The Premier League returned after the international break and this was many fans' first chance to take a look at some of the players their respective teams signed on transfer deadline day. Here, I look at how some of the high-profile names got on...
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal):
Ozil was famously signed on deadline day for £42.5 million and his debut was certainly the most impressive. The German played 80 minutes and played superbly, just as many had anticipated. The creative-midfielder ensured that Arsenal didn’t miss the injured Santi Cazorla when, with 11 minutes played, he expertly controlled a long ball from Kieran Gibbs with his first touch and then layed a ball through to Olivier Giroud with his second, securing him an assist to add to his already substantial collection.
Ozil was substituted with 10 minutes left and was greeted with a standing ovation from the travelling Arsenal supporters. I think it’s clear that we will be seeing far more from him in the season ahead.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur):
Perhaps Eriksen would not have been considered as a star signing for Tottenham as his reported transfer fee of £11.5 million is somewhat smaller than many of Spurs' other signings, but the Dane showed that he has the potential to be a hugely significant player.
Playing as a creative-midfielder, he showed awareness and a calm head in front of goal to pass to Gylfi Sigurdsson for Tottenham’s first goal. With some quick feet, he was able to also glide past three Norwich players to shoot, but the effort was well saved by Norwich keeper John Ruddy.
It is likely that with the return of Aaron Lennon and Erik Lamela to full fitness that Eriksen has really pushed for his name to be considered permanently for the creative midfield-role.
Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea):
It was a surprise that Chelsea loaned out Romelu Lukaku to Everton on deadline day, but the man who filled his role is well known for having a knack for scoring a goal or two. Eto’o showed his class with his positioning in the early stages against Everton and he was able to pull away from the central pairing of Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distain to glance a header just wide in the first half.
He continued to find himself in goalscoring opportunities, but one he will want to forget is the opportunity he had with an open goal where his shot was unfortunately blocked by Gareth Barry.
In all fairness, it may take Eto’o time to get used to the speed of the Premier League considering he has been in Russia for a few seasons. Once match fit, we may see a wholly different individual in front of goal.
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City):
Jovetic has been coveted as one of Europe’s greatest young talents. City signing him for what was reportedly a sizeable fee has ensured that there is already a significant amount of pressure on the player.
Although Jovetic wasn’t signed at the end of the transfer window, due to injury, it was his first appearance for City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday. In all honesty, I doubt he will look back on it with many fond memories.
He tried to get on the ball a great deal but he lacked that cutting edge and real ability on the ball to carve open the stubborn Stoke defence and was eventually replaced by Sergio Aguero, who had a greater impact. The Britannia is a hard place to make a debut and so perhaps Jovetic needs a few more games to settle until we see his true potential.
This was not the most promising of beginnings.
Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United):
Unlike many of the other players reviewed, Fellaini was introduced as a second-half substitute in a game where Manchester United were in complete control following the sending off of Kagisho Dikgacoi on the stroke of half-time.
He did, however, fit straight in and the central midfielder didn’t put a foot wrong and even came close to scoring when he hit a half volley from outside the box but was denied by a sprawling Julian Speroni.
The man Fellaini replaced, Anderson, was mediocre at best and United supporters will be hoping that the Belgian will start in the derby clash at the Etihad Stadium next week.
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