Saturday afternoons have just gotten a whole lot better with the return of Premier League football.
With wins for Burnley, Everton, Huddersfield, Manchester City and West Brom – we pick out the star performers from today’s curtain-raisers.
Sam Vokes – Burnley
A fantastic start to the new season for the Welsh international – Vokes picked up two goals in his side’s 3-2 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Although one can argue that the red card shown to Gary Cahill worked in Vokes’ favour – two goals against the reigning champions bodes for a promising campaign, especially now that he will be tasked to fill the void left behind after Andre Gray’s departure. Improvised well in scoring his first, and won everything in the air for his side – a defender’s nightmare.
Steve Mounie – Huddersfield
Life in the Premier League couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for Huddersfield or for Steve Mounie. A brace on his introduction to English football will have the Huddersfield faithful in dreamland – as their 3-0 win away to Crystal Palace brought them to the top of the Premier League. His first goal was as good a header as you’re likely to see this season, and he was a constant thorn in the side of Palace, with an admirable work-rate. A debut he would have dreamed of last night – Mounie could be an exciting prospect yet.
Wayne Rooney – Everton
Wayne Rooney is known for doing one thing and that is scoring goals. A dream return to Goodison Park for Rooney saw him score the only goal as Everton overcame Stoke – with the England captain dictating the game and really showing how desperate he is to prove that he can still mix it at the highest level. His vision, his pressing and his clinical header were all signs reminiscent of the past, and performances like these could see Rooney silence his doubters again.
Mohammed Salah – Liverpool
An impressive debut for Salah in a red shirt. Although not the desired result for Liverpool, the Egyptian will have more than impressed fans with today’s showing. Won the penalty which Roberto Firmino converted, and grabbed a goal himself. His pace, runs off the ball and desire to attack showed just why he was signed this summer – and he could perhaps be the man to fill the boots of Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool’s main attacking threat.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.