Premier League takeaways: Fabulous Foden, luckless Calvert-Lewin, Hammer blow for Chelsea

We pick out the main talking points from the weekend English top-flight

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Paqueta's Hammer blow to Chelsea

It has been a troubled few days for West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta after it emerged the Brazilian is being investigated by Fifa and the English Football Association over alleged betting breaches.

Paqueta immediately denied the claims but he was still withdrawn from the Brazil squad for September's World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Bolivia.

The 26-year-old, who has been linked with a move to treble winners Manchester City, was still named in Hammers starting XI against Chelsea and ended up scoring their final goal from the penalty spot in a 3-1 win.

It was a good old-fashioned smash and grab by West Ham, who enjoyed just 24 per cent of the possession, saw keeper Alphonse Areola save an Enzo Fernandez penalty and had Nayef Aguerd, who opened the scoring, sent off in the 67th minute.

Forward Michail Antonio cracked home a stunning second goal in the 53rd minute, despite having only touched the ball five times in the first half.

There was also two contrasting debuts at the London Stadium. James Ward-Prowse earned himself two assists for West Ham but Chelsea's big-money buy from Brighton, Moises Caicedo, gave away the penalty that led to Paqueta scoring.

"Extremely satisfying. They're really good. They played very well last weekend and well today, said West Ham manager David Moyes.

"We hung in there at times, were resolute. Even at 10 men we stuck in and got another goal."

Calvert-Lewin cannot catch a break

At the end of the 2020/21 season, Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin was one of the hottest properties in English football.

He had followed up his 15 strikes in the previous campaign with 21 in 39 games and had four goals to his name for England.

Since then it has been a catalogue of injury misery for the forward. Over the next two seasons he would score just seven goals in 36 appearances, and has been unable to add to his 11 England caps.

After missing Everton's opening defeat against Fulham, Calvert-Lewin was back in the starting XI against Aston Villa but in the 11th minute at Villa Park, the 26-year-old was involved in a horrible collision with home goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and needed lengthy treatment to a facial injury.

He managed pick himself up and continue, despite sporting a nasty mark on his cheek, but he began to suffere blurred vision and his game ended before half-time, meaning Calvert-Lewin has managed to complete 90 minutes just once since January.

Alex Iwobi then pulled up with a hamstring injury and joined Calvert-Lewin on the sidelines in a match where the Merseysiders ended up on the wrong side of a 4-0 beating.

"Too many mistakes get punished but overall I won't make any excuses, they were far better than us today," said Everton manager Sean Dyche.

Fabulous Foden steps up

Is this the campaign when Phil Foden takes his undoubted talent to the next level? Riyad Mahrez has been sold and Kevin De Bruyne could potentially be out for six months due to injury, meaning Manchester City have lost two key attacking talents this summer.

And with Bernardo Silva also missing for Saturday's 1-0 win over Newcastle United, creative responsibility shifted to Foden and the England man did not let his team down.

The 23-year-old, playing in a more central role, provided the assist for Julian Alvarez's winner and Newcastle struggled to get to grips with his sharp passing and runs between the lines from start to finish in what was a man-of-the-match performance at the Etihad Stadium.

“Phil has shown many times he can play in all the positions up front, he has an incredible ability when he is between the lines, the way he turns and attacks the last line is one of the best I have ever seen,” said his manager Pep Guardiola.

Spurs purring under Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou secured his first win as Spurs manager after Saturday's victory at home against Manchester United that saw the Australian's team given a standing ovation after the final whistle.

There had been pre-match demonstrations against chairman Daniel Levy and owners ENIC but those frustrations were forgotten for 90 minutes as Spurs produced what looks set to be a trademark attacking performance under Postecoglou.

The defensive shackles of the Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte eras have been well and truly thrown off, although concern remains about who will provide the goals post-Harry Kane.

Goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario, signed from Empoli to replace Hugo Lloris, produced a commanding performance, while big-money buy from Leicester City James Maddison pulled the strings in the middle of the park.

In midfield, Yves Bissouma and 20-year-old Pape Matar Sarr – who scored the opening goal – were revelations having played minor roles in the team last season.

“I keep saying we're still a long way to go but I really liked the belief and resilience the guys have and the bravery they have to continue playing that way,” said Postecoglou.

More woe for Wolves and O'Neil

It has not been the most enjoyable of starts for new Wolves manager Gary O'Neil.

Last week, his team fell to an undeserved 1-0 defeat at Manchester United that saw them denied a stoppage-time penalty when home goalkeeper Andre Onana clattered into Sasa Kalajdzic

“It looked like the keeper nearly took our forward's head off,” said O'Neil who was booked for his protests and after the match revealed that elite referees manager Jon Moss had admitted that the officials had made a mistake. “It probably made me feel worse.”

And O'Neil's first game at Molineux on Saturday would have left him feeling even worse after Wolves were hammered 4-1 by Brighton, had Matheus Nunes sent-off in injury time and were booed off the pitch at the end.

“That is now two games where we haven't converted chances,” O'Neil admitted. “If you miss chances, things can go against you. They benefited and were clinical.”

Updated: August 21, 2023, 4:11 AM