Grealish and Son silence critics with first EPL goals – Winnipeg Free Press

Jack Grealish and Son Heung-min, two of the English Premier League’s hottest players, have come under increasing criticism for their inability to score this season.

They silenced doubters on Saturday.

With a strike after 55 seconds, Grealish – the England international with the £100m ($139m) price tag – put Manchester City on course for a 3-0 win at Wolverhampton and top spot in the classification, at least for 24 hours. .

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers watches the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London on Saturday, September 17, 2022. (AP Photo/David Cliff)

With a hat trick after coming off the bench, Son – the league’s top scorer last season – completed Tottenham’s 6-2 win over last-placed Leicester, whose manager Brendan Rodgers will head into the international break with his work under serious threat after six consecutive defeats in the league.

The wins left City and Tottenham level on points in first and second place, respectively, and their managers delighted to see their forwards score again.

“People rightly asked questions – I should score more and get more assists,” said Grealish, who hadn’t even set a target this season.

“I’m always going to have people talking about me with the money that’s been spent on me, but for my whole career I haven’t scored enough goals. I want to add that to my game.”

Naturally, Erling Haaland was one of City’s other goalscorers at Molineux – that’s 14 in nine games in all competitions since joining from Borussia Dortmund – with Phil Foden, Wolves playing with just 10 men in the 33rd minute after Nathan Collins’ red card for a chest-high lunge on Grealish.

City have scored 23 goals in seven games so far.

Her son was shot – or was he let go? – by Tottenham manager Antonio Conte for the game against Leicester and the South Korean striker looked emotional after each of his goals was substituted in the 59th minute. Two of those were curling shots into the top corner and his hat-trick goal squirmed under beleaguered Leicester keeper Danny Ward, before needing the opinion of a VAR review.

“The way I play, I can do a lot better than I have been,” Son said. “I was disappointed, the team did very well but I was disappointed with my performance.”

Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Rodrigo Bentancur also scored for Tottenham, while Youri Tielemans – with a penalty taken twice – and James Maddison netted for Leicester.

Rodgers said the pressure was “enormously” on him.

“I understand the game,” he said. “The scoreline didn’t reflect the game, but the main thing is that it’s a heavy loss. They (the owners) gave me brilliant support. Whatever happens to me at Leicester, let me stay and I fight, I will always respect them.

NEWCASTLE FLAT LINING

It’s not a win in six games for Newcastle, whose manager Eddie Howe will understand the pressure that comes with training the football team with the world’s wealthiest owners. How patient will the club’s Saudi management be?

After a disappointing 1-1 draw with Bournemouth at St. James’ Park, Newcastle have gone without a league win since beating Nottingham Forest at home on the opening weekend. Five of Newcastle’s six results have been draws.

There was some teasing from Newcastle supporters at the full-time whistle after Bournemouth held off for a point in a disciplined defensive performance, which saw the visitors take the lead against the run of play through Philip Billing at the 62nd.

Newcastle, who hit the post through Kieran Trippier and Joelinton at the time, equalized five minutes later when Alexander Isak converted a penalty awarded for a handball against Jefferson Lerma.

Bournemouth have continued their rise in results since the dismissal of Scott Parker after a 9-0 defeat at Liverpool in late August. In three games since under caretaker manager Gary O’Neil, the south coast side have two draws and one win at Nottingham Forest.

TRIBUTE TO THE QUEEN

There were more tributes to Queen Elizabeth II before and during Saturday’s matches, including a pre-match minute’s silence and a period of applause after the 70th minute – marking 70 years she was on the throne.

All the players wore black armbands as a sign of respect for the Queen, who died last week. His funeral is in London on Monday.

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Christy J. Olson