With the opening games of the 2019/20 Premier League fixtures imminent, it’s been a busy transfer window for some clubs. New boys Aston Villa have spent big – over £100m, bolstering their squad with a wealth of new signings. While Chelsea will have to cope with life after Eden Hazard with a two-window transfer ban hanging over them – despite signing former loanee Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid. English Premier League odds put Manchester City as current favourites to retain the title for the third year in a row but which transfers will stir up the league? Let’s take a look at some of the Premier League transfers we can’t wait to see in action that have, perhaps, gone under the radar a bit.
Raul Jimenez – Wolves
Jiménez spent last season on loan at Molineux and made an instant impact – scoring on the opening weekend, in Wolves’ 2-2 draw with Everton. The Mexican proved to be a hit, going on to notch 13 league goals, a total of 17 in all competitions. His fruitful tally saw Jiménez break the record for the most goals scored for the club in a single Premier League season. With Wolves exercising their option to sign Jiménez on a four-year deal and with their Europa League campaign already underway, it will be interesting to see if Jiménez can match or better his achievements from last season.
Patrick Cutrone – Wolves
In a bid to bolster their attack and provide plenty of options in what could be a long season, should they be successful in the Europa League, Cutrone has joined from AC Milan in a potential £20m move. The 21-year-old made history in becoming the first Italian to play for Wolves, with his former boss, Gennaro Gattuso describing him as ‘a classic number nine’, as well as comparing him to legend Filippo Inzaghi. During his breakthrough season in Serie A, Cutrone scored 18 goals in 46 appearances, with a return of nine from 43 last season. Despite their strong campaign last season, Wolves certainly had a stark lack of depth, so Cutrone will certainly be a positive addition that to the front-line, providing competition to last season’s first choice duo of Jiménez and Jota.
Jota – Aston Villa
The Galician winger joins Villa from fierce rivals, Birmingham City and despite the club spending big, Jota is somewhat of a steal at £4m. He’s spent the last five years in English football, in the Championship with Brentford and the Blues. Joining Villa, Jota links up with his former boss at Brentford, Dean Smith, who certainly got the best out of him – and cites that as one of his reasons for signing. A player that can contribute with goals as well as assists, during pre-season Jota has linked-up well with Jack Grealish and Frederic Guilbert, which sets the squad in good stead. Having played in England’s second-tier and the Spanish Segunda División, it will be a step-up for the 28-year-old, but he could well prove one of the most underrated signings of the window.
Dani Ceballos – Arsenal
Okay, so the Spaniard may only arrive at The Emirates on a season-long loan from Real Madrid and there’s no guarantee that the club will be able to make the move permanent – but Arsenal have a history of harbouring the talents of Spanish players. In fact, Ceballos cited idol and friend, the late José Antonio Reyes as his influence for the switch to English football. The 22-year-old has been given the number 8 shirt, vacated by Aaron Ramsey who moved to Juventus on a free transfer. During pre-season, Ceballos has looked a handy acquisition and Gooners’ fans will be hoping he’s more Santi Cazorla, rather than Denis Suárez. Ceballos will add some dynamism to Arsenal’s midfield and certainly suits Unai Emery’s style of play.