Five Premier League debutants – Will they fit in?


With the transfer window well and truly shut until January, and all the hype around Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sanchez, Riyad Mahrez and Diego Costa now subsided – and none moved clubs, Sam May takes a look at the ones who got into the Premier League under the radar and assesses how they might fair.

Managers are under pressure after three games now – just ask Slavan Bilić and Frank De Boer, so with the trap door only opening 18 league games away, or almost half of the season, the new recruits will have to make a mark quickly.

Serge Aurier as replacement for Kyle Walker may be great business at half of Walkers fee, but the man from the Ivory Coast is not without crossing the line – not on the pitch, but off it. Outbursts against former players and coaches will not be tolerated by Spurs or the FA. He looks a good prospect, but the Premier League is not the easy street Paris St Germain enjoy in France – so expect fireworks.

Renato Sanchez’s move to Swansea, has raised many an eyebrow. But Paul Clement knows him from old and has opened the door for the midfielder to showcase his abilities in the toughest league in the world, with an average outfit. Expect flashes of brilliance, but will he track back at Turf Moor on a wet Wednesday in winter, I doubt it. Welcome to the real-world Renato.

Davide Zappacosta joined fellow countryman Antonio Conte as a second choice behind Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who chose Liverpool, and the last-minute move might work out if the Champions get into full gear. One things for sure is when Conte bellows orders at least Davide will understand him.

Aleksandar Dragović, yes, I here you say, who’s he? Well he was the player sent off in Austria’s first game in the 2016 Euros and then missed a penalty against Iceland, England’s slayers. He helped his country to bottom of the group. The Premier League and Leicester are waiting.

Brighton’s new boy Ezequiel Schelotto has been to more clubs than Wayne Rooney, so expect the Seagulls to be just another one on the list. At 2.8 Million though he may prove to be the best buy of the five on the list.

All are professionals, but they are all in for a fiery baptism.


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