With Valentine’s Day upon us, Russell Cane takes a look at the Premier League’s most successful relationships over the past 12 months. Sometimes breaking up is so hard to do…..
It’s Valentine’s Day! But let’s not be to fast to celebrate. The day of love has fallen on a Champions League night this year. A romantic meal for two at a swanky restaurant or Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain at the pub with your mates?
A decision that could make or break your relationship – with football. Who in their right mind misses Madrid vs PSG? Let’s face it, breaking up is never easy to do.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day (and football), TEAMtalk have teamed up with daily fantasy football game Oulala.com to reveal how many of last season’s most successful relationships in
the Premier League are still going strong and how many have suffered break-ups over the past 12 months.
The Tottenham love triangle
It’s a happy household at Tottenham; as the Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min love triangle thrives a year on.
In 2016/17, Spurs boasted two of the top 10 partnerships in the Premier League, including the joint best. This season, Kane and Eriksen have combined twice, while the Dane has also assisted two of Son’s goals.
Llorente can’t get over his ex, Sigurdsson
Despite combining for six goals last season, Swansea City’s Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s went their separate ways last summer. The Spaniard joined Spurs, however with just one start in the Premier League for his new club, is still probably thinking about his ex.
Although it appears Sigurdsson has taken the break-up far better after his move to Everton. The Icelander has traded Llorente in for a younger model, scoring two goals from two assists by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Sanchez leaves, Ozil gets the house
It was a New Year and a new start for Alexis Sanchez. Last season, Mesut Ozil netted five goals from Sanchez assists. However with the relationship suffering financial issues, the Chilean left Arsenal for big spenders Manchester United in January.
Perfect partners at Man City
Marriage may be on the cards at Manchester City. Sergio Aguero has already bagged the same number of goals from Kevin De Bruyne assists (5) this season than he did last, with three months of the current campaign still to go. The pair seem inseparable at the moment.
Costa leaves Chelsea for his ex
There was no love lost at Chelsea after Diego Costa got back with his ex, Atletico Madrid, following a messy break-up with the Blues. Costa’s relationship with Cesc Fabregas was a
highlight of his turbulent time in London which saw the striker score four goals from four Fabregas assists in 2016/17.
Firmino and Salah enjoy fling behind Mane’s back
Although still together at Liverpool, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane’s relationship has hit the rocks following Mohamed Salah’s arrival last summer. Firmino assisted four of Mane’s goals last season, however has only combined with him once in 2017/18. Whereas Firmino’s wild fling with Salah has seen them provide each other three goals this campaign. Is a new love blossoming at Anfield?
Mass break-ups at Everton
Romelu Lukaku packed his bags and left Everton last summer, leaving Kevin Mirallas and Yannick Bolasie to pick up the pieces. The bond between the Belgian and his teammates saw Lukaku score eight goals from Mirallas and Bolasie assists. The break-up was too much for Mirallas who also disappeared, heading to Greece for six months. Singleton Bolasie still remains
Rooney and Ibra show age is just a number
In 2016/17, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney proved age is but a number when it comes to true love. Meeting at a combined age of 66, Rooney assisted four of Ibrahimovic’s goals last
season, however it wasn’t enough to keep the pair together at Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho intervened to break-up the happy couple, convincing Rooney he was better off with his ex, Everton.
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By Russell Cane