Premier League Week 1 Predictions: Newcomers Who Will Thrive in Their Debuts
It has been one-way traffic for the Premier League in this summer's transfer window.
Not many notable players have left the league. Carlos Tevez is now at Juventus, Clint Dempsey shocked the world with his move to the Seattle Sounders and Pepe Reina is on loan at Napoli.
But look at the sheer amount of talent that has been brought in. Manchester City brought in Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, and Tottenham added Roberto Soldado and Paulinho.
It's safe to say those departures won't be missed all that much.
Clubs throughout England have followed suit, bringing in major talent—without giving up anyone significant to other leagues—and further entrenching the EPL as one of the very best tables in the world.
With the season finally about to start, let's take a look at some of those additions—one expensive, one bargain and one in the middle—who are primed to take England by storm.
Stevan Jovetic, Manchester City
There are plenty of Manchester City candidates for this category, with Fernandinho and Jesus Navas also coming aboard. But with Jovetic set to be the main replacement for Tevez, all eyes will be on him.
And don't be surprised if he steps in right away for the Argentinian. Just take a look at a comparison of the two from a goalscoring perspective last season:
As you can see, the two produced on a similar level, and a further look reveals they are also similar in their ability to distribute as well as where they like to roam on the field. Like Tevez, Jovetic can either play as the main striker or just behind Sergio Aguero or Edin Dzeko.
It's all a way of saying Jovetic is the perfect replacement for Carlos Tevez, and at home against Newcastle, he will find the back of the net just like the former City star.
Victor Wanyama, Southampton
The fact there is debate about Victor Wanyama's true position—is he a center back? Defensive mid? Center mid?—is what makes him so special.
Yes, he is a bit of an unknown. The move from Scotland to England is a massive step up, and he will be the first Kenyan ever in the EPL. But if his performances during Champions League play with Celtic last year were any indication, the 22-year-old is going to be a star.
Check out his stats, courtesy of WhoScored:
Victor Wanyama: Averaged 4.4 tackles per game during the Champions League group stages, the 5th highest of every player with 3+ appearances— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 11, 2013
As we referenced earlier, it's Wanyama's versatility that stands out. He is an aggressive defender capable of holding his own at center back against the endless onslaught of talented forwards in this league, but he also has the skill and work rate to move forward and be effective:
Wanyama will go up against West Brom in Week 1, a decent test but one I'm quite confident he's ready for.
Jose Campana, Crystal Palace
Newly promoted side Crystal Palace are going to have a tough time staying competitive in England's top league, but they got some major help when they bought Jose Campana for £1.7 million—one of the biggest coups of the summer.
Although Campana is just 20 years old, he—like so many other Spanish midfielders—has terrific vision and passing from the center midfield position.
How effective will Jose Campana be in Week 1?
Simply put, he is a playmaker.
He made just five La Liga appearances with Sevilla last season, totaling a meager 184 minutes (36.8 per match). Usually it's tough to do much with that kind of sporadic playing time, but he still managed to complete 82 percent of his passes and create three chances for his teammates.
The Spain U-20 captain won't score many goals, but he's a luring talent who will make the smart passes, helping his team keep possession and create chances.
You'll likely see sparks of that against Tottenham, and it will only get better as the youngster gets more comfortable.
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