The Premier League is only four games old, but we’ve already witnessed some phenomenal and underwhelming performances from new signings. Here are some of the best so far. Bet on football here.
Daniel James - Manchester United
Wales international Daniel James has made a brilliant start to his Manchester United career. A dream debut goal against Chelsea on the opening day, together with two magnificent strikes against Crystal Palace and Southampton, has made him a fan favourite at Old Trafford. Despite a poor start to the season by the Red Devils, James has been the bright spark. His work rate and blistering pace have been a joy to watch. Three goals in four matches is a great return for someone who was playing in the Championship last season. The 21-year-old’s performances in his first month in the top flight have been rewarded with the player of the month award. Although it’s just a few games into the season, James has demonstrated how important he will be for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka - Manchester United
Just like James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka is another United player who has made a solid start to the season. The 21-year-old has started in all four of Man United’s opening Premier League games. He has made the most tackles in the league with 26. Both Wan-Bissaka’s and James’ performances have been a bright spot in their slow start to the season. Since Gary Neville retired, United have struggled to fill the right-back position, but in Wan-Bissaka, they have a player with great potential. His output in the offensive end of the pitch needs polishing but he has made a difference to this team. His defensive-minded game makes his one of the best in the league and taking into account he’s only 21, the future looks bright.
Sebastien Haller - West Ham
Before moving to West Ham in the summer, Sebastien Haller formed a potent striking duo alongside Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic at Eintracht Frankfurt last season. Their most expensive signing has already made a name for himself in the Premier League. He has bagged three goals in three matches and has shown he has the physical and technical attributes to succeed in the league. The 25-year-old Frenchman showed glimpses in the Hammers’ first game of the season against Manchester City. Against Watford he bagged a brace. Besides the goals, Haller was a constant nuisance for the Hornets. His height and strength make him a serious menace in the air. Not only is he good aerially but also his positioning, movement and ability with the ball at his feet. This could be the start of something special for West Ham.
Nicolas Pepe - Arsenal
Arsenal’s record signing Nicolas Pepe has not made a bad start for them this season. Compared to the Gunners options in the flank last season, Pepe offers so much more and when things start to click for Arsenal it could transform their attack. His speed and directness make the Gunners a dangerous team especially with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang waiting in the box. The Ivory Coast international tormented Liverpool’s defence in the first half when they met last month and that was a sign of things to come. The 24-year-old has made the most take-ons after four games with 15. Although he is yet to score a goal for the Gunners, it’s becoming crystal clear that he is going to be a top player. His ability to create chances, make clever runs, and most importantly, beat his opponents in one on one situations, has seen him transform Arsenal’s already efficient attack.
Dani Ceballos - Arsenal
Spanish international Ceballos produced a man-of-the-match display in his full debut for Arsenal against Burnley. The 23-year-old has brought something different to the Arsenal midfield. Something they have not seen since the days of Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere, a technically gifted box-to-box midfielder capable of evading the press and picking a pass. Ceballos is on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid until the end of the season and if the Gunners are going to have any success domestically or in Europe, Ceballos will be a huge part of that. It will be interesting to see how he copes in bigger games but there’s no doubt that he can become a top player.