🏆 PL Awards: Missed pens, topsy-turvy table and a stunning statistic

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Panenkas, pensioners and problems with VAR.

This was another round of unpredictable Barclays with just six points now separating the clubs from second to 10th.

It’s our Premier League weekend awards.

The Stat of the Weekend Award

Kevin de Bruyne has been Manchester City’s best player for the past few seasons but the Belgian cost his side the win against Liverpool on Sunday.

De Bruyne missed the target, firing his effort wide of the left-hand post, producing this astonishing stat.

The It’s Starting To Get A Bit Interesting Award

The lead at the top of the Premier League changed hands on three occasions this weekend.

Southampton led for the first time in their history on Friday night before Tottenham went into first place after a tight win over West Brom.

It was Leicester who ended the weekend at the top of the standings though, as Jamie Vardy’s penalty gave them a narrow win over Wolves.

This Premier League season is starting to get very, very interesting.

The He’s A Bit Good Award

Tottenham struggled for 90 minutes against West Brom and were heading for a disappointing draw at the Hawthorns.

Step forward Harry Kane.

The Englishman netted in the dying minutes to give Spurs a vital three points which took them – albeit briefly – top of the Premier League.

The Don’t Look Now Award

What was he thinking?

Ademola Lookman is clearly a very talented young player whose career has taken a few odd turns over the past few seasons.

But his decision to Panenka a penalty in the 96th minute with Fulham a goal down at West Ham on Saturday evening, is one of the most brain-dead we’ve seen in a very long.

He’ll recover from this eventually, but it might not be this side of Christmas before he does.

The Captain Fantastic Award

Many people, this writer included, laughed at Thiago Silva being named Chelsea captain after just a few weeks at the club.

That’s been made to look very foolish now, with the Brazilian centre-back forming a sensational partnership with Kurt Zouma and netting his first Premier League goal in the Blues 4-1 win over Sheffield United.

The ‘What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing’ Award

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The Old Dog, Same Tricks Award

Marcelo Bielsa has revolutionised Leeds since his arrival two and a bit years ago.

But on Saturday he came up against the wiliest of foxes in Roy Hodgson.

The former England manager may be 73-years-old but he’s transformed Crystal Palace this season into one of the most attacking sides in the division.

Palace beat Leeds 4-1 at Selhurst Park to take the Eagles into seventh place.

The Pass Masters Award

It looked like time was up for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United this weekend, but just as the exit door loomed, the Red Devils pulled a result out of the bag.

It came away at Everton on Saturday with one of the goals officially clocking in as the second-longest passing sequence of any strike this season.

Tiki taka United.

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