With the new season of the Premier League starting in just over a week’s time, clubs are finalising the remaining parts of their summer transfer window plans.
Over the course of the past two months, there have been some exciting signings with more set to come in before the British incoming market shuts on August 8.
Having said that, here are some hidden gems that fans should be aware of that might make a long-lasting impact on their club’s season.
Pablo Fornals, West Ham United
Signed from Villarreal for £25 million, Pablo Fornals will look to link the midfield with the club’s newest centre forward, Sebastien Haller.
As seen in his latest pre-season friendly, Fornals can comfortably make goals as well as take them. Throughout the game against Hertha Berlin, the Spain international looked calm in the middle of the park, dictating the Hammers’ attacking distribution and getting in the danger area.
Not many outside of England knew of Fornals’ capabilities, but after his ever-impressive displays for the Spain U-21 side this summer, in which they were crowned European champions, it is no surprise to see West Ham wrap up the deal as quickly as possible.
It might take a period of adaption for the 23-year-old to understand the demands of the Premier League, but Fornals promises to utilise his attacking mindset for the Hammers and turn them into a highly competitive team alongside Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Haller.
Mason Mount, Chelsea
Long-known to the Chelsea faithful, Mason Mount enjoyed a spell in Frank Lampard’s first team at Derby County last season.
The England youth international registered 11 goals and six assists in 44 appearances for Derby, suggesting that he is ready to play his part in Chelsea’s campaign. With his competition for the number 10 position being Ross Barkley, Mount will feel quietly confident that he can work his way into the starting XI under Lampard, a coach that he obviously knows very well.
Mount will know that opportunities are slim at Chelsea, especially for an academy graduate, but with the transfer ban remaining throughout, he finds himself with the perfect opportunity to impress at Stamford Bridge and lock his place in the squad down for the foreseeable future.
Having experienced playing abroad, Mount will be ready to show the Premier League that he can replicate his performances in England’s toughest division and make a difference. The season is long and will be full of ups and downs, but the time is now for Mount to level up.
Mason Greenwood, Manchester United
By now, most football fans will have heard the name Mason Greenwood, but this wasn’t the case even just a few months ago.
Having been featured in first-team training at Carrington since the turn of the year on a regular basis to making his debut towards the end of the season, Greenwood has been on a meteoric rise that is yet to slow down.
Not only was he involved in Manchester United’s pre-season tour of Asia, but he scored against Inter Milan in impressive fashion. Many have earmarked him as the club’s next ‘Robin van Persie’ in the way that he feels comfortable with either foot, as well as his movement.
Being only 17 years old can be daunting when coming up against the Premier League elite, but Ole Gunnar Solskjær has claimed there will be more and more chances available for him this season. Having featured on the right wing in pre-season, Greenwood’s time could be upon us with no real competition to get past for that starting spot.
A couple of decisive actions in games at the beginning of the campaign and Greenwood could easily find himself in the first-team squad on a full-time basis.