As Africa’s star participant return to motion throughout Europe, ESPN opinions among the greatest speaking factors of the weekend — with acquainted faces sustaining excessive requirements, and a brand new child on the block attracting longing glances from Outdated Trafford.
Brobbey reveals Ten Hag what he is lacking
One participant who has already secured a switch this yr is Brian Brobbey, who has returned to the Netherlands to reignite his profession after dropping his method in Germany following a transfer to RB Leipzig. The 20-year-old arguably moved away from the Eredivisie prematurely when he switched to the Bundesliga final yr, and after failing to web in 9 prime flight video games, promptly returned to Ajax in January, initially on mortgage, earlier than signing completely for an preliminary €16.35 million in the summertime.
He marked his third debut in model this weekend, coming off the bench at half-time to register an help after which web the winner because the Amsterdam giants got here from behind to defeat Fortuna Sittard 3-2 in a five-goal thriller. The reigning champions had been trailing when Brobbey was launched, however he demonstrated his maturity to pull Ajax to victory.
Brobbey picked up the place he left off throughout his mortgage spell final season, and at solely 20 years and 186 days, the Dutch-Ghanaian starlet turns into the youngest Ajax participant since Rafael van der Vaart 20 years in the past to attain in 4 consecutive Eredivisie matches.
“Brobbey has develop into weirdly good,” ex-Ajax and Denmark winder Kenneth Perez mentioned on ESPN Reside. “I am flabbergasted by his improvement. He is so composed now, so considerate in his actions, and his physique is second to none.”
These are the qualities that absolutely fuelled ex-Ajax boss Erik ten Hag’s want to make the starlet considered one of his assertion signings at Manchester United this summer time, solely to be pipped by his former employers.
Based on experiences within the Dutch press, Brobbey referred to as his former mentor personally to tell him that he was eager to return to Amsterdam this season, fairly than think about a transfer to Outdated Trafford.
The distinction between Brobbey’s highly effective second-half show and United’s limp displaying of their 2-1 dwelling defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion was stark.
Regardless of dropping Sebastien Haller to Borussia Dortmund this window, Ajax discover themselves with a surplus of attacking expertise, and head coach Alfred Schreuder now has some tough choices to make as he makes an attempt to juggle Brobbey, Dusan Tadic, new arrival Steven Bergwijn and Antony.
Mane & Salah among the many targets once more
Mane’s interaction with Serge Gnabry, who had been linked with a transfer away in the course of the summer time, was a selected delight for the reigning champions, with the ex-Arsenal man establishing the 30-year-old Teranga Lion for his maiden Bundesliga purpose.
With out Mane, these are days of transition for Liverpool, and whereas they netted twice at Fulham, defensive failings ensured they needed to accept a 2-2 draw in opposition to the newly promoted facet.
Like Mane, Salah scored within the season’s conventional curtain-raiser, as Liverpool beat Manchester Metropolis 2-1 within the Neighborhood Protect, and he additionally maintained his goal-scoring type within the Premier League, dovetailing fantastically with £85m-arrival Darwin Nunez to disclaim the Cottagers an opening-day victory.
Nunez’s highly effective, ingenious early showings bode effectively for the Reds post-Mane. Even when the brand new boy does not possess his predecessor’s vitality or guile, the Colombian demonstrated an encouraging understanding with Salah already.
The Egypt famous person’s constructive begin to the season has prompted optimism that he can put a tough begin to 2022 — and failure in two main finals — behind him, though sturdy begins to the season have develop into par for the course for the 30-year-old.
His purpose in opposition to Fulham means Salah has now scored in six consecutive opening weekends, and nobody has netted greater than the North African’s eight targets in gameweek considered one of a Premier League marketing campaign.
Paintsil strikes gold, Dessers set to depart
Certainly one of Ghana‘s higher performers throughout a depressing Africa Cup of Nations marketing campaign, Joseph Paintsil scored his first targets of the season when he netted twice in Genk’s 4-2 thumping of KAS Eupen this weekend.
The wideman scored simply twice in the course of the entirety of the common 2021-22 Professional League season, however equalled that tally inside the first eight minutes of Genk’s rousing overcome Die Pandas.
It has been a robust begin to the marketing campaign for the 24-year-old, who additionally registered an help in Genk’s 3-1 victory over Commonplace Liege on July 31, and he was promptly included within the Belgian Group of the Week after his masterclass in opposition to Eupen.
Genk’s hopes of profitable their first Belgian title since 2019, nevertheless, danger being undermined by the approaching exit of Nigeria striker Cyriel Dessers, who scored twice within the convincing overcome Commonplace. The 27-year-old spent final season on mortgage at Feyenoord and now seems primed for a transfer away from Genk, with Italians Cremonese showing his most certainly vacation spot.
The switch would deny Genk followers the prospect of having fun with an all-Nigeria strikeforce of Dessers and Paul Onuachu, though the latter can be the topic of switch hypothesis within the remaining month of the window.
Hakimi units the tone
New season, new head coach for Paris Saint-Germain, as Christophe Galtier makes an attempt to succeed the place Mauricio Pochettino, who nonetheless received Ligue 1 final season, fell quick.
Achraf Hakimi, beginning in an unfamiliar proper wing-back position, with Nuno Mendes working on the left, was considered one of PSG’s star performers, continuously bombing ahead to hitch the guests’ assault to create an overload.
He added a second for Galtier’s facet within the twenty sixth minute, following some effective work from an impressed Neymar, and created two goal-scoring alternatives in the course of the course of the competition, with Lionel Messi visibly appreciative of his efforts.
“They’re such high quality gamers,” Hakimi mentioned of Neymar and Messi to Canal+ after the match. “They make the distinction for us, and from my viewpoint, I work effectively with each of them. I hope to proceed on this method.”
Hakimi, 23, scored 4 targets throughout his maiden Ligue 1 season final time period, however on the proof of Saturday’s displaying, is effectively on the right track to eclipse that quantity this yr.
Buya Turay’s marriage stand-in
Sierra Leone ahead Mohamed Buya Turay cut up opinion this weekend, after it was reported that he skipped his personal marriage — sure, you learn that appropriately — to signal for Swedish giants Malmo final month, sending his brother to carry out the nuptials in his place.
Beforehand on the books of Chinese language facet Henan Songshan Longmen, Buya Turay had deliberate his wedding ceremony on July 21, however was finally unable to attend the occasion as a consequence of his switch being accomplished on July 22, with Malmo anticipating him to attend preseason coaching instantly.
The previous Allsvenskan Golden Boot winner took to social media on Saturday to reply to criticism that he had allowed his brother to wed his sweetheart Suad Baydoun, revealing that the precise wedding ceremony ceremony had taken place prior.
Buya Turay confirmed that his sibling had attended the Islamic Nikah wedding ceremony, when the authorized marriage contract is signed, representing him as a proxy, however that the couple had beforehand wed in individual.
The 27-year-old, who was a member of Sierra Leone’s AFCON squad, made his league debut for Malmo on Sunday as they had been defeated 2-1 at Sirius within the Swedish prime flight.
He had made his first look for the 1979 European Cup finalists as an 82nd-minute substitute of their 3-0 Europa League victory over F91 Dudelange on Thursday.