Christian Eriksen surpasses Nicklas Bendtner as Premier League’s top-scoring Danish player

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has expressed his delight at breaking a notable national milestone on Saturday.

The 25-year-old’s goal in the 3-2 win at West Ham made him the highest-scoring Dane in the Premier League – overtaking none other than former Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner.

Eriksen, who has now scored 33 league goals since he joined from Ajax in 2013, told Spurs TV: “Of course I’m very happy I’m above Bendtner now.
“I’ve moved him to the side and of course it’s not the last goal.”


EPL result: Lacazette’s brace earn Arsenal nervy win against West Brom

Arsenal 2 – 0 West Bromwich Albion

Alexandre Lacazette’s first double in English football continued Arsenal’s excellent home form as they beat West Brom 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

Spoiling the occasion of Gareth Barry’s record 633rd Premier League appearance, his two goals also ensured a continuation of Arsenal’s 100 percent record at the Emirates so far this season and wider run of eight consecutive home league wins.

West Brom had several chances in the first half, and Jay Rodriguez had a strong call for a penalty turned down early on, but Lacazette’s headed rebound had Arsenal ahead at the break.

Lacazette’s penalty made it 2-0 to Arsenal midway through the second half, and that’s how it stayed.

The result means Arsenal moved up to seventh on 10 points, while West Brom drop to 12th, with eight points, two points less.

The Baggies are now five games without a victory and have won only one of 12 away league matches in 2017.

Arsenal were not at their best but they are now five games unbeaten in all competitions.

Lacazette’s performance was a clear positive for manager Arsene Wenger, who also gave a start to Sanchez for only the second time this season, following the Chile international’s collapsed move to Manchester City in the summer.

It was the first time the pair had started a Premier League game together and it was Sanchez who provided the assist for Lacazette’s opener.

EPL result: Tomer Hemed strike for Brighton end Newcastle three match winning streak

Brighton & Hove Albion 1 – 0 Newcastle United

Chris Hughton claimed his first victory over his former employers Newcastle as Brighton clinched a 1-0 win at The Amex.

Newcastle pipped Brighton to last season’s Championship title on the final day, but the Seagulls found retribution on the first Premier League meeting between the two clubs thanks to Tomer Hemed’s 51st-minute strike.

The hosts scored when Pascal Gross’s free-kick was headed back across goal by Dale Stephens and Tomer Hemed hooked the ball in from six yards out.

Newcastle, who had won their past three league matches, had chances, but Mikel Merino’s volley was pushed wide by Mat Ryan, Joselu twice missed when well placed, and substitute Jonjo Shelvey hit a post direct from a corner.

Victory lifted the Seagulls to 13th in the table, while Newcastle dropped to ninth.

Newcastle had more possession, more shots and more attempts on target, but Rafael Benitez’s side could not force an equaliser.

Substitutes Jesus Gamez and Dwight Gayle had efforts late on, but Gamez shot wide and Gayle’s attempt was saved by Ryan.

EPL results: Morata scores a hat-trick as Chelsea thrash Stoke; Sterling bag two goals as City pile more misery on Palace

West Ham United 2 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Burnley 0 – 0 Huddersfield Town

Everton 2 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

Manchester City 5 – 0 Crystal Palace

Southampton 0 – 1 Manchester United

Stoke City 0 – 4 Chelsea

Swansea City 1 – 2 Watford

Leicester City 2 – 3 Liverpool

  • Stoke City 0 – 4 Chelsea

Alvaro Morata scored his first Chelsea hat-trick as the champions began life without Diego Costa with a 4-0 win at Stoke.

Morata struck inside 80 seconds at the bet365 Stadium to give Antonio Conte’s men the lead before Pedro punished an error from Darren Fletcher to add a fine second on the half hour.

Stoke, missing three of their four first-choice defenders, were put the sword after the break as Morata doubled his tally on 77 minutes before completing his treble with a close-range finish eight minutes from time.

The victory maintains Chelsea’s 100 per cent away record this season and lifts them up to third in the Premier League behind the Manchester clubs.

Stoke remain 15th after a fifth game in all competitions without victory.

  • Manchester City 5 – 0 Crystal Palace

Raheem Sterling scored twice as Manchester City cruised to a 5-0 victory over Crystal Palace, who are still yet to score.
City were only top alphabetically before kick-off, but now lead neighbours Manchester United on goal difference after continuing a prolific start to the new campaign that has seen them score 22 goals in their past five matches.

Leroy Sane broke the deadlock with a stylish goal that saw him gallop into the area and lift David Silva’s pass over the head of the hapless Scott Dann before prodding home.

At that stage Palace still had hope, but that evaporated at the beginning of the second half thanks to two Raheem Sterling goals in the space of eight minutes. Sterling made it 2-0 when he met a peach of a cross from Sane and then ended the game as a contest when he fired home Aguero’s pull-back from close range.

Aguero, needing three goals to pass Eric Brook and become City’s record scorer, joined the party with 11 minutes to go when he nodded home another Sane delivery.

Substitute Fabian Delph completed the rout to punish Palace further with a fierce strike into the top corner before the end.

It completed a miserable second-half for Palace, who become the first side in English Football League history to lose their first six games of the season without scoring.

It is now 630 minutes – or seven full games – since Crystal Palace last scored a Premier League goal, on 14 May.

In that time, City have scored 29 league goals in eight matches, and show no sign of stopping – whoever is in their lineup.

  • Southampton 0 – 1 Manchester United

Romelu Lukaku continued his fine goalscoring form for Manchester United to give them a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Lukaku scored his eighth goal in eight games for United after 20 minutes, converting a rebound after his initial header was saved by Fraser Forster.

Saints piled on the pressure in the second half, going close through Oriol Romeu on two occasions, and Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands in the final minute of stoppage-time for venturing onto the pitch, but United held on for a vital three points.

  • Leicester City 2 – 3 Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho scored a stunner in a chaotic 3-2 win over Leicester on Saturday.
The victory broke a run of four games without a win in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s men but they were indebted to Simon Mignolet, who saved a Jamie Vardy penalty with 20 minutes remaining.

Coutinho’s sensational free-kick came after Mohamed Salah’s opener which put Liverpool firmly in control until Shinji Okazaki scrambled home from close range just before the break.

Jordan Henderson looked to have made the game safe for the Reds midway through the second half but Vardy took just 90 seconds to hit back.

Leicester were rampant and missed a glorious chance to level it up three minutes later when Mignolet denied Vardy from 12 yards.

Leicester knocked Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday but Klopp’s men were fast out of the blocks back in Premier League waters.

  • West Ham United 2 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham beat West Ham 3-2 in the Premier League on Saturday, surviving a red card and a late home fightback.

Kane’s header and low strike gave the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead before midfielder Christian Eriksen fired home the third in the 60th minute.

The Hammers had been disjointed and jaded to that point, but five minutes later Mexico forward Javier Hernandez nodded in from close range.
Tottenham wing-back Serge Aurier was then shown a second yellow card 20 minutes from time for a late tackle on Andy Carroll.
West Ham made their numerical advantage count when Cheikhou Kouyate powered in a magnificent cross from substitute Arthur Masuaku with three minutes left.
However, the Hammers – who are 17th – failed to test the Spurs goal again as they lost for the fourth time in the league this season.

  • Everton 2 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

Everton substitute Oumar Niasse’s two goals to turn defeat into victory against Bournemouth could prove a defining moment in the Toffees’ season, says boss Ronald Koeman.

The Blues were trailing to Joshua King’s sumptuous low 20-yard finish when Niasse was introduced in the 55th minute in place of Wayne Rooney, who had earlier been denied a penalty after being elbowed by Simon Francis.

Niasse hammered the equaliser from a pass by fellow substitute Tom Davies before hooking home the winner from close range at Goodison Park.

Instead of a fourth successive league defeat, Everton are up to 13th in the table after a second league win of the season.

Rooney was angry with referee Martin Atkinson for not punishing Francis and made his feelings known as he went off for treatment with blood pouring from a facial cut.

Jermain Defoe should have made it 2-0 soon after King’s opener but was denied by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford. The Cherries remain 19th in the table – one point from safety.

  • Swansea City 1 – 2 Watford

Richarlison’s late winner helped Watford edge past Swansea 2-1 and record a third successive Premier League victory away from home.

Andre Gray’s first goal for Watford handed the visitors a deserved lead before Tammy Abraham responded after the break.

And with both teams going for the victory late on, Richarlison capitalised on some lax Swansea defending to steal all three points for the Hornets in the 90th minute.

Defeat for Swansea is their third on the spin at the Liberty Stadium, while Watford – who have now won three top-flight games in a row for the first time in their history – move up to fifth in the table.

