The Premier League resumes this weekend after an eventful end to the summer transfer window.
Although the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Virgil van Dijk and Riyad Mahrez were all forced to stay put, deadline day helped whet the appetite for the return of domestic football after the international break.
Here, we select five players to keep an eye on as they aim to impress their new club.
Snatched from the clutches of Chelsea, the former Arsenal man has plenty to prove at Anfield as he aims to finally fulfil his potential at Liverpool. The Etihad Stadium is the perfect stage for the midfielder to start repaying the £35million the Reds paid for him, although he may be limited to a cameo role against Manchester City following the Reds’ thumping 4-0 win over the Gunners in their last game.
Swansea lost key playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson during the transfer window but arguably pulled off the deal of deadline day with the capture of Sanches on loan from Bayern Munich. The Portugal international is rated as one of the most talented young midfielders in Europe and Swansea fans will arrive at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the game against Newcastle expecting the 20-year-old to shine.
A player with genuine European pedigree, the classy midfielder was a real coup for West Brom. The Poland international joined the Baggies on a season-long loan from Paris St Germain and is likely to make Tony Pulis’ side even more difficult to beat. Krychowiak has yet to play this season but would be a good option off the bench for Pulis at Brighton.
The Spaniard provides quality cover for Harry Kane in the Tottenham attack. A player who has won the World Cup and European Championship as well as the Europa League at Sevilla and three Serie A titles with Juventus, Spurs have the perfect back-up in the 32-year-old. If Everton see off the threat of Kane at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, they will know their work is not done.
The England midfielder has joined former Leicester team-mate N’Golo Kante in the Chelsea midfield and he faces an immediate reunion with his former club. It remains to be seen what kind of reaction Drinkwater receives from the Foxes fans after he expressed his desire to leave the club, but it has certainly added more spice to the fixture. Leicester v Kante and Drinkwater is a battle every football fan wants to see.
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