10 Premier League summer signings to watch out this season
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The 2018/2019 Premier League season is underway, and now that the transfer window has closed, we pick out 10 summer signings to watch out for.
Jorginho – Chelsea After being heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, Jorginho has left Napoli for a reported £57 million to reunite with manager Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. The 26-year-old is an intelligent player who loves to make a pass and to be in control of possession. The deep-lying midfielder made more passes and had more touches of the ball than anyone else in Seria A last season. Jorginho admires Sarri’s footballing philosophy and understands the manager’s system inside out. With an excellent passing range and an ability to dictate the tempo, the Italian will be a key figure in introducing an attractive style of play to Stamford Bridge. Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City It was inevitable that Riyad Mahrez would leave Leicester City sooner rather than later. Signing for £60 million, Premier League champions Manchester City were the ones who have priced away the wantaway attacker, bolstering their squad even further as they aim to retain the title. The Algerian is sure to provide competition for places in Pep Guardiola’s starting 11 and after a World Cup which heavily featured City players, Mahrez may be thrown into the first eleven straight away. The 27-year-old is the only Premier League player to have contributed at least 10 goals and 10 assists in two of the last three seasons – this included the 12 goals and 10 assists he provided over the last campaign. It will be interesting to see how Mahrez fits into Guardiola’s side and whether he can reach the heights he once did with Leicester during their surprise title triumph in 2016/2017. Naby Keita – Liverpool After agreeing a transfer from German side RB Leipzig last summer, Naby Keita has now officially joined Liverpool and is sure to offer plenty of quality in Jurgen Klopp’s side. The Guinea international has established himself as one of Europe’s brightest talents during a two-year spell in Germany. Keita is an all-round midfielder who can make things tick going forward as well as make vital challenges and interceptions when tracking back defensively. The 23-year-old has been given the iconic number 8 shirt at Liverpool, last worn by Reds legend Steven Gerrard. The African has big shoes to fill if he is to come anywhere close to replicating the illustrious career that Steven Gerrard once had at Anfield. In what looks to be an exciting Liverpool side, Keita could well be a vital cog in their squad this season. Jean Michael Seri – Fulham The transfer of Jean Michael Seri to newly-promoted Fulham surprised many and is considered quite a coup for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side. The Ivory Coast international nearly joined Barcelona last summer and had also been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. However, the 26-year-old decided to leave Nice and head to West London for a reported £18 million. As a box-to-box midfielder, Seri’s physicality and athleticism will offer something a little different to that which Fulham already have in that area. He’s also technically proficient which suits Fulham’s passing style of play. The signing of Seri may also allow club captain Tom Cairney to play further forward for the Whites. Fulham have strengthened very well this summer and Seri is one signing that could become a very important player for the London club. Alireza Jahanbakhsh – Brighton & Hove Albion Signing for a club-record fee of around £17 million, the Iranian has joined Brighton after a superb season for Dutch side AZ Alkmaar where he scored 21 goals and provided 12 assists from midfield, which included two hat-tricks in their final four matches of the campaign. The 24-year-old has been on Brighton’s radar for a few years now, but after a fantastic season, the Seagulls have decided that the time is right to bring the attack-minded midfielder to The Amex. Jahanbakhsh played for Iran at the 2018 World Cup in Russia but was unable to guide his nation beyond the group stages. The Iranian will create a number of chances for Chris Hughton’s side along with teammate Pascal Gross and is sure to be a threat going forward for the Seagulls.
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