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New signings to watch in the 2017/18 Premier League season... Part I

Monday 14th August 2017
The 2017/2018 Premier League season is now underway! We have seen a number of top quality signings in the Premier League made in what has so far been a remarkable transfer window. But who are those that deserve special attention?

Every team in the English Premier League has strengthened this summer, barring Tottenham; the team to splurge the most being Everton; who have signed 10 players. It truly has been a busy transfer window for the majority in the English top flight.

Here, in no particular order, we at It's Round And It's White take a look at a few of the signings who are bound to impress in their new clubs, and are worth keeping an eye on.

‎Alexandre Lacazette [Arsenal]





Where else to start than Arsenal's £52 million man, Alexandre Lacazette? After months of intense speculation, the French hitman finally made the move to North London from Lyon this summer.

Lacazette, over the past few years, has evolved into one of the most prolific goalscorers around. You'd have to go back four years to find the last time he failed to surpass 20 league goals in a season.

Goalscoring, although the 26-year-old's most exalted attribute, is not all that there is to his game; he also has an eye for a pass, and is always willing to create opportunities for his teammate, which should see him settle in nicely at the club.

Lacazette, no doubt, has a whole world of expectations on his shoulders to hit the ground running. For years the Gunners faithful have cried out for a 20-goal-a-season striker most believe they now have that in the France-international.

Romelu Lukaku [Manchester United]





Replacing Zlatan Ibrahimovic was Jose Mourinho's biggest challenge heading into the summer. The Swede had been an instant hit in his first season as a Manchester United player, until the horrific season-ending knee injury he suffered back in February.

Romelu Lukaku is the man saddled with filling the gigantic boots of the Swede this upcoming season. Signing Lukaku, in my opinion, is the closest thing to getting to a like for like replacement for Ibrahimovic.

The Belgian enjoyed a fine pre-season where he scored three goals. Lukaku, having established himself as a household name in English football, is another expected to hit the ground running in the new season, especially after costing United in excess of £70 million

Watching the former Evertonian marksman dazzle in a United shirt is certainly a tantalizing prospect; and the United faithful will hope he brings another dimension to the Red Devils' attack.

Tammy Abraham [Swansea]





Chelsea's hotshot Tammy Abraham is one player you most definitely don't want to take your eyes off in the 2017/18 season. The 19-year-old completed a season-long loan move to Swansea City in July, where he will have an opportunity to add to his two Premier League appearances that came at Chelsea.

Last season, Abraham was on loan at Bristol City where he had a remarkable campaign and was voted Bristol's player of the season. The lanky forward scored 26 goals in 48 games across all competitions.

Abraham is one of those players who have a knack for being in the right place at the right time. It is telling that all of his goals last term came from within the 18-yard box.

At Swansea, Abraham has a chance to prove himself on the biggest stage, and erase doubts that he is a "one-season wonder".

Jordan Pickford [Everton]





Goalkeepers are seldom mentioned in discussions such as this, I know, but Everton's new £25 million man, Jordan Pickford is certainly one of those who you want to keep an eye on this season

Sunderland had a calamitous campaign last time out, which culminated in relegation to the Championship. Several of their players were disappointing; one player, however, who can't be accused of such is Pickford.

Pickford, you'd recall, started the season as the second choice, but after injury sidelined Vito Mannone, he was given a chance between the sticks. He impressed and never looked back.

Over the season, the Englishman showcased a kind of composure one wouldn't associate with someone his age. He made 135 saves, 42 high claims and 22 sweeper clearances. Pickford managed only four clean sheets, which, of course, wasn't helped by the Black Cat's shocking defending for large parts of last season.

Pickford's £25 million transfer makes him the most expensive British goalie of all time. It would be interesting to watch how he fares in the coming season.

Javier Hernandez [West Ham]





One of the rather eye-popping transfers of the window thus far is Javier Hernandez's move to West Ham. The Mexican, after all, was making great strides at Bayern Leverkusen, and as such wasn't expected to move this summer, just two years on since he moved to Germany. But the transfer happened anyway...

Chicharito, as he's popularly known, having spent five years with Manchester United is certainly no newbie to the Premier League. At United, Chicharito showed just how deadly and precise he can be from the 18-yard box, despite his bit-part role at the club.

West Ham had a poor campaign last term. The Hammers struggled in attack as is evident in the 47 goals they managed in the league last season. Hence, a move for a seasoned goalscorer in Chicharito is intelligible.

The Hammers faithful saw several signings of last season fall way short of expectations. They'd hope Chicharito doesn't fall into that category and he'll deliver the goods.
Adoyi Joshua Adoyi

Adoyi is a Nigerian with a keen passion for sports  - more so football and is an avid supporter of Manchester United. He spends his weekends glued to his TV screen, watching the beautiful game.


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