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Premier League 2021/22 debutant XI including Luis Diaz and Guimaraes

The outcome of how new signings perform can have a huge bearing on how Premier League sides fare in a season.

Some players may hit the ground running immediately, some maybe complete flops and some could be slow burners.

With the season drawing to a close we have put together a Premier League XI of players who made their top-flight debuts this campaign and have enjoyed a successful maiden campaign in the top tier of English football…

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Jose Sa

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After Rui Patricio left Molineux and joined Jose Mourinho’s Roma side, Patricio’s Portuguese compatriot Sa made the move to the Black Country from Greek giants Olympiacos.

The 29-year-old has been ever present for Bruno Lage’s side in the Premier League this season, he has completed every minute of his side’s 34 matches so far.

Sa has 11 clean sheets to his name this season and he has made 116 saves. Only Kasper Schmeichel (117), David de Gea (125) and Illan Meslier (127) have made more.

Tino Livramento

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Southampton signed the highly-rated full-back from Chelsea for £5m and the England Under-21 international has formed a key part of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Saints side.

The marauding and pacey right-back has made 32 appearances in his first season on the south coast, but his campaign was brought to a premature end due to a serious knee injury.

Livramento is expected to be out for the rest of 2022 with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, but he’ll be aiming to come back better and stronger in 2023.

Marc Guehi

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Just like Livramento, Guehi was another Chelsea Academy graduate to depart Stamford Bridge last summer.

The 21-year-old was signed by Patrick Vieira and has started all but one of Crystal Palace’s Premier League matches this season.

The centre-back has scored four goals this season and his impressive campaign was capped off by making his England debut.

Christian Romero

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Spurs look a better outfit when the aggressive Argentine is marshalling the backline and after a solid start to life in England, Romero will only likely improve next season.

Clearly thriving off the physicality and pace of the Premier League, the 24-year-old is undoubtedly one of Antonio Conte’s trusted lieutenants.

With Tottenham still in the race for Champions League football, the South American’s performances in the last four games of the season could prove crucial in Conte’s men ousting their north London rivals Arsenal.

Marc Cucurella

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The one-time Spain international arrived last summer from La Liga side Getafe for a fee believed to be £15.4m.

The Barcelona academy graduate helped Spain win silver at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Since arriving on the last day of the summer transfer window, the 23-year-old has started all 32 of Brighton’s Premier League matches. Only Allan (61) and Christian Norgaard (78) have won more tackles than the Seagulls’ left-back (58) in the top-flight.

Christian Norgaard

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The aforementioned Norgaard has established himself as one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League.

The Denmark international has made the jump for Championship to Premier League football look seamless.

As well as winning the most tackles in the top-flight, Brentford’s number six sits second for the number of times he’s pressured an opponent (657) and fourth for the number of interceptions made (82).

Bruno Guimaraes

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Newcastle United followed up their signing of Kieran Trippier in January with the arrival of the 24-year-old Brazilian who was signed from Lyon for £35m.

It was a statement of intent from PIF and Guimaraes has quickly established himself as a fan favourite at St James’ Park.

With four Premier League goals to his name already, Guimaraes is likely to be the cog that Eddie Howe builds his side around.

Michael Olise

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Crystal Palace splashed out £8m to complete the signing of Reading forward Olise, who became Vieira’s first Eagles signing.

After being named EFL Young Player of the season last year, the France Under-21 international has enjoyed a successful first season in the top-flight.

The talented winger has four goals and nine assists from 31 matches across all competitions for the FA Cup semi-finalists.

Dejan Kulusevski

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Despite not making his full Premier League debut until mid-February, Kulusevski has registered more assists (8) than any other player in the top-flight in 2022, according to WhoScored.

The Sweden international is loving life in north London after enduring a difficult start to the season at Juventus.

Conte looks to have unlocked the forward and the 22-year-old is only likely to get better with a full pre-season under his belt alongside Conte, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.

Luis Diaz

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Liverpool signed the Colombia winger from Porto in a deal worth 45m euros (£37.5m) in January following Tottenham’s interest in the South American.

Since arriving at Anfield, the 25-year-old has slotted into Jurgen Klopp’s forward line and made Liverpool even more formidable.

Diaz required no period of adaptation and he has four goals and three assists from 20 Liverpool matches as the pursuit for the unprecedented quadruple continues.

Emmanuel Dennis

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The Nigerian international formed part of our Premier League promoted XI of the season and with Watford heading to the Championship next season, Dennis is likely to be the subject of summer interest.

Dennis tops the Hornets charts for both goals scored (10) and assists (6) in the Premier League this season.

His contributions couldn’t keep the Vicarage Road side in the top-flight, but the 24-year-old is unlikely to be plying his trade in the second tier next season.

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