Premier League clubs frantically scrambled to complete their squads in the days before the international break, a flurry of transfer activity bringing a host of intriguing signings for top-flight sides.
Deadline day saw Manchester United leave it late to secure four new additions, whilst Arsenal bolstered their midfield with the most expensive deadline day signing in the history of the summer window.
Elsewhere struggling Fulham boosted their survival hopes with a host of arrivals late in the window and early league leaders Everton dipped into the Championship to strengthen their centre-back options.
Ahead of this weekend’s return to action, we’ve decided to profile 10 Premier League signings we are looking forward to seeing make their debuts:
Arsenal left it late to secure a long-term target with the capture of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, activating the £45m release clause in the Ghanaian’s contract to bring him to the Emirates.
The loan departures of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi helped free up the funds to strike a deal, in what will be a welcome boost to Mikel Arteta following a positive start to the season for his side.
Partey will bring presence and a powerhouse style to an Arsenal midfield that has lacked dynamism in recent seasons, the 27-year-old an industrious talent who will help solidify the spine of an emerging team.
Thomas Partey has arrived at Arsenal 🥊 pic.twitter.com/jKOOG8MAGt
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 13, 2020
An elite ball-winner with an energy and tenacity that looks tailor-made for the demands of the Premier League, Partey’s style in covering every blade of grass is likely to endear him to the Gunners’ support.
It remains to be seen whether he is handed his debut this weekend, in what shapes as a hugely exciting clash against Manchester City at the Etihad.
Leeds have made a breathless start to the Premier League season with their style already captivating the neutrals, Marcelo Bielsa’s side having taken seven points from their past three games after a thoroughly entertaining 4-3 defeat at champions Liverpool on the opening weekend.
The newly-promoted side have splashed the cash as they bid to establish themselves at the highest level following a 16-year absence, spending more than £100m on a host of new additions including the deadline day signing of Brazilian winger Raphinha from Rennes.
The 23-year-old spent just a single season with the French side after signing from Sporting Lisbon and helped the club secure qualification to the Champions League group stages for the first time, scoring five goals and providing a further three assists from a position predominantly cutting in from the right flank.
Leeds United have signed Brazilian winger Raphinha from Rennes ✍️ pic.twitter.com/JEidbT6Lax
— Goal (@goal) October 5, 2020
He has been handed a settling in period due to the international break and will no doubt be looking to force his way into the side in the coming weeks, an exciting attacking talent who looks perfectly suited to a vibrant Leeds attack.
Part of an emerging crop of talented French centre-backs, Leicester spent big to seal the signing of the promising Wesley Fofana late in the window, striking a £32m deal for the Saint-Etienne teenager.
The Ligue 1 side have pedigree when it comes to producing top talent and Fofana looks like the latest exciting prospect to come through the club’s academy ranks, with Leicester having reportedly beaten off competition from the likes of AC Milan, RB Leipzig and West Ham to secure his signature.
The teenager is comfortable in possession and a fine reader of the game, averaging the joint-most interceptions-per-game in France last season, in addition to ranking fourth in the division for aerial duels won per 90.
Fofana was an unused substitute during Leicester’s defeat to West Ham before the international break and could be set to make his first appearance against Aston Villa this weekend, the 19-year-old looking like the next sensible addition from a recruitment team that has rarely faltered in recent seasons.
A late act of desperation or an opportunity too good to turn down for Manchester United? The free transfer signing of veteran forward Edinson Cavani has divided opinion since his arrival at Old Trafford.
Cavani arrives with huge pedigree after leaving Paris Saint-Germain during the summer and departed the French champions as their all-time record goalscorer, with only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo having scored more goals in Europe’s major leagues since the Uruguayan’s debut in 2007.
Questions will be asked of whether the 33-year-old can adapt to the demands of a new league in the latter years of his career, but he has guaranteed goals over the past decade after finishing as the division’s leading scorer in both Italy and France.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 12, 2020
His experience, work-rate and winning mentality are also likely to have a positive effect on a youthful dressing room that has begun the new season disastrously, regardless of if his physical prowess is on the wane.
United have history of marquee additions failing to work out and memories of Radamel Falcao and Alexis Sanchez are difficult to forget, though hopes remain high that El Matador is better equipped to handle the weight of expectation, although his Premier League bow will have to wait as he is currently in quarantine following his arrival from France.
Chris Wilder has confirmed that Rhian Brewster ‘will be involved’ for Sheffield United against Fulham this weekend, following the arrival of the club-record signing from Liverpool.
Brewster has long been regarded as a future star but found his pathway to the first-team blocked on Merseyside, though showcased during a loan spell at Swansea last season that he is ready for regular minutes at Premier League level.
The 20-year-old starred for the Championship side and scored 11 goals in just 22 appearances over the second half of the season to fire the club into the play-offs, Brewster an instinctive finisher who does much of his best work inside the penalty area.
Very excited to have joined @SheffieldUnited! Can’t wait to meet everyone around my new home and give everything for the shirt. New chapter & hungrier than ever. Let’s goo! 🏴☠️ pic.twitter.com/QicGKnK2oW
— Rhian Brewster (@RhianBrewster9) October 2, 2020
Sheffield United have been crying out for a reliable goalscorer after starting the season with four successive defeats and just one goal, a concerning run they will be hoping Brewster can help end this weekend.
