The most-awaited sports league in the world kicked off this weekend after an exciting summer transfer. The turnover of players, managers and teams were done and it was showtime. European champions, Liverpool faced the newly promoted Norwich City while the reigning champions, Manchester City outplayed the Hammers in a controversial match that left the football fans raging as the VAR created chaos in its debut implementation.
While it was a dream start for Tottenham’s star signing Tanguy Ndombele and Ole Gunnar’s 21-year-old midfield signing Daniel James, as both the newbies found the net on their debut match in their respective home grounds, it was a struggling adventure for Chelsea debutants, Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic.
Altogether, 27 goals were scored in the 10 games played. Let’s look back at the performance by the clubs over the weekend and analyze which clubs were right on their money with their transfer choices and which clubs failed to produce miserably.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as the permanent manager for the 2019/20 season. He was given the role to rebuild United and all his new acquisitions, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James had an impressive debut game as the Red Devils thrashed Chelsea with an emphatic scoreline of 4-0. The performance showed strong signs of progress, especially with the full-back position which left united rattled last season.
Harry Maguire became the world’s costliest defender and he exactly did what he was signed for. He made his presence felt at both the boxes. He was calm and composed during the one-on-one encounters and his turnover tackle led to United’s second goal. He registered a clean sheet and managed the tempo at the defence line. Right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was involved in Rashford’s 67th-minute strike and was clinical throughout the game with crisp crosses and tough defence work. Daniel James came off the bench and made confidence-boosting debut when he scored in the 81st minute. The trio were bought for a combined £145m in the summer and each enjoyed a memorable debut and will further look to continue the winning streak, in what is believed to be a transitional season for Manchester United.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s team faced the newly promoted Aston Villa in their opening game of the season. The first half looked like it would create an upset after John McGinn struck in the 9th minute for the Villains. But, Spurs found a new hero as their record-breaking signing, Tanguy Ndombele marked his first presence with a debut goal to level the score sheets.
He became the fifth Spurs player to open Premier League season with a debut goal with his excellent strike from 20-yards as he curled the ball into the bottom corner. The France midfielder had a decent debut and certainly showed signs of progress with more games to come. Later it was the captain, Harry Kane who turned the results to 3-1 with two strikes in the latter half.
The Gunners also grabbed three points at St.James Park against Newcastle after a promising start. Unai Emery started the game with all his summer signings out of the playing eleven. Although there record signing from Lille, Nicolas Pepe and Real Madrid lonee Dani Ceballos were introduced in the second half, David Luiz spent the day on bench. While Ceballos started awkwardly with a backheel to the opponent he eventually showed signs of intelligent passing. Pepe had already won the hearts of Arsenal fans as chants of “Super Nico Pepe” had already begun before he even touched the ball. The Ivorian showed great partnership with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scored the lone goal in their first fixture.
A new dawn and perhaps a new beginning for clubs that look to upset the top 6 in the 2019/20 season. Football is at its best when more than two teams thrive to win the title. In this top-flight race- moment to moment, game to game it will get more thrilling and not to forget, it is a long long season, but the motto remains the same. Premier League clubs spent a total of £1.41bn this summer transfer and only time will tell who had the best transfer window and their investments right. But on Matchday 1, we saw that the three top teams mentioned above, strapped on their seat belts as they drove their opponents headfirst into a wall and the maiden performance by the respective transfers left their mark to keep an eye for the rest of the season.