Liverpool and Chelsea’s £98m well spent, £47m Man Utd transfer’s limelight stolen – 8 most impressive debuts from the Premier League opening weekend

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The first weekend of Premier League action saw a number of debuts from big-name summer signings, with some particularly eye-catching performances in the Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United games.

While much of the focus was on new managers Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri at Arsenal and Chelsea, respectively, we’re going to focus for the time being on which players representing new clubs really caught our eye this weekend.

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Without further ado, here’s eight that stood out for us…

1) Jorginho (Chelsea)

A composed midfield display showing real quality on the ball and an extremely well-taken penalty, Jorginho was one of the stars of the show as Chelsea enjoyed a comfortable opening day win over Huddersfield Town.

The Italy international should prove a very useful addition for new Blues boss Sarri, helping him bring his Napoli philosophy with him to Stamford Bridge.

If this debut display is anything to go by, Jorginho is going to prove an absolute snip at the £50million BBC Sport claim Chelsea paid for him.

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Jorginho shone for Chelsea against Huddersfield Town

2) Naby Keita (Liverpool)

Oh my, what a player. Naby Keita made an instant impact for Liverpool with a superb end-to-end display that really ticked all the boxes.

The exciting young Guinea international was immense in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig, looking a perfect fit for the fast and furious football Liverpool play under Jurgen Klopp when BBC Sport reported of his £48m move.

Now we’ve seen that evidence before our eyes as he ran the show for the Reds as they demolished West Ham 4-0 at Anfield. Spot on.

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Naby Keita joined Liverpool this summer

3) Matteo Guendouzi (Arsenal)

Okay, Arsenal may have lost this to a comfortably superior Manchester City side, but Matteo Guendouzi had some very promising moments.

Consider for a moment that this 19-year-old just made his Premier League debut against Pep Guardiola’s champions after making the step up from Ligue 2 football with Lorient last season, and you’ll find it’s as good as anything we saw this weekend.

Guendouzi should continue to get more chances to develop, with the early signs being that he could be a fantastic all-rounder in midfield.

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Matteo Guendouzi in action for Arsenal against Manchester City

4) Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Not his Premier League debut of course, but Riyad Mahrez made his first league outing for new club City after his summer move from Leicester.

As the only high-profile new addition by Guardiola’s side, the Algeria international did not let his new fans down with a lively performance in attack.

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