It may perhaps have been a extended wait, but Premier League football is properly and genuinely back. We saw a lot of fascinating games, and that suggests there was a quantity of major person performances.
On the other hand, not every person can earn a spot in the Group of the Week. So, which fortunate players produced the reduce?
Here’s 90min’s Group of the Week from gameweek 1.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Tom Heaton (GK) – It was a busy Aston Villa debut for Heaton, who shipped 3 ambitions in a three-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, the 33-year-old was far far better than that would recommend, producing a quantity of hugely impressive saves which nearly won the Villains an unlikely point.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB) – The spotlight was on Wan-Bissaka right after his significant-dollars move to Manchester United, but the youngster certainly stepped up to the plate. Against Chelsea, he was on major type defensively, and could usually be observed bombing up the field to join in on United’s counter-attacks.
Harry Maguire (CB) – As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned right after United’s win, Maguire gave United anything they wanted from him. He was a dominant force in defence, with fans cheering on his just about every touch of the ball, and he was unlucky to not get in on the action in attack. A great commence for the Englishman.
Virgil van Dijk (CB) – It need to come as no surprise that Van Dijk was 1 of the major performers from the opening weekend. It was a busy Friday evening for the Liverpool star, who came up against a spirited Norwich City side, but he dealt with the threat with ease. With 3 tackles and 3 clearances, the Canaries basically could not get previous Van Dijk.
Erik Pieters (LB) – Pieters’ summer season move to Burnley flew below the radar for most fans, but he wasted tiny time in justifying Sean Dyche’s faith in him. The 31-year-old grabbed two assists in the three- win over Southampton and was a substantial component of his side’s thriving commence to the campaign.
Riyad Mahrez (RM) – With Leroy Sane out injured, Mahrez needs to step up his game a lot more than ever prior to, and he definitely did that in Manchester City’s five- win over West Ham United. The Algerian bagged two assists and was involved in anything constructive for the Citizens, who ran riot as a outcome.
Paul Pogba (CM) – Just after a summer season of speculation, Pogba needed a significant efficiency against Chelsea, and he delivered. With two impressive assists, the Frenchman was a dominant force in midfield, and the Blues basically could not deal with his influence at each ends of the field.
Christian Eriksen (CM) – Like Pogba, transfer rumours dominated the summer season for Eriksen, but he proved he remains focused to Spurs by netting twice against Villa. He was metronomic in the heart of the pitch and truly dragged his side back into the game.
Raheem Sterling (LM) – Sterling has created into 1 of the game’s finest talents in current seasons, and he proved that when once more against West Ham. He bagged a hat-trick but could have comfortably had a couple of a lot more, in what was a ordinarily superb outing for the winger.
Harry Kane (ST) – August may perhaps not be Kane’s favourite month of the year, but you would not have guessed that from his efficiency against Villa. He struck two late ambitions to save his side’s blushes, but had spent the complete game firing shots at Heaton as he looked to shrug off his ‘August curse’.
Marcus Rashford (ST) – Operating as a wide striker, Rashford was the epitome of what Solskjaer wanted from United. He attacked with raw pace and power and showcased some genuine composure to net twice against Chelsea, such as an expertly taken penalty. The Blues could not cope with Rashford but, on this proof, there are couple of defenders in the league who could.