Five Players Who Have Impressed in the 2022/23 Season’s Opening Weeks
1. Ilias Chair (QPR)
I watched Ilais Chair live at The Valley against Charlton last week and was very impressed by him and enjoyed watching him in other games I have watched on TV this season. Although it’s been a mixed bag for Michael Beale so far in terms of results, Chair will be key in their form this season. Tricky and direct, always a nuisance for opposition defenders — simply put, a joy to watch.
2. Dylan Levitt (Dundee United)
Keeping Dylan Levitt for less than £500,000 is an absolute bargain, but he won’t be at Tannadice for more than a season permanently if he continues his impressive form for Dundee United with one goal in two league matches. He strolls it in the Scottish Premiership which is very impressive for a player outside of Old Firm or Hearts at this moment in time, and he could be crucial for The Tangerines’ hopes this season.
3. Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
For all the hype about his goal-scoring ability, he was brilliant at the weekend against Bournemouth by doing very little on the ball and took defenders away from the centre of the defensive line and got an assist — I expect Erling Haaland to be a contender for Player of the Season and top scorer as Manchester City attempt to win their fifth Premier League title in six years under Pep Guardiola.
4. Lawrence Shankland (Hearts)
It has been a great start for a player who needed to a big season in the Scottish top flight after an average spell in the top flight with Dundee United previously. The 27-year-old will be on the cusp of a Scotland recall if he can play like this consistently in the coming weeks, and with 2 goals and 1 assists in Hearts’ first three league matches, Shankland could be crucial for the Jam Tarts as they look to close the gap on Celtic and Rangers.
5. Nick Pope (Newcastle)
Having arrived in the summer from Burnley following the Clarets’ relegation, Nick Pope provides an upgrade in possession over Martin Dubravka as well as other vital goalkeeping attributes, a commanding presence who be challenging Jordan Pickford for England’s starting spot in goal soon if he keeps up his form. Pope has started each of Newcastle’s first two matches — a 2-0 win vs. Nottingham Forest and a 0-0 draw vs. Brighton — and he’ll be looking to extend his run of clean sheets to three as the Magpies host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday.
By: Callum McFadden / @Callum7McFadden
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