After each gameweek, our writers will put together a Premier League team of the week. Here’s our selection for gameweek 1, we’ve gone for a 4-2-3-1 formation.
GK – Maarten Stekelenburg
The Everton shot-stopper had an afternoon to remember against Spurs, individual brilliance saw him stop Vincent Janssen scoring after a quick reaction save, he then made a miraculous save against Erik Lamela when he tipped his shot onto the bar.
The Everton goalkeeper had a very consistent game and managed 100% claim success, with the Toffee’s shot stopper managing two saves per goal.
His individual brilliance was a main reason Everton managed a point against Spurs, has taken the gloves from Tim Howard and looks set for a sublime season.
FB – Antonio Valencia
Valencia carried his fantastic pre-season form into the start of the BPL campaign; he was an outlet throughout the game and supported the attack immensely down the right hand side whilst delivering dangerous crosses into the box.
His efficient style of play saw Valencia create once chances for the Red Devils, whilst finishing the game with an impressive 86% pass accuracy.
He was one of the best players offensively and defensively for United, a brilliant start to life under Mourinho for the Colombian.
CB – Eric Bailly
One of the best Premier League debuts I have seen, the powerhouse at the back dominated the Bournemouth attacking line, was efficient on the ball and just as impressive without, putting in hard tackles and being dominant in the air.
The dominant brute Bailly won 67% of his tackles on his debut whilst completing an impressive 100% take on’s, which shows he wants to come out from the back, the most impressive stat from his first game is he managed to complete 95% of his passes.
Was consistent throughout and Bailly looks very comfortable at the heart of the United defence, this will certainly not be the last time he is in our team of the week.
CB – Curtis Davies
On paper, he had a very tough afternoon ahead of him, with Ahmed Musa and Jamie Vardy running in behind the Hull defender, but, he certainly got the better hand of the attackers and was inspirational in Hull’s victory, he had a solid game and didn’t let Vardy have a minute to rest on the ball. Davies came close to breaking the deadlock early on and saw his team worthy winners over the champions.
Standing at 6ft 2, he managed to win 100% of his aerial duels against the Foxes; Hull kept the ball well against Leicester and played from the back with Davies scoring 78% pass accuracy.
FB – Ahmed Elmohamady
We know he’s also a right back but we simply couldn’t leave out Elmo, he’s the second full back in our eleven. Elmohamady was another Hull player to impress against Leicester, he grew into the game tremendously and his work rate up and down was a key role in how Hull’s set up to win.
The right-back was dominant and was simply too good not to include, hence why we picked two RB’s. Like Davies, Elmohamady managed to win 100% of his aerial duels and also won 50% of his tackles.
Bagging himself an assist in the winning goal and was just as superb defending, brilliant game for the Egyptian.
CM – Idrissa Gueye
The new Everton man had a very solid game in the middle of the park, keeping possession well and helped the Toffees midfield tick, showcased his athleticism and energetic play whilst proving why Koeman wanted him so badly, a brilliant debut for the ex-Villa man.
As mentioned, Gueye kept possession very well and in the end finished the game with an 82% passing accuracy, winning 100% of his aerial duels and 67% of his tackles.
CM – N’Golo Kante
Kante was another to make his debut in game week 1; the midfield engine was superb for Chelsea against West Ham and put them in total control of the game, Kante always made himself an outlet for the back four whilst his midfield drive was a consistent theme.
The midfield workhorse was at the heart of everything last night and accomplished 95% passing accuracy, which is very good for a midfielder.
Although he was cautioned in the opening minutes this certainly didn’t restrict the midfielder for the rest of the game, brilliant individual performance and looked good next to Nemanja Matic.
AM – Saido Mane
Scoring contender for one of the best individual goals of the season already, Mane was majestic against the Gunners and caused their defence havoc all game. Mane had a 100% shooting accuracy in his Reds debut, whilst having 67% successful take on’s.
Although he was offensively perfect, Mane also tracked back well to support his defenders, his performance was of such high quality and if he can continue that on a regular basis he will have a crucial season.
AM – Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho was absolutely fantastic against Arsenal, he scored one of the best free-kicks you’ll see this season and scored his second after the break, and he grew into the game massively in the second half and put in work to Arsenal’s makeshift defence, an individual master-class by the Brazilian.
Like Mane, Coutinho managed a 100% shooting accuracy against Arsenal which is simply impeccable, whilst the play-maker also averaged 77% pass accuracy.
The attacking midfielder carved the Gunners apart and was a key player in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory at the Emirates stadium.
AM – Robert Snodgrass
From the first whistle Snodgrass was causing Leicester City problems, using his strength and trickery to get the beating of their defence and deliver excellent crosses.
The experienced Hull City man was showcasing brilliant link-up play on the flank fluently whilst supporting the defence well.
The influential midfielder created two chances against the Foxes which show’s his efficient brilliance on the day, as mentioned, he was superb in helping out defensively and won 4/4 tackles.
Scoring the winner against the Premier League champions is worthy enough to be in the team of the week, Hull will rely massively on their star man to help them avoid relegation this season. Eden Hazard almost made it in.
ST – Alvaro Negredo
Brilliant debut for Middlesbrough’s marquee signing, their star striker put a superb shift in and helped his team get a deserved point, he was hanging off the last man and held the ball up magnificently, like any experienced striker, was in the right place at the right time to score a clinical goal on his debut.
The new Boro’ man accomplished 100% shooting accuracy in his debut which led to him scoring one goal, finishing the game with 73% passing accuracy.