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HIT or MISS: Premier League Is Back


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The Premier league season is finally back! From the moment Paul Pogba, Hugo Loris and co lifted the Jules Rimet trophy to win Russia 2018, we have been waiting for the football season to start.

A new season is upon us and the first weekend had no shortage of storylines to focus on, but who in the Premiership opening games was a HIT and who was a MISS.

HIT: RICHARLISON

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When £50 million is paid on a striker, the expectation is to hit the ground running and start repaying the fee with goals from game one. Despite having not scored since January, that's what Everton new boy Richarlison did with 2 goals on debut against Wovles to help his new side to a 2-2 draw at the Molineux. Eyebrows were raised when Everton broke their transfer record to land the 21 year old Brazilian from Watford but on this form Everton might just have a 20+ striker they have craved since the departure of Romelu Lukaku.

MISS: ARSENAL

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OK so the Gunners did play Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and some ardent Arsenal fans will say it was only a 2-0 defeat. However on closer inspection, I think we were expecting more. Arsenal looked nervous, unorganised and lacking cohesion. Of course it's too early to tell whether Unai Emery will be a success or a failure but he will need to get more from Mesut Ozil who again looked off the pace, otherwise another season outside the top 4 looks likely.

HIT: NGOLO KANTE

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Despite only returning to training a few days before the Premier League opener against Huddersfield, Ngolo Kante took to his new midfield role like duck to water and even scored the opener in a 3-0 win at Huddersfield. Ever since Kante started bossing games for Leicester on their way to their unexpected league title, football pundits have been telling us that the frenchman is effectively 2 players in 1. This season it looks like Maurizio Sarri is going to have new signing Jorginho sitting in front of the back four, which will allow Kante to become a more all action, box to box midfielder, which he perfectly executed on Saturday.

MISS: PHIL JAGELKIA

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The red card might have been harsh, but there is no argument it was a foul and possibly stopped Wolves from a goal scoring opportunity. It's sad for Phil Jagelkia as he would have been looking for a good, steady performance to prove to Manager Marco Silva that he should be part of the centre back pairing. With a likely 3 game suspension, Jagelkia might find it difficult to force his way back into the team. Everton were busy on deadline day, Yerry Mina arrived from Barcelona for a reported £26 million and Kurt Zouma arrived from Chelsea on loan, both now will surely be given a chance to cement their place in the team. 

Do you have other suggestions who deserve to be included in HIT or MISS