Whether you are planning your Fantasy Football team or simply preparing for the new season, it is one of the most important parts of the summer to find out which newcomers to keep an eye on.
The Premier League will see countless new faces in 2021/22, with some seal transfers to the division and others emerging from the championship with Norwich, Watford and Brentford. No matter how they got there, there are many who want to prove that they deserve to stay.
Let’s take a look at some of the best.
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– Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) June 28, 2021
A one-time goal for Liverpool, Milot Rashica gets his first taste of Premier League action with newcomers Norwich City.
Rashica is probably a versatile forward who loves to run against opponents and use both his movement and dribbling to burn defenders.
He can be very problematic on the counter and will consider picking up more than a few goals for Daniel Farke’s side.
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– Ibrahima Konate (@IbrahimaKonate_) July 12, 2021
At RB Leipzig, there was so much attention on Dayot Upamecano that Ibrahima Konate often flew under the radar, although some scouts feel he is the better player of the two.
Liverpool proved their faith in the high midfielder with a deal of 36 million pounds and brought the man called Ibou over to Anfield to rejuvenate his defense.
Konate was excellent in the Bundesliga and looks ready for life in the English top flight. He will press Joe Gomez in regular minutes and there are very good chances that he will win the battle.
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– Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 3, 2021
Romain Perraud played for a struggling Brest side and did not always attract much attention and allowed him to flourish into one of Ligue 1’s best defenders without much pressure.
The Frenchman attacks with real aggression and knows how to turn it into a goal, hitting three and adding seven assists for a side that only avoided a drop game with one point.
He beat his weight well in Brest, and now Southampton hope to give him a bigger platform to continue his exciting development.
Toney is a prolific goal scorer / Clive Rose / Getty Images
Ivan Toney is not the same player who managed ten minutes of action for Newcastle 2015/16.
Now he is a prolific goal scorer and has made a mockery of the Football League in recent seasons. He scored 31 goals in the championship last year with Brentford – the division has never seen a better return.
He will not match that number this year, but as far as out-and-out goal scorers go, Toney can hold on to most. He’s a Fantasy League gem.
Mbeumo shone during his debut season in England / Ashley Western / MB Media / Getty Images
Toney’s partner, French winger Bryan Mbeumo, made his own share of looting in the championship to eight goals and 11 assists.
Identified in the same recruiting drive that has made Brentford so famous, Mbeumo is an intelligent winger who uses his brain to his advantage, passing at the right time and identifying the best space on the pitch.
Championship defenders could not match him, and Mbeumo hopes to have a similar impact in the Premier League.
Mwepu has plenty of experience at a high level / Soccrates Images / Getty Images
Zambian midfielder Enock Mwepu was named ‘The Computer’ by Red Bull Salzburg fans for his intelligence and ability to read the game in midfield, and Brighton hope to see a similar level of intelligence.
Specifically compared to Yaya Toure and Patrick Vieira in the past, Mwepu has already proven himself against the highest opposition. He shone in the Champions League against Liverpool in a 4-3 thriller in 2019, passed quickly and pressed aggressively.
Mwepu is the definition of a modern midfielder, and Brighton, who paid £ 18 million to sign him, could quickly start to look like a bargain.
The man like Daka? pic.twitter.com/wDct6AzCdt
– Leicester City (@LCFC) July 16, 2021
Another Zambian who will take the Premier League by storm, Patson Daka joins Leicester after succeeding in his job as Erling Haaland’s successor in Salzburg.
A powerful, agile forward, Daka scored 27 goals in just 28 games in Austria last year and made a higher pace than Haaland during his last six months at the club.
We all know what Haaland has done since he left Salzburg, and Leicester hope to see Daka reach the same heights.
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– Leicester City (@LCFC) July 16, 2021
Title-winning midfielders with soaring potential are usually not available for £ 17m, so you can see why Leicester jumped at the chance to bring Boubakary Soumare over from Lille.
Often compared to Paul Pogba for his frame and technical quality, Foxes fans can expect to see Soumare act as a box-to-box midfielder, cleaning up the back before charging forward with unstoppable strength.
Praised for both his recovery and ability to turn things around with quick passes, Soumare could easily triple his value with a good season in the Premier League.
Raya has shone for Brentford / Alex Pantling / Getty Images
Arsenal made a big fuss about trying to sign Brentford’s David Raya last summer, and now fans will have the chance to see why.
A goalkeeper in the form of Man City’s Ederson, Raya is proud of his pass and distribution. He is at his best with the ball at his feet and is not afraid to hurry out of goal to get it.
A common criticism of Raya is his frame, which is not the greatest for a goalkeeper, but he does more than enough to compensate for it.
– Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) July 18, 2021
Crystal Palace have taken a big risk by shooting out 18 million pounds for center-back Marc Guehi.
He has not yet proven himself in the top flight, but was ranked very high at Chelsea and justified the potential that was loaned out to Swansea last season and established himself as one of the league’s best young defenders.
As with these players, it’s about whether they can adapt to life in the Premier League. If Guehi settles down quickly, he could prove to be a monstrous addition to the back line of the Palace.
Welcome to the Palace, Michael Olise ✍️ # CPFC | https://t.co/utMcYSlISB
– Crystal Palace FC (@CPFC) July 8, 2021
Much of what has been said about Guehi concerns former Reading star Michael Olise.
Temporarily a product from the Chelsea Academy as well, Olise dazzled in the championship last year in the same way as current Palace favorite Ebere Eze did in 2019/20. Seven goals and 12 assists from midfield are no mean feat.
Still only 19, Olise is full of both quality and potential. He’s just started.
Dennis wants to start his career / Lars Baron / Getty Images
If Emmanuel Dennis’ name rings a bell to you, it’s probably because he’s the guy who put two past Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu 2019.
Still only 23 years old, Dennis is an exciting striker who only cares about scoring goals and hitting defenders with his agility. He brings with him the kind of style of play that should get Watford fans out of their seats.
His career slowed down somewhat after that night at the Bernabeu, but if he settled quickly he could easily take the Premier League by storm.