Five Premier League summer signings who need to step up
In light of Lazar Markovic’s goal and impressive all-round performance for Liverpool (5/1 for a top four finish) against Sunderland, it brings to the fore a number of other summer signings that need to start stepping up in Premier League. As such, Coral suggest five players who will be aiming to make an impact in the second half of the season.
Arrived on Tyneside with so much promise, the 24-year-old Frenchman has made 19 Premier League appearances this season, playing 1,001 minutes and contributing just one assist. Newcastle United are 11/10 to secure a top 10 finish and, to achieve higher than that, someone of Cabella’s quality needs to start making more of a contribution.
Former boss Alan Pardew suggested in December that he wasn’t ready for the Premier League, though in his last match against Chelsea, the player described it as his best performance yet, indicating that interim manager John Carver may be the man to get the best out of him.
Moved to QPR with a big reputation, and was considered somewhat of a coup around the club. However, despite winning numerous honours at Juventus, Isla has failed to make an impact at Loftus Road. Suited more to a wing back role, the Chilean should be contributing more, after just two in assists in 16 Premier League appearances.
Reported to have said he doesn’t want to make his loan move to Aston Villa permanent, the midfielder needs to first prove that he is worthy of one. He has featured 18 times in the league this term, and is yet to be credited with a goal or an assist.
With Villa perilously close to the drop zone, and 11/4 to be relegated, 25-year-old Cleverley needs to start to let his football do the talking.
If new West Brom boss Tony Pulis isn’t convinced by the Baggies’ £10m summer signing, he may well enter the transfer window, as we suggested recently. The Nigerian frontman has netted just two goals in 15 appearances this term, across all competitions and needs to start providing more competition for the club’s star striker Saido Berahino.
Hull City’s 22-year-old winger has a fantastic opportunity to step up, having returned from a loan spell at Nottingham Forest, with Robert Snodgrass injured, and manager Steve Bruce rotating his wide men in recent matches.
Against Arsenal in the FA Cup, he gave an encouraging performance and, if he can get among the goals, the former Blackpool player can become a mainstay in the team. Hearteningly for Bruce, who played with his father Paul at Manchester United, Ince junior does have an abundance of potential.