As a South Londoner himself, Eberechi Eze will be under no illusions about the quality of Crystal Palace. A community club with a strong connection to the local area, there are many players who have worn the blue and red of Palace who are from the area. Eze, then, joins a long list of players who have done a fantastic job representing the community and the area of the city. At only 23, he has the world at his feet: struggles to make it in the senior game eventually changed when Queens Park Rangers offered him a chance.
Signed as one of the many young players brought in by Frank Lampard as part of his UK revolution at Chelsea, Ben Chilwell enjoyed a tough first season at Chelsea. The player started well under Frank Lampard, before enduring a tough drop-off in form prior to the former Blues manager being sacked. The arrival of Thomas Tuchel seen Chilwell adopt his spot as a left-sided wing-back, but the player has not been seen a single time so far this season.
As one of the most underrated players in Europe, Josip Ilicic is a player with a growing fanbase. The player has played for various clubs in Serie A, but has shone spectacularly for both Fiorentina and Atalanta. His time in Bergamo, though, is arguably the most impressive peak of his career. The Slovene has been one of the best playmakers in the Italian game for several years, and dovetailed perfectly with Alejandro Gomez and Duvan Zapata. However, for much of the last year, there has been talk that Ilicic would leave.
Having achieved everything in the game that he can bar a FIFA World Cup win, Cristiano Ronaldo has nothing left to prove. However, for many in Portugal, his limited time spent in the domestic league means there is something missing from his career. Ronaldo came to prominence at the Sporting academy, playing for one of the largest clubs in the country. However, he moved on as a teenager to Manchester United before he really established himself in the Liga. Now, though, that might chance – there is talk that Ronaldo would accept a move back to Portugal to escape his Juventus nightmare.
As recently noted, Tottenham were believed to be very keen on a move for Julien Nagelsmann. The German coach ticked every box on the list, and was seen as the dream appointment – someone who could rebuild Spurs, field a young team of ambitious stars, and create an environment where success was truly possible. However, the news of the RB Leipzig coach moving on opened up another exciting opportunity – one that already looks like it has ended in failure.