  • Burnley 0 – 0 Huddersfield Town

Burnley and Huddersfield played out a drab goalless draw at Turf Moor with both sides lacking the quality they have shown this season.
Chris Wood came closest to breaking the deadlock with his first-half effort from Stephen Ward’s cross but the former Leeds striker headed wide.
Huddersfield were the better side in the second period and had the better chances as Tom Ince fired wide from 25 yards after substitute Rajiv van La Parra had shot tamely at Nick Pope.

EPL results: United thrash Everton on Rooney’s Old Trafford return; David Luiz sees red as Arsenal hold Chelsea

Chelsea 0 – 0 Arsenal
Manchester United 1 – 0 Everton

  • Manchester United 1 – 0 Everton

Manchester United made it a frustrating homecoming for Wayne Rooney, while Romelu Lukaku enjoyed victory against his former team, as they thrashed Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford on Super Sunday, to move joint top of the Premier League with Manchester City.

Wayne Rooney’s return to Old Trafford ended in a dismal defeat – embossed by three late goals – which sent Everton into the bottom three.

The Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer watched his former team-mates take an early lead thanks to a fantastic strike from Antonio Valencia from 25 yards.

Rooney had Everton’s two best opportunities but once he left the pitch with nine minutes to go his former employers hit overdrive.

Lukaku found Henrikh Mkhitaryan to steer home United’s second goal.

Lukaku Belgium then bundled in the third himself at the far post, and substitute Anthony Martial added a stoppage-time penalty.

United and Manchester City have an identical record at the top after five Premier League games – wins, points, goals scored and goals conceded – with Pep Guardiola’s team on top only alphabetically. If the two teams had identical records at the end of the season, there would be a play-off.

The result leaves Everton with just four points after their first five Premier League games, although their tricky fixture list, which has seen them take on United, City, Chelsea and Tottenham, is behind them now.

  • Chelsea 0 – 0 Arsenal

Arsenal earned their first point at Chelsea in six years – a fully deserved reward for an excellent display that could even have brought victory against the Premier League champions, who finished with 10 men, after David Luiz was sent off late on.

Arsene Wenger’s side had lost both of their previous games on the road this season – at Stoke and Liverpool – but might have picked up all three points at Stamford Bridge, as Aaron Ramsey struck the post in the first half and Shkodran Mustafi had a goal disallowed in the second.

The Gunners had previously only kept one clean sheet in their past 18 league games at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro missed Chelsea’s best chance in the first half when he raced clear but was blocked by Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.

Chelsea defender Luiz was sent off in the closing stages for a nasty challenge on Sead Kolasinac, as 12th-placed Arsenal missed the chance to climb into the top half, while Chelsea remain third behind Manchester United and Manchester City.

Antonio Conte says it is “strange” his Chelsea side have finished a game against Arsenal with 10 men for the third time running.

EPL results: Aguero scores a hattrick as Man City run riot on Watford; Liverpool, Tottenham drop points

AFC Bournemouth 2 – 1 Brighton &Hove Albion

Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Southampton
Huddersfield Town 1 – 1 Leicester City
Liverpool 1 – 1 Burnley
Newcastle United 2 – 1 Stoke City
Watford 0 – 6 Manchester City
West Bromwich Albion 0 – 0 West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Swansea City

  • Watford 0 – 6 Manchester City

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick and bagged an assist for Man City, as his side demolished Watford 6-0 on Saturday.

Watford suffered their heaviest ever top-flight defeat.

Previously unbeaten Watford could have also topped the Premier League with a win against Pep Guardiola’s side, but they were undone by City’s prolific attack who have now scored 15 goals in three matches.

Aguero headed home a Kevin de Bruyne free-kick before tapping in from close range four minutes later, after brilliant build-up play from Gabriel Jesus and a final pass from David Silva.

Jesus added a third before half-time – his fifth of the season – when he drilled home from Aguero’s cut-back, despite tame calls for offside from the Hornets defence.
Watford had kept three clean sheets this season, and came out reinvigorated after half-time, with Andre Carrillo and Richarlison both having decent chances.
But City continued to push forward and added three more.

Nicolas Otamendi headed in David Silva’s corner before Aguero completed his hat-trick when he poked home after a pulsating solo run into the box.

Raheem Sterling completed the rout from the penalty spot, after he was brought down by Christian Kabasele.

  • Liverpool 1 – 1 Burnley

Liverpool’s frustrating week continued as Burnley battled hard for a well-deserved 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday despite the return of Philippe Coutinho to the starting line-up.

Sean Dyche’s side took the lead against the run of play in the 27th minute through Scott Arfield, but the hosts responded three minutes later through Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool continued to dominate possession after the break but Burnley had chances of their own with Ben Mee denied by both Joel Matip and Simon Mignolet.

Substitute Dominic Solanke then had a brilliant chance to seal all three points for the hosts late on but his shot was tipped onto the crossbar by Nick Pope as Burnley kept their unbeaten start to the season away from home intact.

  • Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Swansea City

Tottenham were frustrated by a disciplined Swansea as they lost ground on their title rivals.
Spurs, who beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League at Wembley on Wednesday, are yet to win a Premier League game in their temporary home.
The hosts enjoyed 75% possession in the goalless draw and managed 26 shots, compared to Swansea’s four, with the visitors playing with three centre-backs for much of the game.
It is the first time in 30 home league games that Spurs have failed to score.
The best chance fell to England striker Harry Kane in the 58th minute as he scooped his shot onto the crossbar from close range.
Seven minutes later Kane also saw a header tipped over the bar by Lukasz Fabianski, while the Swans did not register a shot on target in the game.

Martin Olsson was twice fortunate not to concede a penalty after first blocking Toby Alderweireld’s progress and then touching a loose ball with his hand, while there were calls for a late penalty when Serge Aurier went down in the box under a challenge from Jordan Ayew.
Aurier and Fernando Llorente came on as second-half substitutes to make their league debuts for Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now five points behind leaders Manchester City in fifth, while Swansea are up to 14th.

  • Newcastle United 2 – 1 Stoke City

Jamaal Lascelles scored the winning goal for the second straight weekend as Newcastle battled to a 2-1 victory over Stoke on Saturday afternoon.
Rafael Benitez was absent for the defender’s heroics against Swansea last week, but the Newcastle manager returned to the dugout to witness Lascelles head the hosts to all three points in the 68th minute.

Christian Atsu’s first Premier League goal had fired Newcastle ahead at St James’ Park, only to see Xherdan Shaqiri level the match with a low 25-yard strike.

Newcastle’s third straight victory in the Premier League sends them up to fourth, while it also hands Stoke their first defeat since the opening day of the season.

  • Huddersfield Town 1 – 1 Leicester City

Leicester City recovered from a goal down to take a point in a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town.
The Terriers began strongly as they looked to make amends for a disappointing defeat at West Ham, and Tom Ince almost found Laurent Depoitre with a cross before sending an effort over the top.

Leicester were struggling to get going but improved as half-time approached, Jamie Vardy turning inside the area but sending his effort past the post.

In a flurry of activity at the start of the second half, the home side took a 47th-minute lead when Laurent Depoitre slid the ball beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester levelled within three minutes when Andy King was brought down inside the area and Vardy hammered home from the spot, but Huddersfield felt they should have gone back in front when Elias Kachunga headed in, only to be controversially adjudged offside.

  • Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Southampton

Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge of Crystal Palace ended in a 1-0 home defeat as an early Steven Davis strike sealed the points for Southampton and the Londoners made it five Premier League matches without a goal.
Palace made a positive start as the former England manager looked on from the home dugout, with Christian Benteke getting down the left and swinging in a cross that caused problems before being cleared.

But after only six minutes, the struggling Eagles were behind as Davis played in Dusan Tadic down the right and, when his cross was pushed out by Wayne Hennessey, Davis followed up to sidefoot into the corner.

And they were unable to muster a response as they set an unwanted Premier League record for the longest run without a goal at the start of a season.

Crystal Palace appoint former Liverpool and England manager Roy Hodgson as Frank de Boer’s replacement

Crystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their new manager in place of the sacked Frank de Boer.

De Boer departed on Monday, only 77 days into a three-year contract, after Palace became the first team in England’s top division to lose their opening four league fixtures without scoring since Preston 93 years ago.

At 70 years and 34 days old, Hodgson is the oldest man to be appointed as a permanent manager in the Premier League.

Ray Lewington, a former Palace caretaker boss, who worked with Hodgson at England and Fulham, has been named as his assistant.

A new first-team coach will be announced shortly.

Hodgson, who was also approached when Sam Allardyce was appointed to succeed Alan Pardew at Palace in December, takes on his first managerial role since resigning from the England post after Euro 2016.

