Premier League summer signings yet to kick a ball for their new club
From Naby Keita to Jorginho, many summer signings have hit the ground running for their respective sides.
Others have had to watch on from the sidelines.
Although we are only a few games in, some marquee buys have not yet managed to make a mark for their new side on the hallowed pitches of the Premier League.
And who’d have thought the likes of sure-hit Fabinho will have yet to have taken to the field for Liverpool.
Here, Mirror Football has taken a look at eight of the biggest signings that have yet to feature so far this campaign, – and when we can expect to see them on the pitch…
Bernd Leno (Arsenal)
The 26-year-old was expected to slot in as Arsenal’s number one immediately, however Gunners boss Unai Emery has decided to stick with the reliable hands of Petr Cech.
The German goalkeeper was a permanent fixture for Bayer Leverkusen for seven seasons, playing over 300 times for the club.
Leno has been fully fit since the Premier League started which suggests that the Spanish manager has made his choice for this season.
It looks like it would take a calamity of errors from the experienced Czech for Leno to get any significant game-time this campaign.
Ben Gibson (Burnley)
Fee: £15 million from Middlesbrough
The ex-Middlesbrough captain, looked a certainty to be in Sean Dyche’s immediate plans after the Clarets equaled their record transfer fee for him.
However, the resilient and consistent partnership of James Tarkowski and Ben Mee – who are largely to thank for Burnley’s success last season – have managed to keep the 25-year-old out of the side.
Despite Gibson not playing at all so far in the Premier League, Burnley’s squad is noticeably thin and will need to use all of their resources in order to prevent a noticeable amount of fatigue.
Therefore, we should see Gibson turn out for Burnley very soon.
Andre Gomes (Everton)
Fee: £2 million loan from Barcelona
Andre Gomes is one of many players whose undeniable potential. But his growth has been stifled due to lack of gametime at a top club – in this case, Barcelona.
Gomes was not included in Portugal’s final squad for the World Cup in Russia, but making only 16 La Liga appearances may have been a contributing factor.
The 25-year-old has joined Everton on a season-long loan to try and build up his match fitness.
Unfortunately, Gomes is still on the sidelines with a muscle injury but we should see the Portuguese international playing for the Toffees in the next few weeks.
Yerry Mina (Everton)
Fee: £26.8 million from Barcelona
Similarly to Andre Gomes, the 23-year-old made the switch from the Spanish coast to Merseyside in search of regular football.
The Columbian signed on a permanent deal for just under £27 million.
Mina only made five appearances last season for the Spanish champions last term, but was a star of the World Cup.
For a centre back, Mina has a rather impressive goal-scoring record for his country, bagging six goals in 15 caps.
Despite a foot injury preventing the Columbian from getting any minutes thus far, he is expected to be ready for Everton’s next game against West Ham United at Goodison Park.
Sergio Rico (Fulham)
Fee: loan from Sevilla
After back-to-back Europa League victories with Sevilla, Rico was loaned out to heavy-spenders Fulham.
The 25-year-old was dropped last season after Sevilla’s Champions League elimination, with youth graduate David Soria taking his place.
Rico also had several altercations with then-manager Vincenzo Montella, causing speculation that he may leave the club.
Goalkeeping competition is high at Fulham, with recently called up Englishmen Marcus Bettinelli and ex-Besiktas stopper Fabri in the Cottagers ranks.
If Bettinelli’s form continues, Rico could find his loan spell with the London side is a very quiet one.
Fee: £39 million from AS Monaco
Arguably, the player least expected to feature on this list.
Fabinho cost Liverpool a whopping £39 million from Monaco and looked to be the strong, reliable protection in front of the back four that that was desperately needed.
A defensive midfielder that also has an eye for goal, Fabinho bagged 20 goals in his last two seasons for Monaco, attracting a plethora of European sides to fight for his signature.
It is impossible to know when Jurgen Klopp will give the 24-year-old some minutes, but he needs to feature soon, as his international football with Brazil is being affected.
The ex-Monaco man was shifted to right-back in Brazil’s win over USA, with Manchester United’s Fred playing in the centre of midfield.
Diogo Dalot (Manchester United)
Fee: £19 million from FC Porto
Possibly one for the future, but many believe Diogo Dalot could be an important player for Manchester United as soon as this season.
Antonio Valencia is no spring chicken at 33-years-old and may need more of a rest than in previous seasons.
This is where the 19-year-old could prove important.
The ex-Porto defender has been injured since he signed for the club, but after impressing for United’s reserves last week, Dalot looks ready to compete with United’s captain for a starting place.
Expect the youngster to feature, albeit initially sparingly, as Mourinho tries to eradicate his reputation for not backing youth players.
Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Fee: loan from Anderlecht
One of many impressive signings made by Wolves in the summer transfer window, Leander Dendoncker has had a growing reputation amongst Belgian fans.
The 23-year-old has made 171 appearances for his boyhood club Anderlecht, whilst also featuring for his country six times.
Dendoncker, who can either play in defensive midfield or as a centre back, only has one EFL cup appearance to his name for Wolves, with their squad now full of a combination of experience and talent.
With expectations high in this new financially-fueled era for the Black Country club, Dendoncker will have to make the most of any opportunities he gets.
He should get some minutes soon with experienced players such as Joao Moutinho likely to be rested in the coming games.http://www.liverpool-cy.com/premier-league-summer-signings-yet-to-kick-a-ball-for-their-new-club/News