Who was your Premier League player of the week?

The first round of fixtures is now complete, and the opening weekend of the Premier League brought with it a number of fantastic performances. But who was the best player of the weekend. Read our verdict on the best players of the weekend, register your vote and add any comments below!

 

Fabregas v Burnley

The Spaniard’s performance at Turf Moor on Monday night suggested that Mourinho’s £29m outlay on the former Barca man could be somewhat of a bargain. Fabregas returned to the Premier League as if he had never been away, showing guile, class and maintaining a tempo that, certainly in the first half, helped tear through the Claret defence. His sumptuously deft pass to Schurrle for their second goal was masterful, but we also shouldn’t ignore his pinpoint corner to allow Ivanovic to tap in from only yards out. He completed 75 passes but also made three interceptions, demonstrating his prowess as a complete midfielder. Although only in its early development, his international understanding with fellow debutant Diego Costa can only be a positive for his new club, and his display against Burnley was surely enough to make Arsenal fans almost cringe at Jack Wilshere’s ineffectual performance against Crystal Palace.

Sigurdsson v Man Utd

The returning Icelandic playmaker was another midfielder to find his feet instantly in a new environment. His overall showing at Old Trafford was quiet, as Swansea only managed 41% possession, but he came up trumps when it mattered. Part of the superbly patient 29-pass move that undid Van Gaal’s 5-3-2 formation, he assisted the also returning Ki Sung-Yeung’s slot from the edge of the box. After new captain Wayne Rooney equalised, you’d have been forgiven for thinking the home side were favourites for all three points. Instead, a Swans counter attack down the left hand side eventually, and rather fortuitously, fell to Sigurdsson who found the net with a powerful side foot. De Gea should have done better, but it was the Swansea man who made the overall difference in this game, consigning Man Utd to their first opening day home defeat since 1972.

Eric Dier v West Ham

The largely unknown English defender arrived this summer from Sporting Lisbon for around £4m and in his performance against London rivals West Ham certainly went some way to paying back that fee. Dier’s new teammate Emmanuel Adebayor would’ve been pleased with the composure shown by the England U21 man in the dying seconds of the game as he rounded Hammer’s keeper Adrian to slot home the only goal of the game, after bursting forward in search of the three points. At the back, he formed a solid backline which limited the hosts to only four shots on target all game, and showed his versatility by shifting to right back after Kyle Naughton’s early red card. A clean sheet and a winning goal was surely beyond the debutant’s wildest dreams, but it will definitely be a boost to his and Pochettino’s confidence going into their next game at home to QPR.

Fernando v Newcastle

It’s quite a feat to play well in your debut for a team who have just been crowned champions, in a new country, playing away from home – and midfielder Fernando quite rightly earned the plaudits he received after his display at St James’ Parkon Sunday. The Brazilian went about his business in a quiet but effective manner, covering a lot of ground and carrying out crucial defensive work against an improved Newcastle side. His 91% pass completion ratio was impressive, although his ability to break up key attacks was perhaps his most vital contribution, epitomised by his last ditch tackle in the 84thminute which crucially deflected substitute Ayoze Perez’s inches past the post while still 1-0. Fernando’s attributes will allow Yaya Toure more attacking freedom this year, and provide stronger competition in the centre of the park than Javi Garcia managed in his short-lived City career.

Berahino v Sunderland

One of the bright young English talents to have emerged last season, Saido Berahino’s start to the season would have only been improved if his teammates had met him halfway against Sunderland, and helped West Brom secure three points. Instead, the point will be regarded as a steady start for new boss Alan Irvine who saw his England U21 striker already come within three goals of the five he managed last year in the top flight, converting two of the four shots he managed during the 90 mins. The promising attacker will be expected to step up this season after the Baggies have lost key goalscorers over the summer, but on this display, he may be able to make the difference between survival and relegation.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: