It's that time of year again! The FA Premier League is back and with no shortage in the way of surprises. Here James Cox picks his best eleven from those players who turned in impressive individual showings in the opening round of fixtures.
Sergio Romero - Manchester United
With David De Gea sat in the stands amid his uncertain future, United fans were nervous about the Argentinian making his debut only two weeks after signing on a free transfer. Their concerns seemed to be justified after a nervy start in which he twice kicked the ball out of play under pressure.
However, the Argentinian net-minder grew into the game as it went on. His second-half display made up for the early jitters and in what was overall a fine debut performance. Two late saves form Cristian Eriksen ensured United kicked off the season with three points.
Matteo Darmian - Manchester United
Darmian looked assured throughout with him being positionally spot on as well as making a number of important interceptions. Valencia was consistent at right back without ever making the position his own and it looks like the Italian may have staked his claim as United’s new long term right sided defender.
Vincent Kompany - Manchester City
The Belgian’s normally consistent form took a huge dip toward the end of last season and he had a point to prove.
He looked to be back to himself with a solid performance leading the back line which he topped off by heading in City’s third goal from a corner. His subsequent emotionally charged celebration showed how much it meant to him.
Winston Reid - West Ham United
Young Reece Oxford stole the show in this game, but Reid was also essential in nullifying Arsenal’s attacking threat. Between Oxford and Reid, Mezut Ozil was marked out of the game. While Olivier Giroud didn’t fare much better.
Jordan Amavi - Aston Villa
This £7.7 million signing from Nice looked assured on his Premier League debut. He offered little going forward, but was key in defence, winning every battle on the left side. If he continues in this form the likes of Alan Hutton and Aly Cissokho will soon fade in the memories of Villa fans.
Wilfried Zaha - Crystal Palace
Zaha’s threatening runs troubled Norwich all afternoon. Danger seemed imminent every time the tricky winger touched the ball. He has been criticised for a lack of end product in the past, but he converted a volley to put Palace ahead in this game.
Reece Oxford - West Ham United
The 16-year-old became the second-youngest player in the Premier League era to make his debut. He could have been forgiven for a nervous start in front of a packed Emirates Stadium, but the teenager looked assured throughout, showing a calmness on the ball beyond his years.
Indeed, social media was flooded afterwards with jokes about how the young man had Mesut Ozil in his back pocket. To put this extraordinary debut into perspective, Oxford collects his GCSE results next week.
Yaya Toure - Manchester City
Like Kompany, Toure had much to prove after a poor finish to last season, and he responded with a man of the match display. His two first half goals killed off the challenge of West Brom.
Riyad Mahrez - Leicester City
The Algerian inspired Leicester’s victory. His pace troubled Sunderland all day and his two goals put the contest to bed before the half-hour mark. He won the penalty he converted after a foul from Cattermole and slotted it away without nerves. Certainly one to watch this season.
Bafetimbi Gomis - Swansea City
He was a constant threat to Chelsea in this 2-2 draw with his physical presence and did exactly what the home fans would have hoped for from Diego Costa. He was rewarded with an equaliser from a 55th minute penalty.
Rudy Gestede - Aston Villa
Questions have been asked as to whether or not Villa’s signing from Blackburn could step up to the rigours of the Premier League, but he responded defiantly to his doubters by coming off the bench and powerfully heading home a late winner.