Becoming the first man outside the UK or Ireland to officiate a Premier League match, Jarred Gillett didn’t have an easy time of it.
To everyone’s surprise, the Premier League season has provided us with some unforgettable moments.
Whether they be terrible mistakes, shocking signings or stunning results, the English top flight never fails to surprise us.
Here are my top three flops and surprises of the campaign so far.
Manchester United signing Fred
While signing new players can be unpredictable – especially if they’re from the Ukraine league – a gamble is always taken on the success of the player in the intensity of the Premier League.
The off-season saw Manchester United sign then-25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Fred for a sum of £52 million.
So far in the season, Fred has only seen the pitch a total of around 800 minutes, which translates to a bit more than eight games.
Through those eight games, Fred has collected just one goal and no assists, leaving much to be desired by the £52 million man.
After a pre-season transfer window which saw Fulham spend a whole £100 million, their current season seems rather underwhelming.
The Lily Whites sit 19th, 13 points from safety, a far from ideal position considering their haul of a transfer window at the start of the season.
This window saw marquee signing Jean-Michael Seri join from Nice amid interest from English giants Arsenal and Chelsea.
Seri, along with the 15 other players brought in – not to mention 7 of them being on loan – have not truly gelled, leaving lots to wish for from the promising team.
Defence. All Arsenal fans and players’ favourite word.
It is clear Arsenal have addressed their defensive woes, signing goalkeeper Bernd Leno, centre half Sokratis and defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira before the season kicked off.
But to have less clean sheets than the likes of Cardiff and Bournemouth and the same amount as Southampton and Burnley is extremely disappointing.
Although the struggles have improved recently, it is still apparent that the issue will need to be sorted in the next transfer window.
With Arsenal scoring the third highest amount of all goals in England’s top flight, it is clear they can be real title contenders should they sort out their defensive problems.
The start of the 2018-19 season saw the emergence of Bournemouth young gun David Brooks.
Brooks was picked up from the Championship in the off-season for a fee of £10 million, a bargain price for the 21-year-old starlet.
Brooks has bagged himself six goals and four assists so far for the Cherries, although he recently sustained an ankle injury leaving him out for some weeks.
The boom of the young star has drawn attention from European giants Real Madrid and Tottenham, with both clubs inquiring about a potential move.
The ceiling is high for Brooks and only time will tell how the promising young player develops.
After a dominant season in the Championship which saw Wolves comfortably win the division, manager Nuno decided to completely re-design his squad in the summer, spending £110 and only starting three players from his Championship-wining side.
Known as the giant killers, Wolves’ record against the top six teams is nothing short of exquisite, winning four, drawing four and losing only three in all competitions so far, knocking United and Liverpool out of the FA Cup.
Currently Wolves sit seventh in the Premier League table, and staying in that position by the end of the season could put them in the Europa league play-offs depending on cup results, a huge feat for a recently promoted club.
United under OGS
United struggled under Jose Mourinho, almost falling to seventh place midway through the season.
Although things have really picked up after the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with United only suffering one Premier League loss so far in 2019.
OGS has utilised marquee signing Paul Pogba, who had a bad relationship with Mourinho and struggled while he was in charge.
Pogba now has 11 Premier League goals and nine assists, proving to be a versatile player on the attack.
Ole has given the United defence confidence, getting the best out of Victor Lindelof and goalkeeper David De Gea.
Coming off back-to-back defeats against Arsenal and Wolves, the top four race is now uncomfortably close and it’ll be very interesting to see who wins fourth place and a Champions League position.