Premier League hits and misses: Darwin Nunez, William Saliba and extra | Soccer Information

Premier League hits and misses: Darwin Nunez, William Saliba and extra | Soccer Information

Hit: Nunez makes on the spot influence

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the draw between Fulham and Liverpool

Liverpool endured a irritating afternoon at Craven Cottage however they are going to be inspired by what they noticed from Darwin Nunez.

The £85m signing from Benfica was named amongst Jurgen Klopp’s substitutes however, very like within the Group Protect towards Manchester Metropolis final weekend, his introduction modified the sport.

In simply 39 minutes on the pitch, he grabbed a purpose, an help, and tried 4 pictures – twice as many as another Liverpool participant managed all recreation – three of which have been on the right track.

He appeared uncooked at occasions however Nunez introduced a chaos issue which modified the momentum of the sport. Roughly every thing Liverpool did as an attacking drive occurred round him. “He was concerned in a whole lot of goalscoring conditions and that is actually cool,” stated Klopp.

Nunez additionally ranked high for touches within the opposition field (seven) and aerial duels received (three), and even created the joint-most scoring possibilities (two) together with Jordan Henderson.

His recreation nonetheless requires refinement, however that solely makes his on the spot influence extra encouraging. If that is what he can do on his Premier League debut, then there’s absolutely even higher to come back.
Nick Wright

Hit: Mitrovic reveals maturity beneath Silva

Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic (left) and Liverpool's Andrew Robertson battle for the ball
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Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic and Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson battle for the ball

Jurgen Klopp stated the very best side of Saturday’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Fulham was the consequence, and it was a good evaluation. Within the first half at Craven Cottage, his facet appeared spooked.

Marco Silva deserves all of the reward for developing with an organised recreation plan to make sure the Premier League newcomers received the midfield battle within the first half. There was an thrilling mix between Harrison Reed, Andreas Pereira and Joao Palhinha whereas Fulham exploited the width in behind Liverpool’s full-backs.

Mitrovic had solely had 5 touches within the opening 20 minutes, however his affect would develop. His first purpose was exactly the type of purpose Silva may have mapped out on the eve of this encounter, enjoying by means of the strains together with his talisman assembly a deep cross with a meaty header contained in the six-yard field.

Because the begin of final season, Mitrovic has scored 45 targets in English league soccer, 16 greater than another participant – and but the query has all the time remained over whether or not he can minimize the mustard at this stage.

Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson have received all there’s to realize within the English home and European recreation, and as they hobbled again onto the crew coach and headed again to Merseyside, I’m certain they’d collectively agree that Fulham’s burly striker had triggered them as many issues as any ahead encountered in latest reminiscence.

What it boils right down to is perception.

A fan behind me identified contained in the opening 5 minutes, ‘we’re enjoying Liverpool, not Middlesbrough!’ However possibly that was an perception into how these followers have felt about developing a stage over the previous 5 years. A way of trepidation from the primary whistle.

Fulham, and Mitrovic, wouldn’t present it all through this recreation. They and their talisman have momentum, a rising maturity and a perception they’ll go toe-to-toe with any crew within the league on this proof.
Ben Grounds

Hit: Saliba’s Arsenal debut definitely worth the lengthy wait

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Mikel Arteta was happy with William Saliba’s debut for Arsenal towards Crystal Palace

Gabriel Jesus was the very best participant on the pitch within the first half of Arsenal’s 2-0 win towards Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. However by the tip of the evening, it was one other debutant for the Gunners who was taking the acclaim. A person who signed for the membership in 2019.

The anticipate William Saliba to play within the Premier League has annoyed followers who had lengthy needed to see the younger centre-back in motion. This efficiency confirmed why there was such a fuss. He was excellent in serving to Arsenal see out the win.

William Saliba's stats for Arsenal against Crystal Palace
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William Saliba’s stats for Arsenal towards Crystal Palace

Composure in possession is a trait that may be anticipated at this stage however what was hanging was that Saliba appeared composed even when Palace’s greatest dribblers have been operating at him together with his tempo. “I believed he was actually good,” Jamie Carragher advised Sky Sports activities.

“There was one second when a ball went in behind the Arsenal again 4, in behind Ben White, and he simply got here throughout, operating alongside somebody. The way in which he handled it, together with his lengthy stride and his arm got here throughout, he simply seems the half.”

