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Rated and slated: How the new boys performed down on the south coast

Date Posted,August 11, 2017

Big spending Manchester City might have spent in excess of £200m but used every pound of that to beat Premier League newcomers Brighton.

City’s strength shone throughout but it took until the 70th minute for Sergio Aguero to smash past Mat Ryan following a mistake from Dale Stephens.

Lewis Dunk put through his own goal five minutes later to wrap up a simple 2-0 victory for City – after Fernandinho put in a dangerous cross.

There were plenty of new signings on show on both side.

Our man at the ground, John Cross, has run the rule over how the debutants performed…

Mat Ryan (Brighton)

Ryan kept City at bay for 70 minutes (Image: Reuters)

The Aussie keeper, a £5.8m summer signing from Valencia, is listed as 6ft and half an inch. Yes, the all important extra half an inch because he will need that in this league.

Ryan will be very much a goal line keeper – he does not have the presence to command his box – but that will be OK if he keeps on making the sort of reflex saves which kept Brighton in the contest.

The best was from Gabriel Jesus’s 34th minute header which made him an instant hit with the Brighton fans.

VERDICT: HIT

Davy Propper (Brighton)

Propper struggled in possession (Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The £10m midfielder struggled to get on the ball and gave it away carelessly when he did get possession, one clumsy pass producing a collective groan from the home fans.

Worked hard enough but struggled to make an impact or affect the game. Needs time to settle.

VERDICT: MISS

Izzy Brown (Brighton)

Brown has his debut cut short (Image: Rex Features)

Made a bright start, pushing forward from midfield. The Chelsea loanee looked a prospect and will surely be nurtured under Chris Hughton.

Bit after trying to break forward from midfield, his afternoon was cut short by a knee injury. He was distraught when he went off.

VERDICT: TOO SOON TO TELL

Ederson (Manchester City)

Ederson was shaky at times (Image: AFP)

First touch was a nervy, half hearted clearance which did not even clear the halfway line. Not a great start from City’s new £35m keeper.

But, in truth, it was difficult to make much of a judgement because he was a spectator for so much of the game.

Read the game well on a couple of occasions to shut down danger.

VERDICT: TOO SOON TO TELL

Kyle Walker (Manchester City)

Walker got forward well (Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Loved getting forward down the right hand side, but, despite costing in excess of £50m, he is a full back rather than a match winner.

Looked solid, strong, good in defence and dangerous going forward.

Will be a good buy for City despite not getting the chance to really shine on his debut.

VERDICT: HIT

Danilo (Manchester City)

Danilo will be fighting Mendy for a spot at the back (Image: Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

The £26m left back from Real Madrid played as left wing back with Benjamin Mendy not fit after his summer move from Monaco.

The Brazilian was lively, got forward and was always looking to overlap and get forward.

Decent if not spectacular.

VERDICT: HIT

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