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The top Premier League moments of the month - October 2021

Toby Cudworth
Mo Salah scored a goal of the season contender against Watford
Mo Salah scored a goal of the season contender against Watford / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

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The early stages of any Premier League season are always exciting, but it's fair to say that October has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride.

We've seen goals galore, chaotic defending (to put it mildly) and some magnificent individual performances from some of the division's very best players - as well as some goal of the season contenders.

It's made choosing the top ten moments of the month pretty difficult, but 90min has dug in, found a way and got the job done - even ranking them from 10 down to numero 1.

10. Chelsea smash Norwich for seven - without Lukaku or Werner

Mason Mount
Mason Mount enjoyed his day out against Norwich / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/GettyImages

It's been a difficult start to the season, to say the least, for Norwich, and that was underlined by a mauling 7-0 at the hands of Chelsea.

Mason Mount was the star turn on the day, bagging his first hat-trick for the Blues as they ran out comprehensive winners at Stamford Bridge. Worryingly for every other side in the Premier League, Thomas Tuchel's completed the rout without Romelu Lukaku or Timo Werner available. Yikes.

9. Andros Townsend breaks out the SIUUUU celebration

Manchester United didn't really enjoy the month of October, and they certainly didn't enjoy Andros Townsend mimicking Cristiano Ronaldo's celebration when he scored Everton's equaliser at Old Trafford.

The 30-year-old netted a tremendous goal on the counter attack, before charging into the corner to celebrate the strike with Ronaldo's trademark 'SIUUU'.

Ronaldo wasn't too amused either...

8. Watford bounce back with five-star show at Everton

Claudio Ranieri, Josh King
Claudio Ranieri's Watford bounced back after being stuffed by Liverpool / PAUL ELLIS/GettyImages

Watford's first game under Claudio Ranieri was nothing short of disastrous, as Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool ran out rampant 5-0 winners at Vicarage Road.

Fast forward a week and it was the Hornets celebrating scoring five, staging a remarkable recovery to beat Everton 5-2 away from home. Josh King was the hero for Ranieri and Watford, bagging a hat-trick against the club who barely gave him a chance last season.

7. Wolves complete comeback of the season so far

Jose Sa, Bruno Lage, Ruben Neves
Wolves recovered from 2-0 down to blitz Aston Villa late on / ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages

Wolves looked as if they were sliding to defeat against Midlands rivals Aston Villa, trailing 2-0 with just under ten minutes remaining.

But in a dramatic turn of events, Bruno Lage's side burst into life, completely turning the game on its head to run out 3-2 winners. Romain Saiss and Conor Coady got the visitors back on level terms after 85 minutes, before Ruben Neves stepped up to win it five minutes into injury time.

Pure Barclays.

6. Ben Johnson celebrates West Ham win with school buddy

West Ham's sensational start to the season continued with a dominant 4-1 win away at Aston Villa.

There were many standout performers on the day for the Hammers, but few better than academy graduate Ben Johnson - who opened the scoring with a tremendous left-footed strike.

He celebrated in some style at the final whistle, embracing a close school friend in the crowd while parting company with his match shirt - heartwarming stuff.

5. Edouard Mendy puts on goalkeeping clinic at Brentford

It's not often Chelsea are put under the pump, but they were given a really good game by west London rivals Brentford.

Luckily, the Blues invested in a rather handy goalkeeper called Edouard Mendy last season, and he was in scintillating form all afternoon to keep Thomas Frank's Bees at bay.

Some of Mendy's saves really were world class, and the congratulations he received after the game spoke volumes about the quality of his performance.

4. Phil Foden's false 9 masterclass

Phil Foden
Phil Foden electrified at the Amex / Steve Bardens/GettyImages

Manchester City's clash with Brighton on the south coast was full of class and aesthetically pleasing football, but the star of the show was undoubtedly Phil Foden.

Sure, the dynamic young Englishman had Bernardo Silva to thank for pulling the strings in midfield, but Foden's display as a false nine was utterly breathtaking.

England's future will be very bright if he ever replicates this form on the international stage.

3. Liverpool annihilate Man Utd at Old Trafford

Mohamed Salah, Virgil Van Dijk
Liverpool taught Manchester United a lesson at Old Trafford / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/GettyImages

Writing off Liverpool because of a lack of big money signings was a mistake a number of people made, but we were all reminded of the Reds' class during October.

Watford were walloped 5-0 at Vicarage Road and, incredibly, the trick was repeated when Jurgen Klopp's Reds travelled to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United a week later.

It was men against boys all afternoon, with Mo Salah enjoying the freedom of Manchester en route to scoring a devastating hat-trick.

2. Mo Salah scores a worldie at Watford

There's no better player in the world than Salah at the moment, and he scored a contender for Premier League goal of the season during Liverpool's thumping win over Watford.

Dancing away from a posse of defenders with the ball glued to his feet, the Egyptian proceeded to bend a wonderful shot past Ben Foster from an acute angle, leaving the former England goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

It really was one of those goals that made you puff out you cheeks and say wow.

1. Sergio Reguilon & Eric Dier help save a Newcastle fan's life

Sergio Reguilon, Andre Mariner, Harry Kane
Sergio Reguilon was instrumental in stopping the game at St James' Park / Stu Forster/GettyImages

The build-up to Newcastle's Premier League clash with Tottenham was dominated by the Magpies' takeover by a Saudi-led consortium. Indeed, there was a party like atmosphere around St James' Park, with over 50,000+ fans of the Toon delighted to see the back of Mike Ashley.

But things took a very sombre turn midway through the first half when a fan was taken seriously unwell in the stands - suddenly, football didn't matter anymore.

Luckily, Sergio Reguilon and Eric Dier were switched on to what was happening. The former ensured referee Andre Marriner stopped the game, before the latter communicated that a pitchside defibrillator needed to be rushed over to the opposite stand.

Paramedics were able to stabilise the fan's condition, and he's since been discharged from hospital to continue his recovery.

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