Weekend Watch: King Kyle fights through the pain barrier
22:44 GMT, 29 April 2012
The half-time talk at Tottenham on Sunday was whether to take off Kyle Walker, who had a tight hamstring. Winning 1-0 against Blackburn, it was an option for the manager, but Kyle wanted to stay on, which is typical of his general attitude.
He was rewarded with that terrific free-kick. I’m certain the lad has a long and successful career ahead of him. There is nothing he cannot do on a football pitch.
Main man: Kyle Walker (centre) celebrates his goal against Blackburn
Dan still the man
Fernando Torres is back in the goals with a hat-trick on Sunday, just in time for the FA Cup final against Liverpool. I was pleased Daniel Sturridge scored too. He was the top man under AVB, but has gone back to the bench since Roberto Di Matteo took over. It’s not what he does with the ball, but without it. He will be a top player, but needs to work at tracking his full back.
Back on form: Daniel Sturridge (second left) impressed for Chelsea
Lift it like Luis
Luis Suarez has had a rollercoaster season, but he is a magnificent player. His first Liverpool hat-trick included a wonder goal from just inside the Norwich half when his execution was sensational. I hope he stays in England, because he would be a great loss to our league. Suarez is going into the FA Cup final next weekend in top form and I reckon he could be the difference against Chelsea.
Hat-trick hero: Luis Suarez fired Liverpool to victory over Norwich
Time to lock up Fletch
The striker who has scored the most headed goals in the Barclays Premier League is likely to make the Team GB Olympic squad but won’t play for his country after a falling out. His team are down already and his goals haven’t saved them. But I like Steven Fletcher a lot and, even though Wolves are relegated, I’m certain he’ll be in the top flight next season.
Main man: Steven Fletcher could be a wanted man in the summer
Wigan are the team who have shaken up the season. Their victory against Manchester United blew open the title race and their 4-0 win against Newcastle is a scoreline that looked impossible. Victor Moses hasn’t scored enough goals (his two on Saturday takes him to six for the season) but long-term observers of him from his Palace days have expected him to make this kind of impact. He looks on fire.
Great escape: Wigan continued their impressive run of form against Newcastle
Malky to go up too
My old club Southampton have followed Norwich with back-to-back promotions. Now can they make the same impact as Swansea and Norwich in the top flight They are a terrific club with an excellent playing surface and I’m delighted they are back. Who gets through the play-offs to follow them I’ve got a feeling it might be Malky Mackay and Cardiff.
Pure delight: Malky Mackay led Cardiff to the Championship play-offs
Bell tolls for Graham
Graham Alexander delivered one of those ‘Roy of the Rovers’ goodbyes. After more than 1,000 league appearances for four clubs, he came on as a substitute for Preston against League One champions Charlton and scored with a free-kick to bring them back to 2-2. He made his debut in 1991, 21 years ago, and just kept going. What a remarkable servant to the game he has been, with 40 international caps for Scotland too.
Out on a high: Graham Alexander scored on his final appearance
Tevez on a mission
I’m going for Manchester City to win 2-1 on Monday, which would give them a league double over Manchester United for the first time since 1969-70. I don’t know if victory wins them the title (they still have to get past Sir Alex Ferguson in the race to the finish line). Carlos Tevez could be the key. He’ll be on a mission for this one and wants to show Fergie what he rejected.