The expectation now’s that Saliba could make a significant influence. In a means, although, he already has. With the group up and the lead slender, this recreation could have slipped away final season. With the assistance of their proficient younger defender, that appears much less possible than earlier than.
Adam Bate

Hit: Newcastle proceed their stellar 2022 kind

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle’s win towards Nottingham Forest

It has been fairly the 2022 for Newcastle. For starters, they’ve earned 41 factors within the Premier League this calendar 12 months (P20 W13 D2 L5) – the fourth most of any facet after Liverpool (52), Tottenham (44) and Manchester Metropolis (43).

A variety of this may be traced again to some shrewd recruitment in January, with the signings of Kieran Trippier, Dan Burn and Bruno Guimaraes bringing some much-needed high quality and stability to the Newcastle squad.

By the point their kind started to show round in mid-January, Newcastle have been already deep in a relegation battle, having received simply as soon as within the Premier League. Some questioned whether or not their new billionaire homeowners could be watching Championship soccer subsequent season.

Newcastle’s resurgent kind finally noticed them end eleventh and pulled them away from what was an more and more tight scrap for survival. Now, it’s time to construct on the nice work accomplished final season with a brand new slate for the 2022/23 marketing campaign.

The excellent news is the Magpies have picked up precisely the place they left off with a 2-0 victory towards Nottingham Forest. It was a fairly convincing victory too, albeit towards a crew who haven’t performed in England’s high flight in 23 years.

They dominated possession and pictures, registering a fairly spectacular seven corners within the first half as Forest struggled to take care of the calls for of the Premier League. Newcastle finally breached their defences with two very good second-half targets, though as Eddie Howe himself says, the Magpies have to be extra ruthless.

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Newcastle supervisor Eddie Howe feels his facet have to be extra ruthless on this seasons Premier League regardless of beating Nottingham Forest 2-0

As they make their means by means of the season and purpose for these European spots – arguably the minimal the brand new homeowners will count on – Newcastle might want to begin placing away greater than two of their 23 pictures. They clearly have the power to create – Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and Guimaraes very good on Saturday – however when the stress is on in these large video games, can they discover the much-needed finishes?

The solutions stay to be seen and it was solely the primary recreation of the season. There’s nonetheless time to discover a rhythm, and up to now, there haven’t been too many new gamers to settle into the squad. Which will additionally change, however there was spectacular efficiency throughout the park on Saturday.

Though they’re certainly not the total bundle, there are indicators of promise for Newcastle and sustaining their 2022 kind will probably be very important for a powerful begin to the season.
Charlotte Marsh

Miss: Have been Nottingham Forest overawed by their Premier League return?

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Nottingham Forest supervisor Steve Cooper says his facet will persist with the plan after shedding towards Newcastle by 2-0 of their first Premier League match

Saturday marked Nottingham Forest’s return to Premier League motion for the primary time in 23 years and 82 days. It had been the longest anticipate a return to England’s high flight within the competitors’s historical past.

Whereas there’s loads of pleasure amongst Forest followers – significantly for his or her first dwelling recreation of the season towards West Ham subsequent weekend – the crew themselves appeared barely overawed by the event of the membership’s first Premier League recreation since 1999.

It was all the time going to be a tricky ask to go to Newcastle on the opening day and take something away. The Magpies dominated in nearly each space, with Forest gifting away possession far too simply and looking out a step behind.

After all, there are a selection of contributing elements. Solely 5 of Nottingham Forest’s matchday squad have performed within the Premier League earlier than, with the membership making 12 new signings this summer season. Half of these began on Saturday, with two extra coming off the bench. It takes time for therefore many new gamers to gel collectively.

The Premier League can also be a step up from the Championship. In contrast to fellow promoted sides Fulham and Bournemouth, Forest haven’t skilled its tempo and depth lately. That takes time to adapt to as properly, which supervisor Steve Cooper acknowledged himself in his post-match interview.

However Nottingham Forest debutants Dean Henderson and Moussa Niakhate impressed on the again. The scoreline would have been far worse with out them and there was a formidable defensive shift from most gamers.

