PL Season Preview: The New Signings So Far

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As the Euros are beginning to wind down, activity in the transfer market is beginning to heat up. This will be the first entry in what will become a weekly rundown of the transfers so far. We’re headlined by Jadon Sancho finally getting his move to Manchester United but he’s not the only impactful signing to happen so far.

Jadon Sancho Winger - Broussia Dourtmund -> Manchester United

A move many years in the making is finally done! Sancho is a Manchester United player and he even got rewarded with a start for England as well. Sancho is likely to slot right into United’s first XI playing the right wing instead of Mason Greenwood. This would mean that Greenwood, Edison Cavani, and Anthony Martial would be competing for one spot playing down the middle or on the right wing depending on where Marcus Rashford is at the moment. Considering the talent of Greenwood compared to the health of Martial and the age of Cavani, this is a battle that I like Greenwood to come out ahead on.

FPL wise, if Sancho is priced at 9.0m or under he’s going right into my team. Considering he’s been involved in 114 goals during 137 appearances for Dortmund even if his production drops a little, you’re looking at a top-tier midfielder. Also, Sancho may be involved in some set plays as well which is another boon to his value.

Romain Perraud Left Back - Stade Brest 29 -> Southampton

Losing Ryan Bertrand, who will be signing on a free transfer with Leicester City, Southampton was in dire need of a left-back as well as outside depth in defense. Perraud will slot right into the starting XI considering his seven assists were top among Ligue 1 defenders. Essentially averaging a key pass and a shot per game, Perraud won’t have any issue bombing forward in a Ralph Hasunhuttl attack. Where the issues lie is in defense. Perraud is much more adept in the attacking third and will bring a downgrade from what Bertrand brought to an already ailing defense.

Fantasy wise any attack-minded fullback is worth watching as Perraud brings more value than Kyle Walker-Peters but I need to see much more from Southampton to regain confidence in their defensive assets on a regular basis. Depth along the line, midfield help, and a keeper would be a good start.

Jack Harrison Winger - Manchester City -> Leeds United

Not much needs to be said about Harrison’s move to Leeds United outside of thank goodness that it’s finally a permanent move instead of year four of loans. If the figures are correct and it was only a 13 million pound move, that’s an absolute steal but we won’t know for a little if there were any addons. Harrison, Raphina, and Patrick Bamford will look to continue being a fearsome threesome and avoid a sophomore slump in the Premier League.

Boubakary Soumare Defensive Midfielder - Lille -> Leicester City
Depth was an issue for a Leicester as they blew Champions League qualification due to injures and bad form so Brenden Rodgers came into this offseason with a goal to improve depth at as many positions as possible. Adding Soumare considering that Wilfred Ndidi will miss around ten games this season due to injuries along with AFCON will improve Leicester by leaps and bounds. Also, this gives Rodgers an option to close up shop by tossing multiple defensive midfielders on the pitch at the same time. SOumare played a key role in Lille’s French title averaging essentially two tackles and two interceptions per 90 minutes while also being good in the air. The hope is that being around Ndidi he’ll be able to grow into a similar player because he can get molded.

This also gives Leicester other options in Europe so they won’t be as prone to shock losses this season.

Billy Gilmour Midfielder - Chelsea -> Norwich City (Loan)

There isn’t a ton of data to go off of here with Gilmour having only 13 first-team appearances for Chelsea but assuming that Oliver Skipp gets a chance with the first-team squad for Tottenham, this is a good move for Norwich. Playing in Daniel Farke’s system, Gilmour will get plenty of chances to show that he can dictate an attack and with Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell ahead of him, there will be a few assists from deep too. This is a good loan for seeing what Gilmour can do on the big stage after he has had good showings in spurts.

Patson Daka Forward - Red Bull Salzburg -> Leicester City

Copy and paste everything about Leicester improving their depth bringing in Daka from Austria. Linked to a move to Red Bull Leipzig as well as Liverpool, this is a coupe of a signing for the Foxes. Kelechi Iheanacho will miss time for AFCON and Jamie Vardy finally began to show his age for Leicester last season. They’ll finally start thinking about the long-term future of the front line and that is a future that Daka should be a part of. Daka is coming off of a season during which he scored 27 goals and laid on four assists while putting almost 50 percent of his shots on target.

While the Austrian league isn’t a great one, Daka was also effective in Europe and brings a strong presence in the air too. What’s most important to translate to Leicester is Daka’s positioning. He gets where he needs to be, their playmakers will find him and Daka will put it home.

51 – Patson Daka scored 51 goals in 59 appearances in the Austrian Bundesliga in the last two seasons; the most of any player in the competition in this period, while 46 of these goals were netted from inside the box. Fox. pic.twitter.com/CXLPzz7T4D

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 30, 2021

Nathan Collins Center Back - Stoke City -> Burnley

Whenever Burnley signs a center back, the Premier League should take notice. This is a move that adds much-needed depth and youth to an aging backline bringing in a strong defender from Stoke City (yes, bad teams have good defenders too). Collins has played both center back and right back so it’s natural to suggest that the 20-year-old will backup James Tarkowski while being the replacement when he is eventually sold. Collins has shown promise but is also a raw prospect that can be nurtured under Sean Dyche. While Collins likely won’t make much of an impact this season it is good to see Burnley taking steps to get younger as a team.

Angus Gunn Keeper - Southampton -> Norwich City

Tim Krul isn’t getting any younger so Norwich City is bringing in Gunn to offer competition and a younger backup. With Orjan Nyland being the current backup, Gunn who was a highly rated prospect can offer more upside to hopefully be the guy between the sticks in the future.

Milot Rashica Left Winger - Werder Bremen -> Norwich City

Rashica is a tough guy to get a handle on. It’s even tougher when he’s the direct replacement for Emi Buendía at Norwich. Rashica was involved in 36 goals over slightly over 100 appearances for Werder Bremen while playing both wings and down the middle. He also was on some set plays but his best attribute was his dribbling. Completing 2.6 dribbles per 90 while also uncorking 2.5 shots per 90, Rashica is somewhat of a cross between Onel Hernández and Todd Cantwell. Useful to Norwich but not close to benign able to even try matching what Buendia left.

Going into a team that is one of the odds on favorites for being relegated this season I can’t get too excited about Rashica to start the season but if the Buendia money is used to settle the midfield so all the attention isn’t on wide areas, that’s when this signing gets a lot more interesting. Watch this space as, over the next few weeks, the Canaries could end up with enough firepower to make some noise similar to their last campaign in the league.

Emmanuel Dennis Forward - Club Brugge -> Watford

Dennis is a talented forward more comfortable taking up wide positions or playing off of another forward but attitude and work rate has been an issue throughout his young career. In an interview Cologne’s sporting director said,

“He’s not an easy guy. We knew about this problem, but we took too much risk. We misjudged that,” Heldt admitted to the German sports website in early June. “Dennis caused a stir because his behaviour was not what the squad needs to be doing. We then dropped him because our priority was the group.

“That was a bad transfer, that is my responsibility.”

That’s quite the damning statement but the move to Watford could be a breath of fresh air. If Dennis can harness his potential, this could be one of the signings of the summer.

Yerson Mosquera Center Back - Atletico Nacional -> Wolverhampton

A raw defender, the hope is that Wolves can nurture Mosquera to reach his potential. Depending on the outgoings, he could see some time with the first team but I doubt that we’ll see Mosquera play much time this season. Of all the future prospects on the list of transfers completed so far, Mosquera is one who will have the longest to go before cracking the first team. But he could also be the best prospect of the bunch too.