Three months after the start of the 2021/22 season, we can already draw some conclusions. Having dealt with transfers, clubs all over Europe began to fight for the championship. While the giants, such as Chelsea and PSG, predictably began to achieve impressive victories, more modest teams also managed to declare themselves — largely thanks to their new stars.
Now we will talk about the newcomers who immediately started playing at the highest level. Of course, not everyone instantly finds their place in the new team and the championship, but these guys did not experience any difficulties.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal)
After Arsene Wenger’s departure, Arsenal was pretty shaken up. And, apart from the lack of talented midfielders, the Gunners had the most problems with shaky defence. But in the past time, we managed to find Takehiro Tomiyasu — a solid defender.
Bought from Bologna for 18.6 million euros, the 22-year-old Japanese became a real revelation of the season. He immediately fit into the squad and calmed the ever-stressed defence of the club.
Even though Ben White promised to become the central star, which cost Arsenal 58 million euros, the Japanese turned out to be the best signing.
Arnaud Groeneveld (Villarreal)
When Villarreal bought Arnaud Groeneveld from Bortmouth for 23.5 million euros, it seemed like a hazardous investment. Last season, the yellow submarine plunged to seventh place in the standings, and it seemed to the fans that there was no need for excessive spending.
As it turned out, there was no need to worry — Arnaud Groeneveld was worth all this money, and he saved his team from defeat more than once. The Dutch striker took part in six goals in 10 matches.
The 24-year-old Groeneveld stands out for the speed and accuracy of strikes. From his left flank, he managed to strike 23 shots at the opponent’s goal.
Tammy Abraham (Roma)
At the beginning of last season, Tammy Abraham seemed to be Chelsea’s talisman and the most critical player for Frank Lampard. But as soon as Thomas Tuchel appeared in the club, the Englishman lost his place in the base and lost all chances to show himself.
As a result, he was sold to Roma in the summer, where he did not fail to start scoring. Abraham has been involved in six goals in 14 matches, and Jose Mourinho is confident in him.
When the crisis came at Barca, a group of promising young players from the academy became almost the only source for positivity. For example, 17-year-old Gavi became one of the most critical players in the team in weeks.
Having made his debut this season for both the club and the national team, the talented midfielder already looks more mature and developed than most of his teammates. Petite like Xavi and also able to dictate the game’s pace, the graduate of La Masia instantly became a favourite of the audience.
Dayo Upamecano (Bayern Munich)
Having established itself as the most robust and most balanced team in Europe, Bayern received a double blow this year. First, the simultaneous departure of Jerome Boateng and David Alaba seriously weakened their defensive line.
However, the Bavarians were ready for everything, having bought the French prodigy Dayo Upamecano from competitors from Leipzig. As expected, Bayern didn’t notice the changes, and Upamecano quickly established himself as an indispensable foundation player.
The 23-year-old is showing brilliant results, having all the advantages of an experienced central defender. With an 80 per cent success rate in the league, he is one of the best in the country. Therefore, the amount of 42.5 million euros paid for the Frenchman looks pretty insignificant.