Written by Tom Owen
With it very early days in the Premier League, we are seeing sides slowly get going and starting to make their mark with their new players and approach this campaign, so while we’ve already witnessed a few new players already make their mark here are 4 Premier League players to look out for the whole season ahead.
Bernardo Silva was part of the Monaco side that surprised the whole of Europe last season. The club, backed by a billionaire owner, reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and beat PSG to the Ligue 1 title. Since joining from Benfica in 2014, the Portuguese winger flourished on the Cote D’Azur scoring 24 goals in 101 league games. After having a brilliant 16-17 campaign, a move to a bigger club was well deserved. Jose Mourinho said he would “Welcome Silva to Old Trafford” However he snubbed a move to United and chose to instead work with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Silva cost City £43 million and joined a plethora of attacking stars at The Etihad. Citizens will expect him to link up well with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Aguero, Sane, Sterling, De Bruyne and co. City, who many tip to win the league this season, have one of the best attacks in world football and if Silva starts in his preferred position on the right, he will set the Premier League alight.
Jesé Rodriquez’s career has been in decline for the past few years. The Spaniard was once one of Real Madrid’s most promising young stars and was awarded the Golden Boot at the European Under-19 Championship however injuries and lack of first team action meant that he spent most of his time at Los Blancos on the sidelines. The winger left the Bernabéu with two Champions Leagues, a La Liga, Copa Del Rey and a Club World Cup under his belt. Despite this haul of silverware, Jesé had still not lived up to his huge potential. He struggled to settle at PSG and just 4 months after arriving in France, he returned to his boyhood club. He signed for Las Palmas on loan until the end of the season but failed to regain his form, scoring just 3 goals. Stoke have a history of signing high profile players with the likes of Bojan, Shaqiri and Afellay all playing for the Potters and Mark Hughes decided to replace Marko Arnautovic with the former Real Madrid man. Jesé is quick, direct and skillful and if he stays injury free at the Bet365 Stadium, he could reignite his career.
Jairo Riedewald is the perfect fit for the Premier League. He is strong, comfortable on the ball, quick and versatile. A product of Ajax’s illustrious youth academy, Riedewald played 63 times for the Dutch team and won one Eredivise title. Although he is predominantly a centre back, he can also play at right back and is comfortable in defensive midfield. Frank De Boer, Riedewald’s manager at Ajax, brought him to South London for a mere £8 million. Only being 20, he has bags of potential and has already played for The Netherlands 4 times. If Palace manage to buy Mamadou Sakho after having him on loan last year, they will be a solid defensive partnership. This transfer may have gone under the radar due to the astronomic fees players are bought for nowadays but Riedewald could be an excellent signing for the Eagles.
Andrew Robertson is one of the few Hull players that impressed last season. The Tigers were relegated despite a resurgence in form towards the end of the campaign. Robertson impressed with his attacking performances and was one of the bright sparks in Hull’s team. Jürgen Klopp has shown a lot of faith in the Scottish international as he could have signed a player with a much bigger reputation. James Milner played as a makeshift left back for the whole of last season but he is much more suited to a position in midfield. Robertson will be the Red’s first choice left back as Alberto Moreno has failed to impress Klopp while at the club. It will be interesting to see whether Robertson is capable of making the step up to Champions League football. Many Liverpool fans may have been underwhelmed with this signing after hoping a bigger name would come to Anfield but Robertson has potential to be one of the best full backs in the league.
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