GK: Sergio Romero
The Argentinian goalkeeper was a late addition to Manchester United’s squad after a major rift with Louis van Gaal left Victor Valdes searching for a new club. The World Cup finalist will be a big addition to the club on a free transfer. His prior relationship with Van Gaal and his big match nous should come in handy for a club looking to challenge for the title again.
RB: Matteo Darmian
The former Torino man is another defensive reinforcement to the Premier League’s most successful club. At just 25-years-old, Darmian's impeccable defensive positioning and ample attacking talent, are great attributes and he proved it with a man-of-the-match performance in his competitive debut with the Reds. Can he make the United right-back spot his own?
CB: Angelo Ogbonna
Angelo Ogbonna was on the bench for Juventus during the Champions League final in June. That itself speaks volumes as Juventus have an abundance of centre backs on their roster. A no nonsense defender with an imposing physique, Ogbonna adds a lot of muscle to West Ham’s back four, and with Winston Reid by his side, the Hammers have a solid defensive partnership to begin the new season.
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CB: Reece Oxford
The youngster, who is touted to be the next Rio Ferdinand, became the youngest player to ever play for West Ham on his debut against Arsenal on the opening day of the season. Oxford had an impressive game, mainly showcased by how quiet Mesut Ozil was throughout the match. The highly-rated teenager played at the base of a diamond employed by Slaven Bilic but is expected to be a top centre back in the coming years. A real talent to look forward to, Oxford will be a legend if he lives up to the hype.
LB: Jordan Amawi
This 21-year-old joined Aston Villa form Nice to put an end to Villa’s defensive woes by securing the left-back spot. In his first two it is amply as to why Tim Sherwood had his eyes set on him this season. The French U-21 international has electric pace, he is rarely beaten and has terrific crossing ability. His game awareness and work ethic make him a player to watch out for at Aston Villa, this campaign.
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RW: Andre Ayew
Andre Ayew has had a dream start to life in the Premier League. The Ghanian international scored in his first two games so far. A goal at the Liberty stadium is what the fans will cherish but the finish at Stamford Bridge is what he will always remember. A tireless runner and a player always trying to make things happen, Ayew has comfortably slotted into the Swans’ squad. If his goal scoring run continues, Ayew could be a Liberty stadium hero.
CM: Bastian Schweinsteiger
The former Bayern Munich fan favourite arrives at Old Trafford looking for a new challenge in his glittering career. It is pretty evident that Van Gaal wants Schweinsteiger to orchestrate Manchester United’s midfield and add a helping hand to their title challenge. The very fact that the 31-year-old has won everything with Bayern and the German national team makes him a perfect signing for United.
CM: Georginio Winjaldum
Another Dutch import into the Premier League, Winjaldum has begun a new phase in his career at Newcastle under Steve McClaren. The midfielder who is regular in the Oranje is a powerhouse performer with pace, power and intensity. The goal he scored on his debut for the Magpies was a perfect illustration of his desire to get to the ball and his passion for the game. Winjaldum along with Moussa Sissoko could be the lynchpins of Newcastle this year and add some cheer to the ardent fans of the club.
LM: Dimitri Payet
Payet is arguably the most exciting foreign talent to ply his trade in England this season. The Frenchman who created the highest number of chances in the top five competitive leagues in Europe began his West Ham career in promising fashion. His ability to run at defenders and his dead ball prowess make him a feared opponent. Pace, trickery and an intelligent footballing mind is what Payet brings to the table. If he lives up to his potential, West Ham would have a superstar in their ranks.
CAM: Odion Ighalo
The 26-year-old Watford attacking midfielder has already made football fans sit up and take notice of him. Ighalo, with his enterprise and directness brings the fans onto their feet and has a crucial role to play in the Watford team this season. With 20 goals and three assists in 35 appearances last season, Ighalo would want to display the same level in the top flight this time round. A lot of Watford’s points will come through this man and his form is intertwined with their fortunes.
ST: Shinji Okazaki
The prolific striker from Mainz joined Leicester City, who had a remarkable escape from relegation last year, to bolster their attack. Okazaki scored 27 goals overs the last two seasons at Mainz and was undoubtedly their main man. A real threat in the box with his movement and skill, the Japanese international gives defenders a torrid time. The Foxes will hope that Okazaki can do the same in England and his performances in his first two games has been one that inspires a lot of confidence.
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