15 exciting Premier League debutants to watch out for this weekend

 

15 exciting Premier League debutants to watch out for this weekend

first_img 15 15 15 15 15 15 3. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton) – Pep Guardiola is an open admirer of Hojbjerg, comparing the Denmark international to Sergio Busquets. The Saints and the Premier League could prove to be the perfect platform for a player with such a reputation to develop. Southampton have done an excellent job of nurturing midfield talent, with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Sadio Mane benefiting immensely from their time at St Mary’s. 15 15 6. Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham United) – Snapped up for free by the Hammers, Feghouli could prove to be an excellent addition to Bilic’s squad. With Andre Ayew also moving to the club, though, the Algerian will have his work cut out at cementing a regular spot in the starting line up so he’ll want a quick start in the Premier League. 15. Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) – Mendy has an almighty job of stepping into N’Golo Kante’s shoes next season. He will either be the weak link in the Foxes side or exactly what was required. It’s impossible to yet tell which way his influence could go. There’s a lot of pressure on the 24-year-old, but Claudio Ranieri has full confidence in his ability. 15 15 15 15 15 8. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) – Mkhitaryan was outstanding for Borussia Dortmund last season, but as Angel Di Maria showed, success prior to arrival means little. It’s a tougher league for the 27-year-old, one that will take some getting used to. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, though, will be relishing the prospect of linking up with the man who registered a Bundesliga highest of 14 assists last term. 14. Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) – Leeds fans were disappointed at Cook’s departure to Bournemouth, but few can blame the midfielder for feeling it was time to move on from Elland Road. With a bit of everything to offer in the centre of the park, he will certainly liven up the Cherries side. Many believe he could become a regular for the senior England team, if he can fulfil his potential. 7. Nolito (Manchester City) – Nolito is one of many signings Guardiola has completed this summer, and is expected to be thrown straight into action. The forward scored 12 and assisted seven last season. Raheem Sterling will be concerned by the Spaniard’s arrival, with his place far from guaranteed. 2. Eric Bailly (Manchester United) – Manchester United supporters were left impressed by Bailly’s performance in the Red Devils’ Community Shield victory over Leicester City. The signs are promising, with the Ivorian a no-nonsense defender. He’s the lowest profile of Jose Mourinho’s summer signings, but could turn out to be his most important. 15 4. Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) – After his brace against Barcelona in pre-season, expectations over Musa’s influence on the Foxes are high. The 23-year-old scored 13 and assisted five for CSKA Moscow last season and will be out to repeat such figures. Having kept hold of Jamie Vardy and it seeming as though Riyad Mahrez will stay put, Claudio Ranieri has a fine attack at his disposal. Some of Europe’s finest players return to the Premier League stage this weekend.Glamour names such as Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez will be back in action, hoping to fire their club to glory.It’s not only familiar faces that supporters will be met with, though.The summer transfer window has seen a whole host of exciting names move to England’s top flight, and those players are preparing for their debuts.So we’ve taken a look at 15 players set to make their first appearance in the Premier League who you should keep an eye on over the next few days.Check out who features by viewing the slideshow above. 12. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) – With Bafetimbi Gomis moving to Olympique Marseille, Francesco Guidolin needed a replacement. Llorente was the first to be brought in. The Spaniard has openly stated his desire to get back in the national squad after sealing his move to the Swans, suggesting he’s desperate to impress at the Liberty Stadium. Some may believe he’s past it, but he could be a surprise package in the Premier League. 10. Isaac Success (Watford) – Success reportedly rejected a whole host of top clubs before sealing a club record £12.5m move to the Hornets. He’s been handed the no.10 shirt, suggesting he’ll be one of the first names on Walter Mazzarri’s team sheet. The 20-year-old is far from the finished article, and it’ll be exciting to see him develop at Vicarage Road. 11. Joel Matip (Liverpool) – Jurgen Klopp has a plethora of options at centre back for the new season, with Matip, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Ragnar Klavan and Tiago Ilori all vying for a place. Matic, out of those available, looks the strongest option. He did, however, look unfit in Liverpool’s final pre-season game, in which the defender had just returned from injury. Should he feature, he could be rusty against Liverpool. 13. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) – Xhaka may not be the most exciting of midfielders, but he offers an edge that has been missing from the Gunners. He should complement Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil in the centre of the park, with the Switzerland international set to dictate play from deep. He could be an excellent signing by Arsene Wenger. 5. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) – While Harry Kane firmly remains Spurs’ first choice striker, acquiring competition for the England international was crucial over the summer. Mauricio Pochettino did just that, signing Janssen in an £18.5m deal from AZ Alkmaar. He finished top scorer of the Dutch Eredivisie last season with 27 scored. If he can continue his form at White Hart Lane, Tottenham could again prove a nuisance at the top of the table. 1. Rob Holding (Arsenal) – click the arrow above, right, to see 15 exciting players set to make their Premier League debut this weekend – An injury crisis will force Arsene Wenger into selecting a makeshift centre back partnership. Holding, a £2m signing from Bolton Wanderers, is expected to start alongside Calum Chambers in the heart of the Gunners’ defence. It’ll be a tough test for the 20-year-old in a difficult fixture against Liverpool. 15 9. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) – Despite costing £30m, very little has been said over Batshuayi. It still seems as though Diego Costa will remain first choice up top, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Belgium international is used by Antonio Conte. Such little expectation may work in his favour; he could be a surprise to Premier League supporters. last_img

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