By Augustine Akhilomen
Football fans around the globe are anxiously waiting for the kickoff of the English Premier League in a bid to watch some of their new recruits dazzle in style.
Thepledge picks top five Premier League players that will shine this 2019-2019 season.
Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal)
Having realized his dream of playing in England, Ivory Coast and former Lille star, Nicolas Pepe will be hoping to quickly adapt with the Premier League style of play.
Pepe became Arsenal’s highest-paid player when he penned a deal worth £73million from French League side, Lille this summer.
The 24-year-old took Ligue 1 by storm last season, netting 22 times and providing 11 assists to catch the eye of several top clubs – but it is the Gunners who won the race for his signature.
Blessed with quick feet and ability to play from both flanks, Pepe will definitely provide Arsenal with lots of exciting football when the new season kicks off this weekend.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea)
Another great player who is expected to fill the void left behind by new Real Madrid acquisition Eden Hazard when the new season commences this weekend.
One of Borussia Dortmund’s ‘poster boy’ in the Bundesliga, Christian Pulisic has the capability to drive Chelsea attack forward due to his pace, sublime skills and ability to convert set-pieces when given the opportunity.
The American joined the Blues at the start of the January window after scoring an impressive 15 goals and setting up 24 assists in 115 appearances for Borussia Dortmund. He was immediately loaned back to the Bundesliga club for the remainder of the season.
Featuring predominantly on the right for Dortmund, Pulisic’s versatility could be key for Chelsea. He is proficient on either side of the pitch as well as through the middle of the park.
Andre Gomes (Everton)
He may not have had s decent time with Barcelona in the Spanish League, however, Andre Gomes has the ability to raise the standard of his game in the Premier League with Everton.
The Portuguese international is the perfect player to balance the team and provides everything Silva wants in a modern box-to-box role. Mobile and strong, he covers a lot of ground while Idrissa Gueye mops up behind him.
At £22m, Everton have found a gem. Well-suited to the Toffees, he has the ability to improve while already having had a year’s experience in the Premier League. There is every reason to believe that Gomes will be, and will remain, the signing of the summer.
Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham)
A perfect fit for Tottenham, Ndombele, has really adapted quickly to Spurs pattern of play going by his preseason performances, where the team defeated Juventus, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich.
A typical surge by the Frenchman from the center of the park will see him barrel his way through midfield, evade tackles, dribble exquisitely whilst exhibiting impeccable close control, exude the prescience of spotting a teammate’s run between the channels and possessing the ability to break lines of defence – all done without breaking a sweat.
Defensively, Ndombele’s footballing brain and athletic physique aid him in an exemplary manner. He’s blessed with the maturity and intelligence of sussing out potential breaks, blocking potentially dangerous passing channels and thereby smothering any sort of danger the opposition can provide whilst in possession or on the break.
Rodri (Manchester City)
The new Manchester City midfielder has already given fans what to expect from him in the Premier League this season in the preseason, with his darting run and ability to support attack whenever he’s with the ball.
The Spanish international joined the City from Atletico Madrid where he had excellent seasons.
Rodri is an excellent winner of the ball in his own half and can dispossess the opposition playmakers very easily. He is also an excellent passer of the ball, with his proficiency being his long balls.
For sure, he will be a delight to watch for Man City when the new season commences this weekend.