The Blades host a Fulham side that have leaked goals since returning to the Premier League this season, their late window signing surely eyeing a chance to open his account at Bramall Lane.
Tottenham have consistently struggled to find adequate competition and cover for Harry Kane in recent seasons given the undisputed first-choice status of the England captain in north London, the departure of the veteran Fernando Llorente last summer leaving the side without capable back-up.
Jose Mourinho has enjoyed a positive summer transfer window and will hope the arrival of Carlo Vinicius can prove the final piece in his Spurs jigsaw, the forward signing on a season-long loan deal from Benfica with an option to buy.
Vinicius was previously on the books of Napoli but failed to make a league appearance for the club, spending time on loan at Rio Ave and Monaco before bursting into life following a permanent move to Benfica.
The Brazilian scored 24 goals in all competitions during his debut campaign to finish as the leading scorer in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, attracting the attention of Spurs who moved swiftly to bring him to the Premier League.
The 25-year-old has the physical attributes and mobility to thrive in English football, possessing a fine left foot and the qualities to play either alongside Kane or as his deputy in the Spurs attack.
Kane also picked up a slight injury on international duty last week, a problem which could hand Vinicius his chance against West Ham on Sunday.
Fulham’s poor performances since promotion to the Premier League led to a flurry of activity for the west Londoners in the final days of the transfer window, bringing in some much-needed recruits including the signing of Denmark international Joachim Andersen.
Andersen was linked with some of Europe’s leading clubs following a series of excellent performances for Sampdoria before signing for Lyon, but it is a move that has failed to work out as he struggled to win favour.
Fulham will now be hoping the centre-back can rediscover his best form after arriving on a season-long loan deal, Andersen tasked with plugging a Cottagers defence which has leaked goals at an alarming rate to leave the club without a point after four fixtures.
Andersen possesses an imposing frame and has spoken of his desire to play the ball out from the back after arriving in the capital, the Dane joined in the last hours of the window by fellow defender Tosin Adarabioyo following his move from Manchester City.
I’m thrilled to announce the arrival of Joachim Andersen to @FulhamFC on loan from Lyon. He was a top target for us, we worked hard to bring him here & it’s so great that he’s joined us & that he wants to help us fight to maintain our status in the Premier League! Come on Fulham! pic.twitter.com/ds8jrvBNia
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) October 5, 2020
Fulham’s defenders have looked significantly out of their depth so far and the club will hope their pair of centre-back additions can improve their fortunes, Andersen needing to make an immediate impact as Scott Parker prepares to throw him to the wolves.
The feel-good factor surrounding Everton continues to grow following the club’s perfect start to the new season, Carlo Ancelotti’s side the surprise leaders heading into the international break following a flawless four wins from four fixtures.
Ancelotti’s impressive recruitment has revolutionised his side with a once sub-standard midfield now amongst the Toffees’ strengths, summer signings Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure thriving in the engine room and James Rodriguez sparkling.
Despite those arrivals, depth was still required at centre-back and Everton made their move for Ben Godfrey, one of several young defenders to impress at Norwich last season despite their relegation.
— Ben Godfrey (@BenG0dfrey) October 5, 2020
The 22-year-old is a player brimming with potential and is expected to immediately challenge for a first-team place, a potential baptism of fire awaiting when Everton face champions Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Saturday lunchtime.
It seems as almost every season we’re talking about a potentially defining campaign for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, a player whose career has failed to truly kickstart despite his evident talents.
The midfielder seemed to be on the right track to establishing himself as a key figure in the Chelsea side during the latter stages of Maurizio Sarri’s reign at Stamford Bridge, reaching double figures for goals and seemingly growing in both confidence and status.
A serious Achilles injury suffered in a post-season friendly left him sidelined for much of last season and he became somewhat of a forgotten man as the Frank Lampard era took shape, an expensive summer outlay only pushing him further down the pecking order and prompting a season-loan loan move to Fulham.
— Ruben Loftus-Cheek (@RLC) October 6, 2020
Leaving a Chelsea side with ambitions of challenging for silverware for a relegation battle at their west London rivals may seem a backwards step, but it is vital Loftus-Cheek secures the minutes he needs to get his career back on track.
There are few midfield players with his unique blend of pace, power and skill and he will provide an interesting option for Gareth Southgate and England should he return to full fitness and his finest form.
Once tipped as a star for club and country, it is time the 24-year-old delivered on that potential.
The second of Manchester United’s major deadline day arrivals to feature, the club securing the signing of highly-rated left-back Alex Telles from Porto in a £15.4m deal.
Telles has established himself as one of the best-attacking full-backs outside of Europe’s major leagues since moving to Portugal four years ago, winning two league titles and impressing with his forward forays down the left flank.
A fine set-piece taker, Telles registered 11 goals and eight assists in the Primeira Liga last season, including netting eight times from the penalty spot as Porto’s designated spot-kick taker.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 6, 2020
The 27-year-old is unlikely to assume that status at Old Trafford but it is still expected he will provide an attacking verve that is lacking from the club’s current full-back options, neither Luke Shaw or Brandom Williams particularly effective going forward, whilst right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s strengths are also undoubtedly defensively.
Telles is a prolific crosser and averaged 2.0 chances created per game last season, his forward threat set to offer the Red Devils a new dimension as they bid to recover from a stuttering start.