Top 12 Premier League debutants from the opening weekend

13 Aug

The opening weekend of the 2019/20 Premier League weekend is done and in the books and it’s certainly whet our appetites.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Man United have already set their stalls out, while Brighton and Burnley also pulled off excellent wins.

Tottenham players celebrate Tanguy Ndombele’s goal against Aston Villa
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As well as this, a number of debutants starred across England and look like making a huge impact on the top flight this season.

So, who were the men who made a difference on the opening weekend?

Here takes a look at 12 players who starred in their opening performance for their new clubs.


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Rodri (Manchester City)

After an early shaky moment, which almost saw him give away a penalty when Manuel Lanzini robbed him in the area just six minutes in, he put on a real masterclass.

The ex-Atletico Madrid man looks to be the perfect long-term replacement for Fernandinho and doesn’t seem to be phased by the Premier League one bit.

Rodri looks to halt Sebastien Haller.
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Harry Maguire (Manchester United)

It wasn’t quite the performance some hyped it to be but the England centre-back already looks like a massive upgrade for the Red Devils.

He’s going to need a bit of time to settle but looks like being a superb acquisition so far and should be able to showcase his offensive talents more in other games this season.

Maguire helped United keep a clean sheet against Chelsea
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Erik Pieters (Burnley)

On paper, this was perhaps one of the most boring transfers of the summer. In practice, Sean Dyche added another weapon to his team and on day one it paid off.

The former Stoke City full-back – signed for £1million – grabbed two assists from crosses and could be set for a big year.

Pieters looks like being a bargain if he plays like he did against Southampton in every match
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Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur)

It took some time for the Frenchman to get going against Aston Villa but when he did, he hit them like a freight train.

As he adapts to Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics we expect he’ll be a real threat both with his creativity, progressive play, and goal-scoring.

Tanguy Ndombele enjoyed a dream debut
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Bjorn Engels (Aston Villa)

Not many defenders come into the Premier League and immediately put in such an impressive rearguard display.

Even though the Villans eventually lost 3-1, he was in fine fettle and should be praised for the six clearances, and tidy 88 per cent pass success rate when he and his teammate were being dominated.

Engels did his best for Villa but couldn’t hold out for a clean sheet
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Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa)

A loan deal turned permanent, his showing was less surprising given what he did in the Championship.

He did, though, make an astonishing 17 clearances, while also grabbing the assist for John McGinn’s opener in the 3-1 defeat.

Mings plays riskier passes but could be rewarded in other games.

Mings impressed despite the eventual scoreline against Spurs
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Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United)

We suggest you’re unlikely to ever see the former Crystal Palace man give anything less than 100 per cent in a match.

Already the man affectionately known as ‘Spider’ is launching his long legs into tackles and poking the ball away from its intended target.

He’s already got one clean sheet to his name and we expect a lot more.

Wan-Bissaka is likely to be an England international very soon
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Neal Maupay (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Not only did the £20m Frenchman score one of Brighton’s goals, he put in a tigerish display up top.

He’s going to do the hard yards for Graham Potter and could cause several defences a problem with his pressing.

Brighton new boy Maupay was excellent from the bench
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Phillip Billing (Bournemouth)

It was hard for anyone to stand out at Huddersfield last season but the Dane definitely did.

Surrounded by better players he put in a stunning display in the middle of the park for the Cherries.

Billing managed six tackles and four interceptions on the defensive side of his game while he also managed two key passes and three completed dribbles when going forward.

If it’s a sign of things to come we can’t wait to watch him thrive.

Billing could well be a massive hit on the south coast
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Joelinton (Newcastle United)

Having your Premier League debut come against Arsenal is always tough but the Brazilian looked more than ready.

He bullied the Gunners’ backline during the first period and was unlucky not to get a goal.

Joelinton already looks like an upgrade on Salomon Rondon due to his all-round game which saw him win tackles, interceptions, complete several dribbles and be a general nuisance.

The Brazil ace gave Magpies fans plenty of hope
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Sebastien Haller (West Ham United)

As highlighted by, like Joelinton, the Frenchman already looks like an upgrade on his predecessor due to the work he puts in.

