Five new­bies who can hit the ground run­ning

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

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.

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