Premier League football returns this weekend and the latest round of fixtures provides fans with a first glimpse of some exciting summer signings.
This weekend’s fixtures will be the first since the transfer window slammed shut, with a number of late movers in line for their Premier League debuts.
Here are five players we’re excited to see make their Premier League debut this weekend.
Chelsea moved late to add to their options with the loan signing of Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid, the midfielder having expressed a desire to leave the Spanish champions after growing frustrated with his role under Diego Simeone.
Saul has become a victim of his own versatility in recent campaigns, but his multi-functional ability is a testament to the quality of a footballer comfortable in a variety of roles.
The 26-year-old adds to an embarrassment of riches for Thomas Tuchel in central areas, whilst the left-footer will add balance in the Chelsea engine room.
— Saúl Ñiguez (@saulniguez) September 2, 2021
Saul’s selflessness has often benefitted his side even if it has come at a cost of his own development, but the Spain international is a wonderfully complete central midfielder and adds to a Chelsea squad as talented as any on the continent at present.
Dynamic, industrious and with a quality in possession, the biggest surprise is perhaps that it took so long for one of Europe’s elite to prise him from Atletico this summer.
Odsonne Edouard has been routinely linked with the Premier League in recent seasons, having enjoyed a prolific record north of the border with Celtic.
Edouard has scored 74 goals in all competitions across the past three seasons for Celtic, finishing as the leading scorer in the Scottish Premiership in each of the last two seasons.
The 23-year-old has now been handed his opportunity in the Premier League at Crystal Palace, where he will be tasked with spearheading a new side given an injection of youth under new manager Patrick Vieira.
There’s no doubt a gap in quality to bridge between Scotland and England’s top tiers, but a record-breaking return of 17 goals in 14 appearances for France’s u21 side showcases Edouard is a footballer who knows where the net is.
Palace have recruited well this summer in a transfer window of mass change at Selhurst Park and Edouard could prove the player to fire the Eagles into a new era – starting with a home clash against Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime.
Brighton’s signing of Marc Cucurella has been viewed as somewhat of a coup for the Seagulls, securing the 23-year-old on a five-year deal from Getafe.
Cucurella came through the academy system at Barcelona before finding his feet after leaving the Camp Nou, his performances for Getafe over the past two seasons having earned the left-back a senior debut for Spain earlier this year.
The summer signing also formed part of the Spain squad that claimed a silver medal at this summer’s Olympic Games and he will join up with international teammate Robert Sanchez at the Amex Stadium this season after completing an £15.4m deadline day move.
Cucurella is an energetic and aggressive defender who is also comfortable when pushed further forward and is expected to occupy the left wing-back role in Graham Potter’s set-up.
Tottenham secured the signing of Emerson Royal from Barcelona on deadline day, completing a £27.5m deal for the Brazil international.
The right-back has spent the past three seasons on loan at Real Betis, where only Jordi Alba has been directly involved in more goals amongst La Liga defenders since the start of the 2019/20 season.
Emerson follows Brazilian traditions in being a forward-thinking full-back, his speed and athleticism set to provide Spurs with an attacking outlet down the right-hand side.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 7, 2021
Japhet Tanganga has began the season in the right-back role and has impressed, but his offensive output is limited and the arrival of Emerson, whilst still raw, can provide Spurs with increased forward threat.
He could be thrust immediately into the side against Crystal Palace this weekend, with the league leaders possessing a lengthy list of unavailable players.
Ok, we know this is not technically Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut in the Premier League, but the return of Ronaldo is the headline news ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
Manchester United’s signing of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has caused huge excitement, Ronaldo returning to English football more than a decade after his world-record departure to Real Madrid.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 9, 2021
The subsequent period has seen Ronaldo establish himself as the greatest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish giants, the Champions League, and international football, with the Portuguese superstar now set to write another chapter of his record-breaking career amongst England’s elite.
The home visit of Newcastle perhaps provides the perfect fixture for CR7 to raise the rood at Old Trafford.