Eriksen & Martinez transformed us, no doubts about it, but If Antony will keep chipping with goals and provide that alternative from right to lack of vital striker, think he could even challenge these two in hierarchy at some point.Based on what we've seen so far I'd rank them thus:
1. Eriksen - makes our whole team tick
2. Martinez - exactly what we need at the back, he's got fire in his belly but he's not reckless like Rojo and Bailly. He is assured, calm, and brilliant at passing forward. Could end up being number 1 by the end of the season dependent on how consistent he and Eriksen are
3. Malacia - strong start although I'm worried like many of our fullback signings over recent years he's just not quite the level required, he gives 100% and clearly has some strong qualities but has shown himself prone to making silly mistakes. I remember quite clearly us all being excited over the likes of Darmian and Telles after a couple of games.
4. Casemiro - he will come good, but does he fit the system?
5. Antony - not been impressed at all so far, seems a bit of a show pony and bar his goal and a couple of nice passes not really offered much of an attacking threat, but as with Casemiro it's fairly early days.
I think by the end of the season Antony will have climbed to 3, and Malacia will drop - serving as a very strong back up to make Shaw perform better (which clearly he needs).
Casemiro tbh for me doesn't matter if he fit entirely the system. Splashing 50m for highest end DM should result in visible impact. No excuses for him. He comes back from internationals and Ten Hag will have full right to expect injection of midfield quality during matches vs City, Spurs or anyone for that matter. If he need more minutes on the pitch, then at some point we're going have to take the risk, with fixtures every 3 days.
Malacia is prone to mistakes just like Dalot, Martinez or even Varane for that matter. Thankfully he's no risk signing, great fee and character is way more dynamic than what Darmian ever shown. No bigger worries about him and tbh I'd expect more from Shaw to see if he finally got what it takes, or we should send him back to Soton.
Think Dubravka despite low key status is already doing his job by applying psychological pressure. If De Gea wants to be still considered real thing, he'll be forced to improve or be forced out of equation.