Man Utd don’t need a striker if this, finally, is Anthony Martial’s year. And Jurgen Klopp says he has a player ‘like a new signing’.
Here’s one for (almost) every Premier League club ahead of the new season…
Arsenal: William Saliba
The French defender has been out on loan for the last three years and, if he stays at Arsenal, it will be to play. Saliba is spending pre-season with the Gunners while he waits for assurances that maybe aren’t coming. In which case, he could be a literal new signing for Atletico Madrid or Marseille.
Aston Villa: Morgan Sanson
The French midfielder has been described as ‘like a new signing’ by the Birmingham Mail after turning up for pre-season fitter and seemingly keen to prove a point. That being: “I’m not as sh*t as I’ve made it seem for the last 18 months.”
Bournemouth: David Brooks
The Wales midfielder is back in training after revealing in May that he had been declared cancer free having being diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin Lymphoma last October. Scott Parker won’t rush him – “He was very ill so we need to tread carefully with him.” – but we can all look forward to Brooks being back on the field this season.
Brentford: Halil Dervisoglu
The Turkey striker currently holds the club record for most international goals scored while playing, or rather, under contract with the Bees. He’s back with Brentford for pre-season after spending last season on loan at Galatasaraay.
Brighton: Kacper Kozlowski
The Poland midfielder, who was shortlisted for the Golden Boy award, was a new £8million signing in January but he was immediately bundled off to Belgium to spend the second half of last season with Royal Union Gilloise. Kozlowski has featured in pre-season for the Seagulls and is expected to stick around for at least the first half of the new campaign.
Chelsea: Connor Gallagher
Eight goals in 39 appearances last season for Crystal Palace has convinced the England midfielder that he is ready to play in Thomas Tuchel’s team this season. And he’s probably right. Let’s see if he gets the chance to prove it.
Crystal Palace: Nathan Ferguson
The right-back joined Palace in 2020 but has struggled badly with injuries ever since. Ferguson has played only eight minutes of Premier League football since moving from West Brom but the 21-year-old has been fit enough to take part in pre-season with Palace.
Everton: Jean-Philippe Gbamin
The midfielder seems to have been cursed since joining Everton in 2019, with a series of injuries keeping him on the sidelines. He finally returned to action last season but in his limited opportunities, Gbamin failed to impress and was shipped off to CSKA Moscow. There he got back into his stride and the 26-year-old is working in pre-season with Frank Lampard’s squad in what must be the Ivory Coast international’s last chance at Goodison.
Fulham: Tyrese Francois
The Australian youngster has just renewed his contract and Marco Silva fancies Francois, who made his Premier League debut in the second half of the last game of the 2020/21 season. “Apart from Fabio Carvalho, the only young player who impressed me more was Ty and I believe in him.” Maybe even enough to pick him this season.
Leeds: Helder Costa
Leeds have just lost one right winger but gained another back from Valencia with Costa returning to West Yorkshire after a season-long loan where he played 22 La Liga games, starting 13 of them. If Jesse Marsch likes what he sees in pre-season he may decide to keep Costa around.
Leicester: Wesley Fofana
The centre-back was injured in pre-season a year ago and was out for all but seven Premier League games. The Foxes’ defensive record, especially at set-pieces, suggests he was badly missed.
Liverpool: Harvey Elliot
Jurgen Klopp said himself this week: “For me, Harvey Elliott is a new signing as well, after last season how he started. He is very young, came back brilliant, then had a little low, that is completely normal after being that long out. So, really excited about seeing him.”
Manchester City: Julian Alvarez
Like a new signing because he kinda is. Alvarez signed for City in January but remained at River Plate until last weekend, when he was unveiled alongside Erling Haaland.
Manchester United: Anthony Martial
So United reckon Martial, now he’s back from a miserable loan at Sevilla, can save them from splurging on a new striker. Maybe Erik ten Hag is the man to finally prompt the Frenchman pull his finger out. More likely, he’ll score a few in pre-season, start the season with a couple more, then disappear up his backside again while United count down the days until January.
Newcastle: No one
Why settle for ‘like a new signing’ when you’re richer than God? And you have £50million to spend on a forward.
Nottingham Forest: Keinan Davis
Like a new signing because he would be, but Forest already know what they would be getting from the centre-forward who scored five goals in their promotion push last season. ‘Cordial discussions’ have apparently taken place with Villa.
Southampton: Moussa Djenepo
“What I like is the fighting spirit he has to come back, to come back on his highest level.” That was Ralph Hasenhuttl talking about Djenepo in March and Saints certainly need the winger to re-emerge after a poor season. That’s assuming he’s still at St Mary’s by the end of the window.
Tottenham: Pape Matar Sarr
The 19-year-old signed for Spurs last summer before going back to Metz and playing as a regular in Ligue 1. Now the versatile midfielder is in Antonio Conte’s squad for the pre-season trip to South Korea where he made his Tottenham debut…
— Pape Matar Sarr (@papematarsarr15) July 14, 2022
West Ham: Harrison Ashby
The 20-year-old right-back will step up into David Moyes’ first-team squad this season on a more regular basis after some hugely promising cameos last term and the former Chelsea academy player is ready to push Vladimir Coufal and Ben Johnson for their places. With only a year remaining on his contract, the Scotland Under-21 international needs some incentive to commit to the Hammers beyond next summer.
Wolves: Yerson Mosquera
The Colombian defender joined Wolves last summer and would probably have featured for many more than the five minutes he was restricted to in the Premier League because of a couple of hamstring injuries. Bruno Lage has warned the 20-year-old to expect more minutes with the Under-23s but Mosquera will surely force his way into the Wolves defence sooner rather than later.