Defence – Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal)
Arsenal also got off to winning start despite a valiant effort by Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester side. New signing from Schalke, Sead Kolasinac, was handed his Premier League debut at centre-back in a makeshift defence – despite naturally being a left-back. The Bosnian performed admirably, winning 100% of his tackles and oozing confidence on the ball.
Defence – James Tarkowski (Burnley)
The loss of Michael Keane to Everton was a huge blow to Burnley this season after the ex-Manchester United excelled for the Clarets last season. Sean Dyche has given responsibility to young defender James Tarkowski to replace Keane at the heart of the defence. The former Brentford defender, given a tough test against Chelsea, was a rock at the back and gave his manager plenty of food for thought.
Defence – Phil Jones (Manchester United)
With new signing Victor Lindelof not fancied, Jose Mourinho trusted Phil Jones alongside Eric Bailly in the Manchester United defence. Jones has received his fair share of criticism at Old Trafford but looked back to his best against West Ham. His performance was faultless as he made three interceptions, four clearances and won 75% of his aerial duels as he nullified the threat of former United striker, Javier Hernandez.
Defence – Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom)
West Brom secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Bournemouth in their opening fixture, and it was no surprise to see Tony Pulis’ side score their only goal from a set-piece. It was Ahmed Hegazi, signed this summer on loan from Al-Ahly, who rose highest from a corner to nod home. The Egyptian was solid throughout as the Baggies squandered 70% of possession to their opponents.