The 70-year-old last worked in the Premier League with West Brom in 2012 before leaving to become England manager.

A year earlier he had inspired them, as he did similarly relegation-threatened Fulham in 2007-08, to survival.
Between his time at Fulham and West Brom, Hodgson had an unsuccessful spell at Liverpool that lasted only six months.

The Croydon-born Hodgson will be returning to the club with whom he began his playing career in 1965.

He spent three years on Palace’s books as a young defender in the 1960s before leaving without making an appearance.

He will take charge for Palace’s Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday at Selhurst Park.

Palace represent Hodgson’s fifth Premier League appointment of his managerial career, after Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom.

He told the official Palace website:

“This is very much the club of my boyhood, and I remember in my youth watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end which gave me such fond memories.
“In those days I had dreams of playing for the team, then as a coach you think about coaching the team, and a lot has happened in between times.
“It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential.
“We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fanbase. The ambitions here are realistic, there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals.”

Hodgson was adamant his new side can shrug off their dismal start to the season.
He said:

“I don’t honestly believe that there is necessarily a lot that needs to be done.
“You can always get off to a bad start, [but] what we’ve got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four.
“We’ve got to work hard to get back on track but I know that my attitude is shared by the players and it is my job to let them know what I want from them.”

EPL result: Obiang and Ayew goals secure first West Ham win, and Huddersfield’s first loss

West Ham United 2 – 0 Huddersfield Town

West Ham eased the pressure on manager Slaven Bilic with their first Premier League win of the season as they beat Huddersfield 2-0.

The Hammers, whose manager Slaven Bilic was under pressure after three successive league defeats, were below par – although the visitors offered little threat.

Javier Hernandez hit the bar in the first half, in one of West Ham’s few clear-cut chances.

Andy Carroll made his first appearance this season following a thigh injury, with Mexico striker Hernandez having to move out to the wing to make space for the target man.
Hernandez was quiet – although Michail Antonio was excellent on the other flank.

The Hammers’ finishing was poor – with Cheikhou Kouyate, James Collins, Jose Fonte and Antonio all squandering chances.
And it looked as if criticism of Bilic would grow when the replacement of Hernandez with Ayew was met with boos from the home crowd.

The breakthrough came in the 72nd minute when Obiang’s 25-yard strike hit Mathias Jorgensen’s back and looped over keeper Jonas Lossl.

It was the first goal that Huddersfield – or Lossl – have conceded in their first season back in the top flight.

And the second came five minutes later when substitute Andre Ayew – whose introduction for Hernandez was booed by West Ham’s fans – turned the ball home from three yards out.

Huddersfield’s major opportunity came with 10 minutes left as Thomas Ince hit the crossbar from the edge of the box.

The Terriers had enjoyed an excellent start to their maiden Premier League season, their first in the top flight since 1971-72, winning two and drawing one.

EPL results: Manchester United held by Stoke; Jesus and Sane bag braces as City crush Liverpool

Manchester City 5 – 0 Liverpool

Arsenal 3 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

Brighton & Hove Albion 3 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

Everton 0 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Leicester City 1 – 2 Chelsea

Southampton 0 – 2 Watford

Stoke City 2 – 2 Manchester United

  • Stoke City 2 – 2 Manchester United

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored twice as Stoke ended Manchester United’s perfect start to the season with a 2-2 draw at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday

Summer signing Choupo-Moting put the hosts ahead in the 43rd minute, only for United to reply before the break as Paul Pogba’s header deflected in off Marcus Rashford.

Romelu Lukaku fired United in front in the second half, but Choupo-Moting levelled from a corner in the 63rd minute and Lukaku spurned a chance for a winner when he swiped over from close range with 10 minutes to go.

There was no handshake between the managers at the end of the game, with Mark Hughes accusing Jose Mourinho of sour grapes at the result.

The draw moves United back to the top of the Premier League table, above Manchester City on goal difference.

  • Manchester City 5 – 0 Liverpool

Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane both scored twice as Manchester City crushed 10-man Liverpool 5-0 at The Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero gave City the lead in the 24th minute before Liverpool were reduced to 10 men after Mane’s high boot caught Ederson – who was stretchered from the field – in the jaw.

Gabriel Jesus scored twice on either side of the break to extend the hosts’ lead.

Substitute Leroy Sane rounded off the scoring with a late double as City inflicted Liverpool’s first defeat of the season – their biggest under Jurgen Klopp in all competitions.

  • Leicester City 1 – 2 Chelsea

N’Golo Kante scored the winner against his old club as Chelsea won 2-1 at Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday.

Much of the pre-match talk centred on Danny Drinkwater’s immediate return to the King Power as a Chelsea player, but he was an unused substitute as Kante took centre stage.

The former Foxes star, who spearheaded their charge to the Premier League title in 2016, fired home from 30 yards after Alvaro Morata had given Chelsea a first-half lead.

The club-record £60m signing from Real Madrid takes his season tally to three and has now scored 14 goals in his last 16 appearances for club and country.

Jamie Vardy netted from the penalty spot but it was not enough to stop Chelsea making it three wins on the spin in the Premier League.

  • Arsenal 3 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal bounced back from their heavy defeat to Liverpool with a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

The Gunners came into the game on the back of two costly defeats by Stoke and Liverpool, but made the perfect start when Welbeck headed them in front after six minutes.

Record signing Alexandre Lacazette doubled the lead on 27 minutes, bending a shot past Asmir Begovic from the edge of the area.

Welbeck than added a third just after half-time, scoring from a tight angle into Begovic’s far corner.

Alexis Sanchez, who was close to joining Manchester City on transfer deadline day, started the day on the bench, but came on for Welbeck with 15 minutes remaining.

The Cherries failed to register an attempt in the first half and Jermain Defoe’s header against the post after half-time was the best it got for the visitors.

Arsenal were reduced to 10 men for the final 10 minutes, when substitute Francis Coquelin was forced off with a hamstring injury but Bournemouth failed to take advantage.

Eddie Howe’s side are only off the bottom of the Premier League on goal difference and have lost their opening four games in a season for only the third time.

  • Everton 0 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur

Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham cruised to a 3-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

Having scored twice for England in Malta during the international break, Kane opened his club account for the season with a 28th-minute cross-shot to complete his century.

Christian Eriksen added a second three minutes before the break, before Kane got his second a little more than 40 seconds after the restart.

The result sees Spurs win for only the second time in 18 meetings between the clubs.

  • Southampton 0 – 2 Watford

Watford continued their impressive start to the season after Abdoulaye Doucoure and Daryl Janmaat scored in a 2-0 win at Southampton.

Abdoulaye Doucoure put the Hornets ahead with a sweet, low half-volley from 25 yards to beat Fraser Forster at the end of the first half.

Substitute Daryl Janmaat had only been on the pitch for four minutes before he made it 2-0 with a fine 30-yard strike.

Cedric Soares had Saints’ only shot on target in the match, a 30-yard effort saved in injury time.

The victory continues a fantastic start for Watford manager Marco Silva, who has now registered two wins and two draws in his opening four Premier League matches since replacing the sacked Walter Mazzarri.

The Hornets finished 17th last season, one place above the relegation zone, but the former Hull City boss has quickly developed his side into a well-organised, hard-to-beat outfit.

Southampton have now failed to score in four of their five matches in all competitions in 2017-18.

Italy international Manolo Gabbiadini was ineffective and even the second-half introductions of forwards Shane Long and Charlie Austin could not help them find a way through the Watford defence.

  • Brighton & Hove Albion 3 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

Brighton grabbed their first top-flight win in 34 years as they brushed aside West Brom 3-1 at the Amex Stadium.

German twin Paschal Gross scorerd twice and an effort from Tomer Hemed were also the first goals scored by Chris Hughton’s side since their promotion to the Premier League.

It was an exemplary attacking display against a side who had only conceded one league goal in their first three matches this season.

Gross scored the opener just before the break when he converted Solly March’s cross from close range.

Three minutes after the restart the 26-year-old made it 2-0 when he drove forward before sending a tame strike past the reach of Ben Foster.

And Hemed, who fed the pass for Gross’ second, then had the favour repaid when he headed in an inch-perfect cross from the German.

West Brom rallied in the closing moments and broke Brighton’s resistance when substitute James Morrison squeezed his shot past defender Shane Duffy on the line.

Liverpool striker Sadio Mane wins August player of the month award

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for August.

Mane, 25, who has never won the award before, has been recognised after netting three goals in three games for Liverpool — making him the Premier League’s joint-top scorer this season alongside Romelu Lukaku.

The forward’s winner secured Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, while his goals also helped the club to a 4-0 win against Arsenal and 3-3 draw at Watford, leaving them second in the table.

