Premier League Team Of The Week – Match Day 1

The Premier League returned with a bang this weekend; the opening fixtures had it all including red cards, upsets, goals and drama.

Arsenal managed the unlikeliest of come backs to kick off the action on Friday as they came from behind twice to beat Leicester at the Emirates.

There was shocks all over the country as Burnley managed to beat reigning champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge with the hosts being reduced to ten-men.

Elsewhere, Liverpool could only draw against Watford following a last gasp equaliser and both Manchester clubs got off to winning starts against Swansea and West Ham.

We take a look at the top performers from match day one…

Goalkeeper – Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield)

Huddersfield secured all three points against Crystal Palace in their Premier League debut and had their goalkeeper, Jonas Lossl, to thank for keeping a clean sheet against the Eagles. The Danish keeper made four saves, a total only bettered by Kasper Schmeichel and Asmir Begovic, including two excellent stops to deny Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha.

Defence – Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal)

Arsenal also got off to winning start despite a valiant effort by Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester side. New signing from Schalke, Sead Kolasinac, was handed his Premier League debut at centre-back in a makeshift defence – despite naturally being a left-back. The Bosnian performed admirably, winning 100% of his tackles and oozing confidence on the ball.

Defence – James Tarkowski (Burnley)

The loss of Michael Keane to Everton was a huge blow to Burnley this season after the ex-Manchester United excelled for the Clarets last season. Sean Dyche has given responsibility to young defender James Tarkowski to replace Keane at the heart of the defence. The former Brentford defender, given a tough test against Chelsea, was a rock at the back and gave his manager plenty of food for thought.

Defence – Phil Jones (Manchester United)

With new signing Victor Lindelof not fancied, Jose Mourinho trusted Phil Jones alongside Eric Bailly in the Manchester United defence. Jones has received his fair share of criticism at Old Trafford but looked back to his best against West Ham. His performance was faultless as he made three interceptions, four clearances and won 75% of his aerial duels as he nullified the threat of former United striker, Javier Hernandez.

Defence – Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom)

West Brom secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in their opening fixture, and it was no surprise to see Tony Pulis’ side score their only goal from a set-piece. It was Ahmed Hegazi, signed this summer on loan from Al-Ahly, who rose highest from a corner to nod home. The Egyptian was solid throughout as the Baggies squandered 70% of possession to their opponents.

Midfield – Wayne Rooney (Everton)

After completing a move back to Everton from Manchester United, Wayne Rooney got off to a dream start on his Goodison Park return. The England international netted his 199th Premier League with a fine header past Jack Butland which was enough to wrap up all three points for the Toffees against a stubborn Stoke side. His performance was one of a man on a mission, determined to prove his doubters that he is still one of the best players in the division.

Midfield – Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

Looking to mount another title challenge, Tottenham needed to win against Newcastle following a summer of limited transfer activity. Spurs were guided to a 2-0 victory by their talismanic playmaker – Christian Eriksen. One of the standout performers from last season, the Dane picked up two assists for Dele Alli and Ben Davies’ goals as well as having the most shots, crosses and chances created in the match. Spurs should brace themselves if Barcelona turns attention from Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho as Eriksen is quickly establishing himself as the best number ten in the league.

Midfield – Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)

A few eyebrows were raised when Nemanja Matic completed an enormous £40m move from Chelsea to Premier League rivals Manchester United to reunite with Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese gained one of the best defensive midfielders in the world from his former club and the Serbian slotted in seamlessly against West Ham. He made more passes and gained possession more than any other United player – allowing Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to flourish ahead of him.

Forward – Sam Vokes (Burnley)

Burnley grabbed the shock result of the weekend by downing Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge. Their away form last season was horrendous, the Clarets didn’t win on the road until April against Crystal Palace. Fresh from losing star striker Andre Gray to Watford, it was Sam Vokes who stepped up in his absence bagging two goals against the Blues to give Burnley a memorable victory.

Forward – Steve Mounie (Huddersfield)

With Loosl keeping the Eagles at bay at the other end, Steve Mounie was inflicting damage at the top end of the pitch. The Benin international joined the Terriers from Montpellier for £11.5m this summer, a fee which broke their club transfer record. He was superb in his debut against Palace, scoring two goals with his first two shots in the Premier League. His goals will be crucial if Huddersfield are to survive the drop this season.

Forward – Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)

Romelu Lukaku scoring on his Manchester United debut almost seemed inevitable. The Belgian joined the Red Devils for £75m from Everton following a sensational season for the Toffees last campaign. The powerful forward was the perfect man to have up top as United’s creative players tore West Ham apart. Lukaku scored two goals in the 4-0 and looks set to have another explosive season in the Premier League.

Who do you think was the best performer in match day one? Comment below!

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