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Four EPL newcomers who will have a big impact this season

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 12 Aug 2016

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is just one of the exciting new arrivals in the Premier League

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is just one of the exciting new arrivals in the Premier League

Every summer a raft of new stars arrive in Britain to play for and manage English Premier League clubs, in the process making the English top-flight more exciting to watch. This summer has been one of big-name arrivals and big transfer fees.

Here are just four of the new Premier League arrivals that could make a massive impact in the new season:

Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Where else could I start than with the man that cost Manchester United a world-record fee of around £89millon? The 23-year-old French central midfielder seems to have all the attributes to become a world-class player. Hence the reason the Red Devils went all out with the transfer fee to capture the star.

Some would argue that he is already a world-class performer, but he still has a way to go to be up there with the best. However, a return to the Premier League and working with boss Jose Mourinho should push him on to the next level in the new season.

Pogba had been wildly successful at former club Juventus winning four Serie A titles, amongst other trophies. Last season the midfielder produced ten goals and 16 assists in all competitions. A return of that sort in his first campaign would definitely be a welcome one in his first real campaign in English football.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

It was a close call between Pogba and Ibrahimovic for top-billing on this, but the Frenchman won just on the basis of his crazy price tag.

Ibrahimovic may have arrived as a free agent, but boy is he expected to have a massive impact on the Premier League. The 34-year-old Swede has won silverware wherever he has gone and scored goals at every club he has played, so why should England be any different?

Last season he struck an incredible 52 goals in all competitions for French champions PSG. He has already opened his scoring account in England by scoring the winner in the Community Shield.

The signing of Ibrahimovic may be just as pivotal as the signing of Pogba in getting the Red Devils back to where they once were under Sir Alex Ferguson for over two decades.

Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)

To say that Manchester City nabbing Guardiola’s signature was a coup would be an understatement. The Citizens are now title favourites at odds of 5/2, despite finishing a disappointing fourth last season.

That is because of the presence of the Catalan boss. Quite simply he is one of the best bosses of the modern era. He loves details and will not tolerate players not giving their all. He is a perfectionist, who loves the beautiful game. This Cruyff disciple will have a massive impact at City and in the English game.

In a recent documentary, Barcelona’s legendary midfielder Xavi said that ‘Guardiola is one of the few people that could change the English game’ Never has a truer word been spoken. For all the big-name arrivals, Guardiola may be the most significant of them all.

Antonio Conte (Chelsea)

The Blues Italian boss showed at Euro 2016 with his home nation just what he can get out of a team, even a very average one. The former Juventus midfielder proved with the Bianconeri that he can create a fantastic team, as he led the Old Lady back to glory in Serie A.

Conte is more of a fiery character than Guardiola, but by all accounts those on his right-side love him, those that get on the wrong side of the Blues boss beware.

The Italian is a winner and could be just the boss to give the current Chelsea squad the kick up the backside they need after a nightmare campaign. He may not win the title in his first year, but the Blues will be stronger with Conte in charge this season.

An exciting Premier League campaign

This season promises to be a box office one in the Premier League. In Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho the English top-flight has arguably the two best bosses in the world, and then there are the likes of Conte, Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger and Claudio Ranieri as well.

On the player side of things, the superstar additions of Pogba and Ibrahimovic will only add to the spectacle next season, in what promises to be another enthralling Premier League campaign.

Which EPL newcomer will have the biggest impact in the new season?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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