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Chelsea star electric, Arsenal and Everton aces impress but Tottenham signing disappoints – Every Premier League debutant’s performance assessed

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The Premier League has returned and some new faces have already been in action for their new clubs as the 2020/21 campaign got underway.

There were a few absolutely cracking matches, with Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over newcomers Leeds United undoubtedly the pick of the action.

Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick for Liverpool against Leeds

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Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick for Liverpool against Leeds

Chelsea managed to beat Brighton 3-1 on Monday night and two new arrivals made their debuts for the Blues, with German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz both starting on the south coast.

Werner, Havertz, joined the Blues along with Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Malang Sarr, who are having to wait for their first appearances.

They weren’t the only two players making their first starts after arriving at new clubs this summer.

But how did the debutants in the Premier League perform this weekend? talkSPORT.com has assessed some of the great and not-so-great performances of all the new players…

*We have not included West Brom new signings Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, and Matheus Pereira, and Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters as they are loan deals which have become permanent, while Dani Ceballos is returning to Arsenal for a second successive loan spell

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20. Vitinha (Wolves)

The summer signing only had about seven minutes on the pitch so is bottom of the pile but there were flecks of promise and you can see why fans at Molineux are excited.

19. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Tottenham)

Offered next to nothing throughout the encounter but he wasn’t helped by his teammates, who had an awful day at the office.

However, the Dane can take pride in the fact that he ended the match with a 91.9 per cent passing accuracy.

18. Robin Koch (Leeds)

Liverpool were the hardest possible opponents for the German defender to start his Premier League career against and that was telling.
He conceded a penalty in the first-half and also failed to track Virgil van Dijk for his header that put the Reds ahead.

Koch had a difficult first outing for Leeds at Anfield

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Koch had a difficult first outing for Leeds at Anfield

17. Rodrigo (Leeds)

Whites fans were ecstatic about the signing of the Spaniard, but they won’t be happy his only serious contribution was the one that lost his side the match at Anfield.

His rash challenge on Fabinho ultimately cost his side the game but he must only be judged when he gets more minutes under his belt.

16. Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United)

Replacing Dean Henderson at Bramall Lane was always going to be hard but the ex-Bournemouth shot-stopper couldn’t do much to keep out Wolves on his debut.

He wasn’t at fault for either of the goals but perhaps could have done better with the second of them as a couple of extra steps cost him time to dive.

Ramsdale would have hoped for a better first start for Sheffield United

Ramsdale would have hoped for a better first start for Sheffield United

15. Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace)

The 22-year-old came on in the closing stages of the match and didn’t have enough minutes to fully showcase his talent.

He still managed to put a Southampton defender on his backside in the little time he was on the field, though.

14. Kai Havertz (Chelsea)

He suffered a quiet opening night in the Premier League following his £72million move to Stamford Bridge, struggling to impose himself from a wide-right position.

One errant pass to nobody did the rounds on Twitter as rival fans, ready to mock any failures, pounced on the German.

Havertz looks graceful on the ball but remained quiet in a wide right role

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Havertz looks graceful on the ball but remained quiet in a wide right role

13. Adam Lallana (Brighton)

You have to feel sorry for the ex-Liverpool man.

Just when you thought he was getting a fresh chance at the Amex Stadium he’s been hit by another injury, and he’d been looking promising too.

He created two chances against Chelsea before being forced off.

12. Marcal (Wolves)

It was a fine start to life in Wolverhampton for the Brazilian.

It wasn’t too long ago he was in the Champions League semi-finals but we’d suggest a future in Nuno’s back-three and not a left wing-back in the long run.

11. Matt Doherty (Tottenham)

A promising debut for the new Spurs full-back, who is one of a handful of players who can hold their heads high following the defeat to Everton.

He was a threat throughout and a menace from the right flank. He was also denied a debut goal after a fine save from Jordan Pickford.

Doherty is one of the few Spurs players who can be proud of their performance against Everton

Doherty is one of the few Spurs players who can be proud of their performance against Everton

10. Jamal Lewis (Newcastle)

The 22-year-old bombed forward at every opportunity and delivered two pinpoint crosses to Wilson in the first-half of match to kick-start a great relationship between the pair.

Lewis, who nearly joined Liverpool this summer, also had the second most touches and covered more ground than any other Magpies player.

9. Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle)

The Republic of Ireland midfielder also had a debut to remember, despite a somewhat sluggish start.

The former Burnley man controlled the midfield well and took his only chance of the game superbly when he rifled home his effort to seal the points for his new club and down West Ham.

Hendrick celebrates his debut goal with his teammates

Hendrick celebrates his debut goal with his teammates

8. Abdoulaye Doucoure (Everton)

Unfortunate not to be higher in the list due to the other solid debuts, but a very promising debut from the Frenchman.

He was a force both in attack and defence, creating four chances in the match and a series of important challenges.

7. Timo Werner (Chelsea)

The German was electric up front, causing Brighton serious problems with his pace in the first-half and winning the penalty which opened the scoring.

Despite all eyes being on him and Havertz, it was Jorginho, Reece James and Kurt Zouma who got the goals for Chelsea.

The 24-year-old’s movement was excellent

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The 24-year-old’s movement was excellent

6. Allan (Everton)

Carlo Ancelotti went all out to sign the Brazilian after he worked with him at Napoli and you can understand why.

Allan – like Doucoure – was solid throughout the game and will add some much-needed grit and leadership to the midfield.

5. James Rodriguez (Everton)

The Toffees finally look to have that creative midfield player they have been lacking in recent years.

Rodriguez was brilliant throughout, creating a whopping five opportunities for his teammates –  the most by a debutant in the division since Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal back in August 2014.

Rodriguez was the best player on the pitch in Everton’s victory over Tottenham

Rodriguez was the best player on the pitch in Everton’s victory over Tottenham

4. Callum Wilson (Newcastle)

The new Magpies marksman was a constant threat all game and reaped the rewards of his hard work with a neat finish in the second-half.

He formed a good bond with Andy Carroll at the top end of the pitch and he may well have solved Newcastle’s problems in front of goal.

3. Gabriel (Arsenal)

After a shaky start, the Brazilian grew into the game impressively and even got on the scoresheet on his debut, heading home Willian’s corner for the Gunners’ second of the game.

The 22-year-old also had more touches of the ball and attempted and completed more passes than anybody else on the pitch.

Despite a slow start, Gabriel impressed on his debut for Arsenal

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Despite a slow start, Gabriel impressed on his debut for Arsenal

2. Timothy Castagne (Leicester)

A day that the Belgian will never forget.

Having joined from Atalanta just last week, Castagne took just 56 minutes to get on the scoresheet for the Foxes.

He will know he needs to get his fitness up even more, however, due to the emphasis Brendan Rodgers likes to put on his full-backs.

1. Willian (Arsenal)

A dream debut for the new Gunners winger who set up all three goals in the comfortable 3-0 victory over Fulham.

Having arrived from Chelsea for free this summer, Arteta may have done a masterstroke in the market, though tougher test than Fulham await.

Willian has showed exactly why Arsenal have paid him the huge wages

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Willian has showed exactly why Arsenal have paid him the huge wages

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