A nightmare in the North East and four other things we learned about the Premier League this weekend

Bournemouth v Sunderland.
Bournemouth v Sunderland.
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The latest round of Barclays Premier League games saw controversy, heroics and cause for some fans to be deeply concerned about their clubs.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five talking points from the games played.

1) STAR NAMES ARE BEING LEFT IN THE SHADE.

Last season’s star trio of Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez have only two goals between them - Riyad Mahrez of Leicester and Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson have five apiece. It is early days, but the form of the lesser-fancied clubs and players is eye-opening.

2) EUROPE IS A HEADACHE FOR MANCHESTER CITY

For all their spending power, Manchester City still struggle to come to terms with the demands of playing in the Champions League and Premier League. Juventus opened the wound in midweek and West Ham rubbed salt into it in agonising style, illustrating that City were still feeling the effects of that match in Europe. Manuel Pellegrini needs to sort out this weakness - and quickly.

3) DIEGO COSTA IS KIND, CONSIDERATE AND SPORTSMANLIKE

OK so we didn’t learn that - his antics against Arsenal merely confirmed him as the Premier League’s leading hate figure. What the referees and assistants are learning however is that he keeps pulling the wool over their eyes - his comeuppance can surely not be too far away.

4) IT’S A NIGHTMARE IN THE NORTH EAST

If last season was a tough time to be a fan of Newcastle and Sunderland, this season is looking even worse with the deadly rivals propping up the Premier League table. Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is clearly no miracle worker, while Sunderland’s squad looks substantially short on quality.

5) VAN GAAL IS FEELING MIGHTY SMUG

Some performance for the £36million teenager Anthony Martial, with two goals at Southampton on his first Premier League start. Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal could be forgiven for saying ‘I told you so’.