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Rating 5 New EPL Players on Their First Weeks

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Roberto Soldado (L) of Spurs celebrates with teammates Andros Townsend (C) and Paulinho (R) after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City at White Hart Lane on August 25, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Christopher AtkinsContributor IAugust 27, 2013

The Premier League season is now over a week old and, with every side having played at least two of their 38 games for the campaign, we are beginning to see how sides will line up for the season ahead.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the early season is to see how new signings will adapt to their new sides and, indeed, playing in the Premier League.

This season has been no exception, with several high-profile signings arriving over the course of the summer who have had their every move monitored over the past two weeks.

So, then, how do some of the Premier League's highest-profile new arrivals rate after their opening weeks?

Paulinho (Tottenham Hotspur)—B+

Brazilian midfielder Paulinho was one of the biggest signings of the summer so far, moving to top-four contenders Tottenham following his country's success at the Confederations Cup in June.

Thus far, the signs are that he is adapting very quickly to the English game, putting in two impressive performances in the Premier League in wins over Crystal Palace and Swansea.

A Europa League qualifier afforded him the opportunity to open his goalscoring account for the club and, while the bigger tests will begin with a derby against Arsenal this weekend, the Brazilian will be pleased with his opening three fixtures in a Spurs kit.

Fernandinho (Manchester City)—C

It has been a tale of two fixtures for both Fernandinho and Manchester City thus far, with an emphatic opening win over Newcastle followed up by defeat to newly-promoted Cardiff.

Fernandinho's performances have very much been linked to those of his side, with an energetic and influential display against Newcastle followed by a disappointing outing a week later.

There is still much more to come from the former Shakhtar man and he will be keen to improve upon his showings thus far, in a team that expects excellence. There were signs on his debut that he can be an important player, but he must work hard to reach his top performance levels quickly.

Gary Medel (Cardiff City)—B+

It's been an interesting first couple of weeks for new signing Gary Medel in his new South Wales surroundings, having lost to West Ham on the opening day of the season before beating Manchester City this last weekend.

Medel could have been forgiven for wondering just why he had left Sevilla for Cardiff after his side's disappointing start in East London. The ferocious Chilean, though, knuckled down and put in an outstanding performance against City, breaking up numerous attacks to help his side.

His industry and simplicity at the base of midfield looks an ideal fit for Cardiff in their battle for Premier League survival this season, offering a forceful shield ahead of the defensive line. For the moment, at least, he has also managed to control his infamous temper.

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City)—C

Some may consider the rating of Bony harsh given that he has already managed to score three goals in the colours of his new side, but he will undoubtedly feel he could have done better.

A consolation goal against Manchester United aside, Bony's finishing has been poor since his opening Europa League encounter against Malmo. Two simple headed chances, in particular, stand out as poor misses, while his first touch has been clumsy at times.

His initial link up play with Michu, though, offers hope of a bright future at the club and, once league fixtures become a bit easier, he should take up a starting berth once more. He needs, though, to be more clinical in his work in the Premier League.

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland)—B-

Italian attacking midfielder Giaccherini has been playing on the left of the Sunderland midfield and, as yet, has not found life particularly easy in a side bereft of creativity in midfield.

He has worked hard, though, and managed to get himself on the scoresheet with a header from a corner as part of a 1-1 away draw at Southampton, but will be expected to contribute more as the season progresses.

There have been signs of the neat control and dribbling ability which saw him shine at the Confederations Cup this summer, but such flashes remain few and far between. When his side can show more innovation in midfield, he should begin to come to the fore.

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