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

Sunday 20th August 2017
Every transfer window brings a cause for optimism among club fans. Nearly every team in the Premier League has made at least two signings this summer. And while every new signing deserves some attention, there are a few who merit it just that little bit more.

In part I of this article, we discussed some of the players who are worth keeping an eye on this Premier League season. Here, again in no particular order, we discuss the others...

Joe Hart [West Ham]

One goalkeeper who has seen his stock take a dramatic fall in the past 12 months is West Ham loanee, Joe Hart. The fact that he spent last season on loan at Torino tells you the whole story really.

Pep Guardiola's unwillingness to live with Hart's mediocre ball distribution, despite his immense shot-stopping ability, saw the Englishman dropped from being City's No.1 last summer. Several other English clubs were in for him, but he went to Torino on loan; a head-scratcher to say the least.

The move to Turin turned out not to be a smart move, and now Hart finds his position as England No.1 come under increasing scrutiny.

However, this time, Hart has chosen to remain in England as he continues to rebuild his image. West Ham, although not much reflected in last season's final standings, had a torrid 2016/17 season.

The defence, in particular, was a real problem for the Hammers. They conceded 47 goals - the sixth worst in the division. And in the back line's defence, the goalkeeping at times was horrendous.

In my opinion, West Ham is the perfect place for Hart to re-establish himself as one of the best goalies in the country. It's sure to be an entertaining season with the Londoners and only time will tell whether or not it ends up being a success.

Jacob Murphy [Newcastle United]

Newcastle new boy, Jacob Murphy, is one youngster who is worth keeping an eye on this season. Murphy, who will be playing in the Premier League for the very first time, dazzled in the Championship last term.

Murphy scored nine goals and amassed six assists from the wings in the league last time around. The 22-year-old's strength undoubtedly lies in his ability to beat his man comfortably. Murphy is able to play on either wing or down the middle, but he would tell you he prefers playing on the left, where he is able to cut infield on his right.

Murphy is not hesitant in taking shots on goal when the opportunity arises; last term, he averaged 2.4 shots per game.The Toon will hope Murphy adds a bit more flair to their side as they battle to remain in the top flight for a further season.

Mohammed Salah [Liverpool]

If there was a position that least needed strengthening at Liverpool going into the summer, it was the attack. The Reds, after all, already possessed one of the best-attacking units in the country going into the transfer period, and goalscoring was never a problem last season. But the prospect of signing Mohamed Salah was just too enticing, I guess.

Salah has come a long way since he made his Premier League debut at Chelsea. It never worked out for him in London and after two years with the Blues, where he had loan spells with both Florentina and Roma. Shortly after that, he made the move to Roma a permanent one.

In two seasons with the Serie A side, Salah established himself as one of the best wide men in the world. The nimble-footed Egyptian scored 15 goals, assisted 11 and created 71 chances in the Italian top flight last season. It's no wonder Liverpool had no qualms smashing their transfer record to get him.

Salah is already off the mark for his new side, having found the net in the 3-3 at Watford on Saturday. And judging by his debut, the Kop are in for a treat with the 25-year-old at the club. Exciting time to be a Liverpool fan, eh?

Alvaro Morata [Chelsea]

After exiling Diego Costa at the end of last season, it was imperative Chelsea signed a replacement this summer. Alvaro Morata is the man tasked with replacing the fiery 29-year-old

Throughout his career, Morata has found game time hard to come by, and it doubtlessly influenced his decision to join Chelsea. Last season at Real Madrid, he managed only 18 starts across all competitions, which must have been infuriating. And in spite of his lack of game time he averaged more than a goal every other appearance in the La Liga.

Aggression and lethal finishing are a couple of traits shared by both Morata and Costa. The former simply doesn't give defenders a moment's peace and is always on the move. Just ask the Burnley defenders. His finishing is also impressive; he averaged a goal every 88 minutes in the Spanish top-flight last season.

At Chelsea, Morata is likely to get all the game time he desires. He enjoyed a good Premier League debut, and the Blues faithful will hope for more of the same from him.

Gylfi Sigurdsson [Everton]

Wednesday saw Gylfi Sigurdsson complete his long-awaited move to Everton for a club record £45 million. Sigurdsson is Everton's thirteenth signing in what has thus far been a hugely successful window for the Evertonians.

Sigurdsson over the past two seasons has transformed into a completely different player compared to the one we saw at Tottenham. The Iceland international has been absolutely immense for Swansea City over that period. Sigurdsson has scored a combined total of 20 goals and recorded 26 assists in the last two years - superb numbers especially when you consider the Swans were actively involved in the relegation dogfight in each of those seasons.

At age 27, Sigurdsson is rapidly approaching the peak of his powers, and Everton gets to enjoy him at his best. Will he be the man to take Everton to the next level? The Everton fans hope so.
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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