20 Lesser-Known Players Whose Signings Could Reinvigorate Each Club's Premier League Season

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Calling all football hipsters... this one's for you! Day in, day out, we are forced to digest the same old transfer stories. I'm talking about the Aubameyangs to Arsenal, the Harry Kanes to Real Madrid and the Nicolas Gaitans to Manchester United (that story still does the rounds, right?). These players are stars that have done many great things in the game, and hit the back pages on the regular, giving us a good idea of how good they are. But what about all those hidden gems out there who are...

<p>Perhaps Santi Mina has become more known by some after Valencia&#39;s terrific start to 2017/18 in which they were level-pegging with Barcelona.</p> <br><p>Los Che have since dropped off a bit and now sit third in the table, but Mina has had a pretty good season, scoring five goals and assisting once.</p> <br><p>He is not a guaranteed starter at the Mestalla though, and Bournemouth are in need of a new winger with Junior Stanislas, Ryan Fraser (both currently injured) and Jordon Ibe the only real options for Eddie Howe.</p>
AFC Bournemouth - Santi Mina (LW)

Perhaps Santi Mina has become more known by some after Valencia's terrific start to 2017/18 in which they were level-pegging with Barcelona.


Los Che have since dropped off a bit and now sit third in the table, but Mina has had a pretty good season, scoring five goals and assisting once.


He is not a guaranteed starter at the Mestalla though, and Bournemouth are in need of a new winger with Junior Stanislas, Ryan Fraser (both currently injured) and Jordon Ibe the only real options for Eddie Howe.

<p>Why wouldn&#39;t Arsene Wenger go out and sign a young French winger from Ligue 1? Alexis Sanchez is leaving the Emirates and the fear amongst Gunners supporters is that the manager will bring in a little-known entity as his direct replacement.</p> <br><p>Jonathan Bamba is a regular for Saint-Etienne and who bloody knows, he could be the next Thierry Henry.</p>
Arsenal - Jonathan Bamba (LW)

Why wouldn't Arsene Wenger go out and sign a young French winger from Ligue 1? Alexis Sanchez is leaving the Emirates and the fear amongst Gunners supporters is that the manager will bring in a little-known entity as his direct replacement.


Jonathan Bamba is a regular for Saint-Etienne and who bloody knows, he could be the next Thierry Henry.

<p>Brighton have done extremeley well so far in the Premier League, and sit 12th in the table thanks to some rugged defensive displays.</p> <br><p>The problem with the team lies in the attack though, and the Seagulls are the third-lowest scorers in the division.</p> <br><p>34-year-old Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed probably shouldn&#39;t be relied upon, and so Chris Hughton should go out and sign someone younger. Step forward Moussa Konate of Amiens.</p> <br><p>The Senegalese striker is tailor-made for the English game and had a respectable record of 35 goals in 93 appearances at old club FC Sion.</p>
Brighton - Moussa Konate (ST)

Brighton have done extremeley well so far in the Premier League, and sit 12th in the table thanks to some rugged defensive displays.


The problem with the team lies in the attack though, and the Seagulls are the third-lowest scorers in the division.


34-year-old Glenn Murray and Tomer Hemed probably shouldn't be relied upon, and so Chris Hughton should go out and sign someone younger. Step forward Moussa Konate of Amiens.


The Senegalese striker is tailor-made for the English game and had a respectable record of 35 goals in 93 appearances at old club FC Sion.

<p>Bryan Cristante of Atalanta is having a solid season over in Serie A - contributing six goals from central midfield and helping the club into seventh.</p> <br><p>Burnley have a mean defence this term but one area that needs some work is in the final third, and Cristante could provide more of an attacking threat for Sean Dyche.</p>
Burnley - Bryan Cristante (CM)

Bryan Cristante of Atalanta is having a solid season over in Serie A - contributing six goals from central midfield and helping the club into seventh.


Burnley have a mean defence this term but one area that needs some work is in the final third, and Cristante could provide more of an attacking threat for Sean Dyche.

<p>Chelsea do not really have a back-up left-back for Marcos Alonso, who has been fantastic in the Premier League this season.</p> <br><p>If he picks up an injury then, as things currently stand, Cesar Azpilicueta would probably be the only able deputy, which would mean the centre-back position becomes severely weakened.</p> <br><p>Mario Hermoso is a 22-year-old Spaniard plying his trade for Espanyol, who possesses good pace and the desire to get forward and support, something that would work well with Chelsea&#39;s 3-5-2/3-4-3.</p>
Chelsea - Mario Hermoso (LB)

Chelsea do not really have a back-up left-back for Marcos Alonso, who has been fantastic in the Premier League this season.


If he picks up an injury then, as things currently stand, Cesar Azpilicueta would probably be the only able deputy, which would mean the centre-back position becomes severely weakened.


