With the transfer window closed and the international break over it’s finally time to see those big deal late deadline debutants in action.
So how did the multi million pound new boys do on their first appearances?
Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid to Arsenal. Fee: £42.4m)
Arsenal fans have been waiting for the debut of a big name signing like Mesut Ozil for years. Season after season the gunners begged Arsene Wenger to spend big. The fans prayers were answered on the final day the transfer window in the form of the “King of assists”.
So how did the German fair on his debut? Well it took Ozil all of 11 minutes to stamp his mark on Arsenal’s away trip to Sunderland. The 24 year old showed superb skill controlling the ball before picking out Olivier Giroud to finish. The former Real Madrid man spent the rest of the game showing the kind of quality passing which convinced Wenger to part with £42.4m and finished off his debut by setting up Aaron Ramsey’s second goal.
Certainly an impressive start which will make Arsenal fans look forward to the rest of the season.
Samuel Eto’o (FC Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea. Fee: Free Transfer)
Samuel Eto’o’s is no stranger to debuts at big clubs having made them for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and now Chelsea. The 32 year old signed on a free transfer from FC Anzhi Makhachkala and was handed his first start this weekend away at Everton.
It could have started so well for the Cameroon international when he flashed a good chance wide with five minutes gone. The miss set the tone for things to come as the blues continued to make and miss chances.
There is no denying the quality that Eto’o has and has shown throughout his career, while this weekends performance would have disappointed Chelsea fans the best is surely yet to come from this big name striker.
Christian Eriksen (Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur. Fee: £12m)
Tottenham were the busiest of all the Premier League clubs in this window and this weekend they handed a debut to creative midfielder Christian Eriksen.
The young man did not disappoint. He excited the home crowd early dancing around Norwich defenders then set up Gylfi Sigurdsson with a sublime blind pass for Spurs first goal before playing a part in the build up for the second and final goal of the day.
Eriksen was substituted to a standing ovation and, if he continues to play with such finesse, will surely become a fans favourite at White Hart Lane.
Marouane Fellaini (Everton to Manchester United. Fee £27.5m)
The Belgium international had to wait an hour for his first moments in a Manchester United shirt and really it wasn’t time for the 25 year old to show off his true ability.
He will no doubt be given time to shine in the future by his new boss, formerly his old boss, David Moyes.
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