The new Premier League season got underway at the weekend. Here, we will take a look at how the England players got on.
In the early kick-off at Old Trafford, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw started alongside each other in defence, while youngster Mason Greenwood started in attack. New signing Jadon Sancho was on the bench. For Leeds, Ayling, Bamford and Harrison started while Phillips started on the bench after an excellent summer and only half a pre season.
Greenwood was heavily involved early on. He drove forward and created a great chance for Paul Pogba. He was also close to connecting with an inviting Bruno Fernandes cross.
Luke Ayling scored a great goal from distance in the opening minutes of the second half. But it didn’t take long before United took the lead again through Mason Greenwood. Greenwood was also involved in United’s fifth and final goal. He laid the ball off to Pogba who crossed the ball to the goalscorer, Fred. New signing, Jadon Sancho came off the bench to make his debut.
Tom Cleverley started for newly promoted Watford. Cash, Konsa, Mings and Targett made up the Villa back four. Ashley Young and Danny Ings started in attack. Ollie Watkins wasn’t in the squad due to injury. Villa had six Englishman on the bench.
The Villa defence struggled to contain the Watford attack. Jacob Ramsey came on for Villa and was involved in several attacks. Danny Ings scored Villa’s second goal from the penalty spot but it didn’t affect the result.
In the late kick off, Max Aarons, Ben Gibson and Todd Cantwell started for the Championship champions, Norwich. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner started for Liverpool.
Cantwell put Puuki through on goal with a great ball in behind the Liverpool defence in the first half. Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ball found it’s way to Diogo Jota for Liverpool’s opener. James Milner started the move for Liverpool’s second goal of the game and 8,000th of all time.
Trevoh Chalabah made his Premier League debut. Mason Mount also started for Chelsea. Joel Ward, Tyrick Mitchell and Marc Guehi for Crystal Palace in defence but they couldn’t withstand the pressure from Chelsea.
Mason Mount won the free kick that Marcos Alonso scored from for Chelsea’s opener. Mount was involved in Chelsea’s second as well. Mount and Azpilicueta combined on the right before the move was converted in the box. Youngster, Trevoh Chalobah scored a great long range goal from distance on his Premier League debut. It has been a great week for him, after he made his Chelsea debut on Wednesday in the Uefa Super Cup.
There were a lot of English players on show at Goodison Park. Jordan Pickford, Mason Holgate, Michael Keane, Andros Townsend, Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all started for Everton. While Alex McCarthy, Tino Livramento, Jack Stephens, Theo Walcott, James Ward-Prowse and Adam Armstrong started for Southampton.
Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were both involved in Everton’s attacks early on and linked up well. Adam Armstrong scored his first Premier League goal on his Southampton debut after he capitalised on a mistake from Michael Keane. He nearly got another soon after from a tight angle but Pickford kept it out at the near post. Andros Townsend got the assist for Everton’s equaliser. Calvert-Lewin got Everton’s third goal of the afternoon.
Nine of Burnley’s starting 11 were English players. Adam Webster, Lewis Dunk and Solly March started for Brighton. James Tarkowski scored Burnley’s opener from a corner after just two minutes. Ben Mee also came close to scoring from a corner but it was cleared off the line. Dwight McNeil cleared Adam Webster’s header off the line from a Brighton corner, early in the second half.
Luke Thomas, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy started for FA Cup and Community Shield winners, Leicester. Max Kilman and Conor Coady started for Wolves. Jamie Vardy scored Leicester’s opener with a clinical finish from at the near post into the far corner. Vardy had a couple of chances to score another. Max Kilman nearly scored late on for Wolves but was denied by a last ditch block from Amartey.
English born but Jamaican international, Ethan Pinnock started for Brentford. Rico Henry and Ivan Toney also started for The Bees. Calum Chambers, Ben White, Emile Smith-Rowe and Folarin Balogun started for Arsenal. Bukayo Saka came on for Arsenal in the second half and was given a great reception from both sets of supporters after his performances during the Euros. Smith-Rowe was involved in a couple of Arsenal’s most promising attacks.
Japhet Tanganga, Eric Dier, Oliver Skipp and Dele Alli started for Tottenham. Harry Kane was not in the matchday squad. Nuno Espirito Santo said it was purely down to Kane lacking match fitness. Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling started for Manchester City. Walker and Stones were on the bench, Phil Foden was not in the matchday squad. Sterling and Grealish were both involved in attacks but City weren’t quite clinical enough and didn’t have a cutting edge.
Freddie Woodman, Jacob Murphy, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and Callum Wilson started for Newcastle. Craig Dawson, Aaron Cresswell, Declan Rise, Jarrod Bowen and Michail Antonio started for West Ham.
Callum Wilson scored Newcastle’s opener from close range. Aaron Cresswell scored West Ham’s equaliser. Bowen and Wilson nearly added to the scoreline soon after. Jacob Murphy scored Newcastle’s second and put them in front just before half time. Antonio assisted West Ham’s second equaliser of the afternoon. Wilson nearly put Newcastle back in front midway through the second half but couldn’t quite reach a cross from Saint-Maximin. Antonio hit the bar just before West Ham won a penalty. Antonio’s penalty was saved but the rebound was put in by Soucek. Antonio added a fourth for West Ham soon after their third. Antonio had the highest expected goal involvement of any player this weekend.