IN the spirit of Halloween, the Winning Factor decides to give awards to players based on their performances in gameweek 14.
Let’s break the prize into three categories.
Trick: For an individual who pulled off a cunning act or scheme intended to deceive or outwit someone.
Treat: For an individual who was a joy or gave great pleasure to watch.
Horror: An individual performance that elicited the feeling of fear, shock or disgust.
At the Amex Stadium, Chelsea’s Graham Potter had a Horror homecoming against Brighton. Potter got it tactically wrong by playing two forward-leaning players (Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic) in the wingback position.
It was rightly exposed by Roberto De Zerbi’s men, who were up for it to secure Brighton’s first win for the new manager.
It was such a Horror show by Chelsea that their players scored two own goals. The Brighton fans had a good day in the sun, booing and taunting Potter with “you are getting sacked in the morning!”
Take nothing away from Brighton because, as a team, they were superb. Brighton got a Treat in Leandro Trossard, who scored the first goal and tormented the Chelsea defence throughout the match. With seven goals and two assists, Trossard is having a stellar season in his advanced position.
The way Trossard beat Kepa Arrizabalaga is the epitome of class and composure.
At Anfield, the award for the most Horror moment of the game goes to Joe Gomez.
What a sublime assist by Gomez for Leeds’ first goal. Doubt Rodrigo Moreno will get an easier goal to score against Liverpool.
The Trick award should be given to both Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah. Nunez deserves it for tricking the footballing world into thinking he is an £85mil (RM464mil) player while Salah fooled the world that he is worth his £350,000 (RM1.9mil) per week salary. Both players need to get their decision-making right for upcoming matches. Against Leeds, in certain situations that required them to pass, they end up shooting and when they were required to shoot, they ended up passing.
What a Treat to watch Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (KDB). In a close match against Leicester, KDB pulled a rabbit out of his hat to score an excellent free-kick that sealed the game. However, it is clear that City lacked the cutting edge without injured Erling Haaland.
Fantasy Football managers probably cannot wait for Haaland to return because they had a selection headache this week.
Manchester United fans must be expecting a Horror show to see Harry Maguire in the starting line-up. United had no choice as Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane were injured.
However, much to the fans’ relief Maguire surprisingly had a decent game. Their keeper David de Gea was a Treat to watch and easily the Man of the Match for his outstanding performance.
At St James’ Park, Miguel Almiron, aka Miggy, was a Treat for Newcastle. With seven goals in 13 appearances, Almiron got the Geordies chanting, “Miggy! Miggy”! Miggy! by the end of the game.
The Paraguayan also won the penalty that Callum Wilson converted to break the deadlock against Aston Villa in their thumping 4-0 win. This team are slowly building momentum and could be a serious contender for the top four position.