The Senegal international picks up the award having fended off competition from Phil Jones, Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan [Manchester United], Alvaro Morata [Chelsea], Jonas Lossl [Huddersfield] and Liverpool team-mate Salah.

“I want to say thanks to all of my teammates because without them I am nothing,” Mane said. “I am happy with my start to the season. Everyone loves to score goals for their team, and it gives me more confidence.”

Huddersfield’s David Wagner wins premier league August manager of the month award

Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner won the Premier League manager’s award for the month of August.

Following an impressive start to their first Premier League campaign, Wagner has led Huddersfield Town to third in the league, behind only Manchester United and Liverpool, on seven points.

Wagner, who guided the Terriers to promotion during his first managerial campaign in England, saw his side open their Premier League account with a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on the opening day.

Wagner, a former understudy toJurgen Klopp, then watched on as his side kept a third consecutive clean sheet during a 0-0 draw with Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton.

David Wagner beat a shortlist of Pep Guardiola [Manchester City], Tony Pulis [West Brom], Jurgen Klopp [Liverpool] and Jose Mourinho [Manchester United].

“It’s an honour for me but I’d like to take this award for the whole club, especially my players,” Wagner said. “I’d hoped that we would start well but I didn’t expect it! It’s only the start and now we need to be focused for the next one.”

Should Huddersfield continue their defensive record against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Monday night, they will become the first Premier League newcomers to keep four consecutive clean sheets from as many opening games.

EPL results: Arsenal crushed by Liverpool; Spanish duo of Fabregas and Morata help Chelsea overcome Everton

Chelsea 2 – 0 Everton

West Bromwich Albion 1 – 1 Stoke City

Liverpool 4 – 0 Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 Burnley

  • Liverpool 4 – 0 Arsenal

Liverpool heaped more away-day Premier League misery on Arsenal with a swaggering 4-0 victory on Super Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah, all found the net, as did substitute Daniel Sturridge, as the Reds showed no ill-effects of missing Philippe Coutinho, who continues to be linked with Barcelona.

The Gunners are now winless in their last 13 league away games against last season’s top six teams while – in contrast – the vibrant Reds are unbeaten in their last 11 league matches versus the same clubs.

Despite hefty speculation about the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsene Wenger, who was subject of chants to be sacked from the away end, started both, while new signing Alexandre Lacazette was left out.

  • Chelsea 2 – 0 Everton

First-half goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata earned Chelsea a comfortable 2-0 victory over Everton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The Premier League champions opened the scoring through Fabregas’ smart finish in the 27th minute before summer signing Morata headed home his second Premier League goal of the season five minutes before half-time.

The result means Chelsea go into the international break on the back of two straight victories, after recovering from the disappointment of their opening-day defeat at home to Burnley.

  • Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 Burnley

Chris Wood grabbed a dramatic late equaliser to earn Burnley a 1-1 draw as Tottenham suffered more problems at Wembley.

Tottenham’s sorry record at their new temporary home now reads just one win from their last 11 matches. Spurs went ahead after 49 minutes thanks to Dele Alli’s low finish.

But Wood, making his first Premier League appearance for the Clarets since his club-record move from Leeds, lashed home an equaliser in stoppage time.

The result means Tottenham’s wait for a league win at Wembley will extend past the international break, while Burnley have taken four points from trips to Chelsea and Spurs.

  • West Bromwich Albion 1 – 1 Stoke City

West Brom’s 100% winning start to the season came to an end as a terrible defensive mix-up between Ahmed Hegazi and Ben Foster gifted Stoke a draw at The Hawthorns.

The Baggies were on course to join Manchester United on nine points at the top of the Premier League after Jay Rodriguez headed home his first league goal for the club on his home debut.

But in attempting to clear a seemingly innocuous chipped cross from substitute Ramadan Sobhi, Hegazi and keeper Foster both missed the ball – allowing Peter Crouch to head into an unguarded net.

Prior to Rodriguez’s goal there had been only one shot on target – a dipping, deflected Kurt Zouma shot that Foster was able to tip over the crossbar.

The game livened up in its final quarter, with Rodriguez looping a header on to the top of the bar and Hegazi having a close-range header tipped over.

But the Egyptian defender’s costly aberration proved to be the encounter’s defining moment and leaves Albion focused on the two points lost as opposed to the one gained.

The draw continues Stoke’s positive response to their opening-game loss at Everton, which has seen them claim four points thanks to a home win over Arsenal and Sunday’s game in the West Midlands.

EPL results: United maintain perfect win; Sterling sent off after scoring City’s winner

AFC Bournemouth 1 – 2 Manchester City

Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Swansea City

Huddersfield Town 0 – 0 Southampton

Newcastle United 3 – 0 West Ham United

Watford 0 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City

  • Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City

Substitutes Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini both scored as Manchester United overcame a resolute Leicester to strengthen their position at the top of the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho’s side had applied incessant pressure on the Foxes from kick-off, and Romelu Lukaku missed a second-half penalty prior to the goals, as they found it difficult to break the steadfast backline.

They finally breached the last line of defence when Rashford converted Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s corner three minutes after coming on.

And then midfielder Fellaini stuck out his knee to divert fellow substitute Jesse Lingard’s drive past Kasper Schmeichel.

United are the only side to have won all three of their opening league games this season and have yet to concede a goal.

  • AFC Bournemouth 1 – 2 Manchester City

Raheem Sterling scored a stoppage- time winner but was then sent-off as Manchester City recorded a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth.

The England international was then sent off by referee Mike Dean for celebrating among the away fans.

Bournemouth took a 13th-minute lead in spectacular fashion when Charlie Daniels latched onto a loose ball to arrow a drive past Ederson and in off the crossbar from an acute angle.

But City were level soon after as Gabriel Jesus taking a swift free kick to David Silva, whose slide-rule ball back to the Brazilian was converted with ease by the forward.

Pep Guardiola’s side toiled but didn’t make a breakthrough until deep into added time when Sterling scored from close range before being dismissed.

Bournemouth have lost their first three league games in a campaign for the first time since 1994-95 in the third tier.

  • Newcastle United 3 – 0 West Ham United

West Ham suffered their third successive Premier League defeat after going down to a 3-0 loss at Newcastle.

Three of Newcastle’s summer signings combined for the opening goal in the 36th minute as Mikel Merino picked out Christian Atsu, who squared for Joselu to score.

Ciaran Clark headed home the second off the post in the 72nd minute before Aleksandar Mitrovic sealed a deserved win with an 86th minute goal.

That defeat leaves West Ham still searching for their first point of the season having conceded 10 goals in their first three games.

  • Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Swansea City

Swansea picked up their first Premier League win of the season with a deserved 2-0 victory at a poor Crystal Palace side on Saturday.

Tammy Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, scored his first goal for the club and Swansea’s first goal of this league season shortly before half-time.

Jordan Ayew added a second three minutes after the break to strengthen the visitors’ lead.

Palace responded well and created several opportunities but were unable to find a breakthrough.

  • Huddersfield Town 0 – 0 Southampton

Huddersfield’s winning Premier League start came to an end after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Southampton at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The Terriers launched their first top-flight season in four decades with two straight victories and despite being held by the Saints in an entertaining stalemate, head coach David Wagner will be delighted with his side’s return going into the international break.

Both sides had chances to snatch the points. Steve Mounie and Thomas Ince went closest for the home side, while Town skipper Tommy Smith cleared Ryan Bertrand’s late header off the line.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side, who also extended their unbeaten league record, arrived full of intent but will be grateful to have left the John Smith’s Stadium with a point.

  • Watford 0 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton claimed their first ever Premier League point despite failing to break down 10-man Watford in a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men when Miguel Britos was dismissed for a wild challenge on Anthony Knockaert in the 24th minute.

The Brighton man had earlier struck the post with a curling effort, while Tomer Hemed also hit the post with a shot in the 37th minute.

Brighton record signing Jose Izquierdo was given his debut as a late substitute but the Colombian winger was unable to make the difference.

EPL result: Raheem Sterling rescues point for Manchester City as Wayne Rooney bags 200th goal

Manchester City 1-1 Everton

Raheem Sterling’s volley salvaged a point for Manchester City as Everton were denied victory on the night Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal.

Wayne Rooney’s 200th Premier League goal gave the visitors the lead on Monday night before Kyle Walker was controversially sent off for two yellow cards before half-time.

Sterling equalised for City with eight minutes to play and there was still time for Morgan Schneiderlin to receive his marching orders for a second booking after a challenge on Sergio Aguero.

The hosts squandered two good chances to go ahead as first Aguero uncharacteristically hesitated in front of goal, allowing Phil Jagielka to make a last-ditch challenge, before David Silva’s low drive struck the base of Jordan Pickford’s post.

