With 31 goals in 10 matches, the 2017-18 Premiership season got off to a brilliant start this weekend. There were upsets, red cards, thrashings and fightbacks – what more could you ask for? Here are 4 heroes and a villain from Premier League Round 1.
Hero - Steve Mounié
Huddersfield Town are determined to prove their doubters wrong this season. Aaron Mooy was brilliant in midfield against Crystal Palace but it was record signing Mounié (pictured) who stole the headlines. The Beninese striker showed off his range with a bullet header followed by a second-half strike. Mounié should have had a hat-trick but a brace in Premier League Round 1 isn’t bad.
Hero - Romelu Lukaku
José Mourinho’s Manchester United looked excellent in their 4-0 win over West Ham. With Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Henrik Mkhitaryan pulling the strings in midfield, United just needed a striker to find the net. New signing Lukaku is that striker. He showed a nice understanding with Marcus Rashford for his first goal and then headed in Mkhitaryan’s dangerous free-kick. Lukaku is up and running.
Hero - Sam Vokes
Before their surprise win over Chelsea, Burnley were many people’s favourites for relegation this season. But when a target man like Vokes gets great service from wide areas, anything can happen. First Matthew Lowton and then Steven Defour delivered perfect crosses for their Welsh striker to score. Vokes got 10 goals last season and after Premier League Round 1, he should beat that easily this time around.
Hero - Wayne Rooney
It turned out to be a dream return to Goodison Park for Rooney. Stoke City didn’t make life easy for Everton but just before half-time, they put together a brilliant team move. Rooney played a nice one-two with Idrissa Gueye and then made his way into the box for the cross. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s ball was so perfect that Rooney couldn’t miss. This could be a big season for him.
Villain - Jonjo Shelvey
At home to Tottenham, Newcastle needed to stay calm and organised. For 47 minutes, everything was going according to Rafa Benitez’s plan. But one moment of madness from Shelvey ruined all of the hard work. Yet again, the talented midfielder let himself down with a red card for a stupid stamp on Delle Ali. Spurs went on to win 2-0 and Shelvey may have run out of chances.