Although the new Premier League season is in full-swing, there are some new, familiar and unfamiliar faces that have arrived on the English Premiership scene. Every Top flight club has brought in at least three additions to their squads, in the hope of reinvigorating their teams for the lengthy, turbulent season ahead.
Incoming Premier League Players To Watch
The former Barcelona regular was seen as excellent business from Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. The Chile international shone at the World Cup and likewise at Barcelona last season, firing home an impressive 21 goals for the Catalan side. The Chilean gives a far more deadly and clinical outlook to the Gunners, possessing the skill to both score and assist goals. Gunners fans will be hoping he demonstrates the same form for them as he did at Barcelona, firing them into Premier League contention.
After deciding not to pursue former star captain, Cesc Fabregas, Arsene Wenger missed out on the Spaniard, leaving the eager Blues boss, Jose Moirinho to snap up the Barcelona and Spain international. Fabregas brings a touch of spanish elegance and class to the Chelsea side, who were short of a truly influential playmaker in the heart of the midfield last season. The short stay in Barcelona seems to have had a positive impact on the player, bringing back some typical Barcelona characteristics to this new, modern Chelsea side.
Having impressed on a season long loan at Goodison Park, Roberto Martinez was determined to bring the Chelsea and Belgium forward, Romelu Lukaku back to the North West on a permanent deal. Scoring 16 goals last season the striker, was a major contributor to Everton’s successful season, coming 5th, narrowly missing out on a champions league spot and reaching the Europa League is no mean feet. The addition of Lukaku significantly strengthens Everton’s attacking options and brings the fear factor to opposition, his clinical finishing and physical presence will help Everton strive toward a Champions League place this season.
After having had a formidable season at high-flying Southampton, it was inevitable one of the Premier League giants would come calling for the Centre Back, Dejan Lovren. The highly rated defender was brought into Brendan Rodgers side for a “big money”‘fee of around 20 million pounds, to plug the hole that was leaking goals for the Reds last season. Lovren doesn’t just bring much needed defensively solidity, but he will also contribute to Liverpool’s goalscoring tally, which is fundamental now that the infamous Luis Suarez has left for Barcelona. Liverpool fans will be hoping that Lovren delivers on the European stage as well as nationally.
Club: Manchester City.
The Brazilian defensive midfielder arrived from Portuguese club, FC Porto on a somewhat bargain deal for the current Premier League Champions, Manchester City. The 6’1 rock brings contrasting attributes to that of the Yaya Toure and Fernandinho. He has been described as a player who “loves defending”, although only one game into the season, he has already demonstrated that he is an incredible, invaluable addition to the City squad. With an aggressive and courageous mentality, he has been likened to Chelsea legend, Claude Makelele, Fernando and Makelele alike love a challenge and act as a shield to the Defence, which will hopefully make it even harder for opposition to break them down this season.
Club: Manchester United.
At just 18 years of age, Luke Shaw has already surpassed what many players would have loved to achieve in their entire careers. The former Southampton left back was brought in as a replacement for Patrice Evra, who left for Juventus in the Summer. After losing three of their back four, it was a necessity that Van Gaal and United would purchase talented defenders to replace the holes left. Having had a phenomenal season at Southampton, Manchester United came swooping in for the defender, many hailing it as an exceptionally lucrative deal. Shaw offers serious pace and acceleration down the left flank, and is more than capable of getting forward and assisting goals. Many United fans will be hoping that he helps to restore them back into the top 4 this season.
Club: Tottenham Hotspur.
When has a young, Welsh left back ever worked for Tottenham?! Many will hope that Ben Davies may replicate the success Gareth Bale brought to the club, or at least get close to it! Either way, he’ll keep many a Spurs fan happy. Just 12 million for a player with such high potential is a great bargain. He is not only incredibly sound in defence, but he can also bomb down the wing and play a part in goalscoring, with an impeccable passing ability the Tottenham player wouldn’t look out of place in midfield.
With just 12 appearances in two years playing for Manchester City, Jack Rodwell made a surprise move to Sunderland this summer bringing much needed optimism to the Wearsiders. After leaving Everton at the tender age of 21, the nation expected great things of the hot prospect, Rodwell, unfortunately the midfielders progression was halted by injury and limited game time. Rodwell will bring attacking prowess to the Mackems, helping to provide them with goals, something the Sunderland side were clearly short of last season. The north easterners will be hoping the playmaker stays fit as he may well be crucial to The extent of Sunderland’s success this season.
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