Matchday 1 of the Premier League is done and dusted and fans of the Beautiful game are thrilled to see the most competitive League in World Football back on their TV Screens. There were a host of performances that caught our eye on Matchday 1, so let’s find out who made our Premier League Team of the Week.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 12, 2018
Southampton’s Alex McCarthy made 6 saves for the Saints in their 0-0 draw against Burnley, more saves than any Goalkeeper who kept a Clean Sheet.
Left-Back – Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Luke Shaw has scored his first ever goal in senior football on his 134th appearance across all competitions.
What a moment for the left-back. 👏 pic.twitter.com/2N1uLBGvNx
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 10, 2018
134 appearances and Luke Shaw has finally scored a goal! After being heavily criticised by manager Jose Mourinho it seems like Shaw has taken it all in his stride and is ready to prove his critics wrong.
Centre-Back – Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
"We want to achieve greater things. I want to win something."
Virgil van Dijk excited by Liverpool prospect but think it is too early to speak about being champions.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 13, 2018
The World’s Most expensive defender was rock solid against West Ham and is easily one of the best Centre-backs in the Premier League. £75 Million well spent!
Centre-Back – Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)
Always special goals. A Jan Vertonghen goal that isn’t actually disallowed or taken away from him by a panel. His first Premier League goal in five years with approval of the goal line technology. #thfc pic.twitter.com/bHEvkDMj4J
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) August 11, 2018
Vertonghen put Spurs in front in the 8th minute to score his first goal for Tottenham in 5 years. The fact that it was Goal-Line technology that helped Vertonghen get on the scoresheet may just inch the FA towards introducing VAR in the Next Season.
Right-Back – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
— César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) August 11, 2018
The Premier League’s Mr. Consistent Cesar Azpilicueta is just phenomenal. Consistency along with versatility, Azpilicueta is every Manager’s dream defender and the Spaniard was amazing for the Blues against Huddersfield making 106 Touches, more than any other defender on Matchday 1.
Central Midfield – Jorginho (Chelsea)
Jorginho's Premier League debut vs Huddersfield Town:
▪️93.9% pass accuracy
▪️2 tackles won
▪️1 goal pic.twitter.com/jNB2FzE6h7
— TweetChelseaUK (@TweetChelseaUK) August 11, 2018
Jorginho made his highly anticipated debut for the Blues and the Italian was controlling Chelsea’s midfield from start to end. The Former Napoli Midfielder will be essential in Chelsea’s transition from Antonio Conte’s Counter-Attacking style to Maurizio Sarri’s swift attacking play.
Central Defensive Midfielder – Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton)
Rúben Neves vs Everton:
• 111 touches – most on the pitch
• 78 passes completed – most on the pitch
• A staggering TEN long passes completed
• 1 assist
• 1 goal
— Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) August 11, 2018
The Portuguese Midfielder was on song against Everton in a thrilling 2-2 Draw. Neves was praised for his mind-blowing Free-Kick that convincingly beat Jordan Pickford. The Premier League has certainly gained a top-class Midfielder.
Central Attacking Midfielder – Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) August 10, 2018
Paul Pogba has been in the media for all the wrong reasons, an alleged move to Barcelona, fall out with Manager Jose Mourinho and a reported argument with the Club about his wages. Most of these reports have been deemed false and Pogba is certainly not affected.
Left-Wing – Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
—vs. Arsenal, 2016/17
—vs. Watford, 2017/18
—vs. West Ham, 2018/19
Sadio Mane loves an opening day goal! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/YShT2NBISX
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 12, 2018
Sadio Mane loves an opening day, doesn’t he? The Senegalese International is often under-appreciated because of Mohamed Salah’s Goalscoring prowess nevertheless Mane was Liverpool’s hero on Matchday 1 with an impressive brace.
Centre-Forward – Richarlison (Everton)
2 – Richarlison is the first Everton player to score a brace on his Premier League debut since Jo in February 2009 (v Bolton Wanderers). Samba. pic.twitter.com/NBKoEjnqTG
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 11, 2018
Everton splashed £50 million to snap the Brazilian up from Watford and many Pundits laughed at the inflated price tag for Richarlison who was average at best. Richarlison proved his critics wrong by scoring a brace on debut and he will be looking to consistently perform for the Toffees.
Right-Wing – Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Raheem Sterling scores his 50th PL goal
His first 25 PL goals came in 129 apps, taking only 64 more to reach 50 pic.twitter.com/6J1gT5jQWD
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) August 12, 2018
Raheem Sterling switched on “Beast Mode” against Arsenal to pull off an Impressive 2-0 Win at the Emirates Stadium. Sterling scored a spectacular Goal from outside the box and was a constant threat for Arsenal with his pace and dribbling skills. Top Performance.