Haller will have easier days but is showing great promise for the Hammers.

Haller did his best against Man City and was a handful
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Daniel James (Manchester United)

What a cameo from the young Welshman. His brother didn’t have him in his Fantasy Football team but many others will from now on.

At which ever point of the match James enters the fray he’s going to cause havoc for teams on the counter.

James lashed the ball home to round off the scoring agains Chelsea
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What you need to know about Aston Villa’s 12 new signings, including Marvelous Nakamba and Wesley Moraes

2 Aug

Aston Villa have been very busy in the transfer market this summer as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.

The club’s board have made TWELVE signings in the current window – one of their latest the acquisitions being goalkeeper Tom Heaton from Burnley.

Heaton joins Villa for a fee believed to be in the region of £8million

They’ve also completed a deal for Marvelous Nakamba, who impressed the Villans enough while on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Zimbabwe.

Given manager Dean Smith has signed an entire starting XIs worth of players this summer – and one extra. It’s understandable if fans may not be fully aware of their new signings.

Below you can see a comprehensive list of Aston Villa’s summer signings and some information about them all.

Tom Heaton

The keeper joins from Burnley for a fee believed to be in the region of £8million.

Heaton, 33, was in the final year of his contract at Turf Moor but has now gone to Villa Park. He started his playing career at Manchester United.

Heaton joined Aston Villa in an £8m deal after six years with Burnley
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Marvelous Nakamba

The central midfielder has joined from Belgian side Club Brugge for a fee of around £11m.

Nakamba, 25, represented Zimbabwe at the Africa Cup of Nations in the summer but they finished bottom of their group.

Wesley Moraes

The striker has been Villa’s largest investment in this window so far, having forked out £22m for his services.

Like Nakamba, Brazilian Wesley signed from Club Brugge where he scored 14 goals in 46 appearances last term.

Wesley has scored two goals in three pre-season matches for his new club
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Tyrone Mings

Villa secured the permanent signing of defender Mings from Bournemouth this summer for just over £20m.

His signature was a must as the centre-back played a pivotal role in helping Villa’s promotion charge during the second half of 2018/19.

Douglas Luiz

The 21-year-old arrives with some pedigree having been bought from Manchester City for around £15m.

He’s also made appearances for Brazil at Under-20 and Under-23 level.

However, midfielder Luiz is still relatively unproven at senior level but has played in LaLiga for Girona.

Douglas Luiz jumps over Real Madrid star Casemiro while playing for Girona
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Matt Targett

The left-back looked like he was going to be a future star at Southampton when he broke into the first-team in September 2014.

Things didn’t work out for Targett at St Mary’s so Villa have taken a chance on him, paying Saints £14million for him.

Targett is hoping to kick start his senior career at Villa

Ezri Konsa

He may struggle for first-team football next season but signing Konsa may be a smart investment for the future.

The centre-back, 21, performed well for Brentford last season in the Championship and Villa have given him a route into the top flight.


This is a potentially very exciting transfer for Villa with Trezeguet bolstering their attacking options.

The Egyptian plays his international football alongside Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and started all four of the Pharaohs’ matches at AFCON 2019.

Anwar El Ghazi

Another player who was on loan at Villa last season, El Ghazi made his transfer from Lille permanent earlier this summer for £8m.

The winger helped Villa achieve promotion and scored the first goal of their play-off final victory over Derby County at Wembley.

El Ghazi celebrates Villa’s promotion via the play-offs in May

Bjorn Engels

Villa certainly have a lot of competition for presumably two centre-back slots and another defender they’ve brought in is Belgian Engels.

Engels was signed for £7.2million from French club Reims.


They must think highly of Jota if they were willing to make an offer to local rivals Birmingham for his services.

The right-winger scored three goals and supplied nine assists in 40 Championship appearances last term but should have more of an impact with better players around him.

Birmingham City star man Jota made the switch to bitter rivals, and newly promoted, Aston Villa
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Kortney Hause

Villa have also bought a player from rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in the form of defender Hause for £3m.

The 24-year-old usually plays as a centre-back but can play out on the left which could help him make more appearances in the first-team.

Hause in pre-season action
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