Ranked! Top 10 Premier League debutants from the opening weekend
The opening weekend of the 2017/18 Premier League produced goals, goals and even more goals, to the delight or despair (depending on your team's result) of the watching public. All fans will have been excited by the chance to see some of their new signings in action, though.
In total, 45 players made Premier League debuts this gameweek - and we've boiled them down to the best 10.
10. Alvaro Morata (Chelsea)
Morata was a rare bright spot for the champions, managing to shake the memories of his missed penalty in the Community Shield
Had he started the game, Morata would likely have featured much higher on our list. As it was, the Spanish hitman came on in the second half for a disheveled Mitchy Batshuayi (the man he'll be competing with for the Chelsea No.9 spot this season) and was unable to rescue the game, despite a goal and an assist.
Chelsea’s surprise loss to Burnley will have left many fans lacking confidence about the prospect of a successful title defence, but Morata was a rare bright spot for the champions, managing to shake the memories of his missed penalty in the Community Shield shootout against Arsenal the week before. Expect more starts and more goals.
9. Jay Rodriguez (West Brom)
Although he didn’t bag a goal on his Baggies debut against Bournemouth, Rodriguez produced an assured performance as his side's line-leader. The former Southampton forward created five chances and could have netted a hat-trick in an outing that demonstrated why he earned an England call-up in 2013.
West Brom fans will be hoping Rodriguez can continue this type of form as he looks to rebuild his injury-ravaged career at The Hawthorns.
8. Jack Cork (Burnley)
The Chelsea academy graduate’s transfer from Swansea to Burnley went under the radar this summer, but Clarets fans knew exactly what they were getting - the Englishman had a spell on loan at the club in 2010/11. Since then, Cork has quietly gone about his business at Southampton and Swansea, moulding himself into one of the most underrated defensive midfielders in the Premier League.
It’s little surprise, then, that Cork produced a confident performance in Burnley’s 3-2 victory over Chelsea on Saturday, looking calm on the ball and not putting a foot wrong throughout. An excellent signing at Turf Moor.
7. Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield)
The first new Terrier on our list, Lossl produced an excellent display against Crystal Palace. The Danish shot-stopper kept a clean sheet for his new side, organising the Huddersfield rearguard impressively and demonstrating an excellent command of his box.
The 28-year old said in pre-season that, although he has idols, he's "looking to make his own name" in the game. More performances like this and the comparisons with compatriot Peter Schmeichel will inevitably follow.
6. Ahmed Hegazy (West Brom)
Although only a loanee at the Hawthorns, Hegazy looked solid enough to become a Tony Pulis favourite. Not only did the Egyptian centre-back score the only goal in West Brom's meeting with Bournemouth, he also slotted seamlessly into the hosts' backline.
Interestingly, he’s the first Baggies player to have scored a debut goal since February 2014, and was one of two Egyptians to find the net on the opening weekend. More displays like this will prompt Pulis to try and turn his loan from Egyptian side Al Ahly into a permanent deal.