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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Premier League Opening Week Hits and Misses

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Ahmed Ahmed

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 01:29 GMT

With the Premier League Season now underway we look at some of the players who hit the ground running in the opening week as well as the players who had a weekend to forget.

Hits

Raheem Sterling was without a doubt the star of the show at the Premier League’s opening week after scoring a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over West Ham United. The England player was a top candidate to win PFA Player of the Year award last season before losing out to Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk. He looked unstoppable as he helped City brush past West Ham to begin their title. He looks a strong candidate for PFA Player of the Year award this and may even be considered an outside contender for Ballon d’Or.

Marcus Rashford has been criticised for his lack of goals during recent seasons, but he looked a lot more clinical as he scored a brace to help United beat Chelsea 4-0 on Sunday, August 11th. The 21-year-old caused havoc in the Chelsea defence throughout the game as he seemed to justify his manager’s confidence in his potential to be United’s main man.

Paul Pogba was linked with a move away from Manchester United all summer. The French midfielder passed a late fitness test to start the game against Chelsea and provided two assists on route to the 4-0 victory. United will be hoping to see a lot of similar performances from their star midfielder this season.

Ashley Barnes scored a brace as Burnley beat Southampton 3-0 at Turf Moor on Saturday, August 10th. The 29-year-old produced a battling performance as he won most of the duels and scored two goals from four shots. He will be hoping to kick on after an impressive season with the club last year.

Misses

Kurt Zouma had a horror show as Chelsea were beaten by Manchester United at Old Trafford. The French defender almost gifted United a goal early in the game after a stray pass inside his own box. He later needlessly fouled Rashford to give United a penalty and constantly struggled to deal with the pace of United forwards on the counter-attack.

Abdoulaye Docouré scored an own goal as Watford were beaten 3-0 by Brighton at Vicarage Road. The French midfielder looked disinterested as he failed to get a grip of the midfield throughout the game. The 26-year-old was linked with a move away in the summer but will have to improve quickly if he wants to continue starting for the club this season.

Issa Diop maybe unlucky to be on the list since he had the frightening task of defending against Premier League champions Manchester City. The 22-year-old was beaten at the near post by Gabriel Jesus for the first goal, and he brought down Riyad Mahrez in the box to give City a penalty late on. He was a defensive rock for the east London Club this summer, and this game will be one he will be hoping to forget.


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