10 Premier League debutants this weekend: Man United GAMBLE and Chelsea ACE to feature


The Premier League returns this weekend after the international break, and there are a number of players in line to make their debuts.

10. Virgil Van Dijk – Southampton

The 24-year-old completed his deadline day move from Celtic, and Southampton executive director of football Les Reed spoke glowingly about him after he was unveiled. The Dutchman will likely play a crucial role for the Saints defensive line.

9. Joleon Lescott – Aston Villa

Reunited with Micah Richards, the Brummie pair will hope to reproduce their form at Man City and form a solid partnership at the heart of the Villa defence. Tim Sherwood’s side are leaking too many goals, but they believe they have addressed the problem.

8. Dieumerci Mbokani – Norwich

On loan from Dynamo Kyiv, the striker has experience all over Europe after spells with the likes of Anderlecht and Monaco. Bit of a gamble from the Canaries, but they are seemingly confident in his ability to produce.


7. DeAndre Yedlin – Sunderland

Dick Advocaat has some serious problems at the Stadium of Light, but signing Yedlin on loan should bring a buzz to the club. The American shone at the 2014 World Cup, and he will be hoping to remind everyone of his ability.

6. Nikica Jelavic – West Ham

Jelavic has worked with Slaven Bilic at international level, and the former Hull striker has been brought in on a two-year deal to score goals for the Hammers. It remains to be seen if he can deliver.

5. Papy Djilobodji – Chelsea

Having missed out on John Stones, Jose Mourinho has had to make do with Djilobodji. The 26-year-old isn’t a work in progress and he will be expected to make an immediate impact if his Portuguese boss gives him the chance.

4. Son Heung-min – Tottenham

Spurs weren’t able to sign Saido Berahino, and they have received criticism for not giving Harry Kane enough support this season. However, Heung-min is now the most expensive Asian player in history after his £22m move from Leverkusen, and he will be expected to produce.

3. Ramiro Funes Mori – Everton

 Largely unknown despite his £9m transfer fee, Roberto Martinez will be under pressure too as fans and critics wait to see if this was a smart signing. Will link up with Stones after the club were able to ward off interest from Chelsea.

2. Kevin De Bruyne – Man City

The former Chelsea misfit is back in the Premier League, and it took a ridiculous fee of £55m to sign him. While he may have rebuilt his reputation in Germany and impressed many, he has plenty to do to live up to that valuation even though the clubs are the ones to be blamed.

1. Anthony Martial – Man United

Similarly to De Bruyne, the 19-year-old has unfairly been put under the spotlight after his £36m move from Monaco. Comparisons with Thierry Henry aren’t helping, but it remains to be seen if he can come off the bench and provide an instant spark when United take on Liverpool.

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