The Premier League returns this weekend with a host of new faces and some not-so-new ones.
It is the first promotional weekend since the summer transfer window was closed on December 31.
Saul Niguez’s move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea hit the headlines and Blues fans will be eager to get their first glimpse of the Spain international on Saturday night, while Arsenal and Tottenham also boast acquisitions.
Then of course there is the minor issue of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford.
Here, Sports mail takes a look at the biggest names that could be set for their Premier League arcs this weekend.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Tottenham (Saturday, 12.30pm)
All summer Palace had been screaming for more firepower. It took until the last day of the window to get her husband.
Odsonne Edouard arrived from Celtic for £ 15m and finally got his wish to jump into an elite league after four seasons in Glasgow.
His scoring record in Scotland should give the Eagles fans cause for optimism, as the 23-year-old scored 86 times for the Hoops in 179 games in all competitions.
Patrick Vieira hopes that his husband will be able to take off in front of goal after the slow start to the season.
In none of the Frenchman’s first three games they scored a goal in all competitions before Conor Gallagher scored two in a draw with West Ham in late August.
Odsonne Edouard will add much-needed firepower to the front of Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace versus TOTTENHAM (Saturday, 12.30 p.m.)
It’s been a messy transfer window for Emerson Royal, to say the least.
The 22-year-old Brazilian made his return to Barcelona at the start of the window after the club exercised his clause to get him from Real Betis.
Then he would have been forgiven if he thought his immediate future lay in the Nou camp. However, the club’s dire finances made for something else.
Tottenham were made available for the transfer as the club struggled to register the player and took in £ 26m on the deadline to bolster their own backline.
Despite admitting that he never wanted to leave Barcelona, LaLiga loss is Spurs’ win, with Royal considered one of the best attacking right-backs in Spain’s top division.
Emerson Royal have arrived at Tottenham despite signing for Barcelona in the same window
ARSENAL – Norwich (Saturday 3pm)
The £ 20million move from Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu came out of the blue on the cut date without the deal getting really loud until it was almost closed.
The lack of fanfare compared to other signings this summer may be a sign that the 22-year-old is not seen as an instant star, but his performance against China for Japan during the international break gave fans some reassurance about his skills.
Defensive reinforcements were key for Mikel Arteta, with the Gunners’ back problems clearly evident earlier this season.
He could be thrown into the mix faster than expected against Norwich to turn the team’s fortunes around.
Arsenal strengthened their defense with the addition of Japanese Takehiro Tomiyasu. on the reference date
Brentford – BRIGHTON (Saturday 3pm)
Marc Cucurella came through Barcelona’s academy and shone at Getafe
One of the smartest deals towards the end of the window was Brighton’s £ 15 million takeover of Getafe’s highly rated defender Marc Cucurella.
Just a year ago, the former Barcelona youth product was linked to Chelsea and Arsenal only for the seagulls to step in now.
Cucurella made his full Spanish debut in the summer, albeit due to the fact that the original squad had to isolate due to Sergio Busquets’ positive Covid-19 test, but it shows that he is in international conversation.
As a left-back who can also move up to midfield, Brighton fans are hoping he is next on a list of cult Spanish heroes to hit the coast.
MANCHESTER UNITED v Newcastle (Saturday 3pm)
This debut doesn’t need an introduction.
Cristiano Ronaldo will once again grace the Old Trafford pitch and the world and his dog are there for that.
He will face Newcastle – the club he has scored his only hat trick against in the Premier League – on his second debut for Manchester United after transferring £ 20m from Juventus.
With no TV at 3pm in the UK due to blackout rules, the mystery has only grown around what is certainly the most anticipated second debut in football history.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut is the most anticipated of the weekend when he returns
Southampton – WEST HAM (Saturday 3pm)
Another to return to England’s top division, albeit admittedly not with the same admiration that the Portuguese man receives.
Vlasic spent an unsuccessful season at Everton in 2017 before being loaned to CSKA Moscow.
With the move made permanent, the folks at Goodison Park would have been wondering what they let go of as the attacking midfielder impressed both domestically and in Europe.
The 23-year-old also played for Croatia and scored against Scotland during the recent Euro 2020 campaign.
All of this has led West Ham to believe they were running a smart business after landing it for £ 33.5 million.
He will hope to agree with them when he makes his Southampton debut.
Nikola Vlasic already got a taste of the Premier League while at Everton
Watford – Wolves (Saturday 3pm)
Hwang Hee-chan has seen him move out in front of Wolves fans after being shown on the pitch ahead of his home defeat to Manchester United in late August.
He’s hoping to make it with his boots this time when Bruno Lage’s men drive to Vicarage Road on Saturday to face Watford.
Hwang initially came on loan from RB Leipzig, but with the option of a permanent £ 15m move next summer.
His natural creativity showed during the international break – he set up South Korea’s only goal when they beat Lebanon 1-0 in the World Cup qualifier.
Wolves will hope to see some of this, and keenly, after starting the Premier League season with three straight 1-0 defeats.
South Korea’s star Hwang Hee-chan was shown to Wolves fans in late August
CHELSEA – Aston Villa (Saturday, 5:30 PM)
Saul Niguez became a Chelsea player at 11 a.m. on the deadline.
His lengthy move from Atletico Madrid was the biggest story on August 31, as rumors surfaced that the deal wasn’t finalized in time.
The loan was signed to Chelsea and the 26-year-old’s relief, giving Saul a chance to prove himself in the Premier League ahead of a possible permanent transfer next summer.
“This transfer is a step out of my comfort zone for me,” he recently admitted on a Twitch program. ‘I believe that you will see a new Saul in a new one [better] Place.’
Blues fans will have their first look at a better Saul against Aston Villa on Saturday night.
Saul Niguez was the most noticeable move in the Premier League on the day of the transfer deadline
EVERTON – Burnley (Monday, 8 p.m.)
Salomon Rondon has returned to the Premier League with Everton after two years in China
Another return to the Premier League when Salomon Rondon meets Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez in Everton.
Benitez made no secret of his admiration for the Venezuelan during the couple’s time on Tyneside, where the striker scored 11 goals in 32 games to pull the club out of relegation battle.
The pair will aim a little higher in the standings as they return for free at Dalian Professional after a two-year hiatus in China – via a loan in Russia with CSKA.
Although Everton won’t play until Monday night, it remains to be seen whether Rondon will be part of Benitez’s squad against Burnley.
The 31-year-old was in training with his new team-mates for the first time this week, but has not played any competitive football since his last appearance for CSKA in May.