With the start of the Premier League only just over a week away, you would expect that most clubs would have finished their transfer business by now, but that isn’t the case. With the transfer window still open until the end of August, it is no surprise that clubs are still in the market.
That notwithstanding, almost all the clubs have done some bit of business this summer. From Manchester City’s signings of Leroy Sane and Nolito, to Arsenal, Takumo Asano and Rob Holding, Manchester Uniteds capture of Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it is not surprising that it is the big clubs that appear to be signing the big names.
That hasn’t stopped clubs like Leicester City, who have signed Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa and so on. Here, we take a look at the seven players we expect to take the Premier League by storm next season.
- Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City)
The Egyptian may have been an unheralded signing given the more stellar names that have joined other Premier League clubs, but expect a lot from him. Blessed with trickery and imagination, the19-year old attacking midfielder also has goals to his game. 11 goals in 55 appearances for Al Ahly says a lot for a player only just coming through.
- Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)
The midfielder signed from Borussia Monchengladbach, is set for a big season for the Gunners next term. Arsenal have lacked a real midfield general since Patrick Vieira left and even though they have had some similar imitations in the past, none have come close. While Xhaka isn’t exactly the Vieira-esque kind of player, he does look like a player that will give the club the midfield leader it has lacked for years.
- Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham)
Joined from Valencia, the highly-rated Algerian deserves all the hype he gets. Ability to play in a variety of attacking positions, he will give the Hammers more dept in the new season and if you were so impressed by Dimitri Payet last season, just wait for this.
- Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
The youngster is still yet unproven at the very highest level but his signing brings the prospect of excitement to the Etihad. Quick and skillful, Sane looks the real deal and surely looks like a player that will take the world by storm, not just the Premier League. He’s one to watch out for.
- Vincent Janssen (Tottenham)
Spurs have not particularly been lucky with strikers in recent seasons with the exception of Harry Kane but even then, they still needed another option to the England international. While his arrival may not have warranted the hype that greeted Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival at Manchester United, but his 27 goals in 34 games for AZ Alkmaar last season means he is one player to keep an eye on.
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)
When was the last time United made a ‘box office’ signing? It looks like centuries ago and forget the impending £100m capture of Paul Pogba, Ibrahimovic is the real star signing of the summer for them. He’s 34 and this may well be his last opportunity at the very top, but when we say ‘box office’, we mean box office! He will surely take the Premier League by storm.
- Ahmed Musa (Leicester City)
What more can we say? He has already hit the ground running and his two goals against Barcelona in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday says a lot about his quality. He will bring Champions League experience to the Foxes, who will play in the competition for the first time. If you think Jamie Vardy swept Premier League defences last season with his pace, just wait for Ahmed ‘Air Nigeria’ Musa.