Best Debuts From The Premier League's Opening Weekend

12th Aug 2018

Premier League clubs have been busy this summer, so we saw plenty of new faces throughout the opening weekend of the season.

Players often need time to acclimatise to England's top tier, which means hitting the ground running is easier said than done.

But others manage to make the step up look seamless and a handful of players enjoyed debuts to remember as the 2018/19 campaign got underway.

Daily Football Tips

James Maddison (Leicester)

The midfielder had a superb season in the Championship last term, but eyebrows were still raised when the Foxes shelled out a huge sum to bring him to the King Power Stadium.

However, the 21-year-old produced an accomplished display in his side's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Composed in possession and capable of getting stuck in - as he proved with a brief spat versus Fred - Leicester have a very tidy player on their hands.

Ruben Neves (Wolves)

The summer's new arrivals have grabbed the headlines at Molineux in recent weeks, but Neves outshone them all courtesy of a key role as Wolves fought back to claim a point against Everton.

Fantasy Football managers everywhere celebrated when the Portuguese's free kick hit the back of the net but the 21-year-old wasn't done there.

He also whipped in a teasing cross to set up Raul Jimenez, whose header secured a deserved 2-2 draw. If Wolves are going to be this season's surprise package - as many have predicted - Neves will be central to their rise.

Richarlison (Everton)

Someone who endured a run of 28 games without a goal in 2017-18 does not scream £50 million signing, but Everton were convinced Richarlison would be worth every penny.

And Marco Silva's faith in the Brazilian does not look to be unfounded after he netted a double against newly-promoted Wolves.

The only downer on the 21-year-old's day was a late injury. Toffees fans will have their fingers crossed that it is not too serious.

He has a long way to go to repay his price tag, but you can't argue with such an excellent first showing.

Jorginho (Chelsea)

The star of 'Sarri-ball' was an integral figure at Napoli and looks set to enjoy similar stature in west London.

Jorginho's job in the centre of the park may seem to be a simple on at times, but his vision and execution set him apart.

The Italian also proved - yet again - that he's pretty handy from set pieces and dispatched a penalty in nonchalant fashion as Chelsea cruised to victory at Huddersfield. Eden Hazard has competition.

David Brooks (Bournemouth)

The Cherries are hardly one of the division's most fashionable clubs, so the arrival of the Warrington-born midfielder went under the radar.

Brook, who spent three years at Sheffield United before heading to the South Coast, gave a good account of himself against Cardiff.

The Wales international is far from the finished article but Ryan Giggs, who was watching in the stands, will be keeping a close eye on his progress.

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