Everton swiftly took advantage of City’s wastefulness and went in front through former Manchester United captain Rooney.

EPL results: Marcos Alonso double sink Tottenham at Wembley; Aaron Mooy strike enough to condemn Newcastle to second straight defeat

Huddersfield Town 1 – 0 Newcastle United Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 Chelsea

  • Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 2 Chelsea

Tottenham’s woes at Wembley continued with a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in their first league game at their temporary home.

After exquisitely putting the champions ahead with an first-half free-kick, Marcos Alonso snatched a dramatic win in the 88th minute with a shot Spurs captain Hugo Lloris will feel he should have saved, six minutes after Michy Batshuayi’s own goal had levelled the contest.

It means Spurs have now lost their last four games against their London rivals at Wembley, and have only tasted victory at the national stadium once since beating the Blues in the 2008 League Cup final.

Chelsea, meanwhile, bounce back from their opening-day defeat by Burnley with the first win of their title defence.

  • Huddersfield Town 1 – 0 Newcastle United

Huddersfield made it two wins from their first two Premier League games as Aaron Mooy’s stunning second-half strike saw off fellow promoted side Newcastle.

The Australian’s beautifully executed finish was one of the few moments of quality in a match that, at times, had the feel of a Championship encounter.

Newcastle looked threatening in attack but they lacked a good final ball.

Bar a superb save from Matt Ritchie, Danish goalkeeper Jonas Lossl did not have to repeat his heroics at Crystal Palace on the opening weekend.

It is now two defeats in two league games for Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle, and with time running out in the transfer window the Toon Army might have to endure another nail-biting season.

EPL results: United crush Swansea; Stoke stun Arsenal

Swansea City 0 – 4 Manchester United

AFC Bournemouth 0 – 2 Watford

Burnley 0 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

Leicester City 2 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Liverpool 1 – 0 Crystal Palace

Southampton 3 – 2 West Ham United

Stoke City 1 – 0 Arsenal

  • Swansea City 0 – 4 Manchester United

Manchester United underlined their early-season Premier League title credentials with a ruthless 4-0 victory at Swansea.

Eric Bailly opened the scoring and his United account on the stroke of half-time, nudging the ball over the line after Lukasz Fabianski had diverted it onto the underside of the crossbar from Paul Pogba’s powerful header.

United then burst into life as the game entered the 80th minute, doubling their advantage when Henrikh Mkhitaryan played in Romelu Lukaku, who made it three goals in two Premier League appearances following his summer move from Everton.

Mkhitaryan produced another fine assist moments later, racing down the right before slipping in Pogba, who flicked the ball over Fabianski.

Substitute Anthony Martial then rounded off the scoring in the 84th minute with an excellent solo effort, doubling his tally for the season.

  • Stoke City 1 – 0 Arsenal

Jese Rodriguez made the perfect start to his Stoke career, scoring the only goal of the game as Mark Hughes’ side beat Arsenal 1-0 at the bet365 Stadium.

The 24-year-old joined the Potters on Wednesday on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain and he was thrust straight into the action, producing the match-winning moment in the 47th minute.

Arsenal, who face Liverpool at Anfield next Sunday, thought they had an equaliser in the 73rd minute through Alexandre Lacazette but the strike was ruled out for offside as Stoke held on for their first win of the season.

  • Liverpool 1 – 0 Crystal Palace

Sadio Mane’s second-half goal gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were heading for a frustrating draw after wasting a string of chances when Mane prodded past Wayne Hennessey for his second league goal of the campaign.

Palace, beaten 3-0 at home to Huddersfield in their opening match, should have scored when the game was goalless.

Christian Benteke was unmarked and eight yards out but blazed over the bar from Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s pass.

Liverpool had to wait until the 73rd minute to get the winner, the ball fortuitously falling to Mane inside the box after Luka Milivojevic’s mistake on the edge.

  • Southampton 3 – 2 West Ham United

Ten-man West Ham twice came from behind but Charlie Austin’s injury time penalty gave Southampton their first victory under Mauricio Pellegrino.

Having failed to score in their last six home matches, Saints took the lead after only 10 minutes when Manolo Gabbiadini side-footed past Joe Hart.

West Ham’s problems then spiralled, as Marko Arnautovic was sent off for elbowing Jack Stephens, before Dusan Tadic made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Jose Fonte brought down Steven Davis.

Summer signing Javier Hernandez thought he had snatched an unlikely comeback for the visitors with two goals from close range either side of half time.

But the Hammers conceded a second penalty when Pablo Zabaleta bundled into Maya Yoshida and substitute Austin coolly slotted past Hart.

  • Burnley 0 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored the winner and was later sent off as West Brom made it two wins from two with victory at Burnley.

The match was short on entertainment until Robson-Kanu gave it a shot of adrenaline with a brilliant strike.

The Wales international, who came on seven minutes earlier, pounced on a Matt Phillips flick, held off two challenges and fired in low past keeper Tom Heaton.

However, the 28-year-old striker did not see out the rest of the match as he was shown a red card in the 83rd minute for catching Matt Lowton with his elbow.

Burnley wasted chances at the other end, and will be hoping Leeds striker Chris Wood, who they look likely to sign, will be less profligate.

Ben Mee had the Clarets’ best chance but missed with a two-yard header, and team-mate Johann Berg Gudmundsson also went close with a low curling shot.

  • AFC Bournemouth 0 – 2 Watford

Second-half goals from Richarlison and Etienne Capoue handed Watford a deserved 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Richarlison – signed from Fluminense in August – made the breakthrough after 73 minutes, the Brazilian scoring on his full debut for his new team.

And the visitors wrapped up the points four minutes from time when substitute Capoue scored a screamer from long range to hand new manager Marco Silva his first away win in the Premier League.

As a result, Watford are off the mark this season thanks to their first league win since April 1, but the Cherries have begun the campaign with two straight losses, scoring no goals in the process.

West Brom have recorded back-to-back wins at the start of the season in the top flight for the first time since 1978.

  • Leicester City 2 – 0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Leicester recorded their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Brighton at the King Power Stadium.

Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring for Brighton inside the first minute, converting the rebound after Riyad Mahrez’s shot had been parried into his path by Maty Ryan.

Brighton had the ball in the back of the net through Glenn Murray, but the goal was disallowed due to offside, and Leicester then doubled their lead 10 minutes after the restart through Harry Maguire, who arrived at the far post to head home Mahrez’s corner.

EPL @25: most successful clubs of the Premier League era

The Premier League celebrated its 25th anniversary this week, but only Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton have remained part of the furniture.

In total, 49 different clubs have competed in the top flight since its re-brand in 1992, with Brighton and Huddersfield becoming the latest last weekend following their promotions last season.

Each metric could be used as a method to rank the most successful clubs of the modern era – and judging by these there are several clubs currently playing in the Football League that can lay claim to be among the top 20.

Premier League total points 1992-2017 Manchester United started this season with a 199-point cushion at the top of the 25-season table, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool making up a familiar-looking top four.

Seven of the clubs in the top 20 no longer dwell in the top flight, while Sheffield Wednesday and League Two side Coventry were only edged out last season by Stoke and West Brom.

Outside the top 20, Bournemouth are the only team of those who competed in last season’s Premier League that have yet to break the 100 points barrier.

Huddersfield and Brighton will be looking to do better than previous one-season stayers Cardiff, Swindon (both 30 points) and Barnsley (35 points), while anything better than Blackpool’s 39 points should see the Terriers and Seagulls remain in the top flight for another crack at it next year.

1. Manchester United 2021

2. Arsenal 1822

3. Chelsea 1789

4 .Liverpool 1677

5. Tottenham 1447

6. Everton 1324

7 Aston Villa 1223

8. Newcastle 1183

9. Manchester City 1171

10. West Ham 1004

11. Blackburn 969

12. Southampton 853

13. Leeds 692

14. Middlesbrough 661

15. Sunderland 618

16. Fulham 586

17. Bolton 575

18. Leicester 505

19. West Brom 433

20. Stoke 424

Winston Reid signs new six-year contract at West Ham

West Ham defender Winston Reid has signed a mammoth new six-year contract.

The 29-year-old New Zealand international has committed his future to the Hammers until 2023.

Reid, who joined West Ham from FC Midtjylland in 2010, told the club’s website:

“I’m very happy. “I’m pleased we’ve got it sorted so I’m obviously looking forward to the seasons ahead. It’s going to be a big amount of time I’ve spent at the club and I’m looking forward to it.

“I’ve been here a long time now. I think with the business we’ve done over this summer and the players we had here before, I think we can go on to have a good season and seasons ahead. It’s all about trying to get better.

