The second week of Premier League fixtures did not disappoint but who were the stand out performers on match day two?
Goalkeeper – Tom Heaton – Burnley
Tom Heaton helped Burnley secure their first win of the season with a shock victory over Liverpool. Despite having only 19% possession, the Clarets secured a backs-to-the-wall win over the Reds. Their performance was based on a strong defensive showing and Heaton made smart saves throughout the game. He kept his defence organised and help shut Jurgen Klopp’s men out.
Defender – Rob Holding – Arsenal
Arsene Wenger kept faith with young defender and new signing Rob Holding after he looked out of his depth against Liverpool next weekend. The former Bolton man quickly repaid his faith with an assured performance against Leicester alongside Laurent Koscielny. Holding looked much more confident with Koscielny back in the side and helped his side keep a clean sheet.
Defender – Curtis Davies – Hull
Hull secured back-to-back wins this weekend when the Tigers downed Swansea 2-0. Mike Phelan’s side have defied all odds with their 100% start to the season. Their standout performer was skipper Curtis Davies who was a rock at the back. Davies kept Fernando Llorente at bay and also managed to grab an assist when he flicked a header into the path of Shaun Maloney.
Defender – John Stones – Manchester City
Another defender who impressed this weekend was Manchester City’s John Stones. The £47.5m signing put in a fantastic performance alongside Nicolas Otamendi in the heart of the defence. The former Everton defender suits Pep Guardiola’s style perfectly and completed 93% of his passes in the 4-1 victory over Stoke. If Stones can continue his early season form, he will prove an astute piece of business by the Citizens.
Defender – Luke Shaw – Manchester United
Luke Shaw continued his return from injury with a solid performance against Southampton. The left-back was defensively sound against his former club and also won a penalty which gave his side a two-goal lead. Shaw won 100% of his aerial duels and looks to be a key member of Jose Mourinho’s squad this season.
Midfielder – Paul Pogba – Manchester United
All eyes were on Paul Pogba as the ex-Juventus midfielder made his first appearance following his £89m transfer back to Manchester United. The French international did not disappoint with a superb performance against the Saints. Pogba completed eight take ons but couldn’t cap a wonderful showing with a goal.
Midfielder – Steven Defour – Burnley
There was a buzz around Burnley as fans got to see their record-signing, Steven Defour, make his debut against Liverpool. The Belgian did not disappoint and was instrumental in his new side taking doubling their advantage before half-time. Defour picked up the ball and powered through the Liverpool midfield before picking out Andre Gray who finished in style.
Midfielder – Christhian Stuani – Middlesbrough
Uruguayan midfielder, Christhian Stuani, marked his Premier League debut with two goals which handed Middlesbrough a narrow 2-1 victory over Sunderland. Stuani netted the goal of the weekend after Alvaro Negredo slipped the ball into his path before unleashing a rasping drive from 25-yards. The two combined again as Stuani wrapped up all three points for Boro.
Midfielder – Nolito – Manchester City
What an impact summer signing Nolito made when he entered the field in the 69th minute. Following a great pullback from Kelechi Iheanacho, the Spaniard coolly slotted home to give his side a 3-1 lead. Nolito was in the right place at the right time when Raheem Sterling picked out the 29-year-old on the counter-attack who added his second of the game from the bench.
Striker – Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has announced his arrival in Manchester with four goals in just three games. Zlatan added two of his strikes against Southampton which proved to be the only goals of the game. He was picked out by Wayne Rooney and towered above Jose Fonte to head past Fraser Forster with relative ease. The Swede added his second of the game from the penalty spot which maintained the Red Devils’ perfect start to the season.
Striker – Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
Sergio Aguero continued his fine form with another two goals against Stoke City. The Argentine missed two penalties against Steaua Bucharest in midweek but still managed to score a hat-trick in Romania. Despite his spot-kick misses, the former Atletico Madrid had no problem in beating Shay Given after Otamendi was fouled by Ryan Shawcross in the box. Aguero headed home his brace just nine minutes later following a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick and looks a good bet for the Premier League top scorer award this season.