The forecasts for a significantly calmer summer transfer window were overblown, as plenty of expensive and exciting players are set to take the Premier League by storm.
Chelsea have spent around £200 million and their offseason splurge might not be over. There have been several interesting signings from the Championship, while other players will introduce themselves to the Premier League after earning promotion. And, perhaps due to the financial restrictions prompted by the ongoing pandemic, some clubs have brokered impressive, shrewd buys from the continent.
Here are the seven impending Premier League debutants you should be most excited about, plus a few honorable mentions:
Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace)
Arsenal released him, as did Millwall. Then, just after Eze accepted a job at a Tesco supermarket, Queens Park Rangers gave the south Londoner a lifeline in the professional game.
A seminal loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers and 112 QPR appearances later, he's a £20-million Premier League player.
"You'd have more luck knocking over a war memorial than our only league ever-present last season," Clive Whittingham wrote for QPR fan site Loft for Words. "Each attempt to snap him in half by less talented second-tier cloggers (was) merely ridden out or turned into a slick spin and escape that leaves the assailant's wife scouring the dating apps for a better man. A man like Ebere."
The 22-year-old's elasticity and explosiveness will enhance a Crystal Palace attack that's longed leaned on Wilfried Zaha - and only Wilfried Zaha - for inspiration.
Kai Havertz (Chelsea)
Havertz appears destined for greatness, and Chelsea seized their opportunity to sign the 21-year-old for around £71 million amid little competition from other outfits due to the pandemic.