EPL Week 28 Review: Luis Suarez and Shinji Kagawa Hat-Tricks Dazzle


Shinji Kagawa of Manchester United (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Both featuring prominently in 4-0 triumphs for Liverpool and Manchester United, respectively, Luis Suarez and Shinji Kagawa lead this week’s recount of the Premier League’s biggest performers.

With just 10 weeks left of the English top flight season, it is now that players either start to revel in their duties or flounder beneath their responsibilities in spectacular fashion —  evidence of which occurred league-wide this weekend.

In this week’s chapter, there is a particular focus on the top six as the hunt for European football comes to a close, with some faring better in the race than others.

Luis Suarez

The second Premier League hat-trick of the Uruguayan’s season, Suarez’s display against Wigan Athletic stretched the Reds’ winning streak across all competitions to three, and once again marked the South American out as Liverpool’s scoring talisman.

Now just three points away from sixth-placed rivals Everton, this weekend highlighted just how important Suarez is to the Liverpool cause and their success as a club.

In total, the 26-year-old has scored five goals against Wigan this season and Roberto Martinez will not be hoping to come up against Brendan Rodgers’ hitman anytime soon.

Shinji Kagawa

The first ever Asian player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping that Kagawa’s three-goal show against Norwich City is the first of many records the Japanese international will break throughout his United career.

Still a relatively fresh face at Old Trafford, the club can certainly take comfort in Kagawa’s rapid growth as a Red Devil and the confident manner in which he tucked away his hat-trick is also massively encouraging.

Outshining the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney might not be easy, but the Canaries were first-hand recipients of a Kagawa masterclass.

Jan Vertonghen

In arguably his greatest performance since moving to White Hart Lane, Jan Vertonghen flourished in a centre-back partnership alongside Michael Dawson this weekend/ At times, he proved an omniscient presence against Arsenal, foreseeing all that Arsene Wenger’s men had to throw at him.

If the Belgium international wasn’t there in time to cut out a pass, he was sure to track back before executing a sumptuous tackle in order to save goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Nominated for Man of the Match honours at the end of Tottenham’s 2-1 win in the North London derby, it was Vertonghen’s fine defending that sees Spurs take a superior grip in the derby rivalry.

Jonathan de Guzman

De Guzman’s work doesn’t always see him claim the scoring honours. In fact, the Dutchman’s best work comes from further behind the attacking line, pulling the strings on any forays forward in puppeteer-like fashion.

This weekend’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United was an ideal example of such string-pulling and De Guzman proved to be a constant source of torment for the Magpies, orchestrating chance after chance for the Welsh hosts.

Although the Dutchman was unable to grab the assist for Luke Moore’s late winner, De Guzman could have indeed finished with several, fashioning scoring opportunities from both set-pieces and open play.

Marouane Fellaini

A very frequent staple in our countdown of the week’s best players, Fellaini again finds himself labelled as “team talisman” for his contributions to Everton’s 3-1 routing of Reading.

Unsurprising though it may be that the Belgian’s 42nd-minute opener came from a header, Fellaini added to his display by providing a regular source of inspiration in the middle of the field, opening a platform for Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas to work from.

Fellaini’s frame might suggest otherwise, but the afroed magician was fluid and frequent in his chance creation against the Royals, spurring the Toffees onto an important victory in the chase for a top six finish.

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