“I enjoy being here and my family does as well so I’m very happy I’m able to stay here.”

Reid has so far made 204 appearances for West Ham and scored 10 goals.

The 10 top-scoring subs in Premier League history

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United favourites are among the top 10 super subs in Premier League history – but none top the list.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who defined the role of the super sub with his heroics for Manchester United.

10. Tore Andre Flo – 13 goals, 111.2 mins-per-goal

One of the members of Chelsea‘s cosmopolitan squad of the late-90s, Flo was a popular figure at Stamford Bridge, winning the League Cup, FA Cup, Cup Winners’ Cup and UEFA Super Cup during his four-year spell in west London.

But when Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink formed an effective strike partnership, Flo grew frustrated at his role as a super sub and left for Rangers, where he also became a fan favourite.

The less said about his season at Sunderland, however, the better.

9. Darren Bent – 13 goals, 107.9 mins-per-goal

“My missus could have scored that one.”

Darren Bent’s Premier League career will always be overshadowed by Harry Reknapp’s infamous quip after the striker missed a sitter for Tottenham, but he was consistently a reliable goalscorer in England’s top flight.

The former England international failed to truly establish himself at Spurs amid competition from the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko, yet he still finished as the club’s top scorer in 2008-09.

8. Edin Dzeko – 13 goals, 89.1 mins-per-goal

A common theme among this list is that many of these players were underrated and written off as ‘merely goalscorers’ as if that’s such a bad thing.

Dzeko was once described as “rubbish at football but brilliant at goal scoring” by Manchester City superfan Noel Gallagher – and the Bosnian will always be cherished for coming off the bench to really take the biscuit with two late goals in City’s 6-1 demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford.

7. Olivier Giroud – 13 goals, 72.3 mins-per-goal

Giroud is relatively new to the role of super sub but has taken to it like a duck to water, albeit a duck who is now considering flying to Everton.

With Arsene Wenger opting for Alexis Sanchez to lead the line for Arsenal last term, 18 of Giroud’s 29 Premier League appearances came from the bench, scoring five times.

His overall record as a substitute, particularly his minutes-per-goal record, is as magnificent as his wonderful, French face.

6. Victor Anichebe – 14 goals, 147.4 mins-per-goal

The surprise name on this list. Anichebe has only scored 27 Premier League goals as his career, with more than half of those coming after entering the fray as a substitute.

Anichebe has now joined Chinese second division outfit Beijing Enterprises – we’ve literally only just found out as well; also, why do they sound like an insurance firm? – where he will hope to be more prolific as a starter.

5. Daniel Sturridge – 14 goals, 108.8 min-per-goal

After never really establishing himself in the starting XIs of Manchester City or Chelsea, Sturridge’s all-too brief spell as one of Liverpool’s main men is over and he has found himself contemplating life on the bench once more.

With Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho the preferred attack of Jurgen Klopp – plus Mohamed Salah now among the Reds’ ranks – Sturridge’s future is once again in doubt, though there is no question about his talent.

4. Javier Hernandez – 14 goals, 83.6 mins-per-goal

The heir to Solskjaer’s throne at Old Trafford, Hernandez joined Manchester Unitedthree years after the original super sub had retired and relished in the role before doing exactly the same at Real Madrid.

In fairness to Mexico’s top scorer of all time, his two years at Bayer Leverkusen have produced a record better than a goal every other game, proving that he can be just as effective leading the line from the start.

3. Nwankwo Kanu – 17 goals, 159.1 mins-per-goal

One of the Premier League’s ultimate cult heroes, you can excuse Kanu for having to settle for life on the bench given he had Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, two of the greatest strikers in the history of the game, ahead of him in the Arsenal pecking order.

According to Wikipedia, the Nigerian is still only 40, which seems absolutely mental.

2. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 17 goals, 92.9 mins-per-goal

The definitive super sub, the hero of Manchester United’s Champions League triumph in 1999 and the inspiration for this list, both Solskjaer’s first and final appearances for the club saw him come off the bench to put the ball in the back of the net.

We can’t do the Baby-Faced Assassin justice here.

1. Jermain Defoe – 23 goals, 121.39 mins-per-goal

Defoe possibly doesn’t get the credit he deserves as one of the Premier League’s greatest ever goalscorers, partly because until recent years he hasn’t always been his club’s main man.

Gylfi Sigurdsson joins Everton on a club-record transfer

Everton have completed the club-record signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, for a fee believed to be around £45million.

The 27-year-old Iceland midfielder has put pen to paper on a five-year contract and becomes the Toffees’ eighth summer arrival.

“Hopefully I will continue to create goals and score goals for the team and contribute to the kind of success we’re seeking at the club,” Sigurdsson told evertontv.

“This is an ambitious club and it is clear we are moving in a really good direction. The most important thing is that this team keeps winning games and climbing the table – and does that throughout the season.”

Sigurdsson said the prospect of working with Everton boss Ronald Koeman was one of the main reasons for switching to Goodison Park.

“He was a great player, one of the top players of his time,” Sigurdsson added.

“Now he is a really good manager and his vision for Everton is clear. He has built up a really good squad here, with strong players, both young and experienced.

“This was a key factor for me. Ultimately, that is a dream of mine and everyone at this club. I know the supporters and players would agree with that.”

Sigurdsson began his professional career in England with Reading and joined German side Hoffenheim in 2010.

He moved on loan to Swansea at the start of 2012 and joined Tottenham in a £6.8million deal six months later, before returning to south Wales in 2014.

Sigurdsson, Swansea’s player of the year for the past two seasons, has made 50 appearances for Iceland and played a key role in their run to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

His proposed move has dragged on for much of the summer, with Swansea initially valuing their star man at £50million.

Finally securing him now, at a slightly lower price, takes Everton’s spending since the end of last season to over £130million.

Sigurdsson follows the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez as another multi-million-pound acquisition, while the club also secured the free transfer arrival of Wayne Rooney.

Sigurdsson, who scored nine goals and provided 13 assists in the league last term, pulled out of Swansea’s pre-season tour to the United States after Everton’s interest became clear.

He rejoined first-team training upon Swansea’s return from the States but did not figure in their Premier League opener at Southampton on Saturday.

Sigurdsson will not feature in Thursday’s Europa League play-off against Hajduk Split at Goodison Park, but Koeman indicated he could make his Everton debut in Monday’s league clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

“He will not be involved (on Thursday),” Koeman said. “Maybe for Monday, I do not know. I need to talk to him and know what his physical state is. Let’s wait to see how the fitness is.”

Koeman said Everton are waiting to learn the severity of an apparent hamstring problem suffered by Ross Barkley.

Reports have suggested Barkley, whose future with the club remains unclear, is facing six weeks out due to a hamstring tear.

Asked about that, Koeman said:

“He stopped training, I think it was last Monday. It looks like a hamstring injury but we need to do more tests … to know exactly what the injury is. We need to wait.” Midfielder Barkley, who is entering the last year of his contract, appears destined to leave the club having turned down the offer of a new deal. He has been linked with a move to Tottenham, but Koeman said last week there had been no offers for the England international.

Koeman, who has let midfielder Gareth Barry join West Brom, also signalled he would like to strengthen in the current transfer window beyond the capture of Sigurdsson.

He added on Wednesday:

“Still we are looking in two positions to make the squad even stronger than it is at this stage.”

Everton agree club-record deal for Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson

Everton have agreed a deal to sign Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for a fee believed to be about £45m.

The Iceland international scored nine goals and contributed 13 assists last season to help the Swans beat the drop.

The 27-year old will have a medical at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

Sigurdsson will become Everton’s record signing, beating the £31.8m they paid Chelsea for striker Romelu Lukaku in 2014.

Swansea set an asking price of £50m for Sigurdssonin July after rejecting an offer worth about £40m from Leicester.

The Welsh club then turned down a similar bid from Everton, who had been interested in signing the Iceland playmaker for more than a year.

Spurs will reportedly benefitfrom a 10% sell-on clause, having sold Sigudsson to Swansea in the deal which took Wales full-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm to White Hart Lane.

EPL results – Lukaku scores twice as United cruise; Champions Chelsea shocked by Burnley; Liverpool held by


  • Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham United

Romelu Lukaku announced his arrival at Old Trafford by scoring twice on his Premier League debut for Manchester United as they embarrassed West Ham.

Jose Mourinho’s team were a constant threat against a poor Hammers side, offering excitement and encouragement to their supporters on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.

Lukaku, a £75m summer signing from Everton, put the Red Devils ahead with a rising drive off the post after racing onto Marcus Rashford’s pass.

The Belgium international doubled the lead after half-time, glancing in a header from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s inswinging free-kick.

