How EPL new signings performed on opening weekend

September 16, 2020 By 0 Comments

The opening weekend of the Premier League season gave fans a chance to see their club’s new recruits in competitive action for the first time.

Willian was the standout performer as Arsenal strolled to a 3-0 win at Fulham while Allan and Everton‘s other midfield recruits helped them end their Big Six nightmare with victory at Tottenham.

But Chelsea‘s £89million man Kai Havertz struggled to do anything meaningful at Brighton while Leeds defender Robin Koch endured a nightmare at Anfield on Saturday night.

With the first weekend of the new Premier League season now completed, Sportsmail takes a look at how all of the new signings performed. 



Willian – 8/10

The Brazilian showed what Chelsea fans are missing with a superb performance for his new club at Fulham. He provided two assists in the 3-0 win and immediately worked his way into the hearts of Arsenal fans.

Gabriel Magalhaes – 8/10  

Mikel Arteta could be forgiven for thinking he has found Arsenal’s defensive saviour inside his first 90 minutes. The Brazilian was composed in his defending, kept a clean sheet and even scored to cap a sensational first appearance. 



Timo Werner – 8/10

No goal on his Premier League debut for Werner but he showed exactly why he was brought into the club. His electric pace helped him win the penalty that Jorginho scored to give the Blues the lead and he caused Brighton problems all night. 

Kai Havertz – 6/10

Nobody can expect an instant impact from the 21-year-old and his performance on Monday night showed signs of a player still finding his feet in a new tactical system. Couldn’t get into the game at all. 



James Rodriguez – 7/10

There was enormous expectation on the Colombian and he showed glimpses of his quality. Not got the pace to drive away from opponents but with a left foot like his, Rodriguez will cause plenty of problems for teams this season. 

Allan – 8/10

Gary Neville named him Man of the Match on Sky Sports and it was exactly the kind of midfield display Everton have been lacking. Allan was tough in the tackle, barking instructions and tidy in possession. Carlo Ancelotti will be very happy.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 7/10

Another member of Everton’s midfield who impressed at Tottenham. Doucoure stamped his authority on the game, flying into tackles and regaining possession to allow the offensive players to do their work.



Robin Koch – 4/10

Not many players would want their debut to come at Anfield and Koch struggled to deal with Liverpool’s offensive weapons. He gave away the penalty for the opener and then lost Virgil van Dijk when he scored from the corner. A disappointing day. 


IllanMeslier – 7/10

Despite conceding four goals, Meslier played well and was not at fault for any of them. A diving, outstretched hand to spare Pascal Struijk’s blushes and a save from Georginio Wijnaldum were the pick of his saves at Anfield. 


Jamal Lewis – 7/10

Newcastle have been crying out for some creativity from the full back positions and Lewis showed on his debut that he can provide it. He whipped in some superb crosses but was also solid defensively. 

Callum Wilson – 8/10

Finally Newcastle appear to have the striker they have been craving for years. Wilson took his goal against West Ham well and was a constant threat to the Hammers defence. Good start to life for their marquee signing.


Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6

Jose Mourinho has bought him for his bite in midfield and, although he was trying to stamp his authority on the match, the Dane struggled against Everton’s new look midfield. 

Matt Doherty – 6

The former Wolves full back struggled for fitness in the second half of the defeat against Everton. Raided forward on a few occasions in the first half and should have beaten Jordan Pickford after combining with Harry Kane. 



Marcal – 7/10

The Brazilian did exactly what Nuno Espirito Santo would have wanted from his new signings. Strong in the tackle, comfortable in possession and defensively solid. He appears to be a shrewd acquisition.

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