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5 New Signings to Look Out for in Premier League Football Programmes This Season


"A classic Everton programme" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by footysphere

One of the great things about football programmes, particularly the first one of a new season, is that they introduce fans to the new signings their club has made in the transfer window.

The best programmes help you to get to know the fresh faces in the squad and provide great background detail, so you know what to expect from them.

This season is no exception, so we've picked out five new signings to look out for in Premier League football programmes up and down the country this season.

1. Lucas Digne (Everton)

Leighton Baines has been a great servant at Goodison Park for over a decade now, but time waits for no man. He'll be 34 come December and new Toffees boss Marco Silva has moved to sign a long-term replacement at left back in France international Digne.

Everton are an ambitious club and have shown real ruthlessness since the David Moyes era, as they seek a return to the top six at 7/2 in the Premier League betting. Digne, who left Barcelona for Merseyside, missed the World Cup 2018 triumph with Les Bleus, so will be targeting an international recall.

2. Jean-Michael Seri (Fulham)

If you've been a regular at Craven Cottage these last 20 years, you'll know every now and then Fulham manage to pull off a signing that leaves you pinching yourself. Ivory Coast midfielder Seri is very highly-rated and moved to West London from Nice having previously been linked with top clubs in England and Europe.

The size of the coup pulled off by Slavisa Jokanovic here only really compares to when Fulham signed Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar from Juventus back in 2001. Like the Dutchman, this may be a stepping stone for Seri to go on bigger things in the Premier League, but everyone at the Cottage is delighted to have him for now as they battle relegation.

3. Max Meyer (Crystal Palace)

Staying in London, Crystal Palace lost the creativity of Yohan Cabaye this summer after his contract expired and Roy Hodgson has moved to replace the Frenchman in midfield with free agent Meyer of Schalke fame. Like Seri above, Europe's elite clubs have contemplated signing Meyer since his Bundesliga breakthrough as a teenage sensation.

Things turned sour in the end at Schalke and his end product tailed off a bit when deployed deeper, so Meyer has to prove up to his new challenge and will another fresh face in the powerful Senegal anchorman Cheikhou Kouyate to partner him in the Eagles' engine room. Palace are 2/1 to build on their 11th-place finish last term and make the top half this season.

4. Joao Moutinho and Rui Patricio (Wolves)

How about the serious statement of intent made by Wolves on their return to the top-flight after a six-year absence and their capture of Portugal's Euro 2016 winning pair Patricio and Moutinho? The former is a long-serving Sporting Lisbon keeper who left in the wake of a bitter contract dispute following an attack by fans.

As for Moutinho, he has won league titles in Portugal and France with Monaco and well over 100 caps, so should bring a wealth of experience and steady midfield playmaking nous. Both he and Patricio are big coups for Wolves, who are being tipped to bypass the relegation scrap altogether by some pundits and finish in the top 10 of the Premier League.

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