Having had to wait two weeks, supporters of Premier League clubs finally got to see some of their last-minute signings in action this weekend just gone.
The capture of a new star stirs excitement amongst a fan base, but ahead of a big debut, nerves do remain prominent.
Will the new signing adapt to English football? Will he fit into the system? Have we acquired an expensive flop?
It has to be said, a new signing’s first outing is not the ideal juncture to address any of these queries with any real certainty, but you only get one chance to make a first impression.
So let’s take a closer look at how some of the Premier League’s high profile new signings fared on debut and take a glance as to what supporters should expect from their new men a little further down the line:
He’s got magic in his boots according to Paolo Di Canio. And you would be hard pushed to disagree with the Sunderland boss after the German impressed on his Gunners debut
Ozil’s ability to find space between the lines was always a stand out patent of his game during his time at Real Madrid, and he showcased this in abundance against an out of sorts Sunderland side. It didn’t take long for Ozil to trap a long ball on the left and nonchalantly roll it into to path of the oncoming Giroud. The in-form Frenchman obliged with a neat finish.
For the remainder of the half, Ozil took up the creative mantle with vigour, sending Theo Walcott through on goal on a couple of occasions – chances which the Englishman could only squander. Naturally, after little football and a rumoured stomach bug, Ozil tired in the second period. He’ll face tougher challenges than Saturday’s but the early signs suggest he’ll be worth every bit of the £42 million outlay.
Debut rating: 8 out of 10
The loan deal of Barry was one of the most understated signings of the season, but the former Villa man put in what was probably the best display of any debutant over the weekend. His manager Roberto Martinez described his performance as a ‘master class’.