Holidays mean that most leagues of the world take a well deserved break. However, things are different in England, where the Premier League keeps in motion to honor the Boxing Day tradition, and that’s why this edition of Cleat Spotting will focus in one of the best leagues of the world.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal FC) – New Balance Visaro
Gunners fall and miss opportunity to go on top. Southampton scores 4 on Arsenal, snapping its 5-game win streak. pic.twitter.com/K6Sl1jfVyk
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 26, 2015
Arsenal had the chance to go on top of the table after Leicester fell against Liverpool, but they lived a hard time at Southampton and left empty-handed while conceding four goals. Aaron Ramsey had a bittersweet day, this huge defeat happened the same day he was celebrating his 25th birthday. The Welshman and his fellow Gunners must step up when they play Bournemouth later today.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – Nike Hypervenom Phinish
Harry Kane: Has scored 27 goals in the Premier League in 2015, at least 8 more than any other player #thfc pic.twitter.com/lqnt9CQqBq
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) December 28, 2015
Harry Kane had a rough start this season following his breakout in the previous edition of the Premier League, but he has been brilliant in recent games, and now there’s no doubt that the HurriKane was never gone. He know has 11 goals in his personal account, and with half of the season to go, we hope to see more from him in the upcoming months.
Odion Ighalo (Watford FC) – Nike Mercurial Vapor
IGHALO: "A deserved point" – #watfordfc striker reacts to today's 2-2 draw at Chelsea: https://t.co/zAtx8gwBY4 pic.twitter.com/bjxhe5KlXD
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) December 26, 2015
Watford’s Odion Ighalo is one of the names of the moment in England. The Nigerian is the first player to score in 5 consecutive EPL games for this club (now 6, he scored as this piece was getting the final touches) and is just one goal away from reaching Jamie Vardy in the goalscoring table. Every game is a show of his strength and skill to shock the most experienced defenders.
Diego Costa (Chelsea FC) – adidas X 15
.@diegocosta: back among the goals for @ChelseaFC today… But Watford have pegged back the Blues. pic.twitter.com/H0NXYPaEJi
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 26, 2015
Chelsea has been target of heavy criticism after failing to defend the league title with one of the worst performances in their recent history, which resulted in the sacking of hero coach Jose Mourinho. The great figures of last year – Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard – have not shown their best so far, and fans were beginning to lose their faith in them. Costa finally reunited with the goal against Watford and, even if the game did not earn them the three points, is a huge confidence boost ahead of a long awaited clash against Manchester United this afternoon.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City FC) – Puma evoPOWER 1.2
Yaya Touré has scored 47 goals in the Premier League since 2011/12, more than any midfielder. #MCFC pic.twitter.com/nDrnUwfRfH
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 27, 2015
Yaya Toure is one of the best midfielders of the world, and we are used to watch him score goals in English land, often firing unstoppable strikes that no goalkeeper could possibly save. Last weekend was no exception, and the Ivorian scored one of his trademark missiles in their 4-1 victory over Sunderland. The Citizens will now face a true challenge against current leaders Leicester on Tuesday.
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City FC) – Puma evoSPEED SL
MATCH ACTION | Marko Arnautovic smashes his shot from 25-yards to double the Potters' lead here #SCFC 2-0 #MUFC pic.twitter.com/e3mliR8bob
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) December 26, 2015
Marko Arnautovic was the first player to score a goal with the newest evoSPEED, and it was a wonderful strike that Manchester United’s David De Gea could not do anything about. Stoke City coach Mark Hughes has stated he wants Arnaoutovic to shoot more, as he’s shown his firepower in a couple of occasions. We would love to see more goals like those from the Austrian.