Hazard caused havoc as the Premier League returned with goals, goals, goals
21:30 GMT, 19 August 2012
When Eden Hazard has the ball, his first thought is: ‘How can I create some havoc here’ He drives at defenders with pace and he is into the danger zone before you can stop him.
He set up Chelsea’s first and won the penalty for their second and, until he started to over-elaborate in the second half, he was delightful to watch. More please.
That's what you pay the money for: Eden Hazard was class on his debut
Made in England
Still wishing we had the Olympics instead of the Barclays Premier League We’ve had 26 goals in nine league games on the opening weekend of the top flight and was there a better one than Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City coming from behind to win 3-2 against a bold Southampton team
Rickie can be tricky
Eyebrows were raised when Rickie Lambert was left out of the starting team for Southampton on Sunday. The lad knows where the goal is and he proved that when he came on. That was a delicious finish.
He can step up into this league and I said he needed an early goal. One of many stars for Southampton. They were fearless.
Head boy: James Collins was welcomed back to West Ham, and instantly proved his worth
Get your head on James
If you can keep him fit, James Collins is a terrific defender. Brave, strong and powerful, he was welcomed back at Upton Park on Saturday — and delivered a very good performance in front of a packed house. He will give West Ham some power at the back and will weigh in with goals too. A good signing.
Hats of to Pardew
What a player Hatem Ben Arfa is and well done to Alan Pardew for bringing the best out of him. Some managers would reckon him too much trouble, but Pardew has convinced the France midfielder to buy into Newcastle’s work ethic and he is a maverick who can win games, as he did against Spurs.
G-Owen for nothing
Joining Chris Kamara live on Sunday morning for his excellent Goals on Sunday programme, I spoke with Michael Owen. I can’t work out why he was sitting on the couch with Chris when he should be playing football. Michael will score goals and he’s only 32. Someone has to sign him on a free!
Nice to Michu: Swansea's new boy announced himself with two goals at QPR
Swansea signed Michu under the radar. Aged 26, he has a record of one in five in Spain and hit the net 15 times last season in a struggling team. He looks to be a find for Michael Laudrup. He scored the first Premier League goal of the season and grew in confidence. For that he is my star of the weekend.
Made in Japan
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney will dovetail well, but don’t forget Manchester United’s other signing, Japanese attacker Shinji Kagawa. I’m telling you, he is a player and he will love to pick RVP’s runs with his passing.