The opening week of the Premier League has finally been and gone, bringing many great results and surprise performances for fans to lick their lips at. I am going to highlight the top performances of the week and put together the week 1 Premier League X1.
Inclusions will rely totally on the performances of individuals this weekend and will represent the top performers of the week.
Goalkeeper; Asmir Begovic
Begovic was outstanding against Liverpool, he produced some brilliant saves and showed exactly why he's so highly-rated at his parent club. Begovic earned himself BT Sport' man of the match and showboated just how good of a keeper he was.
Left-back; Ashley Cole
Cole had a fantastic game against Hull, showing his pace and agility, bombing down the left flank linking up with Chelsea wizard Eden Hazard all afternoon. Cole' energy and work-rate caused Hull problems throughout the game and the Tigers simply couldn't handle his variation of runs and attacking play.
Centre-back; Vincent Kompany
Despite Kompany suffering a late injury in Manchester City clash with Newcastle, the Belgian played an outstanding 70+ minutes for the citizens. Kompany was a rock at the back isolating Newcastle forward Papiss Cisse all game and sounding out anything Newcastle threw his way. Kompany work-rate, passing and footballing brain was just too much to handle for the magpies, frustrating Pardew' offensive line throughout the game.
Centre-back; John Terry
Terry was solid throughout the afternoon, confidently denying anything Hull threw towards the former England star. Terry was blocking, intercepting and denying the Tigers all afternoon often starting attacks from the back with his calm passing and often productive vision to pick the long ball out.
Right-back; Pablo Zabaleta
The Argentine just claimed a place in the team of the week ahead of Norwich star Whittaker, but despite only narrowly claiming a spot Zabaleta put in a world class shift for City. He prevented anything productive occurring down his flank and was just as influencial on the game offensively. New boy Jesus Navas flourished under the support of Zabaleta who often dragged the full-back away from the Spaniard with his powerful runs down the bi-line.
Centre-midfield; Yaya Toure
The Ivorian was City' star in their rout against Pardew' depleted Newcastle side. Yaya ran the show in the middle of the park, enabling players around him to flourish. Toure ensured all play was engineered through him and topped off his outstanding performance with a world class free-kick, leaving Newcastle stopper Tim Krul hopeless.
Centre-midfield; Ross Barkley
Everton youngster Ross Barkley never really featured in former Everton boss David Moyes' plans, but, with the arrival of Spaniard Roberto Martinez, Barkley was thrown straight in at the deep end, starting his first competitive game for Everton. And the young Englishmen certainly didn't disappoint, running the show in midfield, the youngster was almost unplayable. And his screamer from the edge of the 18-yard-box went a long way to helping Everton claim a point against a new look Norwich side.
Left-attacking midfielder; Kevin Nolan
Nolan played a great game against Premier League new-boys Cardiff, proving too much to handle for former Spurs centre-half Steven Caulker. Nolan was central to all of The Hammers' football and eventually scored himself a rather good goal after an outstanding 16 pass move from West Ham.
Right-attacking midfielder; Jesus Navas
Manchester City new-boy Jesus Navas was outstanding against Newcastle. He almost had a free run down the right flank turning the Magpies defensive line inside out with his blistering ace and mesmerising feet. Navas was key to City' rout over Pardew' men and will prove a bargain if his performances continue in similar quality.
Centre-forward; Edin Dzeko
The Bosinian had an outstanding 90 minutes, proving too hot to handle for the Newcastle back-line. Strength combined with skill enabled Dzeko to make a real handful of himself in and around the box, the talisman assisted Sergio Aguero and held the ball up extremely well, bringing his fellow teammates into the game a whole lot more. His performance was capped of by the man-of-the-match award and Dzeko has given a real statement of intent for this coming campaign. He could be central to Manuel Pellegrini' attack.
Striker; Robin Van Persie
Who else but the United sharpshooter? It couldn't real be anybody else after Robin van Persie's brace at the Liberty. Combining pace and natural ability allowed Van Perise to score two goals out of the top draw for United this weekend, showing just how key he is to David Moyes' squad.
Other honourable mentions include;
Simon Mignolet, Steven Whittaker, Seamus Coleman, Philippe Coutinho, Oscar, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge
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