The start of the new Premier League season is fast approaching and there is plenty to look forward to in the new campaign.
One of the most exciting facets of the new season is the arrival of players who were previously plying their trade in foreign leagues.
Here are five of the most exciting new arrivals to the Premier League:
Memphis Depay (Manchester United)
The Dutch international arrives at Old Trafford with a big price tag and an even bigger reputation. Depay has been regarded as one of the most exciting young players in European football for the past few seasons.
From his left-wing position he scored 28 goals in 40 appearances and also produced eight assists for PSV Eindhoven last season, as they clinched the Eredivisie title. The 21-year-old is highly-skilful and also a set-piece specialist.
The youngster also has a confidence in his own ability that borders on cockiness or arrogance, which is justified by his immense ability.
He has played much of his football as a left-winger, but in pre-season the youngster has been playing as a number ten, so it remains to be seen where he starts the season. Few would back against the youngster becoming a success at Old Trafford though.
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
When it became apparent Liverpool were set to lose Raheem Sterling this summer, the Reds needed to sign a player who would excite their fans and Firmino could be just that man.
The Brazilian arrived on Merseyside from Bundesliga club Hoffenheim for a fee of around £28million. Some have questioned whether spending that much money on Firmino is a gamble, but his stats over the past few years in the Bundesliga suggest he could be a good signing for the Reds.
In 153 appearances for his former-club the versatile star scored 49 goals and also produced 36 assists. Last season the Brazilian international scored ten goals and created a further 12 more.
He will no doubt have a higher level of teammate at Anfield, which should help Firmino become even more productive. The 23-year-old will excite Liverpool fans with his ability to take players on and score goals from his attacking midfield position.
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle)
Wijnaldum has arrived at St James Park from PSV Eindhoven, like Depay he played a key role in the Dutch club’s title winning campaign. At 24-years-old the versatile attacking midfielder captained PSV last season and scored 18 goals, creating a further six.
Wijnaldum has been highly-rated since the early stages of his career. However he has only started fulfilling his potential in the last few seasons and he should provide the Toon Army with something to shout about this season.
Andre Ayew (Swansea)
The signing of 25-year-old Ghana international Ayew could be a something of a coup for Garry Monk and the Welsh club. The left-winger joined on a free transfer from Ligue One club Marseille and is highly-rated.
He was reported to have a number of offers from elsewhere. However the son of African football legend Abedi Pele decided to make the move to the Premier League. Ayew already has immense experience at international football, having made 63 appearances for Ghana.
Ayew has also made over 256 appearances in all competitions so in his career and he is sure to bring a touch of class to the Swans attack this season.
Dimitri Payet (West Ham)
Payet is another arrival from the French top-flight and indeed from Marseille. It seems English top-flight clubs are determined to harvest the Ligue One club.
Anyway the France international is often underrated. He has flown slightly under the radar in recent seasons, but he has been very consistent in scoring and creating goals in his Marseille career.
Last season Payet created an incredible 21 goals and scored seven in all competitions. He is also versatile with the ability to play on either flank, or as an attacking midfielder.
The former St. Etienne star could be a fantastic signing for the Hammers, as the East End side look to improve on last season’s midtable finish. Payet should definitely provide an abundance of creativity for Slaven Bilic’s side.
All of the aforementioned players are coming from different leagues, with different standards and cultures. It may take the Premier League new boys time to settle, but all five have the potential to have top-flight supporters on the edge of their seats this season and to become Premier League stars.
Who will be the most successful new arrival in the Premier League this season?
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