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Premier League 2013/14: Ones to watch

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This summer has seen a host of exciting young talent join the Premier League in what has been a frantic transfer window so far.

Here we take a closer look into five players that are expected to shine during their debut season in English football.

Yaya Sanogo 

The French under-21 international became Arsenal's first summer signing when he completed his free transfer from French Ligue 2 side Auxerre. 

The 20-year-old striker is big, strong, has good pace and looks like a natural goal-scorer and is sure to develop under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger. 

It will be interesting to see what kind of role Sanogo plays at Arsenal in the coming season, with more established strikers such as Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski likely to be ahead of him in the pecking order.

He has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League and is certainly one to watch out for in the future.

Andreas Cornelius 

Cornelius arrives in Wales as Cardiff City’s record signing after the Bluebirds paid Danish outfit FC Copenhagen £8.5m for the 20-year-old. 

The young Dane netted 18 goals in 32 games to complete an impressive first season as a first-team regular and will be hoping for more of the same in the Premier League. 

The 6ft4in striker is an impressive physical specimen and will give many central defenders a headache or two this season. 

The Danish international has signed a five-year deal with the Welsh club, and it will be a strong test of his character to see if he can cope with the pressure of spearheading the Cardiff attack, as well as having to live up to his hefty price tag.

Andre Schurrle

Chelsea finally ended their long and arduous pursuit of the German in June, when they paid Bayer Leverkusen an estimated £18m.

Shurrle, who is comfortable playing out wide and through the middle, possesses electric pace, tricky feet and a keen eye for goal. 

The 22-year-old has amassed 24 international appearances, scoring seven goals in the process. 

He joins an extremely competitive group of Blues players such as Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata, that will all be vying to fill the wide positions in Jose Mourinho’s side.

Marco Van Ginkel

The second signing in Mourinho’s second spell in charge of Chelsea, the 20-year-old central midfielder has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, after joining for a reported fee of £8m from Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem

The highly rated midfielder is renowned for his energetic box-to-box play and was part of the Netherlands under-21 team that reached the semi-finals of the recent European Championships in Israel.

Marc Muniesa 

The former Barcelona man came through the youth ranks at the fabled La Masia academy and certainly turned a few heads when he swapped Catalunya for Stoke City. 

The central defender made only two senior appearances at the Nou Camp, but has the potential to become a top class player at the Britannia Stadium. 

Muniesa reportedly spurned numerous advances from clubs in his native Spain to join Mark Hughes’ men and it will be intriguing to see how he fares against the physical nature of the Premier League.

 

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