The wait for the 2021-22 season of the Premier League is almost over with Brentford hosting Arsenal in the first game of the season on Friday, August 13. As always, the rumour mills have been generating quite the transfer gossip all summer, but we have already seen a number of blockbuster signings completed as clubs finalise their preparations for the new season.
Without further ado, here’s a look at our picks for the top five players who likely to make an instant impact in the upcoming Premier League season.
5. Ben White
Mikel Arteta has drilled Arsenal into a much more defensively sound unit since his appointment as head coach, and the arrival of Ben White for £50 million from Brighton will surely help further address the Gunner’s problems at the back.
There have been concerns regarding his price tag, given he is still relatively unproven at the top level and only just made his England debut during the Euro 2020. However, the 23-year-old is one of the technically proficient players in his group and given his age, can prove to be a bargain in the future.
4. Emiliano Buendia
Aston Villa have had an incredible transfer window so far, signing the likes of Ashley Young, Leon Bailey and Danny Ings to strengthen their ambitions for European football. However, the highlight of the window for them will be signing 24-year-old playmaker Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City for a club-record transfer fee (nearly €35 million).
The club recognised Buendia as the successor to Grealish as the creative force in midfield and outbit Arsenal to land the Argentine.
3. Raphael Varane
A 28-year-old four-time Champions League, three-time La Liga and World Cup winning central defender usually commands a world-record transfer fee. But Manchester United signed Raphael Varane from Real Madrid for just £41, making it one the potential bargains of the summer.
Varane will be the ideal partner for captain Harry Maguire in the heart of the defence and the two can forge a formidable centre-back pairing in the years to come.
2. Jack Grealish
Jack Grealish became the most expensive English player of all time after his £100 million move from boyhood club Aston Villa to Manchester City, adding more firepower to Pep Guardiola’s already stacked attacking options.
And the defending champions are not done yet, with Tottenham Hotspur striker harry Kane heavily linked with another record British-record move to the Etihad.
1. Jadon Sancho
The Manchester City boy-wonder found his mojo at Borussia Dortmund and his development as one of the world’s best wingers has earned him a €85 million-move to Manchester United this summer.
Sancho’s signing will make for a mouth-watering attacking line-up at Old Trafford, with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes, as United look to wrestle back their throne.