United teenager Rashford curled against the inside of Joe Hart’s left-hand post before substitute Anthony Martial ended the match as a contest with a slick finish.

There was still time for a fourth, however, as Paul Pogba curled in from distance.

The Hammers offered little going forward in a passive performance, although new signing Marko Arnautovic did flick a header onto the top of the home crossbar at 2-0.

The Red Devils have now lost only one of their 14 opening-day Premier League fixtures at Old Trafford, while West Ham’s season began with a record 11th defeat.

  • Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle United

Tottenham made a winning start to the 2017-18 Premier League season as 10-man Newcastle endured a difficult return to the top flight.

The Magpies, promoted as winners of the Championship last term, had captain Jonjo Shelvey sent off early in the second half for standing on Dele Alli.

The Spurs attacker then put his side ahead with a close-range finish before Ben Davies finished off a neat move for Tottenham’s second.

It was a harsh re-introduction to life back in the Premier League for Newcastle, who were relegated from the division at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Rafael Benitez’s side did not really threaten Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal until late on, Christian Atsu forcing the goalkeeper into a low save and Ciaran Clark going close with a volley from 12 yards.

Instead, Spurs could have added to their lead as Harry Kane, last season’s Premier League top scorer with 29 goals, struck the post in injury time.


  • Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley

Champions Chelsea suffered a nightmare start to their Premier League title defence, having two men sent off as Burnley claimed a superb win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea were down to 10 men with 14 minutes gone when captain Cahill was dismissed for a lunging challenge on Steven Defour, and they fell behind with 24 minutes gone as Sam Vokes guided the ball past Thibaut Courtois.

Burnley’s lead was doubled when, with a little over five minutes remaining until the break, Jack Cork set up Stephen Ward to hammer home, and it was 3-0 before the interval when Vokes scored his second with a header.

Marcos Alonso had an effort saved by Burnley keeper Tom Heaton early in the second half before Alvaro Morata was brought on for Michy Batshuayi, and Alonso had a free kick saved soon afterwards.

Morata dived to head home his first Premier League goal from a Willian cross and bundled the ball home moments later only to see an offside flag deny him.

Fabregas then saw red for a second booking — but David Luiz pulled another one back to set up a frenetic finish in which Burnley’s Robbie Brady hit the post and Morata failed to touch home late on.

There was no Diego Costa (on his way out), no Eden Hazard or Pedro(injured) and, after 24 minutes, no Cahill, exposing the decisions to let Nathan Ake join Bournemouth and fellow defender Kurt Zouma go on loan to Stoke.

Cahill’s red card ended Jeremie Boga’s shock debut early, as he was replaced by Christensen, and handed the initiative to Burnley, whose three-goal salvo added disbelief to the list of negative emotions ripping through the home support.

  • Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City

Wayne Rooney scored on his Premier League return to Everton as they beat Stoke 1-0 in their opening fixture of the season.

It was a fairy-tale return to his boyhood club as Rooney headed home the winning goal in the added minute of injury time in the first half, and sealed the three points for the hosts.

The Toffees had drawn their last four opening day matches but managed to hold out for the victory against a Stoke side who had very few clear-cut chances, with Xherdan Shaqiri almost snatching a draw late on, only to be denied by a superb Jordan Pickford save.

  • Watford 3 – 3 Liverpool

Liverpool conceded an injury-time equaliser as they were held 3-3 at Watford in their Premier League opener.

Mohamed Salah looked to have netted a winner on his Liverpool debut, but Miguel Britos headed home from point-blank range in the dying moments to secure a share of the spoils.

Liverpool — without Philippe Coutinho, who was ruled out with a back injury amid intense speculation over his future — fell behind on eight minutes, with Stefano Okaka taking advantage of some poor defending from a corner to head past Simon Mignolet.

Sadio Mane hit back on 29 minutes, but Liverpool’s defensive weaknesses were exposed again as Abdoulaye Doucoure slotted in for 2-1.

Liverpool turned it around early in the second half, with Roberto Firmino equalising from the penalty spot after Salah was brought down in the area by goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on 55 minutes and then Salah nudging home.

  • Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 2 Manchester City

Sergio Aguero was on target as Manchester City denied Brighton any hope of a shock on their Premier League debut.

Pep Guardiola’s side, for all their riches, took time to get into their groove in a 2-0 win at the Amex Stadium.

But the moment they did it was ruthless as striker Aguero converted 20 minutes from time.

Lewis Dunk turned Fernandinho’s cross through goalkeeper Mathew Ryan grasp and into his own net soon afterwards as City prevailed after previously being frustrated.

  • Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

West Bromwich Albion made another set piece pay as they opened the season with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at The Hawthorns.

The visitors produced plenty of neat football throughout, but were unable to create much threat and fell behind after 31 minutes when Ahmed Hegazi headed in a Chris Brunt free kick.

Jermain Defoe came on for Bournemouth after the break, replacing Benik Afobe, but the former Sunderland striker had little to work with as West Brom held firm.

  • Crystal Palace 0 – 3 Huddersfield Town

Two goals in three minutes set Huddersfield up for a dream start to life in the Premier League as they defeated Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

Tom Ince missed an early chance to give the Terriers the lead when he sent a bouncing effort from Tommy Smith’s cross straight at keeper Wayne Hennessey.

But they were ahead after 23 minutes when Palace failed to deal with an Aaron Mooy corner and the ball deflected in off Joel Ward — and with Palace rocking Mooy crossed again and Steve Mounie headed home. Palace made a half-time change, with Andros Townsend coming on in place of Luka Milivojevic, and Christian Benteke almost pulled a goal back — but Huddersfield made sure when Mounie struck again.

  • Southampton 0 – 0 Swansea City West

Southampton suffered a frustrating afternoon as they were held 0-0 at home by Swansea City.

Watford 3 – 3 Liverpool

Chelsea 2 – 3 Burnley

Crystal Palace 0 – 3 Huddersfield Town

Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City

Southampton 0 – 0 Swansea City West

Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

Brighton & Hove Albion 0 – 2 Manchester City

Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle United

Manchester United 4 – 0 West Ham United

EPL result – Super subs Ramsey and Giroud complete Arsenal comeback victory against Leicester

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Arsene Wenger’s men were 3-2 down with seven minutes remaining but goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud stole the game from under Leicester’s noses.

Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.

Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton’s cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal’s comeback.

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive – from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up – before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner.

Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches – all of which were also home fixtures.

Giroud’s days at Arsenal appeared to be numbered following the arrival of fellow France striker Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m fee.

And Wenger revealed after Friday’s win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer.

“At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay,” said Wenger.

“He doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy he wants to stay.”

The 30-year-old wasted no time in proving his worth with another vital goal after coming on as a substitute.

Giroud offers a different, more physical option for Wenger, but is hoping for a more substantial role at the club.

Since the start of last season, he has scored seven Premier League goals when coming off the bench – three more than any other player in the same period.

“I prefer to be on the pitch as much as I can but I want to help the team reach the targets,” he said.

Leicester City sign Kelechi Iheanacho from Leicester City

Leicester have signed forward Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.

The Foxes have paid £25m for the 20-year-old, who has penned a five-year deal at the King Power.

He becomes manager Craig Shakespeare’s fourth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Harry Maguire, Vicente Iborra and Eldin Jakupovic.

City have the option to buy the Nigeria international back for £50m. “It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team.

I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want.

I was convinced and I’m happy to be here,” Iheanacho told LCFC TV.

“I was happy speaking with the manager, knowing what the team wants. It gives me more confidence that I will fit in this team and hopefully I’ll achieve a lot.”

Shakespeare added:

“It’s a great signing for us. Kelechi is an enormously talented player that has shown a huge amount of promise at every level in which he’s played. “We’ve tracked his progress for some time, so we know how much quality he’ll bring to the squad.

He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s ready for the next stage of his development and I’m delighted that will be with Leicester City.”

Iheanacho featured 28 times for City last season under Pep Guardiola, scoring seven goals.

However, he made just one start for City in 2017, with that appearance coming back on January 2 in the 2-1 win over Burnley.

Iheanacho joined City’s academy in 2014 and made his first-team debut in the 2-0 victory over Watford in August 2015.

He scored his first City goal on his second appearance for the club and went on to net a further 13 goals during the 2015/16 campaign, which included a hat-trick against Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

He will wear the No. 8 shirt and join fellow Nigerians Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi at the King Power Stadium.

Iheanacho signed a new contract with City until 2021 at the beginning of last season but saw his first-team opportunities at the Etihad curtailed by the arrival of Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus in January.

City said in a statement:

“Everyone at Manchester City wishes Kelechi all the best with his new challenge.”

