Five Fantastic New Arrivals To Watch In The Premier League This Season
It feels like just last week we were all locked into World Cup mode, but the kick-off of the Premier League season is already upon us! Friday night sees Manchester United and Leicester City lock horns in the opening fixture live on Sky Sports Premier League, with three more live games following over the weekend and a whopping 126 across the season as a whole – click here to find out how to add Sky Sports ahead of a blockbuster feast of footy!
And while there’s a few days until the transfer window slams shut, there’s been plenty of eye-catching moves already made over the past few months; we’ve selected a handful that are really worth paying attention to…
The Reds have had their difficulties between the posts – and that’s putting it nicely! That’s why they had little hesitation in forking out £66.8m – a record for a goalie – to bring over the Brazilian shot-stopper from Roma. Widely regarded as one of the finest on the planet, he boasts the sort of distribution skills that allow him to set up as many goals as he stops; having added the likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho further upfield, many think that Anfield could be the title destination come season’s end.
Having impressed for Uruguay during the World Cup, the ball-winning midfielder arrives from Italy with a sterling reputation. All signs point towards this being the season where the underachieving Gunners are likely to revamp their style somewhat – and the addition of a sturdy presence in the centre of the park may well be the first indication of what we can expect as the side enters their brave, new, Wenger-less world…
Another player born in Brazil (although playing international football for Italy), the midfielder is, quite simply, a passing machine. Comfortable as a box-to-box workhorse or filling a deep creative role, his playmaking ability should prove the perfect accompaniment to N’Golo Kanté’s legendary industriousness. Stamford Bridge has been abuzz as new boss Maurizio Sarri goes about implementing his gameplan; expect the regista to make his presence felt early and often…
If there’s one thing we’ve learned this summer, it’s that the French know how to develop footballers – and that’s why the Hammers moved to nail down the signing of this highly-rated central defender. Outstanding in the air and quick on the deck, his athleticism and youth (still just 21 years of age) prompted the club to pay more than £20m for his services; with a summer haul that also includes Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, fans might well be blowing bubbles at London Stadium this year!
One more Brazilian for good measure?! Arriving from Shakhtar Donestsk, he’s unlikely to be the centre of attention in the centre of the park – that dubious honour falling to Paul Pogba. The hope at Old Trafford is that the two can combine at the heart of everything, and if the newcomer’s presence is enough to enable the much-maligned Frenchman to stamp his authority on the game, then the £50m price-tag will begin to look like a bargain. Probably won’t stop José Mourinho whinging, mind…
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