Pre season is in full flow for most teams and what better time it is to have a look at the impact some of the Premier League newest stars are having. Of course Pre season will always be less intense and players are still feeling their way into their new teams. We will look at 5 players who have shone for their new teams in pre season so far.
Memphis Depay- Manchester United- Forward
United’s’ young Dutchman came to old Trafford with a hefty price tag, with the 21 year old moving for around £21 million, and so far he has not disappointed. He has added much needed pace to the United front line. His directness and trickery is something United have lacked since, well Ronaldo. He seems to be forging a good partnership with Wayne Rooney and that will be important if United stand any chance of challenging for the title. Only one goal for him so far in pre season but the question will be whether or not he can bring last season exquisite form from PSV to Old Trafford. Van Gaal has opted to use him both as a winger and as a number 10 in pre season, and has hinted to playing him upfront with Rooney, but it will ultimately be up to the manager to decide where he is suited best.
Danny Ings- Liverpool- Forward
After last season’s scoring woes it was clear for everyone to see that Liverpool needed a striker and Brendan Rodgers went out and bought exactly that, with both Benteke and Ings joining the club. Ings has had a positive effect during preseason scoring 4 times, including a Hat-trick against minnows Felda United. His transition into Liverpool’s starting line-up has been (so far) problem free, with his style of play suiting exactly what Liverpool needed last season, a player who is happy to run in behind the back 4 and latching onto through balls. There is no doubt that the former Burnley man can score goals in the Premier League, notching 11 goals in total. The only question to his game is can he score consistently and in the big games, only time will tell. He will need to forge a partnership with Benteke, but Liverpool fans should be quietly confidant as they could form a deadly striking partnership.
Georginio Wijnaldum- Newcastle- Midfielder
Another PSV Dutchman to join Memphis Depay into the Premier League is Georginio Wijnaldum who joined Newcastle for a fee of £14.7 million. The versatile midfielder is suited to play anywhere in the midfield, and can even cover as a makeshift left back. He has already opened his goal scoring account for Liverpool during pre season, and looks set to have a positive future at the club. His direct running and dribbling make him a dangerous threat down the wings,which will add a much needed directness to a frequently stale Newcastle attack last season. . He will be a key player for Newcastle providing he can stay fit.
James Milner- Liverpool- Midfielder
Arguably Liverpool’s best summer transfer. James Milner has looked very comfortable all pre season for Liverpool and looks to be a fantastic replacement for Steven Gerrard. Brendan Rodgers has replaced experience with experience with this signing and Milner looks set to repay his new mangers faith with some eye catching performances thus far. His general passing play may not be at the dizzying heights that Gerrard was known for, however his all round play is up there with the best. His versatility allows him to play anywhere along the midfield but has made a brilliant impact playing as a central part of a midfield 3. His work ethic is second to none and combining that with his ability to pick out a pass or track back and tackle will make him a fantastic asset to the Liverpool team.
Raheem Sterling- Manchester City- Forward
The biggest transfer of the summer so far, and without a doubt the most controversial. Sterling’s exit from Liverpool was, it is fair to say, messy. Even before his £49million deal had been finalised he had gone from hero to villain in the eyes of Liverpool fans. From here on in, he needs to let his football do the talking, with many pundits believing his price tag was high to say the least. His debut came against Roma and it did not take him long to silence the critics, latching onto a well timed pass to stroke the ball past the keeper. He will be a big part of the City squad, and at such a young age has the chance to grow and establish himself as a key player for the side. Whether he is playing in behind the strikers, or out on the wing, Sterling’s pace will always cause a problem. Improvements need to be made on his consistency, as he fell away last season, but he is young and has time on his side. If Pelegrini manages him right, he could have a star forward for many years to come.
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