Burnley sign Stoke City defender Phil Bardsley on a two-year deal

Burnley have signed defender Phil Bardsley from Stoke for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £1.5m.

The 32-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year contract and becomes the fourth new arrival for the Clarets this summer, following former Stoke team-mate Jonathan Walters to Turf Moor.

The moves means a return to the club where Bardsley spent a month on loan in the Championship in 2006.

He told Clarets Player HD: “I’ve had different spells and different clubs since then and I’m delighted to be back. “It’s a club that’s going in the right direction with a fantastic manager and a great group of players which I’m looking forward to being part of.

“It’s a well-knitted group which did fantastically well last year and hopefully I can bring something to the squad.

“There’s still fire in the belly to achieve things in football and what a great chance. Coming back here and playing again at Turf Moor is going to be a great challenge and one I’m looking forward to.

“All the fundamentals are here, with the new training ground, the manager looking to kick on with the club and the players he’s brought in are very good players.

“I played with Jonny Walters and the brief chat I had with him, he couldn’t speak highly enough of the place. I didn’t need much convincing, but it’s always nice to get re-assurances from people like Jon.

“He says he’s loving it and the same as me, I just can’t wait to get going.”

Bardsley began his career alongside current Burnley captain Tom Heaton at Manchester United and made 18 first-team appearances for the Old Trafford club.

He has also played in the Premier League with Sunderland and Stoke, where he signed a new 12-month contract earlier this summer.

West Ham sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez  from Bayer Leverkusen

West Ham have completed the £16m signing of Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez.
The 29-year-old Mexico international arrived in London on Monday to undergo a medical ahead of the transfer and has signed a three-year contract.
The striker will become the highest-paid player in the club’s history and is set to be on wages totalling £140,000 a week, aslo the Hammers’ fourth new arrival of the summer.

Hernandez has previous experience of playing in the English top-flight, having netted 59 goals for Manchester United during a five-year spell at Old Trafford.

And Hernandez, also a former Real Madrid loanee, admitted the chance to return to England was too good to turn down.

He told the club’s official website: “I am very happy to join West Ham United.

“For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world and when the opportunity came, I was desperate to sign for this club.

“It was not a difficult decision. West Ham is an historic club, and very ambitious – this summer you can see with the players signed that they are looking to have a very good season.

“I’ve had three fantastic years playing in Spain and Germany, but England was really the first big chapter in my career and I am so happy to be back.

“I am desperate for the season to start and to help the team achieve all their objectives.”
In May, Hernandez – widely known by the nickname Chicharito, which means ‘little pea’ – became Mexico’s all-time leading scorer.
He netted 39 times in 76 matches for the Bundesliga club.

Joint-chairman David Sullivan added: “We are delighted to welcome Javier as the latest fantastic addition to the West Ham United squad.

“Following the arrivals of Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic, he is another top-class professional who brings great experience and quality to the club.

“He has a proven goalscoring record in the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga, as well in the UEFA Champions League and at international level with Mexico.

“We now have some fantastic options in attacking positions and, like all West Ham fans, I am looking forward to seeing Javier score goals in a claret and blue shirt next season.”

Crystal Palace sign Jairo  Reidawald from Ajax on a five-year deal 

​Crystal Palace have signed Netherlands defender Jairo Riedewald from Ajax on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 20-year-old Ajax youth academy product made his debut for the Eredivisie outfit in 2013 and has gone on to make 93 appearances for the club in all competitions.
It was Palace’s new boss Frank de Boer who oversaw Riedewald’s progression through the Ajax ranks to the first team and his move to London reunites the two.
Riedewald is Palace’s second signing of the transfer window after Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek joined on a season-long loan deal.

“It is a great opportunity to be working under De Boer once again,” Riedewald, who has three caps for the Netherlands, told the Premier  League club’s website.

De Boer added: “Jairo Riedewald is a player I know well through my time at Ajax and I’m glad that he’s now coming to join us at Crystal Palace.

“He will be an excellent addition to our squad, Jairo is a young player but already has a lot of experience. I know he is looking forward to playing in the Premier League.”
The versatile Riedewald has featured at centre-back, left-back and defensive midfield in his career to date, and registered the highest pass completion percentage in the Dutch league last season with 92 per cent.
The defender has featured at U15, U16, U17, U19 and U21 for the Netherlands and has earned three senior caps since making his debut in September 2015.

Manchester City sign Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy on a five-year deal

Manchester City have announced the signing of left-back Benjamin Mendy for £49.2m on a five-year deal.

He is the Premier League club’s fifth major signing of the summer following the recruitment of England right-back Kyle Walker for £45m, plus a potential £5m of add-ons, Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva(£43m), Brazilian keeper Ederson  Moraes(£35m) and defender Danilo from Real Madrid (£26.5m).

The 23-year-old left-back was a top target for Guardiola, who wanted to bring three new full-backs to the Etihad this summer after allowing Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy to leave at the end of last season when their contracts expired.

Mendy said: “I am very proud. This is what I wanted from the very beginning. As soon as the championship was over, I talked to my family and it was all clear in my head: I wanted to join Manchester City.
“I think I am the right person for the group. I am easily adaptable. There are some players with whom I exchanged a few emails, I knew them from some years ago.
“Regarding football, I can bring a lot of creativity in the game, I can offer different solutions, I like to take to play as full-back and provide assists for the strikers.”

The arrival of Mendy leaves Manchester City with the most expensive defensive line-up in world football.

City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, said: “Benjamin has all the qualities we are looking for in a full-back. For such a young player, he has a wealth of top-level experience.

“He is undoubtedly one of the world’s best full-backs, our number one target in this position. We are all delighted to have him here at Manchester City.

“I’m sure he will prove a fantastic addition to the squad.”

Mendy played 34 times for Monaco last season and helped them to their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years after joining them from Marseille last summer.

He supplied a further four assists in the Champions League, where he helped the principality side to the semifinals before bowing out to runners-up Juventus.

Mendy, who began his career at Le Havre, was a youth international at U17, U18, U19 and U21 level for France. 

His Monaco contract was set to run until the summer of 2021.
He will wear the number 22 shirt, and will join up with the City squad as their 2017/18 preseason preparations continue.

Manchester City sign defender Danilo from Real Madrid

Manchester City have announced the signing of Brazilian full-back Danilo Luiz Da Silva  from Real Madrid on a five-year deal.

The 26-year-old becomes City’s fifth summer signing after arriving for a fee believed to be £26.5million and he has already joined up with the rest of the squad on the tour of the US after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
“I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City,” Danilo told the club’s website.

“There has been strong interest from other Clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola. As soon as I heard of his interest, I knew immediately I wanted to be a City player.

“I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to getting to know my new teammates over the coming weeks.”

His arrival takes City’s summer spending to almost £150m, following the recruitment of England international Kyle Walker(£45m), Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva(£43m) and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes(£35m).

The club have also agreed a £52m  deal for 23-year-old Monaco defender Benjamin Mendy and sold  left-back Aleksandar Kolarovto Serie A club Roma for £4.5m.

City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, added: “Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility to our squad,” he said. “He can operate in several different roles in both defence and midfield, increasing Pep’s options ahead of the new season.

“We feel he has all the attributes needed to succeed at City and we look forward to helping him develop during his time here.”

Danilo’s move is subject to him receiving a work permit, meaning he is unlikely to make his debut when City face Real on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

The former Santos player joined Real in 2015 from Porto but started just 17 La Liga games last season.

In two years at the Bernabeu, he won La Liga, two Champions Leagues, the Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.

Kurt Zouma joins Stoke City on a season-long loan after signing new six-year deal at Chelsea

Stoke City have officially announced the signing of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on a season-long loan.

The French international “completed a medical at Clayton Wood earlier this week before travelling back to West London to complete the necessary paperwork”, according to

Kurt Zouma has signed a new six-year contract with Chelsea and will spend the 2017/18 season on loan at Stoke.

Manager Mark Hughes said about the new signing: “Kurt is undoubtedly one of the most talented young defenders in the game, so naturally his arrival will enhance our playing squad for the forthcoming campaign.

“We have prioritised adding further strength in depth to defensive positions this summer, and we have certainly done that by fending off any number of clubs who were all interested in taking Kurt on loan.

“He first caught my attention as a 17-year-old during his time at St. Etienne, and in fact, I actually tried to sign him at that point in his career, but whilst that deal never materialised I am delighted to finally get the opportunity to work with him now.

“On his day he is one of the most impressive defenders in the league, and whilst injury unfortunately hampered his progress at Chelsea last season, we are certain that we can give him the platform to recapture the form he showed prior to his setback.”

Chief Executive Tony Scholes told “Kurt is a player that has many admirers within the game, and we are understandably delighted to have been able to bring him to the Club.”