7 Standout Performers From Saturday's Premier League Openers

Rejoice, the Premier League season is well under way and Saturday brought us a feast of top flight football to savour. 

Spurs kicked things off with a win over Newcastle, another new regime at Chelsea brought all three points at Huddersfield, and a notably heavily favoured Wolves had to come behind twice against 10-man Everton to claim a point on their return.

Lets take a look at some standout performers who made their mark from Saturday’s fixtures.

7. Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)

Palace’s former right winger turned right back picked up where he left off last season, producing another competent and productive display at full back against Fulham.

Up against the exciting youngster Ryan Sessegnon, Wan-Bissaka was firm, precise and diligent with his defensive work; getting the better of his opposing full back. His assured presence set the tone for an impressive opening day victory at Craven Cottage.

An assist for Wilfried Zaha’s goal, plus a clean sheet, earned him heaps of praise and a spot on this list. 

6. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth)

The tricky winger netted his side’s first goal of the season and was a menace for new-boys Cardiff at the Vitality Stadium. 

Continuing to be one of the Cherries most exciting players, Fraser’s movement and goalscoring instinct set his team off for a dominant afternoon at home. 

Bournemouth are now an established Premier League outfit and Fraser’s quality proves Eddie Howe’s continued ability to recruit players under the noses of the top sides in the league. 

Fraser, at only 24, could have his best season ahead of him. 

5. Ruben Neves (Wolves)

The star of Wolves promotion campaign took little time to acclimatise himself to a new league, being instrumental in earning his side a point. 

A pinpoint accurate free-kick lifted a boisterous Molineux off their seats as Wolves got their first goal. 

Neves’s goalscoring knack from the centre of midfield will earn his side points, but his vision to create chances for teammates elevates him to a higher level. The Portuguese talisman couldn’t have started better and will be a key part of another exciting Wolves season.

4. Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Back from his exploits with England in Russia, Alli took little time getting back to scoring goals in the Premier League.

Scoring what would eventually turn out to be the winner for Spurs, Alli’s goal once again highlighted his clinical nature. Throughout all the hoopla surrounding the north London club’s inactivity in the transfer market, it is easy to forget the irresistible talent they still possess in the starting eleven.  

Still clearly lacking match fitness, Alli’s professional performance will lay to rest any fears of a World Cup hangover. 

3. Jorginho (Chelsea)

A debut goal to savour for the former Napoli man on an extremely prosperous afternoon for the 26-year-old midfielder. 

A cheeky penalty gave his new club a two-goal lead before the break, which made for a comfortable second half.  

Looking at home at the base of Chelsea’s new midfield trio, Jorghino oozes class on the ball and under the same manager, the Italian playmaker hasn’t needed long to settle into a new country.

2. Roberto Pereyra (Watford)

An opening day double for the Argentine was the perfect remedy to allay fears of Hornets fans who witnessed a dramatic loss in form at the back end of last season.

An unstoppable volley from a well worked corner routine got the ball rolling and a piercing run from left, topped by a cool finish rounded off the day. 

Being Watford’s most talented player, Perreya will be looked upon to add the flair and skill needed to ensure Watford’s Premier League status.

1. Richarlison (Everton)

Forget the price tag, Richarlison’s display on Saturday could make him one of the bargains of the summer (at £40m). 

An Everton side lacking a bit of stardust, had it in abundance with the Brazilian against Wolves. Putting himself amongst the chaos within the box, gave him the opportunity to score his side’s opener. 

But even after his side were reduced to ten men, the 21-year-old didn’t cave – only further justifying his price tag by picking up the ball and calmly guiding it past a helpless Rui Patricio. 

A perfect debut.   


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