The Premier League has returned with plenty of action and thrill as the first week proved to be both nail-biting as well as exciting. Defending champions Manchester City fell to a shock 1-0 loss at the hands of Tottenham under their new manager Nuno Espirito Santos. It remains to be seen whether that result has any impact on the ongoing Harry Kane saga between the two clubs.
Manchester United steamrolled their way past Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United at Old Trafford. Thanks to a Bruno Fernandes hat-trick, Ole’s Reds slammed five goals past Leeds. Meanwhile, Liverpool began the season with a comfortable 3-0 against Norwich with all three forwards Salah, Firmino, and Jota finding the back of the net. European champions Chelsea also registered a 3-0 victory and they’ll be able to count on new signing Romelu Lukaku in the next match.
Things are only bound to get more exciting as we gear up for the second gameweek of the Premier League 2021/22 season. Let’s cast a glance at the players who can have the biggest impact:
BRUNO FERNANDES – MANCHESTER UNITED
Bruno Fernandes had a European Championship campaign to forget. He was unable to influence Portugal’s attack as much as he’d have liked and was also kept out of the fray towards the latter stages of the competition.
However, with the United jersey, and in front of Old Trafford, Bruno showed once again why he’s one of the most lethal players in his position in the entire world. He scored a hat-trick to completely dismantle Leeds United and Bruno will be eyeing another successful season this time around.
Fernandes had managed 18 goals and 11 assists in the Premier League last season. It remains to be seen whether he can eclipse those numbers once again this season.
MO SALAH – LIVERPOOL
Mohamed Salah has scored for Liverpool in the opening Premier League fixture ever since he signed for the club in 2017. Salah has been a permanent fixture for Liverpool in the right-wing slot and Jurgen Klopp knows how to get the best out of him.
Salah hasn’t stopped firing for Liverpool ever since his fantastic debut 2017/18 season where he found the back of the net 32 times! Salah began this season as well with a fantastic strike against Norwich City. It goes without saying that the Egyptian will be key if Liverpool want to beat Manchester City to the Premier League title once again.
PAUL POGBA – MANCHESTER UNITED
Paul Pogba’s career at Manchester United has been a bit of an enigma. While Pogba continues to be one of the best midfielders on the planet with his national team France, as was recently evident during Euro 2020, he fails to reproduce performances of similar level at Manchester United.
With rumours of Pogba leaving United rife once again, he forced the conversations into a different angle with a majestic performance against Leeds United. The French midfielder registered four assists in the game and announced his intentions straight away.
HEUNG-MIN SON – TOTTENHAM
Harry Kane might have his mindset on ditching Tottenham Hotspur for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this summer. In his absence, Heung-min Son is perfectly capable of leading the attack from the flanks as he demonstrated with a classic touch of irony against defending champions Manchester City in the first match of the season.
Son cut inside from the flank, deceived a couple of defenders and unleashed a powerful, dipping shot that beat Ederson at the far post. Tottenham held on to that single goal lead for the rest of the game and spoiled City’s plans of beginning their title defence on the perfect note.
ROMELU LUKAKU – CHELSEA
The signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan could be one of the most defining transfers of the Premier League this season. Lukaku, who has played for Chelsea before but failed to cement his place in the first team and eventually left, now returns to Stamford Bridge after becoming a lethal striker, among the best in Europe.
Romelu Lukaku had developed into a beast at Inter Milan under Antonio Conte and together, the duo led the Nerazzurri to their first Serie A title in 11 years. Lukaku has also been tremendous for his national side Belgium over the last few years.He missed the first match of the season as his signing took a while to complete. However, he’s now back in training and is expected to have a major say in the Premier League this season, beginning from Gameweek 2.
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