It was an exciting first weekend of fixtures in the Premier League and it’s safe to say that even with the season being just a week old, there has already been enough action to get our taste buds tingling with enthusiasm. There has been an almost obscene amount to talk about, with David Moyes, Manuel Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho all off to impressive winning starts with their new clubs.
But the most intriguing stories of all came from the debutants, who produced some scintillating performances that justified the hype which followed them to these shores.
Here is Squawka.com's pick of the top five debutants from the opening weekend.
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5. Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne signed for Chelsea mid-way through the 2011-12 season but spent half a season on loan at Genk and last season on loan at Werder Bremen. At the weekend, he finally made his Premier League debut for Chelsea and showed great understanding with his Chelsea team-mates on his debut against Hull. He won 100 per cent of his duels and bagged his first assist for the Blues in just 13 minutes. His return may have slipped under the radar somewhat but he will add fantastic quality of depth to their squad.
The first man presented with Niall Quinn’s prestigious Man of the Match award on Super Sunday this season was Spurs’ new signing Paulinho. He was efficient whilst in possession and showed that he can offer a great deal defensively, making five defensive actions on his debut. The Brazilian also made three interceptions and won two tackles from a possible two. He also completed 90 per cent of his passes as he proved in just 90 minutes that he can be a key cog for Spurs this season.
He may have won just one of his six headers and notched up just a mediocre Squawka Performance Score of 10, but what is better than securing a Premier League point on your debut to get your new club off the mark? Yeah, yeah securing all three points, I know, but Van Wolfswinkel has already endeared himself to the Norwich faithful with his equaliser against Everton.
The Norwich man did not see much of the ball in terms of getting involved in build-up play (he only completed 7 passes). But looking at his Heatmap (below), it is clear he is an expert in the box as he was prominent in this area, causing the Everton defenders to be on their toes throughout the match.
The shock result of the weekend saw Aston Villa beat Arsenal on their own patch as the Gunners were taken apart with some expert counter-attacking football. Antonio Luna was one of the Villans cheap but exciting summer signings, and he was certainly not expected to be known for his goalscoring abilities. But the dream he had on Friday night became a reality as he burst through and adroitly slotted the ball past a helpless Wojciech Szczęsny to finish Arsenal off.
The Spaniard was very tidy on the ball, completing 16 passes from a possible 17. He also made two interceptions, demonstrating the key role he played defensively and offensively in Villa's famous away win.
Well this was not a hard choice, at all. Manchester City took Newcastle apart to storm to the top of the league on goal difference and Navas showed in his first 90 minutes as a City player that he has added a whole new dimension to their play.
Navas gave City a completely different option by providing exceptional width combined with lightning pace (see image). Furthermore, from out wide he pressed effectively for last season's FA Cup finalists. He made two interceptions in the Newcastle half, while he also won a tackle in the Magpies half, proving he is a busy-bee and someone who does not give opponents a moment's rest.