Which new signings impressed on opening weekend?

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The Premier League is back and there were plenty of new faces on show after a bust summer transfer window.

With the transfer window for incomings now shut, we know the squad each manager will have between now and January.

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And some displays proved that managers will be very happy with what they have.

Let’s take a look at the new signings who had a great opening weekend.


Richarlison (Everton) – Scored twice and was a constant pest down the left for Everton at new boys Wolves. The Brazilian got off to a fast start last season at Watford and despite the huge expectation on his shoulders after a $65 million move, Richarlison delivered with a poachers finish and a curling effort into the far corner.


Fred (Man United) – A combative display from Fred who was involved in a few scrappy exchanges with Leicester City’s new boy James Maddison (who also impressed with a few of his surging runs). The Brazilian international proved he can give Jose Mourinho’s side the steel they need in midfield and was subbed out late on after a busy shift.


Joe Hart (Burnley) – Made some superb stops late on against Southampton to make it two clean sheets in his first two appearances since joining Burnley on a permanent deal from Man City. Could he be returning to his best form? It will be intriguing to see if Hart becomes their first-choice goalkeeper when Tom Heaton returns from injury.

Raul Jimenez (Wolves) – The Mexican striker had a wonderful debut as he scored a late equalizer against Everton with a powerful header and forced Jordan Pickford into fine save when one-on-one. The loan signing from Benfica held the ball up well and looked to run the channels. He should get plenty of chances to score in his debut season in the PL as newly-promoted Wolves impressed in their opening weekend draw.


Naby Keita (Liverpool) – An all-action display from the Guinea midfielder as he burst forward to help set up the opener and his quick feet caused plenty of problems. Started in the center and drifted out wider often. You can see why Liverpool pushed hard to wrap up the deal for Keita last season. He will be worth $76 million.


Jorginho (Chelsea) – Did his best to try and calm things down against Huddersfield and he scored one of the coolest penalty kicks you will see. Maurizio Sarri has put so much faith in his passing ability and the former Napoli midfielder started off plenty of attacks as there were signs Chelsea new philosophy is starting to click.


Report: Joe Hart headed to Burnley

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In the wake of Nick Pope’s significant injury, Burnley is collecting goalkeepers.

The England international went down for three months with a dislocated shoulder in qualifying Europa League play, and suddenly Sean Dyche had a problem between the sticks. With last year’s backup Tom Heaton recovering from a slight calf injury, the team needs help.

According to the BBC, former England #1 Joe Hart is set to have a medical at Burnley ahead of a move to Turf Moor. Hart has been looking for a permanent way out of Manchester City for some time, on loan the last two seasons at Torino and West Ham. The report does not specify if the impending move would be another loan or a buy.

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Former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard is currently the starter at Burnley, third-string behind Pope and Heaton. Behind him sits 31-year-old Adam Legzdins, a journeyman who’s made stops at Burton Albion, Derby County, Leyton Orient, and Birmingham City among others.

Burnley has not made a signing yet this summer, surprising given that the Clarets are in the Europa League qualifying stages, which have already begun ahead of the league season. Dyche has complained about transfer prices to the media, claiming it’s a “seller’s market” and that the numbers are “through the roof.”

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Sarri confident of Willian staying at club, and more

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Willian is back at Chelsea, and his new manager Maurizio Sarri doesn’t see him leaving.

The Brazilian was late to report to preseason training after his World Cup break, but while he arrived on Thursday ahead of Chelsea’s match against Manchester City in Sunday’s FA Community Shield, Willian had bigger fish to fry in the past week.

[READ: Will Bournemouth rebound from last season’s finish?]

Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Sarri said that after a conversation with the 29-year-old midfielder, the manager feels confident Willian will be staying with Chelsea.

While Willian was AWOL from practice, transfer speculation exploded that he was headed out of Chelsea, whether to Manchester United or Barcelona.

Here are some more transfer rumors from across the Premier League and Europe:

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Burnley goalkeeper Pope out months with shoulder injury

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After reaching a career high point with the England national team at the 2018 World Cup this summer, Nick Pope‘s world has come crashing down.

The Burnley goalkeeper, who made his England debut in June and was included in the World Cup squad under Gareth Southgate, has suffered a shoulder injury in early Europa League action that will reportedly keep him out for around three months.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper collided with young Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove in the 14th minute of their Europa League meeting on Thursday, and suffered a dislocated shoulder. Pope has reportedly seen a specialist and the decision was made to have surgery to repair the damage, leaving him out for such a lengthy time.

Pope’s injury would see a pair of former Manchester United goalkeepers in Tom Heaton or Anders Lindegaard pressed into action. The 34-year-old Dane Lindegaard signed for Burnley last summer but did not make a single appearance last year with Pope covering the distance and the other two splitting time with as backup.

The loss of Pope between the sticks is huge for the Clarets. Pope statistically was one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League last season, and his play earned him a spot on the England squad with incumbent starter Joe Hart giving way after years of service leaving a void that required filling. While Jordan Pickford earned the starting job and impressed at the World Cup with England reaching the semifinals, Pope’s inclusion in the squad was considered a significant feat of his own.

Burnley’s season has started extra early with Europa League qualifying, entered into the second qualifying round of the competition based on their 7th place finish in last year’s Premier League table. They drew 1-1 with Aberdeen on Thursday, with the second leg of the matchup to take place this coming Thursday.

England announce 23-man World Cup squad

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The English national team have announced their squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Unlike plenty of teams who have released preliminary rosters for the tournament, Gareth Southgate has gone straight for his final 23-man squad.

There is a place for Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold, while the likes of Adam Lallana, Joe Hart, Jack Wilshere and Ryan Bertrand have been out.

With Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out through injury, Southgate has had to get a little creative with his selections but, for the most part, he’s chosen to go with youth as he’d previously discussed.

“I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about. It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance,” Southgate said. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks. We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum.”

Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling will likely be the stars for the Three Lions this summer, while the likes of Loftus-Cheek and TAA being included show a clear pathway to the senior team for youngsters.

Below is a look at the squad in full, plus a pretty cool video to announce the squad from England’s media team as they traveled around the country.


England’s 23-man World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Defenders: Kyle Walker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier, Gary Cahill, Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, John Stones, Danny Rose, Ashley Young, Fabian Delph
Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Raheem Sterling
Strikers: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck

Reserves: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore, Adam Lallana