Top 12 Premier League debutants from the opening weekend


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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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Tottenham players celebrate Tanguy Ndombele’s goal against Aston Villa

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 talkSPORT.com 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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Rodri looks to halt Sebastien Haller.

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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Maguire helped United keep a clean sheet against Chelsea

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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Pieters looks like being a bargain if he plays like he did against Southampton in every match

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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Tanguy Ndombele enjoyed a dream debut

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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Engels did his best for Villa but couldn’t hold out for a clean sheet

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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Mings impressed despite the eventual scoreline against Spurs

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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Wan-Bissaka is likely to be an England international very soon

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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Brighton new boy Maupay was excellent from the bench

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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Billing could well be a massive hit on the south coast

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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The Brazil ace gave Magpies fans plenty of hope

Sebastien Haller (West Ham United)

As highlighted by talkSPORT.com, 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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Haller did his best against Man City and was a handful

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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James lashed the ball home to round off the scoring agains Chelsea

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