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Sunday 25 March 2018

How the debutants fared

Manchester United's Memphis Depay was among the big names making their bow for new clubs in the Premier League at the weekend
Manchester United's Memphis Depay was among the big names making their bow for new clubs in the Premier League at the weekend

The opening weekend of the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League saw plenty of players making debuts for their new clubs.

Here, Press Association Sport assesses how some of the high-profile new arrivals performed.


An encouraging debut for Manchester United's new forward - showed plenty of energy, some nice touches and was involved in the goal that saw his team defeat Tottenham. 7 (out of 10)


The Swansea forward introduced himself to English football in perfect style, notching an excellent first-half goal at the home of reigning champions Chelsea. 7


The defender showed why he has been handed the captain's armband by Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood, leading by example at the back as he helped his new side stand up to a stern examination from their hosts Bournemouth. 8


Gestede then completed the job for Villa at the Vitality Stadium, the striker recruited from Blackburn taking only 13 minutes following his introduction as a substitute to head in the winner. 7


Another man to mark his debut for his new club with a goal, Crystal Palace midfielder Cabaye capped a decent all-round display with a composed finish in stoppage time as the Eagles saw off Norwich. 7


Surely the league debut for Arsenal nobody envisaged Cech making as the Gunners were beaten 2-0 at home by West Ham, with the goalkeeper partly to blame - his error in missing the ball when he came out for it allowed Cheikhou Kouyate to head in the visitors' first goal. 5


It was a much happier game for new Hammers midfielder Payet, who provided the delivery from which Kouyate scored and made a very good impression overall with a lively display. 8


Got his reward for a solid showing in Newcastle's midfield with a fine goal in the 2-2 draw with Southampton. 8


The Magpies striker's stand-out contribution to the same game, by contrast, was a scything tackle on Matt Targett which earned him a yellow card less than a minute after he had come on as a substitute. 5


Although his Liverpool debut ended in victory at Stoke, the striker struggled to make much of an impact on the contest. 5


Midfielder Yann M'Vila made his first appearance in a Sunderland shirt as he turned out for their Under-21s against Norwich - and was shown a straight red card for an apparent headbutt on an opposition player.

On a more positive note, 16-year-old Reece Oxford, while not a new signing, was given a surprise Premier League debut by West Ham boss Slaven Bilic at Arsenal and handled the occasion admirably, making a considerable contribution in midfield to his team's victory.

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