£18m teen and 46-cap ace; 10 new Premier League signings you missed


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Yes, you know all about Erling Haaland, Darwin Nunez and Wesley Fofan. But how many of these 10 Premier League signings have passed you by this summer?

Ludwig Augustinsson – Aston Villa, loan

Having been capped almost 50 times by the Swedish national team, Augustinsson’s vast experience could come in handy if anything happens to Lucas Digne before May. The 28-year-old, formerly of Werder Bremen and Copenhagen, joined Aston Villa on loan after a memorable spell at Sevilla, taking over from Matt Targett in Steven Gerrard’s side.

Joe Rothwell – AFC Bournemouth, free transfer

Much has been made of Bournemouth’s perceived lack of ambition in the transfer market. At least compared to the other Nottingham Forest newcomers. However, the arrival of Joe Rothwell from Blackburn Rovers is proof of the value to be found on the free agent market.

One of the Championship’s most technically gifted footballers, Rothwell’s ball-carrying skills and deft dribbling could make him a fan favorite when he returns from injury.

Julio Enciso – Brighton and Hove Albion, £10m

Arsenal reportedly scouted the 18-year-old before Brighton slapped £10million on Encis’ talents. And according to Paraguayan legend Roque Santa Cruz, the diminutive striker is “the most promising talent” to emerge from the South American nation in recent times; a view supported by the fact that Enciso already has six caps for his country before he turns 19.Thursday birthday.

Gabriel Slonina – Chelsea, £12 million

Thomas Tuchel has not given a single Premier League minute to any of Chelsea’s teenagers in the 2021/22 season. And when you consider the Blues spent around £30m on Elonina and Carney Chukwuemeka in the off-season, you can understand why such a statistic might have concerned Todd Boehly and co. Especially if Chelsea are determined to make Stamford Bridge home to some of the brightest young talents.

Former Chicago Fire goalkeeper compared ‘Slonino’ to ‘young Gigi Buffon’. His agent, meanwhile, admitted that Real Madrid had shown an interest before Chelsea signed their man.

Ruben Vinagre – Everton, loan

Returning to England a year after being released by Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vinagre may feel he has something to prove at Goodison Park. Still only 23, there is certainly plenty of time on the left-back as he tries to iron out the defensive breakdowns that cost him his place at Molineux.

Vinagre has only started twice for Everton so far, with Vitaliy Mykolneko currently Frank Lampard’s first choice.

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Darko Gyabi – Leeds United, £5m

Amid all the focus on Kalvin Phillips’ mega-money move to Manchester City, Darko Gyabi, who has moved in the opposite direction, has perhaps understandably flown under the radar. Leeds paid £5m for the London-born teenager and handed him the number 18 shirt at Elland Road. Two factors that may point to a first-team role sooner rather than later.

Joel Robles – Leeds United, Free

With only Kristoffer Klaessen providing back-up to Illan Meslier last season, Leeds went into the window looking to add some Premier League emergency points to a relatively weak set of goalkeepers. Enter Joel Robles; The 32-year-old has made more than 50 top-flight appearances for Everton and Wigan Athletic.

Robles played his part as Real Betis secured Europa League qualification for 2021/22.

Hwang Ui-Jo – Nottingham Forest, £4m

Forest fans will have to wait a little longer for Hwang in the red Garibaldi. The South Korea international joined Steve Cooper’s much-changed side last month after confirming interest from West Ham before moving on loan to Greek sister club Olympiakos for the 2022/23 season.

Hwang scored an impressive 23 Ligue 1 goals in two years at struggling Bordeaux.

Mateusz Lis – Southampton, free

Another Premier League newcomer will spend the season on loan. Polish goalkeeper Lis has joined Southampton on a free transfer but will play across the Channel at Troyes. Once he returns next summer, Lis could be ready to take Alex McCarthy’s spot on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s roster.

Destiny Udogia – Tottenham Hotspur, £18m

Unlike Hwang and Lise, who joined new clubs on loan before the September deadline, Udogie will spend the 2022/23 season at the side where he made his name. Tottenham beat off competition from Brighton and Manchester City for the Italy under-21 international for £18million and the flamboyant defender has certainly picked up where he left off since returning to Udinese.

He was the driving force behind Jose Mourinho’s 4-0 demolition of Roma this month.

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In other news, the £17m ace won the Champions League 4-0 after West Ham missed

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