Six new signings we want to see make their debuts this weekend

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A number of summer signings are yet to appear for their respective new clubs – including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United new boys.

Supporters are always eager to see their club’s new signings in action, but many have had to remain patient at the start of the season.

We’ve taken a closer look at six new recruits who could make their Premier League bow this weekend.

Fabinho

One of the big-money signings which led many to believe Liverpool could challenge for the title this season, Fabinho failed to even make the bench in the Reds’ last three fixtures.

Jurgen Klopp, however, has been unconcerned about how long it is taking the 24-year-old to adapt to English football, highlighting Andrew Robertson as a player who needed a while to establish himself at Anfield.

“It is about players understanding the position and who else is available as well – otherwise Fabinho would have been involved in the squad, as he was in the first week,” he told the club’s official website.

“That is it. It is different football to what he is used to but he is improving already with big steps. I can see that in the sessions and that is cool.

“You see Andy Robertson running around here at Melwood now and he’s a completely different person to the one who was here in the first three months. That’s how it is, but everything will be fine,” he said.

“Fabinho is used to playing at a high level in France. It is not about who we play but about how we play. For sure it is not nice for a new player. It never was but it is all fine.”

Liverpool face a tough trip to Tottenham this weekend, but Fabinho has already impressed in such a fixture, winning man of the match as Monaco triumphed against Spurs at Wembley in a Champions League clash two years ago.

Bernd Leno

Similarities can be drawn between Leno’s arrival at Arsenal and Hugo Lloris’ move to north London rivals Tottenham in 2012.

Lloris was a high-profile capture for Spurs but had to remain patient with veteran Brad Friedel established as the club’s No.1, waiting until October to make his Premier League debut for his new club.

Leno is having to be equally patient at Arsenal, with Unai Emery opting for Petr Cech between the posts to date.

While Cech remains a popular figure at the Gunners, the 36-year-old has looked uncomfortable this term, and Leno’ chance is surely not far away.

Yerry Mina

Goalscoring defenders are ace, and Mina – with an international record of six goals in 15 caps – is up their with the best of them.

The €30million signing from Barcelona has struggled for fitness since joining Everton, but Marco Silva has said the 23-year-old should be available after the international break.

Diogo Dalot

A surprise signing for Manchester United in the summer – given that you’re a liar if you say you’ve ever seen him play before – Dalot is back to fitness after injury ruled him out of the start of the season.

Jose Mourinho labelled the 19-year-old the “best full-back in Europe” in his age group and watched the Portugal youth international in a reserve fixture against Stoke City during the international break.

And according to the Manchester Evening News, Dalot will make his Red Devils bow against surprise package Watford.

READ: Seven big-money signings you’ve never seen play: Arthur, Vinicius Jr, Dalot…

Caglar Soyuncu

A £19million signing from Freiburg, Soyuncu’s unveiling as a Leicester City player was delayed as the 22-year-old had to wait to obtain a work permit.

The centre-back had to wait further to recover from a slight injury but played the full 90 minutes twice over the international break.

Also linked with Arsenal in the summer, the Turkey international is one of his country’s great hopes, although he faces a battle to get into Leicester’s starting XI with Harry Maguire, Wes Morgan and Jonny Evans also competing for a spot in the centre of defence.

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