It was an exciting weekend of Premier League matches and Sean Cremin gives us his English Prermiship team of the week.
Asmir Begovic – Stoke City
Despite Stoke losing 1-0 away to Liverpool, Begovic started the season very well. He had an excellent first half to last season. His fortunes slightly declined as Stoke’s form deteriorated but he had a great opening day. He made a string of high quality saves that kept Stoke in the game and he was rewarded the ‘man of the match’ award.
Seamus Coleman – Everton
He was part of the game of the weekend and he looks like he may shine in Roberto Martinez’s attacking football. As a full-back he seems to have a huge licence to go forward and attack and he even got himself on the score-sheet. He was a big threat to Norwich and this form could also bode well for the Ireland national team.
Kolo Toure – Liverpool
He may have only started due to injury to Martin Skrtel but he played very well in Liverpool’s opening day victory. He was very good in defence. He played the ball out of defence very well and was also a threat from set-pieces. He was very unlucky not to score, when hitting the crossbar. Overall I thought he looked like he could have a good impact at Anfield.
Nemanja Vidic – Manchester United
A fully fit Vidic could be a huge boost to David Moyes. He has been plagued with injuries for the last two seasons and people seem to have forgotten just what a good defender he can be. He is the club captain and his leadership on the field and in the dressing room could certainly help Moyes to maintain Sir Alex Ferguson’s winning mentality.
Luke Shaw – Southampton
He was one of a number of young English players who played for Southampton at the weekend and was definitely the most impressive. He showed maturity beyond his years. He was a constant threat to West Brom and it was fitting that he was the player who won the winning penalty. He looks to have a very bright future and he is another example of what great work Southampton are doing in their academy.
Kevin De Bruyne – Chelsea
It was a great weekend for debutants and young players in the Premier League. De Bruyne was another example of a player who took the opening weekend by storm. He set up Chelsea’s opening goal and he was a key component in their very slick opening period. He was deservedly awarded the ‘man of the match’ award by Sky Sports and he will add further depth the Chelsea’s midfield.
Ross Barkley – Everton
This man was possibly the player of the weekend. It wasn’t his debut but it looks like being his first full season as a first-team regular. He was excellent at the weekend. He looked very good technically and looked to have all the attributes of a good central midfielder. His brilliant goal capped of an excellent performance.
Paulinho – Tottenham Hotspur
Yet another debutant he who had a very successful first outing. It was interesting to see what type of role he would play in this Spurs side and he seems to be taking the role of the ‘grafter’ in midfield. He worked very hard and his tackling was impressive. He was also very physical in his play. He seemed to sit back and give Moussa Dembele a more attacking role which could add a new dimension to Spurs.
Felipe Coutinho – Liverpool
He was very good in his first half-season at Liverpool having arrived last January and he picked up where he left off with a very good outing against Stoke. He was a constant threat and linked up very well with other players around him. He brought others into the game and took a lot of good options. He was also unlucky not to score.
Robin Van Persie – Manchester United
He was their match winner last season and he looks like he will play the same role again this season. Two games and two braces so far means that he has maintained his form and it doesn’t look like he will suffer from ‘second season syndrome’. His two goals were excellent finishes and United will need him to continue this form.
Danny Welbeck – Manchester United
Welbeck is a player who comes in for criticism but Sir Alex Ferguson maintained faith in him and David Moyes has done the same. His work rate can never be questioned but his goal scoring return can. He only scored one goal last season and he has now doubled his tally already. He took his goals very well at the weekend and looks to be in good form for the season.