A new week of Premier League action has brought a whole new list of conversation topics.
Tottenham’s European ambitions are on the side of the North London derby, while Norwich will be relegated if they lose to West Ham on Saturday, and some thought has been given to what the next season could bring.
Sports emailRegular columnist Peter Crouch has answered some of your questions that got him thinking the most this week.
Peter Crouch answers your questions as part of a weekly series for this Sports email
You predicted that Sheffield United would be relegated. What do you think about it now?
Tyneside Blade via Twitter
Are you sure I said that, Tyneside Blade? You must have mistaken me for some of the others Sports email reporters. Listen, I’m glad I got it wrong. It’s so hard to make predictions and I called that Norwich was better prepared for the Premier League.
However, I would say that I made a positive contribution to your team in my portraits for the season. I often saw them in the championship and they always blew me away with how they played, with center backs overlapping the full backs.
Chris Wilder’s ideas are innovative and it was exciting to see Sheffield United flourish
You know what? If Chris Wilder had come here from Spain or Germany and had these results, he would have been linked to Manchester United or Tottenham by now. I don’t understand why our own managers aren’t celebrated when they do work the way Wilder does.
Remember when everyone was excited about Pep Guardiola asking his full back to step in and play as central midfielders?
Wilder’s ideas are just as innovative and it was exciting to see them bloom. They have so many talented players – I hope they continue to thrive.
My beloved Spurs seem to be in free fall and need a new defense. Who would suit well and why?
Barry Chandler by email
I’m worried about Tottenham, Barry. I look at the body language of the players and it’s not great. I see people struggling like Dele Alli, who had been so influential to Mauricio Pochettino, and Tanguy Ndombele, who arrived with such a great reputation, and it worries me.
The first area that I would like to improve is completely back. I believe they can certainly improve Serge Aurier on the right.
Tottenham can improve Serge Aurier and must find a successor to Toby Alderweireld
The challenge of finding a long-term partnership to replace Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will not be easy, but it is imperative that they find answers.
When you look at Tottenham’s team it’s really not that far off, and with the right additions I think they can become challenging again for a top four spot.
It just hasn’t come close to how everyone expected it with Jose Mourinho. The effervescence is very lacking.
Who can challenge Liverpool for the title next season?
Manveer Gill by email
It may sound obvious, Manveer, but the threat from Manchester City will be immense.
I saw John Stones say City’s dressing room still believes they are the best team this season and I can see why he said it – the way they attack is just beautiful to see.
But Stones is wrong. Liverpool are rightly 23 points free and I think that gap gives you an idea of the magnitude of their performance.
The threat from Manchester City to Liverpool while retaining the Premier League will be enormous
Next season they will be the team to beat again, as they have the best goalkeeper in the world, the best defender in the world and three superb strikers.
The gap will be closed in the next 12 months. Chelsea will be exciting and I’m curious to see how Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner go to bed.
I’m currently watching Manchester United and, my goodness, how good does Mason Greenwood look?
Rio Ferdinand had been telling us about Greenwood for a while, but seeing him shine was one of the highlights of the restart. There’s plenty to get excited about next season, but Liverpool remains the team to beat.
What memories do you have of your loan from Norwich City?
Robin Hambling by email
My memories are only good, Robin. It had become clear that I wouldn’t be playing under David O’Leary in Aston Villa and the move to Carrow Road came at the right time. Nigel Worthington was a manager and he helped rebuild my confidence.
In many ways, the move really got my career started – it was one of the best I’ve ever made. I played my part in a team that won the championship and I had a great relationship with Darren Huckerby, who was on loan with me.
It’s great to see Todd Cantwell and Norwich go back to the championship so quickly
There was talk of Norwich wanting to sign me permanently, but they didn’t have the money for both and chose to go with Darren. I went back to Villa then Southampton but I will never forget the importance of my time in East Anglia.
I was hoping they were here to stay when they won promotion last summer, loved the way they played in the championship. I thought Football Director Stewart Webber was excellent at recruiting good players and the way they started the campaign gave me confidence.
It’s great to see them go back to the championship so soon, but the club is built on a strong foundation and I look forward to the day they return.
Is there a need for a drinking break – and should coaching be prohibited?
Derrick Bickley by email
I don’t think it takes a break, Derrick. I really do not know. I understand why there was eagerness to have them initially, as it was quite hot when we restarted and the players’ preparation was rushed, but we’re not exactly playing in a tropical climate, are we?
If you’re talking about the Republic of Ireland Holland plays in Florida during the 1994 World Cup, you are going to have a drink, of course, but I don’t feel you need them now.
Drink breaks are not necessary and managers will take every opportunity to get their point across
It’s the same with five replacements – I don’t really like that rule change either.
As for coaching, it will never stop. Think of games that go to extra time – at halftime you have to spin straight, but there is always a team discussion before the kick-off.
Managers seize every opportunity they get to make their point clear.
How much encouragement do you think there is in the men’s game for girls and women to play soccer?
Alice Gilliver by email
It’s a very good question, Alice. Let me answer it this way – if my daughters talked to me about playing football, they would get nothing but full support.
They always participate when we play in the backyard and if that’s what they want to do I would help anyway.
It is great to see how the ladies game develops.
Jill Scott gave up Sports email insight into the changes in the October women’s game
I interviewed Jill Scott before Sports email Last October, she gave me an insight into how things had changed for her over the years, in terms of rewards and the notoriety of women’s football.
There is always room for improvement, but look at how the nation was behind Phil Neville’s team at the World Cup last summer and see how crowds increased before the sport ended.
When girls want to play football, I think they will be increasingly encouraged to follow their dream.
Have you ever played in a game without an offside rule?
Alan Griffiths by email
Well, Alan, if I had played in an offside game I wouldn’t have run much. I would certainly have hung around the penalty area and been a target pendant.
Some rules in football are now nonsense, like the changes in handball, but we need offside
I know Dixie Dean scored 60 goals for Everton in the 1920s when there was no offside rule and I was looking forward to that record!
Some of the rules in football are now nonsense, like the changes in handball, but we need offside and I never had a problem with it.
Hopefully we will see enough goals again this weekend. More of the same next week. Until then, stay safe.