Feature: Premier League Darkhorse Signings

Roberto Pereyra (R) of Watford runs with the ball watched by Mohamed Elneny during the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on August 27, 2016 in Watford, England.

The marquee signings of Ibrahimovic and Pogba have dominated headlines, but here we detail some less heralded imports who could make a big impact in the Premier League.

Roberto Pereyra

Watford and Walter Mazzarri may have a gem on their hands in the shape of Roberto Pereyra. The Argentine found his time at Juventus challenging, making just 13 mainly substitute appearances last season. However, this was more an indication of Juve’s attacking talent than a commentary on Pererya’s talent.

Capable when deployed either from the wing or as a central midfielder, the 25 year old’s best position is number 10. It looks like he may slot in there for his new club, operating behind by chief goalscorers, Deeney and Ighalo.

He made his debut in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal, making an immediate impact from the bench with a consolation goal. His high watermark of five goals at Udinese suggests he won’t make the mark of a Payet or Ayew, but he can still be a valuable low cost option.

Lucas Perez

The Spaniard arrived in North London for a fee of £17 million, decent business in today’s market by Arsene Wenger.

The dynamic Perez been likened to Jamie Vardy, and not just for his goalscoring. The 27 year old went through an unconventional path to the top tier of the game – with stints in the lower divisions of Spain, Greece and Ukraine.

He enjoyed a breakout campaign for Deportivo La Coruna last year, with 17 goals and eight assists in 35 starts. Perez can certainly challenge Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud for a starting position up front for the striker shy Gunners. He’s a definite fantasy dark horse for the 2016/17 season.

Vincent Janssen

When you become the youngest player since the original Ronaldo to score over 25 goals in a single Eredivisie season, its clear you possess some serious goalscoring talent.

That’s exactly what Vincent Janssen did in 2015/16 with AZ Alkmaar, clocking the 27 goals in 32 starts. Those performances sealed a £17m move to Tottenham Hotspur.

His first few appearances at White Hart Lane have been hampered somewhat by his acclimatisation to both the Premier League and the beginnings of a partnership with Spurs’ top scorer last season, Harry Kane.

While their have been no goals yet it’s interesting that Mauricio Pochettino has so far opted to play Kane behind Janssen. When Spurs find their form, Janssen could become their main goal threat.

Steven Defour

Steven Defour was once a huge prospect in the European game. The classy midfielder was one of the hottest prospects of the then emerging Belgian golden generation. At one point he was even personally courted by Alex Ferguson, who to write him a get well soon letter after an injury.

Those days seem a far cry from a career trajectory that has led him from the likes of Standard Liege, Porto and Anderlecht to the unlikely surrounds of Burnley.

Turf Moor may not be as glamorous as some of his former club, but it could well serve to revive his flagging career. He’s been impressive, notably turning provider for Andre Gray in the victory over Liverpool. Sean Dyche looks set to position Defour as the creative fulcrum of this Clarets team. As a result, he could claim big points for a minimal outlay.

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