Mario Hermoso is a 22-year-old Spaniard plying his trade for Espanyol, who possesses good pace and the desire to get forward and support, something that would work well with Chelsea's 3-5-2/3-4-3.

<p>Crystal Palace need an alternative to Christian Benteke, because it isn&#39;t really working out for the Belgian at Selhurst Park.</p> <br><p>Once one of the most fearsome hitmen in England, Benteke is now a shadow of his former self and looks devoid of confidence, which is not good for Palace.</p> <br><p>SPAL striker Mirco Antenucci could do a job for the Eagles - he has six goals and four assists for the Serie A strugglers at the halfway point.</p>
Crystal Palace - Mirco Antenucci (ST)

Crystal Palace need an alternative to Christian Benteke, because it isn't really working out for the Belgian at Selhurst Park.


Once one of the most fearsome hitmen in England, Benteke is now a shadow of his former self and looks devoid of confidence, which is not good for Palace.


SPAL striker Mirco Antenucci could do a job for the Eagles - he has six goals and four assists for the Serie A strugglers at the halfway point.

<p>Monaco bought Jorge from Flamengo in last year&#39;s January transfer window, perhaps in the knowledge that they&#39;d be losing Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City.</p> <br><p>The little-known Brazilian has kept Terence Kongolo and Almamy Traore out of the side on a number of occasions this season and could be a good option for Big Sam at Everton. With Leighton Baines injured and ageing and Cuco Martina nothing more than average playing out of his normal position.</p>
Everton - Jorge (LB)

Monaco bought Jorge from Flamengo in last year's January transfer window, perhaps in the knowledge that they'd be losing Benjamin Mendy to Manchester City.


The little-known Brazilian has kept Terence Kongolo and Almamy Traore out of the side on a number of occasions this season and could be a good option for Big Sam at Everton. With Leighton Baines injured and ageing and Cuco Martina nothing more than average playing out of his normal position.

<p>Huddersfield, like Brighton, have punched above their weight so far this season, but may need reinforcements if they are to pull away from the relegation zone come April/May.</p> <br><p>They have been OK in terms of creating chances and scoring goals so perhaps a defensive midfielder could be an option for David Wagner.</p> <br><p>Lille&#39;s Thiago Mendes has been quietly impressive in Ligue 1 this season, and actually has three goals to his name from a holding position.</p> <br><p>Word on the street is he&#39;s quite mobile and industrious, and could fare well in the English top flight. Plus he&#39;s Brazilian, he must be decent!</p>
Huddersfield - Thiago Mendes (CDM)

Huddersfield, like Brighton, have punched above their weight so far this season, but may need reinforcements if they are to pull away from the relegation zone come April/May.


They have been OK in terms of creating chances and scoring goals so perhaps a defensive midfielder could be an option for David Wagner.


Lille's Thiago Mendes has been quietly impressive in Ligue 1 this season, and actually has three goals to his name from a holding position.


Word on the street is he's quite mobile and industrious, and could fare well in the English top flight. Plus he's Brazilian, he must be decent!

<p>Leicester captain Wes Morgan isn&#39;t getting any younger so the Foxes should start planning for the future, and also get someone who can come into to cover for the Jamaican this season with Robert Huth out injured.</p> <br><p>Nico Elvedi has been going well in the Bundesliga for Borussia Monchengladbach, and it might not be long before some of the big clubs come calling for the 21-year-old.</p>
Leicester City - Nico Elvedi (CB)

Leicester captain Wes Morgan isn't getting any younger so the Foxes should start planning for the future, and also get someone who can come into to cover for the Jamaican this season with Robert Huth out injured.


Nico Elvedi has been going well in the Bundesliga for Borussia Monchengladbach, and it might not be long before some of the big clubs come calling for the 21-year-old.

<p>Paul Lopez, or just Pau, of Espanyol could be the man to come in and provide the shake-up that&#39;s needed where Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are concerned.</p> <br><p>The Spanish stopper is only 23 but is already firmly established as the Catalan club&#39;s number one.</p> <br><p>If you feel like you&#39;ve heard his name before, that might be because he went on loan to Tottenham last season, where he played a grand total of zero games, but this term he&#39;s been impressing in La Liga.</p>
Liverpool - Pau Lopez (GK)

Paul Lopez, or just Pau, of Espanyol could be the man to come in and provide the shake-up that's needed where Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius are concerned.


The Spanish stopper is only 23 but is already firmly established as the Catalan club's number one.


If you feel like you've heard his name before, that might be because he went on loan to Tottenham last season, where he played a grand total of zero games, but this term he's been impressing in La Liga.

