Players to watch out for in the Premier League in November 2020
Preview Feature for Premier League 2020–21 season
Mo Salah (Liverpool)
The staple of all Premier League discussions, but on our list for reasons more than that.
Firstly, the Egyptian is counted amongst the best players in the league. But his mercurial form lately is one of the reasons he is on our list. After scoring a hattrick in GW1, he has on many occasions been unlucky not to score, and on a few occasions, been lucky to find the net. They say fortune favours the bold, and bold is one of the things his style of play is.
The second reason he’s on our list is Liverpool’s altered team dynamic. Jurgen Klopp sometimes plays Diogo Jota on the right flank — where Salah used to dominate — and Salah as a striker up top. Jota has had a good start to his season, capping it off with a hat-trick in their last Champions League match against Atalanta. The main reason Salah is yet to reach his previous season’s heights is the time he needs to adapt to his new position, whenever Jota plays in place of Roberto Firmino.
Now with crucial defensive injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho, Salah’s ability to adapt and step up to the occasion will be heavily relied upon by fans and the manager alike in November.
Max Kilman (Wolves)
Wolves may have struggled to find attacking returns like they were used to in the past, but they still are strong defensively. Nuno Espírito Santo plays a 5–2–3 formation, but his left wing-back of choice, Jonny Otto has been injured since the season began. The recruit, Marcal also has not been at his fittest, and this allowed Santo to experiment. He has been playing Saiss in the Otto role and Englishman Max Kilman as the left-sided centre-back.
Kilman has shown tremendous potential even in such a small timeframe. Despite Marcal being back to fitness, Santo has shown faith in Kilman by playing him ahead of Saiss — an established player at Wolves — at the LCB position. His faith has been paid off by Kilman’s performances, keeping a high affinity for merging with the attack as well. Kilman has a great bonding, on and off the pitch, with fellow Englishman and centre-back Conor Coady, who’s also the Wolves captain.
Santo is (in)famous for often preferring Portuguese players. But his actions speak louder than words by the faith he’s shown in Kilman. This month is crucial for Kilman to own that starting spot and make it his own before his manager changes his mind.
Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Last on our list, but definitely not the least is Everton and England national team goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Both the roles are pretty valuable, and Carlo Ancelotti and Gareth Southgate have entrusted him with the role respectively.
Pickford is a top goalkeeper, all in all, but has a propensity of committing silly errors; some of them lead to goals against his side. Southgate has two fantastic options with him if he decides to bench Pickford in the upcoming internationals — Manchester United’s Dean Henderson and Burnley’s Nick Pope. Meanwhile, Ancelotti seems to have had enough of him, as he dropped him for their match against Newcastle United last GW, and put in Premier League debutant Robin Olsen between the sticks. He conceded two goals in the game, and Ancelotti later suggested that Pickford will be drafted in again in the playing XI.
Pickford has faced a lot of abuse and even death threats from a section of fans after his untimely tackle led to Virgil van Dijk suffering a long-term injury in the Merseyside Derby last month. Things are not looking good for the Englishman on and off the pitch at the moment, but he has the talent and pedigree to turn things around for the positive, starting from November.
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