5 Debutants Other Than Falcao To Watch This Premier League Weekend


He may have dominated the closure of it, but this transfer window wasn’t all about Radamel Falcao.

As the Colombian prepares to make his Manchester United debut against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, there are plenty of performers playing a day earlier who warrant just as must intrigue and attention.

Here are five of them:

 

Danny Welbeck, Arsenal

Seeing the name of the Gunners next to that of a player regarded as something of a favourite by Manchester United fans still takes some getting used to, but after his terrific week with England Danny Welbeck will be flying as he heads into a meeting with his former rivals.

Manchester City’s visit to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunchtime would appear to be the perfect start for Welbeck, who would make himself an instant Arsenal hero with a decisive impact against the champions.

He might continue to look strange with white sleeves added to his red shirt, but a good display and a goal would make him feel immediately at home.

Welbeck to score first 7.00

 

Loic Remy, Chelsea

A fine winning goal against Spain during the international break indicated that Loic Remy is in good form ahead of his Chelsea bow against Swansea at Stamford Bridge, where a doubt lingers over the fitness of Diego Costa.

Remy could go straight into battle against a Swans team who have impressed everyone so far this season, a campaign which began with them winning at Manchester United.

This represents a much tougher test though, and an in-form Remy will only heighten that difficulty.

Remy to score at any time 2.06

 

Adam Lallana, Liverpool

The second of Liverpool’s nine summer signings, Adam Lallana had become something of a forgotten man at Anfield as a pre-season knee injury ensured that his preparations for the new campaign were completely ruined.

The former Southampton captain finally managed to pull on a Reds shirt in a behind closed doors friendly against Wolves last Friday, and he promptly responded by scoring the winning goal.

A full debut now awaits against Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday evening, when the England man could be asked to play in an attacking midfield role behind fellow new boy Mario Balotelli, who is set for a home bow after his hour in the 3-0 win over Tottenham.

Lallana to score at any time 3.00

 

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Tom Cleverley, Aston Villa

Now removed from the Old Trafford goldfish bowl, Tom Cleverley checks in at Aston Villa with a few points to prove.

Rather like his former teammate Welbeck, the midfielder couldn’t really have wished for a better fixture in which to begin his new career, as the Anfield crowd will doubtless be on his back from the first whistle given his connections.

Respond to that heckling and put in a good performance at a ground where Villa have impressed recently, and it could well be the making of his new start at a club where the decreased pressure is bound to do him good.

Cleverley to score at any time 14.00

 

Ricky Alvarez, Sunderland

When Inter Milan beat Arsenal to the signing of Argentinean Ricky Alvarez in the summer of 2011, it was seen as another transfer failure from the Gunners, who were missing out on one of the top talents in South America.

Three years later, Alvarez has made his way to the Premier League with Sunderland having signed on a season-long loan on deadline day, and as he enters English football with a home game against Tottenham, no-one is really sure what to expect from a player who frequently frustrated many in Serie A.

Alvarez was part of the Argentina squad which made it to the World Cup final but he wasn’t seen on the pitch in Brazil. He’ll have to be over his year on Wearside if his career isn’t to take a drastic downward spiral.

Alvarez to score at any time 6.50

 

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