<p>Manchester City really do need another centre-back in their ranks. Vincent Kompany can no longer be relied upon and is nearing the end of his City career, and Eliaquim Mangala continues to look suspect.</p> <br><p>One centre-half that could come in and make a difference, if City wanted to go down the &#39;cheap alternative&#39; route, is Levante&#39;s Chema Rodriguez.</p> <br><p>Chema has had a big role to play in defence with Levante being down the wrong end of the table, but has looked quite solid all in all. He can also operate at right-back and versatility always sits well with Pep Guardiola.</p>
Manchester City - Chema Rodriguez (CB)

Manchester City really do need another centre-back in their ranks. Vincent Kompany can no longer be relied upon and is nearing the end of his City career, and Eliaquim Mangala continues to look suspect.


One centre-half that could come in and make a difference, if City wanted to go down the 'cheap alternative' route, is Levante's Chema Rodriguez.


Chema has had a big role to play in defence with Levante being down the wrong end of the table, but has looked quite solid all in all. He can also operate at right-back and versatility always sits well with Pep Guardiola.

<p>Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may have brought Luke Shaw back into the picture, but you always get the feeling he&#39;s one error away from the chop.</p> <br><p>The nature of the pair&#39;s relationship was well documented in 2017, and he may not be the long term option for United, as much as some fans would like him to be.</p> <br><p>Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind have flattered to deceive and Marcos Rojo is a centre-back meaning Mourinho really does need someone else to come in.</p> <br><p>Marvin Plattenhardt is a German international as of last year and plays for Hertha BSC and is about to come into his prime at the age of 25. With this one Mourinho would have to get in their fast before Bayern come and hoover up yet another German talent.</p>
Manchester United - Marvin Plattenhardt (LB)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may have brought Luke Shaw back into the picture, but you always get the feeling he's one error away from the chop.


The nature of the pair's relationship was well documented in 2017, and he may not be the long term option for United, as much as some fans would like him to be.


Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind have flattered to deceive and Marcos Rojo is a centre-back meaning Mourinho really does need someone else to come in.


Marvin Plattenhardt is a German international as of last year and plays for Hertha BSC and is about to come into his prime at the age of 25. With this one Mourinho would have to get in their fast before Bayern come and hoover up yet another German talent.

<p>Newcastle are in a relegation battle, and unfortunately things have gone quiet in the supposed takeover by Amanda Staveley.</p> <br><p>This may force the Magpies to try their luck for a hidden gem, and Guido Burgstaller of Schalke could be a decent bet.</p> <br><p>He&#39;s scored seven league goals so far and at 28, has experience which is what a side like Newcastle need right now. Younger players should be looked to in the summer, and hopefully they&#39;ll still be a Premier League club to attract some of the more promising ones.</p>
Newcastle United - Guido Burgstaller (ST)

Newcastle are in a relegation battle, and unfortunately things have gone quiet in the supposed takeover by Amanda Staveley.


This may force the Magpies to try their luck for a hidden gem, and Guido Burgstaller of Schalke could be a decent bet.


He's scored seven league goals so far and at 28, has experience which is what a side like Newcastle need right now. Younger players should be looked to in the summer, and hopefully they'll still be a Premier League club to attract some of the more promising ones.

<p>Southampton, like Newcastle, are slipping closer and closer to the relegation zone and the simple fact is that they don&#39;t score enough goals.</p> <br><p>Mauricio Pellegrino, for whatever reason, doesn&#39;t like Manolo Gabbiadini and instead persists with Shane Long, who recently scored his first goal in almost a year.</p> <br><p>The Saints need a replacement for him and a player to fill in for Charlie Austin, whose injury record is not sparkling.</p> <br><p>Espanyol&#39;s Gerard Moreno has scored six La Liga goals so far this season and on that basis alone he surely would be a better option than Long.</p>
Southampton - Gerard Moreno (ST)

Southampton, like Newcastle, are slipping closer and closer to the relegation zone and the simple fact is that they don't score enough goals.


Mauricio Pellegrino, for whatever reason, doesn't like Manolo Gabbiadini and instead persists with Shane Long, who recently scored his first goal in almost a year.


The Saints need a replacement for him and a player to fill in for Charlie Austin, whose injury record is not sparkling.


Espanyol's Gerard Moreno has scored six La Liga goals so far this season and on that basis alone he surely would be a better option than Long.

<p>Stoke could do with players for a few positions to be honest, but up front is arguably where the most work is needed.</p> <br><p>Saido Berahino may never score again, Mame Biram Diouf doesn&#39;t play there consistently and Peter Crouch, despite his recent contract renewal, may soon be calling for the zimmer frame.</p> <br><p>Stoke need a striker to lift the crowd - and Karl Toko Ekambi could be the man to do just that. The explosive Angers hitman has scored nine goals in Ligue 1, and could be worth the gamble.</p>
Stoke - Karl Toko Ekambi (ST)

Stoke could do with players for a few positions to be honest, but up front is arguably where the most work is needed.


