With the first round of Premier League action in the bag and the second fast approaching, let’s travel a little into the future and see which players could find themselves starring once again for their respective sides this weekend. For this one, we have gone for a 4-3-3 formation, as adopted by Liverpool in their 4-0 hammering (sorry) of West Ham last weekend.
Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga
The world’s most expensive goalkeeper got his time at Chelsea off to the best start possible, keeping a clean sheet as the Blues won their first match under new manager Maurizio Sarri in style, winning 3-0 at Huddersfield.
Defender: Nathan Ake
Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake may have bagged himself five points thanks to their clean sheet victory against newly promoted Cardiff, but questions will be asked this weekend when they travel to reeling West Ham.
Defender: Benjamin Mendy
Mendy had a cracking start to Man City’s title defence, earning himself nine points thanks to the clean sheet and providing both assists in their 2-0 win at Arsenal. They host Huddersfield next, and could be good bets for another win to nil.
Defender: Jan Vertonghen
Tottenham have had something of a turbulent week this week, delaying the opening of their new stadium. They will be looking to the likes of Vertonghen to keep things tight at the back when they take on Premier League newboys Fulham at Wembley.
Defender: Luke Shaw
Shaw is seeking a season of redemption after some strained times with manager Jose Mourinho. He scored one of United’s goals in their 2-1 home win against Leicester and will hope to feature when they travel to Brighton on Sunday.
Midfielder: Roberto Pereyra
Pereyra put in a man of the match performance as Watford beat Brighton 2-0 at the weekend, scoring both goals. If he can remain as influential then he will be a hugely important player for the Hornets this season.
Midfielder: Rúben Neves
Neves was another hugely impressive debutant in the Premier League last weekend, scoring one and setting one up as Wolves earned a good draw at home against Everton. The trip to Leicester will be tough, but represents a chance for Neves to continue his rise.
Midfielder: Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace upset the apple cart somewhat when they beat big-spending Fulham on the opening weekend, and their home game against Liverpool will be tough. Zaha has long since been their best player, though – this gives him a chance to impress even further.
Attacker: Daniel Sturridge
Sturridge’s early season form will continue to be under scrutiny. He scored on his return for Liverpool after spending last season on loan at relegated West Brom, and if he can snag another goal or two against Palace on Monday then the future will be looking rosy.
Attacker: Danny Ings
Danny Ings only managed 40 minutes in Southampton’s 0-0 draw with Burnley, coming on as a second half substitute. Eyes will be on him to see whether he can make more of an impact this time around when Saints travel to Mark Hughes’ old club Everton.
The Spaniard was on target for one of Chelsea’s three goals at Huddersfield, but the home match against Arsenal will, like Kepa, be a test. If he can keep his eye for goal primed, he could impress many this weekend.
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