He created two goals in the first half and won the free-kick for Newcastle’s third, in what was one of his best performances for the Magpies. Doing it against the Premier League champions demonstrates what Saint-Maximin is capable of when it all comes together.
Edouard Mendy – Villain
Thomas Tuchel did not mince his words when discussing Edouard Mendy’s mistake in Chelsea’s 3-0 loss to Leeds, admitting the goalkeeper’s glaring error was a huge moment in the game.
Mendy was caught in possession inside his own area for the game’s opening goal, as Brenden Aaronson stole in to steal the ball and score his first Premier League goal.
“He knows himself, with these kind of mistakes I don’t know if it is necessary to speak a lot [to him]. He knows it is a mistake,” Tuchel told reporters post-match.
“Everybody in the world sees that mistake and it is a huge mistake in a crucial time of the match. It does not help. He is the one who is most disappointed. It cost us a lot today.”
Mendy’s mistake set the tone for a dismal defeat to Chelsea, whose unbeaten start came to an abrupt end at Elland Road.
Martin Odegaard – Hero
Martin Odegaard was handed the captain’s armband at Arsenal this summer and has led the Gunners to their best start to a Premier League season since 2004/05. It’s now three successive wins for Mikel Arteta’s league leaders, who impressed again to win 3-0 at Bournemouth.
Odegaard was the architect of the win, scoring twice early on to notch his first brace in a top-flight game since appearing for Stromsgodset aged just 15.
The last time Martin Odegaard scored twice in a top-flight game, he was 15 years old playing for Stromsgodset pic.twitter.com/wZrI4un0YV
The Norwegian has had his role tweaked this season and Arsenal could soon reap the rewards around goal. Operating in more advanced areas and tasked with breaking forward as Gabriel Jesus drifts around the final third, he twice arrived into the box to convert first-time finishes at Bournemouth.
Last season he led Arsenal on a wide-ranging number of creative metrics, including for chances created, through balls, passes into the box and possession won in the final third. Adding consistent goals to his game will take the 23-year-old to the next level, with his £30m fee already appearing a snip.
Kalidou Koulibaly – Villain
Kalidou Koulibaly has shone since signing for Chelsea this summer, but the loss at Leeds will be a performance the defender is keen to forget.
The Senegal international struggled against a Leeds team full of hard-running and endeavour, as Chelsea were outworked during a humbling 3-0 defeat at Elland Road.
Koulibaly was cautioned for an early pull-back on Brenden Aaronson, before receiving his marching orders in the second half for another cynical foul to stop a counter.
Lose 3-0 vs. Leeds Koulibaly sent off First loss to Leeds since 2002
Fulham have made a strong start as the Cottagers look to end their yo-yo existence, with a late winner against Brentford extending the unbeaten start of Marco Silva’s side.
Aleksandar Mitrovic will take the headlines for his winning goal, but the performance of Andreas Pereira caught the eye in west London.
The midfielder struggled to establish himself at Manchester United, with his eight seasons at the club punctuated by four loan spells. A permanent move to Fulham has provided Pereira with a chance to find a home and he was excellent against Brentford, creating more chances (4), completing more attacking third passes (9/12) and making more successful crosses (5/7) than any other teammate.
Andreas Pereira registers his first assist for Fulham against Brentford, his last came vs. Burnley for Man Utd on 28th December 2019.
After an anonymous showing at Wolves last weekend, this was more like it from the 26-year-old who drifted into dangerous pockets of space and produced a number of fine deliveries from both open play and set pieces.
Thilo Kehrer – Villain
After making his debut for West Ham as a substitute in midweek, Thilo Kehrer was included from the start for his first Premier League appearance against Brighton this weekend.
The recent recruit from Paris Saint-Germain had an afternoon to forget however, with his rash challenge turning the momentum of the game.
Kehrer needlessly lunged in to bring down Danny Welbeck inside the box, allowing Alexis Mac Allister the chance to open the scoring from the spot.
Harrison’s quick feet and dangerous deliveries were a feature of Leeds’ performance and the 25-year-old – whose formative footballing years came in the United States – appears to be enjoying life under the club’s American regime.
Lucas Digne – Villain
An unconvincing afternoon for the full-back who was given a torrid time by Jordan Ayew during Aston Villa’s 3-1 defeat at Selhurst Park.
Digne struggled defensively against the lively Crystal Palace forward as Villa’s difficult start to the season continued.
The Frenchman’s miserable performance was compounded with the conceding of a penalty which, whilst harsh, allowed Palace to take the lead.
Villa fans will have expected more from Digne than he has produced since his arrival from Everton in January, with the 29-year-old – alongside a number of his underperforming teammates – having failed to live up to expectations so far.