For years, the Premier League has been the league that spends the most money on transfers. It is true that sometimes players are overpaid, but the high budgets of the competition’s participants mean that many promising players end up breaking the bank in England. Here are four names to keep an eye on:
Manchester City has paid 60 million to Rennes for a player who was already seen to have a lot of potential, but had a certain tendency to injuries, something worrying considering that one of his greatest virtues is his explosive.
The 21-year-old Belgian has proved to be a real cannon since arriving in Manchester, with Guardiola himself and several of his team-mates admitting in public that they didn’t expect his slalom and burst to be so powerful.
The truth is that since his arrival at the ‘cityzen’, Jack Grealish has lost a lot of prominence and Doku has become one of the most unbalanced players in the league. Last matchday confirmed this by scoring a goal and providing four assists in a single game, giving us a true recital of unbalanced play.
Tottenham Hotspur loaned the young Italian to Udinese last season and he performed very well in Calcio. This season, Spurs decided to go for him at left-back. And it worked out well, as he has been one of the best full-backs in the competition and has given his team a leap in quality in that position.
His tremendous physical condition, combined with his surprisingly good feet, despite his height, make him a player who can make a difference from his position.
This African ‘tricuartist’ was already looking very good at Ajax. And he has proved it. It has taken him a while to break into the team, but he has already done so, demonstrating his quality. And yet he has a lot of competition: Bowen, Paquetá, Fornals or Benrahma can occupy that line of three midfielders in David Moyes’ 4-2-3-1.
Kudus has already scored two goals in the Premier League and is starting to show his main virtues. Speed, power, a good one-on-one and a good relationship with goal make the Ghanaian a more than interesting footballer, a very entertaining player to watch.
Despite his serious injury two seasons ago, the Portuguese is only 23 years old and is back to his best. Neto is Wolves’ main attacking threat and one of the players who drives his team forward the most in the Premier League.
His pace and off the ball are his main qualities to make the difference. Unlike Kudus, for example, he is not a player with such a good relationship with the goal. However, it wouldn’t be surprising if Neto plays for a ‘Big Six‘ club next season, as he already has seven assists and is a nightmare for opposition defences.
Translated by Marcos Rodríguez.
Main image: @ManCityES.