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Moussa Sissoko amongst five summer signings set to impress this weekend

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The transfer window may be closed, but that doesn't stop it having a lasting effect on the Premier League.

In fact, the aftershocks of this summer's business are going to be felt for a long time.


The money spent in the most recent window was nothing short of absurd, and that leads to one thing - there's more pressure to perform than ever before.

That's not always a problem, however, as some players thrive on the burden of a hefty price tag. Of course, there are always going to be those who will crumble under the weight of expectation, but there are others who have already started to prove that they were worth splashing out on.

In partnership with DraftKings fantasy football, here are five summer signings who could be the difference this weekend.

Moussa Sissoko

Tottenham's decision to splash out £30million on Sissoko was one of the more eyebrow-raising moves of the transfer window. The typically tight-fisted Lilywhites must be praying the move pays off.

As a former Newcastle player, the Frenchman is bound to get plenty of stick from the away fans, but playing against Sunderland gives him the perfect opportunity to shine. The midfielder didn't get many minutes against Stoke, and while he'll probably start on the bench again, he could well be the impact substitute Mauricio Pochettino needs.

Sissoko played just 12 minutes against Stoke, but his passing accuracy was rather impressive - 100% in fact. All Spurs need now is for him to get forward and produce somewhere close to the seven assists he got for Newcastle last season - earning 6 fantasy points a time.

Click here to select Moussa Sissoko. 

Leroy Sane

Sane gave us a glimpse of what he can do in the Manchester derby, but we're yet to see the best of him. The Germany international is still just 20 years old, but he was the Bundesliga equivalent to Dele Alli last season, showing huge promise.

Admittedly, Bournemouth could be a real test for the youngster, so it'll be interesting to see how he fares. Sane isn't all that strong in the air, but he loves to get stuck into a tackle on the ground, and they're worth 1 point each.

With eight goals and six assists last season, Sane will be a huge asset to Pep Guardiola from now on, particularly as Sergio Aguero sits out his second game for violent conduct.

Click here to select Leroy Sane. 

Christian Benteke

So far, so good for Christian Benteke at Crystal Palace. The Eagles paid Liverpool huge money for the striker because they were in desperate need of goals, and he delivered his first for the club in the win over Middlesbrough.

Benteke not only earned himself 10 fantasy points with that goal, he also gave Palace the physical presence they need if they're going to seriously compete in the Premier League this season.

The downside to the Belgian's physicality is that fouls conceded cost players 0.5 points, but if he gets himself on the scoresheet against Stoke, who are pretty abysmal right now, he'll more than make up for it.

Click here to select Christian Benteke. 

Eric Bailly

The former Villarreal man is already living up to his price tag, winning Manchester United's Player of the Month award for August.

Bailly won Man of the Match on his Premier League debut against Bournemouth and hasn't looked back, earning three points for a clean sheet in two of the Red Devils' opening four fixtures.

The centre-back has made an average of nine defensive actions per game, so while Jose Mourinho might wish he didn't have to be quite so active, it makes him a pretty strong pick on DraftKings.

Click here to select Eric Bailly. 

Marcos Alonso

Chelsea's bench against Swansea was worth £153.2million, so after dropping points in south Wales, it only seems right that Antonio Conte is going to give some of his new signings a run out against Liverpool.

Not all Blues fans were entirely happy with the signing of defender Marcos Alonso, but he should slot into Conte's system well. Cesar Azpilicueta isn't really a left-back by trade, so it's about time Chelsea had a player who will actually excel in that position.

Alonso showed at Fiorentina how adept he is defensively, but he's also a bit of an Ashley Cole-like figure in the way he runs down the wing. Expect lots of 0.75 points for crosses, and even 6 point assists, as Alonso is about as good a full-back as you're going to get when it comes to fantasy football.

Click here to select Marcos Alonso. 

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