Preseason is getting underway for squads and transfers have… slowed to a trickle. It makes me surprise what number of strikes we’ll find yourself inside the pandemic-influenced market as even with rumors, most groups are focusing on 1-2 key positions and some depth signings. Chelsea is trying to dump gamers to afford dangling a proposal that Brourssia Dourtmand can’t refuse. Tottenham is speaking to any defender who will pay attention. Crystal Palace is embracing the youth motion. Manchester United is trying to vault themselves into being title contenders however a lot of the league has crickets round their groups.
Nearly the whole backside half has depth points however even with these obtrusive holes, you aren’t listening to a peep about motion except the crew has already had outgoings.
Marc Guehi Heart Again Chelsea -> Crystal Palace
The Vieira impact is in full swing as Crystal Palace secures their second signature of a proficient teenager this summer season. Guehi is a proficient heart again from the Chelsea academy who spent final season on mortgage with a stout Swansea Metropolis aspect within the Championship. An lively defender, Guehi isn’t afraid to step ahead to make a sort out or interception to guard his personal web.
Swansea saved the second most clear sheets within the Championship with 20. Whereas it is powerful to undertaking how Guehi will carry out within the Premier League, the hope is that Patrick Vieira and co will be capable to get him acclimated properly however not too properly in order that Chelsea doesn’t activate their buy-back clause making this a sophisticated mortgage deal.
Ryan Bertrand Left Again Southampton -> Leicester Metropolis
It is clear that Leicester had a depth drawback final 12 months particularly in protection the place fringe gamers needed to make too many appearances, Wilfred Ndidi has to deputize at heart again and so did Timothy Castagne. With the addition of Bertrand, Leicester can presumably ship Luke Thomas on mortgage and there’s a viable stand-in if Castagne or Ricardo Periera find yourself lacking time earlier than James Justin is absolutely again.
Whereas Southampton has been on the flawed aspect of too many lopsided defeats up to now few years, that doesn’t imply that Bertrand isn’t a strong depth defender. He gained’t be greater than a streamer in fantasy codecs however the Foxes having Bertrand does increase the ground of well-liked defenders like Wesley Fofana.
Pierre Lees-Melou Midfielder Good -> Norwich Metropolis
Norwich wants midfield assist in the worst manner and Lees-Melou appears like a strong signing for them. Enjoying in deeper midfield positions for Good, Lees-Melou was a little bit of a do all of it midfielder. He’ll be anticipated to companion with Billy Gilmour which implies it is going to take a while for the 2 new signings to develop chemistry. With 4 objectives and two assists, Lees-Melou may even make defenses pay in the event that they overlook about him too.
Fantasy-wise, there isn’t a lot to see right here however the hope is that Lees-Melou will deliver one of the best out of Gilmour and regular the crew a bit.
José Sá Goalkeeper Olympiacos -> Wolverhampton
Ranking incoming keepers might be powerful however Rui Patrício was frolicked to dry so much by the Wolves protection. Sa might be changing an above common shot-stopper so it is going to stay to be seen how he’ll deal with a brand new supervisor and a brand new system at Wolves. He might be one to look at throughout the season if they can revert to being a stout defensive unit.
Albert Sambi Lokonga Midfielder Anderlecht -> Arsenal
With Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard again at Actual Madrid and Granit Xhaka doubtless heading to Roma, Arsenal wants any midfielder that they will get their palms on. In Lokonga, they’ve secured a strong younger midfielder that Vincent Kompany felt was becoming of the captains armband at Anderlecht. That’s some excessive reward and Lokonga repaid it by being the funnel for every part that Anderlecht did. Whereas it didn’t at all times translate on the offensive finish with Lokonga solely netting three objectives and two assists, don’t let that undersell his significance to the crew.
Averaging 2 interceptions and one sort out gained per 90 minutes, Lokonga additionally isn’t afraid to become involved on the defensive finish. He could take a while to regulate within the transfer from Belgium however there’s no cause why Lokonga shouldn’t be long-term addition to Arsenal.
Frank Onyeka Midfielder FC Midtjylland -> Brentford
Brentford’s partnership with FC Midtjylland pays off once more with them including a defensive midfielder to the aspect. Onyeka has been a key a part of their aspect for the previous few years nevertheless it stays to be seen if he’ll go proper into the primary XI for Thomas Frank. It’s powerful to do a lot translation from Denmark’s first division to the Premier League however Brentford is aware of what they’re moving into right here.
Kristoffer Ajer Heart Again Celtic -> Brentford
Ajer may slot proper into the Brentford beginning XI proper from day one as a middle again who may deputize on the best if wanted. Thomas Frank often makes use of a 4-3-3 which might imply that Ajer is in direct competitors with Pontius Jansson. However what’s extra doubtless is seeing extra three-man again strains the place Jansson is within the heart flanked by Ajer and Ethan Pinnock.
Ajer has been a starter with Celtic for 3 years now so he undoubtedly has expertise that may translate to the Premier League. The one query might be if his aggressive fashion of play will regulate to the Premier League the place he gained’t have as a lot room for error as he did within the Scottish Premiership. But when he adjusts, this can be a huge get for a Brentford aspect that’s making their ambitions recognized within the league.