Do any of the Premier League’s newcomers have a chance this season?
Which of the Premier League's new signings will impress this season? Could Eric Bailly shine for Man United?
The Premier League season of 2015/16 was probably the most astonishing ever seen in the top flight, with unlikely heroes Leicester City, who were tipped to be candidates for relegation, defying massive odds of 5000/1 to be crowned reigning champions for the first time ever.
But, is such a feat likely to be repeated this season, with some great newcomers to the teams? Unfortunately, it seems unlikely, with bookies still recovering from the huge pay-outs they were forced to make after Leicester’s surprise win. This season, bookmakers are definitely playing it safe, with the biggest price you can get being 1500/1, on Hull.
The CEO of Bookmaker Ratings, Paryur Shahbazyan, is also tipping this season to be the tightest ever at the top as “there are six teams as favourites to win with odds of 10/1 or less”. But, how is your favourite team faring when it comes to the odds, and how well are the newcomers expected to do?
Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)
Although the Germany international is set to miss the start of the season due to suffering from a dislocated kneecap which he obtained earlier this year, Manchester City fans are feeling hopeful that this midfielder will be able to quickly return to his best form when he finally makes a full recovery. With a dribble success rate that is the third best of any Bundesliga players to attempt fifty or more dribbles last season, it’s no surprise that Man City boss Pep Guardiola is one of his biggest fans and hopes that he will be able to return to top form in time to lead the team to success.
Idrissa Gueye (Everton)
It’s clear to see that Everton have been keeping their eye on international players over the summer, as they quickly identified Lille’s Gueye as an ideal replacement for Fabian Delph. Formally a top-rated midfielder, the Senegal international player is an impressive box-to-box footballer, scoring four goals in his last season along with maintaining averages of 3.1 tackles and 2.8 interceptions each game.
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Manchester United)
Manchester United are not messing around this season when it comes to making sure that they only have the best possible players, and Ibrahimović’s entrance to the team is arguably one of the biggest imports of the Premier League during the off-season so far. A number of English football fans have been granted their wish to see the former Inter Milan player take to the pitch on these shores, and with a track record of thirty-eight goals in Europe’s top five leagues last season, only Luis Suarez achieved a better score with just two more goals. Ibrahimović has also worked with new United boss Jose Mourinho, who brought out the best in him whilst playing for Inter Milan.
Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur)
Confirmation of Vincent Janssen’s arrival at Spurs saw the Dutch player become the first striker signed by Tottenham Spurs since Roberto Soldado back in 2013. Spurs fans are hopeful that Janssen, who scored more goals than any other player in the Dutch top tier of football last season, will have a huge impact on the team. However, there have been some concerns as to how Janssen is going to fare playing for Spurs given the mixed success rate of swapping Dutch football for English, something that only time will tell.
Eric Bailly (Manchester United)
Manchester United, under new management from former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, is expected to fare well this season after a tough few years since the exit of beloved long-standing boss Alex Ferguson. The team, which seemed to fall apart quite quickly after Ferguson’s retirement, has appeared to have found its feet again with the guidance of the man who led Chelsea to victory in the Premier League in 2015. Bailly’s was the first big-money signing at Old Trafford this summer, hoping that he will strengthen a defence that produced the joint-fewest goals last season.
Which newcomers to the Premier League do you think are going to be the most promising for this season? Which new faces do you think could lead their teams to glory? We’d love to hear your opinions – join the Premier League 2016/17 discussion in the comments!