Saido Berahino may never score again, Mame Biram Diouf doesn't play there consistently and Peter Crouch, despite his recent contract renewal, may soon be calling for the zimmer frame.


Stoke need a striker to lift the crowd - and Karl Toko Ekambi could be the man to do just that. The explosive Angers hitman has scored nine goals in Ligue 1, and could be worth the gamble.

<p>Perhaps more well known than some of the other players on this list, Daniel Didavi of Wolfsburg could be the man to drag Swansea out of trouble.</p> <br><p>The Premier League&#39;s bottom club have badly missed the goal threat of Gylfi Sigurdsson this season, and are the lowest scorers in the division.</p> <br><p>The Swans desperately need some quality and Didavi has been showing just that over in the Bundesliga this season with six goals and five assists.</p>
Swansea - Daniel Didavi (AMF)

Perhaps more well known than some of the other players on this list, Daniel Didavi of Wolfsburg could be the man to drag Swansea out of trouble.


The Premier League's bottom club have badly missed the goal threat of Gylfi Sigurdsson this season, and are the lowest scorers in the division.


The Swans desperately need some quality and Didavi has been showing just that over in the Bundesliga this season with six goals and five assists.

<p>Tottenham could do with another winger; Moussa Sissoko hasn&#39;t worked out, Erik Lamela has just returned from a long term injury absence and could take time getting up to speed, and Georges-Kevin N&#39;Koudou has joined Burnley on loan for the rest of the season.</p> <br><p>Celta Vigo star Daniel Wass, along with his more well known teammate Pione Sisto, has been a big reason as to why the club are the joint third-highest scorers in La Liga alongside Real Madrid so far this season - the 28-year-old could be a useful squad player for Mauricio Pochettino.</p>
Tottenham - Daniel Wass (RW)

Tottenham could do with another winger; Moussa Sissoko hasn't worked out, Erik Lamela has just returned from a long term injury absence and could take time getting up to speed, and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou has joined Burnley on loan for the rest of the season.


Celta Vigo star Daniel Wass, along with his more well known teammate Pione Sisto, has been a big reason as to why the club are the joint third-highest scorers in La Liga alongside Real Madrid so far this season - the 28-year-old could be a useful squad player for Mauricio Pochettino.

<p>Watford could with someone to patrol in front of the defence, and SPAL midfielder Federico Viviani could be an option.</p> <br><p>Viviani has good discipline, and additionally, takes a mean free-kick which is always a bonus in a player.</p> <br><p>The Hornets&#39; Abdoulaye Doucoure has brought more of an attacking side to his game this season, and Richarlison probably isn&#39;t tracking back any time soon.</p>
Watford - Federico Viviani (CDM)

Watford could with someone to patrol in front of the defence, and SPAL midfielder Federico Viviani could be an option.


Viviani has good discipline, and additionally, takes a mean free-kick which is always a bonus in a player.


The Hornets' Abdoulaye Doucoure has brought more of an attacking side to his game this season, and Richarlison probably isn't tracking back any time soon.

<p>West Brom have an ageing defence and really ought to think about bringing in some fresh legs. Alan Pardew will have his targets, but may want to take a look at the Nantes backline.</p> <br><p>The Ligue 1 side have been going admirably under Claudio Ranieri, and Koffi Djidji has been a part of the third-best defensive team in the league.</p> <br><p>Jonny Evans may well be moving on soon, and Gareth McAuley surely won&#39;t be able to go on much longer.</p>
West Brom - Koffi Djidji (CB)

West Brom have an ageing defence and really ought to think about bringing in some fresh legs. Alan Pardew will have his targets, but may want to take a look at the Nantes backline.


The Ligue 1 side have been going admirably under Claudio Ranieri, and Koffi Djidji has been a part of the third-best defensive team in the league.


Jonny Evans may well be moving on soon, and Gareth McAuley surely won't be able to go on much longer.

<p>West Ham manager David Moyes is taking a look at Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Allen and Leander Dendoncker. All decent players but none of them quite match up to Rennes&#39; Benjamin Bourigeaud.</p> <br><p>The midfielder has four goals and four assists so far in Ligue 1, and could provide the goal threat that West Ham need right now.</p> <br><p>At just 23, he could bring some energy and vitality to the Hammers lethargic midfield.</p>
West Ham - Benjamin Bourigeaud (CM)

West Ham manager David Moyes is taking a look at Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Allen and Leander Dendoncker. All decent players but none of them quite match up to Rennes' Benjamin Bourigeaud.


The midfielder has four goals and four assists so far in Ligue 1, and could provide the goal threat that West Ham need right now.


At just 23, he could bring some energy and vitality to the Hammers lethargic midfield.

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