Welcome to the week’s stars where we highlight four premier league stars – 3 players and one manager – who performed best in their respective positions. While Matchweek one was only two games short of the normal ten, on the opening weekend of the league there were still plenty of standout performers on.
Vincente Guita (Crystal Palace):
Few analysts had expected Crystal Palace to do something worthy of notice on the opening day, implying that a victory for Southampton could already be a forgotten conclusion; the reason it wasn’t largely so is attributed to Vicente Guaita, the Palace keeper. With a man of the match trophy, his five saves not only won the game for the Eagles but also gave him a bit of personal glory. Striking things.
Timothy Castagne (Leicester City)
It’s unusual for a player to step into a system and perform almost perfectly on their debut, particularly when coming from another league, but the new Leicester fullback Timothy Catagne obviously didn’t catch that memo. Despite being predominantly a right back, the Belgian looked so confident in the hole left by the departed Ben Chilwell on the left hand side and even opened the scoring in their 3-0 victory for his new side.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool):
Opening day hat-tricks is a really rare occurrence, so it’s no surprise that Mohamed Salah is our star forwards. The Liverpool winger sent out two penalties and scored an absolute thunderbolt from the edge of the box in the opening game for the Reds. Last but not least, Salah was the difference maker in what became an instant Premier League classic, a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leeds United, which was recently promoted.
Mikel Arteta (Manager, Arsenal):
Mikel Arteta, enjoyed an excellent opening day when his side defeated Fulham 3-0 freshly promoted by his Arsenal. Apart from an early wobble, Arteta has had an almost flawless day. Willian and Gabriel delighted with his new signatures, his defenders kept a clean sheet, and both of his strikers were among the scores. Now his goal will be to keep the success standard.
Jeff Hendrick, on his Newcastle debut, the center midfielder looked right at home and even chipped in with a goal and assisted as the north club comfortably beat West Ham at the London Stadium. A perfect start for Hendrick.
Culled from Footballtalk.org