This weekend appeared to be a weekend for classic rivalries and a hoard of goals from young players. In the EPL, there were 31 goals scored this week and out of those 31, 12 of those goals were scored by someone 23 or under. Players such as Tottenham defender Kyle Walker, 22, scored a goal for the ages as he handed Wenger and company a crushing rivalry loss. Daniel Sturridge, 22, struck twice but was held out of the spotlight thanks to a brilliant weekend by veteran Frank Lampard. Mario Balotelli, 21, and Stefan Savic, 20, helped City and crew cruise past Blackburn Rovers in their 4-0 win. Also, Danny Welbeck and Brazilian Anderson scooped up a goal each in the two nil win over Norwich. Other goal scorers included Denmark International Nicklas Bendtner, 23, tallied his for goal in a Sunderland jersey, Andy Carroll, 22, Aaron Ramsey, 20, and Scott Sinclair, 22.
For some of these young players is this is not the first time they have made impacts for their respective clubs. Daniel Sturridge was fantastic for Bolton on his loan last season, and though slightly quiet at the start of this season, a Fernando Torres suspension has proved crucial for Sturridge as he proved his worth for Chelsea. Danny Welbeck has been brilliant all season so far with Manchester United. He struck twice in the midweekd Champions League game, and added another this weekend. Despite having Rooney, Hernandez, Berbatov, and even Owen, Danny Welbeck has emerged as a potentially new star in the premier league. Brazilian youngster Anderson, though not known for his goal scoring has really cemented a spot in the Red Devils midfield for his ability to distribute and expose defenses. Lastly, Mario Balotelli showed that despite his unpopular antics, and glowing confidence Balotelli played quite well and showed that he can maintain a level head even when other superstars (Carlos Tevez) seem to be causing quite a bit of commotion throughout the club.
I enjoy seeing young players make a name for themselves so early on in the season. It gives people a great opportunity to potentially see the new wave of players that will always be make a name for themselves for the rest of the year, and hopefully years to come. Do not be surprised to see several of these players continue showing up on the stat sheet at the end of each weekend.
About the Author
Written by Stephen Gonzalez
My name is Stephen Gonzalez, I am from Houston, TX. 23 year old psychology major with a minor in English. I love all sports, with the exception of NASCAR (if you even consider that a sport) and baseball is boarder line entertaining after about 158 games have passed. Huge Manchester United fan and an avid soccer fan.