Premier League: Five rookies to watch this season

Premier League: Five rookies to watch this season

The Norwegian phenomenon Erling Haaland, who arrives at Manchester City, Raheem Sterling who moves from City to Chelsea, Gabriel Jesus, who is trying to revive himself at Arsenal, the transfers have been, like all seasons, numerous and of quality in the Championship of England, whose season starts on Friday.

Erling Haaland, the phenomenon in City

All eyes will be on the Manchester City colossus (1.95m, 88kg), recruited to be decisive in these crucial Champions League matches, where coach Pep Guardiola has not triumphed since 2011. paper, the arrival of the Norwegian constitutes an undeniable reinforcement, which will perhaps make City this season the best of seven years under the aegis of the Catalan coach. In reality, however, things could be different. Apart from Lewandowski at Bayern in 2015-2016, no pure N.9 has really found comfort in a Guardiola system. At only 22 years old, Haaland is however still very perfectible and should gain strength over the months, especially after the World Cup, in which his national team will not participate.

Darwin Nunez, the attraction of the Reds

Liverpool’s new Uruguayan striker stole the show from Haaland in the Community Shield, won by the Reds (3-1) last Saturday. In just 35 minutes on the pitch, Darwin earned a penalty that put Salah ahead and then scored the decisive goal in stoppage time. The former Benfica striker (32 goals in 57 matches played since 2020) presents the ideal profile to succeed Sadio Mané on the left wing and to enter the axis, or even to be Firmino’s successor as centre-forward, his real position, which would also allow to put winger Luiz Diaz in the best mood.

Raheem Sterling, expected revival at the Blues

After Liverpool and City, the England international turned down extension offers from the Citizens to reinvigorate his career at Chelsea. At 27, the left winger has seen his performance decline over the past two seasons at the Etihad Stadium, with 23 goals and 14 assists in 61 league matches since 2020. An honorable ratio, but almost 40% lower than the three previous seasons. The emergence of highly mobile Phil Foden, and the much-criticized signing of left-winger Jack Grealish last summer, have contributed to this decline. Chelsea fans hope to find the Sterling who shone with the England team during Euro-2021.

Lisandro Martinez, defensive surety for the Red Devils

Coming in the suitcases of coach Erik ten Hag, the former central defender of Ajax is one of the few reasons to be optimistic again on the side of Old Trafford, where the lack of defensive solidity has partly contributed to the poor results of recent years. And this despite the presence of heavyweights Harry Maguire and Raphaël Varane. But the references of the Argentinian international (24 years old) are relatively limited, with around twenty Champions League matches in three seasons, mainly group matches, without any victory against a team from the European top 16.

Gabriel Jesus, the Gunners’ bet

Presented as Sergio Agüero’s successor on his arrival at Manchester City, the Brazilian center-forward never overshadowed his Argentinian counterpart, nor then managed to convince Guardiola that he absolutely had to field an N.9. Since his transfer from Palmeiras in 2017, Gabriel Jesus’ statistics have been remarkable (95 goals and 46 assists in 233 matches), but below the standing of one of the best teams of the last thirty years in the Premier League. Going to Arsenal at 25 looks like a wise career choice, with a starting place that seems certain to him.

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