Premier League Betting: Swansea's Sanches and other debuts to watch

Has Paul Clement (above) pulled off a transfer masterstroke?
Has Paul Clement (above) pulled off a transfer masterstroke?
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Swansea's new star signing is set to make his debut on Sunday but, before that, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool could all give debuts to deadline day acquisitions...

"If Sanches performs as well as we know he can then Swansea will be well clear of the drop zone and will aim for a top-half finish - for which they're [6.2]."

On paper Swansea pulled off the signing of the summer by bringing Renato Sanches in on loan from Bayern Munich. Landing the midfielder, who was voted young player of the tournament when he won Euro 2016 with Portugal last summer, is a major coup for Paul Clement.

The Swansea boss had already endeared himself to fans by keeping them up last season and, by using his contacts at Bayern, where he was previously a coach, Clement has cemented his status in South Wales.

But beyond that it's difficult to say how Sanches will fare in the Premier League. Players with big reputations don't always thrive in England's top flight, as the likes of Angel di Maria, Robinho and Andriy Schevchenko know.

That trio found the division's pace and intensity too tough, even though they were playing for top clubs, so how will Sanches take to playing for a team that could find themselves in a relegation fight?

The short answer is that, if Sanches performs as well as we know he can then Swansea will be well clear of the drop zone and will aim for a top-half finish - for which they're [6.2] following the Portuguese's arrival.

Sanches has the chance to rebuild his career at Swansea, putting himself in the shop window for Europe's major clubs or showing Carlo Ancelotti that he's ready to succeed at Bayern, while taking Clement's side to the next level in the process. It could be win-win.

We'll know much more about how Sanches is going to cope with life at the Liberty Stadium after Swansea host Newcastle their on Sunday. A goal-scoring start for Sanches would be a dream, he's 18/1 to be the first goalscorer (Betfair Sportsbook).

Where does Oxlade-Chamberlain fit in for Liverpool?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has joined Liverpool because he wants to fulfil his potential by playing regularly. The England midfielder had a stop-start career at Arsenal and, at 24, knows he needs to be on the pitch. Fair play to him for making the move, although it's not immediately obvious where he'll fit in for the Reds.

Their visit to Manchester City is the match of the weekend but will Oxlade-Chamberlain be in the starting line-up? Possibly not.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp praised his new signing's versatility which probably sounds horribly familiar to Oxlade-Chamberlain. After all, he was tired of being stuck out on the wing for Arsenal and says he wants to play in the centre at Liverpool. In the short term, at least, that seems unlikely.

Aurier and Zappacosta ready to jump in at the deep end for new clubs

Sell Kyle Walker for almost £50m and sign a younger replacement from one of Europe's biggest clubs for half that fee? Never let it be said that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy isn't a genius. In Serge Aurier, Spurs appear to have signed a talented full-back with talent and nous in abundance.

He has a chequered past, mind you, getting suspended for his homophobic insults against former-boss Laurent Blanc, but if Aurier has learned the error of his ways, he could be an asset for Spurs, starting in a tricky first assignment against Everton on Saturday.

Chelsea landed Davide Zappacosta on deadline day and he could make his debut against Leicester on Saturday. The Italian was impressive for Torino last season but, if he starts here, he could be set for a rude awakening.

Leicester have lost two of their three fixtures so far, but those defeats were away to Arsenal and Manchester United. The Foxes are still a potent side and Zappacosta will have to be at his best; Chelsea are 17/10 to keep a clean sheet.

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