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Premier League: Seven new faces you should know about

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Chelsea fans should be Salah-vating over the Egyptian. (©GettyImages)
Chelsea fans should be Salah-vating over the Egyptian. (©GettyImages).

Besides Juan Mata moving from Chelsea to Manchester United, the Premier League didn’t have quite as many big name transfers as we have seen in years past. However, here is a list of players that you should know that have made the move to England.

1. Mohamed Salah from Basel to Chelsea

How does the saying go? “If you can’t beat them, join them?” Well when it comes to Chelsea, and Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, that statement would probably be altered a bit to sound more like “if you can’t beat him, sign him”.

Salah has scored three times in four matches against Chelsea this year and is an excellent young player. At just 21, the Egyptian international can play anywhere across the attack and Mourinho has said he is looking to mould him into a player like Willian, where he can fit anywhere into Chelsea system.

2. Konstantinos Mitroglou from Olympiakos to Fulham

Fulham have signed a proven goal scorer in the Champions League in the form of Greek striker Konstantinos Mitroglou. Mitroglou is a fantastic signing for the usually low profile Londoners, and a good replacement for Dimitar Berbatov, who has moved on loan to Monaco.

It’s surprising that it took this long for Mitroglou to get his chance to move to the Premier League after his consistent play in the Champions League and domination of the Greek League, where he had scored 14 goals in the first 12 matches this season.

Arsenal was rumored to be interested in his services last summer, but have missed out on a great player. He joins international Greek teammate Giorgos Karagounis at Craven Cottage.

3. Kim Kallstrom from Spartak Moscow to Arsenal

I found this to be an interesting move from Arsene Wenger. The experienced Swedish international Kim Kallstrom, 31, can provide know-how and versatility for the Gunners. He’s been capped 108 times for his country, played in three European Championships and played in the 2006 World Cup.

Injury issues have plagued Arsenal as usual, so this short-term replacement could ease Arsenal’s woes as Kallstrom can play central midfield, both in the holding role and a more attacking position, on the wing, and has even occasionally played left back. But his fitness is also a concern.

His left foot also provides more danger from set pieces—although Mesut Ozil seems to be doing just fine in that regard for the Gunners.

4. Luuk De Jong from Borrusia Monchengladbach to Newcastle

After falling out with Monchengladbach manager, Lucien Favre, the young Dutch striker has been loaned out to Newcastle United for the rest of the season. After a successful beginning of his career in the Netherlands, the promising 23 year-old will be looking to prove himself as a true goal scorer in a major European league after he struggled in the Bundesliga.

Newcastle are a team struggling for goals, so this is a great fit for all parties involved.

5. Antonio Nocerino from AC Milan to West Ham

West Ham are looking to help reboot the career of Italian international Antonio Nocerino. Hopefully this is not the fall of a great player, but the hard working mid fielder has seen himself drop out of favor at AC Milan and has been forced to move to relegation fighting side, West Ham.

This move won’t help his argument for the Italian World Cup roster come this summer, but it will see him get much needed playing time and perhaps help save the Londoners from relegation this year.

6. Aidan McGeady from Spartak to Everton

After losing Romelu Lukaku to injury, Aidan McGeady will be looking to help Everton find some goals in the meantime. He looked extremely positive at the weekend, hitting the post against Aston Villa, and buzzing around causing all sorts of problems for the defense. Not an out and out striker, the Scottish international plays on the wing but loves to come inside and score goals.

7. Nemanja Matic from Benfica to Chelsea

Well Chelsea look pretty stupid here, signing their old player back from the club where they sold him to for £5 million. They lose around £20 million, but get a sure fire defensive midfield general.

But I guess that kind of money is pocket change to owner Roman Abramovich, so all is well. Matic finds himself coming into an already extremely crowed midfield, but Jose Mourinho is already getting the most out of him.

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