After a crazy summer transfer window, in which Premier League teams outlaid a collective £1.62bn on new faces, a few names have yet to make their debuts for their new clubs; whether that’s down to injury or international clearance is a matter of circumstance, but nevertheless, expectant fans are craving the first sighting of their club’s new boys donning the shirt.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most exciting new signings yet to make their first appearance…
9. Kevin Wimmer – Stoke
Transfer fee: £18m
The Austrian international has found game time hard to come by in north London following his £4.3m move from FC Koln two years ago, and will surely have better experiences in his new Staffordshire environment.
Wimmer is expected to play on the left side of a back three including himself, Kurt Zouma and Bruno Martins Indi, with Jack Butland serving as the last line of defence; a formidable back line for any opponent to face.
When called upon for Spurs, Wimmer always put in a solid, reliable display, and at the age of 24, he will only get better under Mark Hughes.
8. Wilfried Bony – Swansea
Transfer fee: £12m
After losing Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente – their top two scorers from the previous campaign – Swansea fans’ pain will be eased slightly by the return of ‘daddy cool’ Wilfried Bony.
The Ivorian returns to the Liberty Stadium after tough spells at both Manchester City and Stoke, and will hope to rediscover the sort of form that made the former shell out around £28m for him.
In familiar surroundings, and spearheading a side whose style of football suits him down to the ground, there is no reason why Bony cannot hit the heady heights of years gone by.
7. Danny Drinkwater – Chelsea
Transfer fee: £35m
Many Chelsea fans will be underwhelmed with their deadline day capture of the Manchester United academy graduate, especially given the fact that they lost Serbian stalwart Nemanja Matic to Jose Mourinho’s side earlier in the summer for a mere £5m more.
On the flip side, Drinkwater may still become a vital player in his own right at Stamford Bridge, even more so given the fact that he arguably played the best football of his career alongside N’Golo Kante during the pair’s time at Leicester.
6. Serge Aurier – Tottenham
Transfer fee: £23m
Sold Kyle Walker and Kevin Wimmer for £68m; signed Davinson Sanchez and Serge Aurier for £65m: Spurs certainly know how to do business.
In particular, the acquisition of Ivory Coast international Aurier may prove to be a very exciting one, especially given the fact that Mauricio Pochettino likes to operate his full backs high up the pitch.
The 24-year-old has an abundance of pace, as well as a devilish delivery in his right boot, and could be the perfect full back for the north London side to move on from the loss of Kyle Walker.
5. Fernando Llorente – Tottenham
Transfer fee: £12m
The World Cup winner notched 15 goals for the Swans last season as they scraped Premier League survival, most of them with his head, and expertly bought others into play with his exquisite hold up play.
Spurs may have nabbed a bargain in acquiring the 32-year-old for a mere £12m, as he will offer a different skill set up top than that offered by Harry Kane. The Spaniard’s aerial prowess will allow the north Londoner’s a chance to mix their game plan up a bit should it be required, and should offer the strength in depth Mauricio Pochettino so desperately needs.
4. Renato Sanches – Swansea
Transfer fee: Loan
The 20-year-old is looking to reignite his stagnating career in south Wales under former Bayern Munich coach Paul Clement, after a disappointing season at the Allianz Arena which saw him warm the bench following a £35m move from Benfica.
The Portuguese international, nominated Euro 2016 Young Player of the Tournament and 2016 Golden Boy, definitely has pedigree about him and bagfuls of talent. Perhaps a change of scenery and an arm round the shoulder from a familiar face in Clement is just what the precocious talent needs.
3. Grzegorz Krychowiak – West Brom
Transfer fee: Loan
West Brom pulled off one of the transfer coups of the summer when they announced the signing of Krychowiak on deadline day, initially on a season-long loan deal.
The Poland international, who joined PSG from Sevilla in a £26m deal last summer, will link up with Tony Pulis’ side and look to screen the back four as effectively as he did in Spain, where he helped Sevilla to three successive Europa League titles.
The 27-year-old is a classy operator, who reads the game well, tackles effectively, and keeps the game ticking over nicely with tidy passing, and West Brom can pat themselves on the back for acquiring his coveted signature.
2. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Liverpool
Transfer fee: £35m
The Southampton academy graduate grew tired of north London after years of mediocrity at Arsenal, and will feel that his own career may be stagnating after such promising early years.
The 24-year-old reportedly took a £60k pay cut per week to swap the Emirates for Anfield, after turning down Chelsea following claims they planned to use him at right wing back.
If played centrally, and in a high tempo pressing machine that Jurgen Klopp’s sides love to utilise, then Oxlade-Chamberlain could yet fulfill his massive potential and become the dynamic box to box midfielder he was destined to be.
1. Davinson Sanchez – Tottenham
Transfer fee: £42m
The 21-year-old powerhouse (yes, 21) became Spurs’ record signing when he put pen to paper on a £42m move from Ajax this summer, and fans of the north London side should be licking their lips at the potential of the Colombian under Mauricio Pochettino’s tutelage.
The Atletico National academy graduate only joined the Eredivise side last summer in a £5m deal, and leaves the club one year later for £37m more and having been nominated player of the season in his one year at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
His potential knows no bounds, and at such a young age, his physical, mental and technical attributes are scarily impressive. The best defence in the Premier League last season just got better.