Five newbies who can hit the ground running
ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN 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 €40million 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 tomorrow 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 would be a good option off the bench for Pulis at Brighton.
The Spanish striker 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 32year-old. If Everton see off the threat of Kane at Goodison Park this 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.