Whereas Saturday will probably be a steep studying curve for Cooper and his facet, there is no such thing as a have to hit the panic button but. Time just isn’t the buddy of any soccer crew or supervisor, however there will probably be simpler assignments to come back the place Forest can present what they’re fabricated from.
Charlotte Marsh

Hit: Leeds debutants hit the bottom operating

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leeds’ win towards Wolves within the Premier League.

Leeds took a giant threat spending simply shy of £100m on six gamers with none Premier League expertise when changing Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha this summer season.

On the proof of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Wolves, it was a threat value taking.

Three of the 4 debutants had performed beneath Marsch and it was clear as they settled in immediately and put to mattress any issues about being from a ‘Farmers League’.

Marsch’s high-pressing model was obvious from the get go and put Wolves beneath intense stress, creating the prospect for Rodrigo Moreno to equalise.

Brenden Aaronson stole the present – even when he wasn’t awarded the purpose – and Leeds’ new No 7 seems like he would possibly turn into a fan favorite.

Rasmus Kristensen and Tyler Adams marshalled the midfield for giant components of the sport, whereas Rasmus Kristensen seems stable as a rock at right-back. They’ve nonetheless bought Luis Sinisterra to come back.
Zinny Boswell

Miss: Wolves determined for a striker

In a season when it is as soon as once more turning into trendy to play with a recognised No 9, Wolves have been with no recognised striker on the opening weekend at Leeds.

Hwang Hee-Chan stuffed in admirably for the injured Raul Jimenez, however Wolves lacked a focus and did not punish Leeds after they have been on high.

The seek for a deputy striker goes on, with lower than a month of the switch window remaining.

It is crucial Bruno Lage is backed in any other case targets may very well be exhausting to come back by for one more season at Molineux.
Zinny Boswell

Hit: Andersen impresses with ‘outrageous’ passing

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win towards Crystal Palace

“The second purpose defines the match,” stated Joachim Andersen when speaking to Sky Sports activities after the sport. Maybe. However Crystal Palace had been threatening to equalise simply moments earlier and their second-half efficiency was helped by Andersen’s passing.

The Denmark defender accomplished 253 lengthy passes within the Premier League final season – 50 greater than Trent Alexander-Arnold, the following highest complete by an outfield participant. That vary of passing is a significant weapon for Palace in serving to to remodel defence into assault instantly.

Joachim Andersen's passing for Crystal Palace against Arsenal
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Joachim Andersen’s passing for Crystal Palace towards Arsenal

Andersen accomplished 12 lengthy passes towards Arsenal on Friday night – 3 times as many as another outfield participant on the pitch. It’s a uncommon attribute. “A few of his passing was completely outrageous,” Gary Neville advised Sky Sports activities.

“Among the greatest midfield gamers on this planet 20 years in the past would have been delighted with this. Paul Scholes would play passes like this however he’s a centre-back for Crystal Palace.

“In case you are developing towards Crystal Palace you would possibly as properly stand on him and let the opposite centre-back have the ball since you can not permit that stage of high quality on a regular basis. It’s important to cease that as a result of they bought a whole lot of pleasure from it within the second half.”
Adam Bate

Hit: Tavernier seems a shrewd signing for Bournemouth

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Bournemouth’s win towards Aston Villa

It has been a quiet summer season for Bournemouth up to now, with solely three new gamers by means of the door on the Vitality Stadium, however in Marcus Tavernier, they give the impression of being to have recruited correctly.

The midfielder, a £12.5m signing from Middlesbrough earlier this week, produced a superb efficiency as Scott Parker’s facet overcame Aston Villa on the opening weekend.

Tavernier introduced vitality and guile in equal measure, succumbing to cramp within the closing levels however not earlier than he had made a constructive impression on all people watching.

Bournemouth had simply 34 per cent of the possession on the Vitality Stadium however Tavernier was a useful outlet all through, his pace and directness serving to them stand up the pitch and inflicting Villa main issues in central areas.

In complete, the 23-year-old accomplished six profitable dribbles – twice as many as another participant – with Villa typically decreased to fouling him. Tavernier received 5 free kicks over the course of his 85 minutes on the pitch and confirmed a watch for a go too, creating three scoring possibilities for Bournemouth and serving to to make sure their Premier League return went precisely in keeping with plan.
Nick Wright

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