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From Naby Keita to Jorginho: The ten best Premier League debutants from the opening weekend

The start of the 2018/19 Premier League season was an action-packed one as expected.

There were wins for all of last season’s top five while the same old problems for Arsenal were still on show.

Champions Manchester City got off to a great start with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Arsenal

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There were also a few players who made their debuts in England’s top flight or debuts for their new clubs. Some were not so good but others impressed.

But who were the standout debutants in gameweek one? Here are talkSPORT.com’s top ten performing debutants

Jorginho (Chelsea)

Jorginho slots home a penalty to set Chelsea on their way to a comfortable victory

He did look somewhat out of his depth during the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City but Jorginho looked much more at home in Chelsea’s 3-0 win against Huddersfield.

The midfielder even got himself on the scoresheet – calmly slotting a penalty past Ben Hamer which put the Blues two-up.

Jorginho combined well with N’Golo Kante and Ross Barkley throughout the afternoon and showed why Maurizio Sarri was determined to get the former Napoli man to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
He was one of the stars of the Championship last season and it seems Ruben Neves knows how to handle himself in the top flight too.

It’s hard to believe he’s only 21 when you consider how often he dictated the pace of Wolves’ 2-2 draw v Everton.

The Portuguese was the main reason Nuno Espirito Santo’s side got something out of the game – scoring a free-kick and providing a wonderful assist to allow Raul Jiminez to get Wolves’ second goal.

Naby Keita (Liverpool)
There was a great deal of anticipation to see Naby Keita make his Liverpool deal as he agreed to sign for the club last summer.

And it’s fair to say he didn’t disappoint – making a catalogue of dangerous runs with the ball as Liverpool were a constant threat in their 4-0 thrashing of West Ham.

Keita was impressive form against the Hammers

Naby Keita player watch

Keita had a hand in the Reds’ first goal which set them on their way for the easy win.

Joe Hart (Burnley)
It’s been a difficult few years for Joe Hart but things are finally looking up after the keeper completed his permanent move to Burnley from Manchester City last week.

And the 31-year-old marked his Premier League debut for the Clarets with a clean sheet against Southampton.

He made two good saves to deny Jack Stephens and Mario Lemina in the second-half to ensure Burnley would leave the south coast with a point.

Richarlison (Everton)
Richarlison was a surprise star of the Premier League for Watford last season and if he carries on like this he will be one of the elite players in the division this campaign.

The Brazilian marked his league debut for Everton with two goals against Wolves – the first being an opportunistic poke into the net.

His second was nothing short of sublime. After some neat interplay with Cenk Tosun, Richarlison expertly used Conor Coady as a blocker before bending the ball round the defender and into the corner of the net.

Richarlison was the Toffees’ star player

Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
The Algerian has been City’s only noteworthy signing this summer so there is a lot of pressure for him to settle in quickly.

But that was no such issue for Mahrez who looked like he had been playing alongside his team-mates for years.

He was a pest for the Arsenal defence all game as he, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling looked like they were going to score every time they went forward.

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)
Chelsea’s new goalkeeper will have more difficult days ahead of him but Kepa will be delighted to have kept a clean sheet on his Premier League debut.

Kepa Arrizabalaga player watch

He did not have many saves to make of note. It was as comfortable a debut as the Spaniard could have asked for.

It turned out to be a comfortable Chelsea debut for Kepa

Raul Jiminez (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
The forward has played for some big clubs including Atletico Madrid and Benfica but Raul Jiminez was making his debut in England’s top flight on Saturday.

The Mexican’s late goal against Everton rescued a point for his side which could be an important point towards the end of the season.

David Brooks (AFC Bournemouth)

It’s been a busy summer for Bournemouth and they gave David Brooks the chance to justify his £10million price tag during their 2-0 win over Cardiff.

And the former Sheffield United man had a solid Premier League debut, playing his part in a number of attacks for the Cherries.

Manager Eddie Howe said he was “very pleased” with the 21-year-old’s performance and suggested we’ve only seen a glimpse of his potential.

Alisson Becker (Liverpool)

Much like Kepa, Alisson did not have a huge amount to do but he still kept a clean sheet.

The £67m keeper had to be alert to save a header from Fabian Balbuena in the first-half but the most impressive part of his game was his relaxed demeanour which had a calming influence on the Anfield crowd.


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