With all the talk of the Emirates cup and postponed matches, it was easy to forget that there was still some Premier League action taking place yesterday. Although there were only three matches being showcased, we still had a plenty of action!
A topsy-turvy match between Bournemouth and West Ham resulted in a much needed 3-2 victory for the Cherries. Eddie Howe’s side certainly made hard work of their win, with two penalty misses and having to depend on a last minute winner from Joshua King to snatch the victory. Despite missing a penalty, King managed to grab a hat-trick making it 11 goals in 27 games. This is a very respectful return for the former United player and it is wonder that he continues to flounder down the lower reaches of the squad list; currently sitting in 372nd place! Michail Antonio (£0.60) has continued to quietly go about his business this year and his 9 goals in 26 matches, has now surpassed his previous years goal tally. If the Englishman can continue notching up impressive displays, how long do we predict it will be before there is a clamor for Antonio to make the cut for the national team? Still reasonably young and putting in consistent performances, Antonio could be an interesting one to keep an eye on; he already has a safe spot on my watch list!
Along with Bournemouth, both Hull City and Everton also recorded crucial victories. Hull City will be pleased to have notched up 3 points in a relegation battle against Swansea. Should the Swans sink any lower, you can bet there will be a host of teams in for the likes of Sigurdsson (£0.62) come the summer.
It was Everton who perhaps recorded the most impressive victory following their 3-0 win over West Brom; a team who have been very tough to break down this season. Romelu Lukaku (£1.90) weighed in with an assist and a goal against his former club, keeping up with Harry Kane (£3.34) in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot. Lukaku is a very interesting prospect on the market at this moment of time. Looking at his price trend over the previous 3 months, you can see that his value soared at one point as high as £2.46.
Since reaching these dizzy heights, Lukaku has slowly decreased in value and this is no doubt in part due to the fact that he looks ever-more likely to sign a new contract and commit his future (at least in the short term…) to Everton. But when it comes to this contract, there are also suggestions that there could be a hefty release clause in place and we all know why players insist on a release clause right?
Lukaku has done the business consistently over the last few seasons and he is rightly regarded as one of the most lethal strikers in the league. As a long term investment, you know you’re going to get lots of goals with the Belgian and he is also a prominent fixture for the national team. As such, Lukaku could well be a decent punt for traders: if he stays, he will likely continue to push for the Golden Boot over the next couple of seasons and he also has the added incentive during international fixtures. If he goes on to an even bigger club, you have a mega money transfer, which will no doubt bring his price to the next stage on the Index. Whichever way you look at it, Lukaku seems to offer decent value at this moment of time… which way do you think he will go?
Written by Andrew @andygrainger23