West Brom ace has been impressive since signing in the summer.
José Mourinho’s declaration that he would be aggressive and play front-foot football is largely the story of his opening seven games.
So, where to start? With the fond farewell for Voro, Valencia’s very own Mr Wolf? With Paco Jémez’s long Granada goodbye, a death so foretold he got up at 5.30am and waited for the boat the bishop was coming on?
The numbers spoke of another humiliation. They were outpassed (231 to 712), outfought (44% to 56% one-v-ones won), outplayed (28% to 72% possession) in front of their home fans.
Aston Villa will turn to Steve Bruce if they are unable to persuade David Wagner, the Huddersfield manager, that he should give up the team he has taken to the top of the Championship to try to rescue one of England’s bigger, and more troubled, clubs.
Gareth Southgate began his new position in charge of the England side by insisting he was not “too nice” for the role and making it clear Wayne Rooney would not be given the same freedom that Sam Allardyce had promised the national team captain.
So: how’s it been for you? As the Premier League takes a breath, sucks on half an orange, and smears some soothing embrocation across a vivid set of autumnal bruises, this seems like an ideal moment to sit back and review a particularly frantic opening act.
Ryan Giggs, perhaps, would have been the easy appointment for Swansea City. Bob Bradley, however, was the interesting appointment. He’s always the interesting appointment.
The Tottenham Hotspur player continues to be overlooked for match-day squads despite appearing to be fit.
21-year-old Joshua Kimmich scored his first ever goals for Germany and Bayern Munich in the last week-and-a-half, capping his incredible rise to prominence.
Another gold. Another world record broken. But enough about Hannah Cockroft. Kadeena Cox’s place in the history books is written in permanent marker now. The 25-year-old from Leeds has swept through a staggering amount of work during her brief time in Rio.