Tomorrow is the start of the new Premier League season, and all the eyes will be on how the new signings will settle in. Who this year will be last season’s Alexis Sanchez and start off with a bang? Who will turn out to be last year’s Di Maria and fail to perform? Here are the new signings to look out for this weekend…
Dimitri Payet for West Ham
The French attacking midfielder moved to East London from Marseille this summer and is a definite coup for West Ham. Payet was statistically one of the most creative players in Europe last season, trailing only Messi in successful through-balls played, and finished last season with an impressive 17 assists. His creative spark could be the key to a successful domestic season for West Ham, who were recently eliminated from the Europa League and face tough opposition this weekend in the form of Arsenal.
Memphis Depay for Manchester United
21-year-old Depay has already shown his talent for Manchester United this pre-season, and is certainly one to look out for this weekend if he makes his Premier League debut. The Dutch forward is supremely talented, and his £25 million transfer to United this summer shows how highly Louis van Gaal rates him. It was well known how much creativity and attacking prowess United lacked last season, and it will be interesting to see how much of a difference the young dynamo can make.
Petr Cech for Arsenal
It has been lauded as one of Arsenal most important signings, and the evidence so far suggest that Arsenal’s capture of ex-Chelsea number 1 Petr Cech will be a resounding success. The Gunners’ pre-season ‘treble’ has seen them come into the Premier League season in top form and fitness, and with the 33-year-old Czech between the sticks, Arsenal’s defensive record will surely improve from last season. His influence could be seen this weekend if Arsenal take an early lead against West Ham – expect an added assuredness from them whilst defending.
Raheem Sterling for Man City
Probably the most high-profile transfer in the Premier League this summer, Sterling’s move to Man City stole the headlines thanks to the £49 million price tag. The ex-Liverpool forward had a rather underwhelming season last year compared to his 2013-14 season, and some fans are still unsure whether the move will work out. Man City had little trouble scoring goals last year thanks to the always-impressive Aguero, but Sterling should provide more creativity, dynamism and cutting edge to the City attack. A visit to West Brom on Monday night is not the easiest of Premier League debuts, though.
Roberto Firmino for Liverpool
Liverpool’s newest Brazilian recruit has been on fire for the last year or so, scoring 32 goals from attacking midfield for Hoffenheim in the last two seasons. Even though Benteke is possibly more what Liverpool needed, Firmino’s Premier League debut should provide an insight into how well his game is suited to the English game and how well he will combine with compatriot Coutinho. The £29 million move will put added pressure on to the 23-year-old’s shoulders, but his playing style should complement that of the Liverpool front men.
Aleksandar Mitrovic for Newcastle
The talented young Serb moved to Newcastle this summer for £13 million and has already shown how good a striker he is in his short career. In just two seasons, the powerful frontman was a resounding success, scoring 36 goals in 69 games. Newcastle were toothless in front of goal for large parts of last season, and Mitrovic should rectify this problem (as long as he gets some assistant from the midfield).