documented of late but his effort at Turf Moor was one particularly special bobby-dazzler, even shinier than the forwards great gleaming gnashers.
Liverpool’s insatiable appetite for goals may have got one or two individuals into a spot of bother with King Kloppo but that’s no reason for Firmino to fret. His work rate is so scintillating that even upon picking up ball well inside his own half you were fearing for the Clarets. He finds Salah and bombs 40 yards on before receiving it back from the Egyptian and disapching a cool, calm, curling shot into the net.
Pass and move. Who said football isn't a simple game?
Chump of the Round – Granit Xhaka
Usually, the honour of wearing the captain’s armband inspires you to pull up your socks up and dig out a performance a few percentage points above your normal standard. Granit Xhaka is not cut from that cloth.
The Swiss was up to his usual jaw-dropping antics in the north London derby, lunging in on Heung Min Son in the penalty area before throwing his arms up in protest at Martin Atkinson’s penalty award. It was as stonewall a penalty as you’ve seen and, after David Luiz’s similarly idle outrage at Liverpool last weekend, the Gunners could consider a career in criminal defence.
The stats make for a hilarious comedy script or a dammingly grave wrap sheet depending on your allegiances. With five penalties conceded by Xhaka and nine mistakes leading directly to goals, If Luiz is drawing comparisons to Sideshow Bob, then Xhaka is surely Krusty the Clown.