The Premier League is back, so let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy the next nine months of domestic action.
While we’ve had an excellent summer of football to enjoy with the World Cup over in Russia, here at The Football Faithful, we love nothing more than the daily hustle and bustle of the English Premier League.
The 2018/19 season got underway on Friday night, and over the course of the weekend we have seen 25 goals scored, the first red card of the season, and a whole host of new signings, including the two most expensive goalkeepers in the world, Kepa and Alisson who made their debut’s for Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.
Here is the first of our weekly feature, the Premier League team of the week.
Alex McCarthy – Southampton.
It might have been a 0-0 draw, but with six saves and two punches, Alex McCarthy was in fine fettle for the Saints against Burnley.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Crystal Palace
After making his Premier League bow last season, young English full-back Wan-Bissaka picked up where he left off with a fine performance for the Eagles against Fulham. Not only did he get forward, even bagging himself an assist, he did his defensive duties well too.
James Tarkowski – Burnley
Again, the 0-0 scoreline at St Mary’s doesn’t really tell the story of the game, with James Tarkowski being resolute at the back, blocking four shots, making 15 clearances and winning 12 of his 14 duels.
Ben Mee – Burnley
It wasn’t just Tarkowski, but his defensive partner Ben Mee also did well at the back for the Clarets, making four clearances and blocking four shots.
Luke Shaw – Manchester United
Has looked destined for the Old Trafford exit door on a number of occasions, but offered a chance to shine by Jose Mourinho in the absence of Ashley Young, and the young Englishman sure took it. Defended well, got forward, and netted the first professional goal of his career. He will now be hoping to kick on and nail down his place in the starting XI on a more regular basis.
Roberto Pereyra – Watford
Comfortably the best player on the pitch against Brighton, scoring two goals and creating a number of chances for his team-mates.
Ruben Neves – Wolves
Comfortably made the step up to the Premier League, scoring a sublime goal and bagging an assist as last years Championship winners got their first points of the season against 10-man Everton.
Paul Pogba – Manchester United.
No pre-season thanks to his World Cup heroics, but opened his goalscoring account from the spot after just three minutes, before putting in a fine performance in the middle of the park for United. There may be rumblings of discontent off the pitch but he certainly did the business on it.
Richarlison – Everton
Much was made about the price tag that the Toffees paid for Richarlison, but the Brazilian set about repaying that straight away with two goals on his debut. He left the field early though with an apparent injury, something Everton fans will be hoping isn’t too serious.
Callum Wilson – Bournemouth
One goal, one assist, three points. A fine start for Callum Wilson and Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in their third season in the top flight.
Sadio Mane – Liverpool
Two goals (although one should have been ruled out for offside) for the Senegal international as Liverpool put West Ham to the sword to storm to an early lead at the top of the league table.