Three new Premier League players to watch
The transfer window is coming to an end for Premier League clubs and it has certainly been a memorable one with plenty of new Premier League players to look out for. We’ve seen big names like Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibali and Erling Haaland make stunning moves and we’ve also seen Manchester United’s epic pursuit of Frankie de Jong. Often it’s not the biggest transfer in the window that has the most impact, but some of the most interesting ones. Here are three new Premier League players to watch in the 2022-23 season.
Probably the new Premier League player on this list with the most fanfare Gianluca Scamacca is an Italy international striker who signed for West Ham from Sassuolo for £30.5million with add-ons. The 23-year-old striker has had a reputation as a big prospect since 2014, when he made his debut for the Italy Under-17 side aged just 15. Scamacca stood at this level despite the age difference, this was largely due to his excellent physical qualities. Standing 6ft 5in, Scamacca is a physical specimen and he will look to use those attributes to dominate Premier League defenders in the air. Unlike most attackers with his physical profile, Scamacca is mobile and has the type of movement you expect from an attacker in the modern game.
It took time for Scamacca to show his undeniable talent at senior level, with the player spending recent years moving between clubs and struggling to find consistent form. It was last season though that Scamacca really broke through and started looking like the player he was meant to be. Last season, the player netted 16 times in 36 Serie-A appearances and also didn’t have any real injury worries all season. He was a handful for the opposition in almost every game he played and that’s probably what alerted English clubs to his ability. With West Ham manager David Moyes favoring strikers who excel in the physical side of the game, Gianluca Scamacca will have the opportunity to show what he can do this season.
The youngest new Premier League player on this list, Belgium Under-21 international Amadou Onana, recently signed for Everton from French side Lille for a fee of around £32million. Onana is a powerful and complete midfielder who has a lot of potential. Standing in a 6ft 5in tall tower, Onana is unsurprisingly usually deployed as a defensive midfielder as this is where he can use his physical attributes to his advantage. Despite his physical qualities, Onana is more than just a midfield enforcer covering the back line. Onana is also a player who moves well on the pitch and is confident with the ball at his feet.
One player Onana shares a similar statistical profile with is Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay. Both are great central midfield players who can be relied upon to fill roles in the middle of the park, even if they mainly play a defensive role. Both are excellent in the air and Onana is particularly prone to charging forward and making a lot of interceptions. This was evident in his stats last season where Onana had 3.52 tackles and 2.14 interceptions per 90 minutes played, making him one of the top 5% in Europe to achieve those actions. Also, like McTominay, Onana is not a progressive passer of the ball and is more successful advancing with the ball at his feet than trying to pick passes through the midfield area. With Everton having struggled so defensively over the last 18 months, Onana should be able to provide plenty of protection to this back line and will likely stand out while doing so.
The most exciting new Premier League player on this list is Brentford’s newest acquisition, Denmark international Mikkel Damsgaard. The 22-year-old striker joined the club from Italian side Sampdoria for a fee of around £13.5million. Damsgaard is an extremely versatile attacking player who can play anywhere on the front line and is comfortable in attacking midfield roles. Once seen as a potential ‘prodigy’, Damsgaard struggled to make an impact on the scoresheet during his time in Serie A and scored just twice in 49 games for the club. It would be alarming for the player as he was used to having a much bigger impact on his side. During his time at Nordsjaelland, Damsgaard contributed 34 goals in 93 appearances for the Danish side.
While it might be easy to look at Damsgaard’s deposit form in Sampdoria and ignore the signature, it would make you miss where Damsgaard really shines. It’s his ability to defend from the front and cause all sorts of problems for any team trying to play from the back. On average, Damsgaard pressures the opponent 26.78 times, successfully tackles 3.34 times and blocks 2.02 times per 90 minutes played. These are amazing numbers for an attacking player. Individually for these three stats Damsgaard is in the top 1-2% of European football and combined he is second to absolutely no one as a defensive striker. With so many teams now trying to play at the back, Damsgaard could well thrive as a new Premier League player, especially in a team like Brentford who already enjoy playing against teams struggling against a press.
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