It’s been a summer of sport, and to top it off, the start of the next Premier League season is only around the corner. As always, there are going to be theories about which club will perform well and at the centre of the debates are questions about the capabilities of new transfers.
Deciding who will take to life in England like a duck to water is notoriously difficult since the speed and intensity of the EPL is infamous. However, several signings appear to be readymade for the division. So, which players are ready to make their mark?
Jadon Sancho (Manchester United)
Jadon Sancho signed for Manchester United in July. After a fraught couple of years, the transfer saga finally came to an end when Borussia Dortmund accepted a fee for the English winger and the player agreed to the deal on personal terms. Of course, being born in England isn’t the only feature that makes Sancho stand out above the rest of his summer 2021 alumni.
Firstly, he’s proven he can adapt to a different type of football: let’s not forget that he moved from Man City to Germany in the early stages of his career and very quickly transformed into a European superstar. Secondly, his statistics for Dortmund easily make him one of the most prodigious rising stars in world football, never mind English football. And finally, Dortmund is a massive club, so Sancho’s well seasoned as a player who has demonstrated his abilities on the big stage against some of the world’s most prolific sides.
Sure, there’s confusion as to where he’ll fit in and he might not show his best form straight away. Still, it’s almost certain that he will highlight why he’s a wonder-kid by the end of the season, next May.
Emiliano Buendia (Aston Villa)
No disrespect to Aston Villa, but you don’t expect a club like them to feature on a list of the major summer transfers. This epitomises two things – the lack of activity from the big guns on the market and the Claret & Blue Army’s savvy business acumen. After all, Buendia is a top signing.
His form in the Championship proves this beyond a doubt, with the former Norwich man notching 15 goals and 16 assists in the last campaign. Overall, that equates to 107 chances created and 2.74 chances created every 90 minutes. Perhaps some would argue that this is of no consequence as the Championship is inferior to the Premiership, and technically, those critics would be correct.
However, Buendia has featured in the Premier League, managing seven assists in a season where his club was relegated. If you need proof of his qualities, just look at the Premier League betting odds for his current/former side. The latter is 5/6 to be relegated this season, whereas the former is 7/1 to avoid the drop.
Francisco Trincao (Wolves)
Francisco Trincao is a Barcelona starlet and it’s therefore unsurprising that the Catalonians have only agreed to a temporary loan move for him. It’s evident that they want to keep him in the long run and aren’t prepared to sell him, even though the club needs to shed wages to resign Lionel Messi.
This sacrifice, alone, shows you how good the up-and-comer could be because almost everyone at Barca is for sale at the moment. Whenever Trincao has played, he’s impressed at the Camp Nou. Although he only managed a total of three goals, he appeared a total of 28 times during the La Liga season, which is a lot of appearances for a 21-year-old.
One reason why the Wolves could provide the perfect training ground at which to further develop Trincao’s skills is because of the number of Portuguese players on the club’s books. From Rúben Neves to Pedro Neto, Fábio Silva, and João Moutinho, the squad is packed with countrymen that will make him feel at home. If he can adapt, there’s no reason he won’t take the league by storm.
Let’s hope that they all perform for the sake of the Premier League. Otherwise, it won’t be a very entertaining season from a Fantasy Football perspective.