Garang Kuol and Alex Robertson both made their league debuts for their new clubs after signing season-long loan deals during the week, while Harry Souttar was left out at Leicester City amid speculation on his future.
Garang Kuol made his Dutch Eredivisie debut for FC Volendam following his season-long loan from Newcastle United which was finalized earlier this week.
Kuol came on in the 66th minute with Volendam wanting him as an outlet for counter-attacks. Volendam ended up losing 2-1 at home to Vitesse.
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Alex Robertson also made his league debut for new club Portsmouth, after signing a season-long loan from Manchester City on Monday, having played in the cup in midweek too.
The 20-year-old two-time Socceroo was a 61st minute substitute for Portsmouth in a 4-0 win away to Leyton Orient in England’s League One.
Portsmouth manager John Mousinho said: “He looked really sharp, Alex. The only thing he needs to add is goals and assists now. He looks excellent.”
Ex-Adelaide United and Western Sydney striker Kusini Yengi netted Portsmouth’s fourth goal after coming on in the 85th minute. Yengi scored from the spot in the 93rd minute, making it two goals from two games.
On Sunday, Denis Genreau started and played 83 minutes as Toulouse won 2-1 at Nantes in the French Ligue 1.
Mat Ryan put in a full shift as AZ Alkmaar opened the new Eredivisie season with a 5-1 home win over Go Ahead Eagles.
In Belgium, Aiden O’Neill played a full game in midfield as Standard Liege drew 1-1 at Charleroi, while Jordan Bos started and played 84 minutes in Westerlo’s 3-1 home loss to Gent. Jason Davidson put in a full shift as KAS Eupen were hammered 5-0 by Club Brugge.
Nick D’Agostino scored the opener an got an assist as Viking won 3-1 at Lillestrom in the Norwegian Eliteserien.
Returning to the starting line-up, D’Agostino netted in the 51st minute, before assisting his side’s third goal and being substituted in the 88th minute.
On the opening weekend of the Premier League season, Cameron Peupion wasn’t in the Brighton & Hove Albion matchday squad as they won 4-1 over Luton Town.
In the English Championship, Harry Souttar’s situation at Leicester City continues to look worrysome, left out of the squad altogether for Saturday’s 1-0 win at Huddersfield.
Foxes boss Enzo Maresca has acknowledged Souttar could leave before the transfer window closes, with speculation about a move to Celtic or Rangers.
Sam Silvera made his first Championship start, putting in a full shift and earning a 5/10 rating, as Middlesbrough went down 3-0 at Coventry City. Riley McGree was demoted to the bench, coming on as an 81st minute substitute while Tom Glover was an unused substitute.
Teesside Live wrote about Silvera: “Looked lively again but lacked an end product. Looked to make things happen, but often dropped deep to try and get on the ball, allowing Coventry a way to get higher up the pitch. Missed a sitter.”
Cameron Burgess played a full game while Massimo Luongo started and played 91 minutes as newly promoted Ipswich Town won 2-0 over Stoke City.
Nectarios Triantis was an unused sub for Sunderland in their 2-1 loss at Preston North End.
In Italy’s Coppa Italia, Ajdin Hrustic was absent altogether as Hellas Verona opened their campaign with a 3-1 win over Ascoli.
In the German DFB Pokal, Jackson Irvine started and played 72 minutes before being replaced by Connor Metcalfe as St Pauli won 5-0 at Oberliga outfit Atlas Delmenhorst.
Kye Rowles (Hearts), Jack Iredale (Bolton), Nicholas Bilokapic (Peterborough), Ash Maynard-Brewer (Charlton), Thomas Deng (Albirex Niigata), Mitchell Langerak (Nagoya Grampus), Harrison Delbridge (Incheon United), Alex Grant (Pohang Steelers)
Jimmy Jeggo – ST 71, Martin Boyle – SB 46, Lewis Miller – ST 87 (all Hibernian), Cameron Devlin – ST 68, Nathaniel Atkinson – ST 78 (both Hearts), James Holland – ST 46 (Austria Vienna), Anthony Kalik – ST 46 (Hajduk Split), Keanu Baccus, Ryan Strain (both St Mirren), Ryan McGowan (St Johnstone), Callum Elder – SB 91 (Derby County), Kenny Dougall – SB 66 (Blackpool), Mitch Duke – SB 82 (Machida Zelvia), Stefan Mauk – ST 65 (Fagiano Okayama), Aaron Calver – SB 56 (Gwangju FC)