Every year I select my 10 players to follow for the Premier League season. I try not to go for all the obvious players and my picks aren’t necessarily the best, either. They are the players to look out for to see if they can make a big impact. In my 10 last season I included Leroy Sane at Manchester City and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane — who were both simply sensational to watch — and a few who were notable for how they disappointed! This year I’ve gone for a mixture of big-name signings, exciting prospects and players with a point to prove. Have a look at my list, then use the comments below to reveal yours.
Arsenal hope to make Sanchez the Premier League's best-paid player by offering Man City and PSG target £300,000-a-week deal
EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal have offered Alexis Sanchez a new contract worth £300,000 per week. The striker's current deal runs out at the end of the season and he has refused to sign an extension. Arsenal's previously offered £225,000, with bonuses that could have bumped up his pay to £275,000 a week.
Carabao Cup second round draw descends into chaos as Salako appears to mix up home and away sides live on Sky Sports
John Salako brought chaos to the second round draw of the Carabao Cup on Thursday night by drawing out teams at the incorrect venues in an embarrassing live television mix-up. Before the draw on Sky Sports News, presenter Julian Warren made it clear that: 'a red ball denotes a home tie, a white ball denotes an away tie' – but Salako failed to understand his instructions. The first four matches were all listed in the incorrect order, with home draws named as away fixtures and away draws called as being home ties.
Young winger Ryan Kent has committed his future to Liverpool after signing a new five-year deal at the club. The 20-year-old spent last season on loan with Barnsley, having come through the ranks at Anfield since he was seven. Kent faces a battle to feature in Jurgen Klopp's plans for the new season, but impressed during pre-season.
Hands up if you think Chelsea will win the Premier League! Conte gets into the thick of things as he prepares his side for Burnley
Antonio Conte looks raring to go as he plans to mastermind Chelsea's Premier League title defence ahead of their season opener against Burnley on Saturday. The Blues romped to a spectacular triumph in May, winning a record 30 of their 38 matches in the Italian's first season. And despite losing the traditional curtain-raiser of the Community Shield on penalties against Arsenal, Conte's side are among the favourites to take the crown this year.
No wonder he's not smiling! Neymar plays cards with team-mate Moura as his PSG debut is delayed again due to paperwork confusion
Neymar's eagerly anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain must wait for another week after the Brazilian was denied permission to play in Ligue 1 due to a delay over his paperwork. The French authorities have still not received clearance following his world record €222m (£200m) move from Barcelona.
Blood, sweat and cheers for brave Brit: Muir reaches 5,000m final as a fastest loser despite finishing seventh in first heat
RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE LONDON STADIUM: Laura Muir reached Sunday's final of the 5,000m, but stirred doubts about her medal credentials at the distance by finishing only seventh in her heat. With the first five from two heats going through automatically, the 24-year-old edged through in 14:59.34 as one of the five fastest losers. It was her best time outdoors at the distance and she found the pace tough, being passed twice on the final straight.
'My favourite pet is a Guinea pig': Arsenal ace Mertesacker makes series of bizarre admissions in funny Q&A; with boss Wenger
Apparently Emirates airlines do though. So they set up a bizarre question and answer session with the big German defender and boss Arsene Wenger and posted the video on their Twitter. For the record Mertesacker likes Guinea pigs and thinks his boss should play Richard Gere in a movie (no one told him Gere is an actor, not a character).
'I'll do it again if we win the Premier League': Dunk promises to leave pitch in his pants if Seagulls taste top-flight success as he prepares to face Aguero, Sterling and Co
INTERVIEW - SAM CUNNINGHAM: Lewis Dunk is pondering what he most fears about the season ahead. The defender clicks his tongue against the back of his teeth and pauses a while, no doubt contemplating the £150million Manchester City attack of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, all of which he could face in Brighton's first top flight football match in 34 years on Saturday. 'Some of the strikers in this league are the best in the world. Being up against them, I don't want to be embarrassed,' he says, making a frank admission that many players would avoid.
Honeyman sends Sunderland into second round of Carabao Cup as Gibson makes first appearance since foul-mouthed rant
ALAN BIGGS AT GIGG LANE: A proverbial sweet moment for an aptly named young player saw Sunderland through a sticky tie. George Honeyman's first Sunderland goal also delivered a first win for new manager Simon Grayson. Without overlying impressing in a disappointingly low-key tie, Grayson's team deserved the win for an urgent approach from the start to frustrate Bury boss Lee Clark on Thursday night.
Roger Federer survived the end of his streak of winning 32 consecutive sets to beat David Ferrer and reach the last eight of the Rogers Cup. Wimbledon champion Federer, who celebrated his 36th birthday on Tuesday, prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in just under two hours in Montreal.
Juventus star Dybala dons famous No 10 shirt for first time as he follows in footsteps of club legends Baggio and Del Piero
Paulo Dybala has paraded his new No 10 shirt around the Juventus Stadium after becoming the latest in a long line of legends to wear the coveted shirt. The Serie A champions announced on Wednesday that the Argentine will swap the No 21 for the iconic shirt, last worn by Paul Pogba before his departure 12 months ago. The shirt has been worn by the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Andrea Pirlo, Alessandro Del Piero and Roberto Baggio in the past, and Dybala will hope it sees him go from strength to strength.
Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is looking to repay the faith shown in him by Frank de Boer after completing a season-long loan move to Crystal Palace on Thursday. The full-back has been allowed to depart for the capital in order to gain first-team experience at Selhurst Park. He will wear the No 24 shirt and the defender was attracted by the project under De Boer having held talks. Fosu-Mensah told Palace's official website: 'The manager spoke to me about coming down to join Crystal Palace and it was clear that he wanted me to be part of his squad which as a player gives you a great feeling straight away.
Cech proves he's a cool customer between the sticks in ice hockey testimonial but reveals he had to make promise to Wenger
A video published on iSport TV shows the Arsenal keeper appearing in a testimonial match, held in Brno, Czech Republic, for former Czech Republic international ice hockey player Martin Havlat, who played 16 seasons in the NHL. In the video, Cech is seen stepping onto the ice with ease, padded up in hockey goalkeeping uniform, accepting applause as he makes his way towards the centre.
EXCLUSIVE: Crespo on the heartbreaking reason he had to quit Chelsea and why Neymar won't feel pressure of most expensive transfer fee in history (and he should know!)
CHARLIE SKILLEN: It's one of the myths of the modern era: Hernan Crespo flopped in the Premier League. Common wisdom puts him in the long list of expensive overseas failures. Those who watched him remember one of the most gifted strikers to pull on a Chelsea shirt. Take a moment to watch 'Hernan Crespo's 25 Goals for Chelsea' on YouTube. It's soon clear why he remains a cult hero at Stamford Bridge.
Hungry for glory? Wenger puts Arsenal stars through final phase of training ahead of Premier League bow under Friday night lights (as Sanchez shows off his lunch)
Arsenal stepped up their preparations in training on Thursday as they get ready for their Friday night Premier League curtain raiser against Leicester. The Gunners are without the injured Alexis Sanchez for the game at the Emirates Stadium, but looked in good spirits ahead of the night fixture. Summer signing Alexandre Lacazette is set to make his full league debut for Arsene Wenger's side after starting in the Community Shield win over Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.
'Homophobia is still a problem, but things are improving all the time': Referee opens up after coming out as gay
Referee Ryan Atkin says that football still has a problem with homophobia, but insists the game is taking steps forward to tackle it. He is the first professional referee to come out in the United Kingdom and, in an interview with Sky Sports, says that he didn't feel compelled to talk about his sexuality because of football. 'Being gay doesn't matter in the context of refereeing a football match but if I'm speaking about equality and diversity, then I'm going to mention that I'm gay because it's relevant,' he said.
Rose's thorny issue: Spurs star highlights wage gulf facing entire squad... so, how far do they trail their rivals' salaries?
KIERAN GILL: Danny Rose went rogue and spoke out about Tottenham Hotspur's weak wages in comparison to the Premier League's other clubs. 'I am worth more than I am getting,' Rose explained in an interview that has caused a stir at the club's Enfield training ground. The left back is believed to be paid £65,000 per week by the north Londoners, though he could easily double that elsewhere, possibly even triple.
I climbed Montserrat after reaching Premier League: Brighton captain Bruno on his fresh challenge at 36
INTERVIEW BY AMITAI WINEHOUSE: After the heartache of so many near misses, Brighton captain Bruno made a deal with himself and God that he would climb a mountain if the Seagulls ever soared to promotion. When Chris Hughton’s men finally achieved that monumental feat in May, the charismatic, bearded full back headed to the top of Montserrat, a 1.25km-high mountain range in his native Catalonia.
'We're not a club that has to sell... that is set in stone': Klopp adamant that Coutinho is staying at Liverpool despite Barcelona coming back with £90m bid
Jurgen Klopp has emphatically underlined his stance that Liverpool will not sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona after rejecting a £90m bid for the Brazil midfielder. The news comes as Coutinho arrived at the club's training base on Thursday having not trained all week because of a back complaint. The Reds boss is adamant that Liverpool do not even have a figure in mind that would mean they consider selling Coutinho, who signed a new five-year contract at Anfield in January.
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Ibrahimovic has 'no time to rest' as he shares videos of gruelling workout in rehabilitation from knee injury
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has shared an update on his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury with his followers on Instagram. The 35-year-old uploaded several videos of him training at a luxury gym called 39 Monte Carlo in Monaco, captioned 'no time to rest.' Ibrahimovic also featured in an Instagram post on the gym's social media account alongside boxer Hassan N'Dam.
Shock as two-time Champions League winning former Barcelona defender Marquez is named among 22 sanctioned for drug trafficking ties in Mexico
The US Treasury Department said on Wednesday it had sanctioned former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez and more than 20 others for suspected links with an accused drug kingpin, tarnishing the reputation of one of Mexico's sporting giants.
Salah enjoys training with Liverpool team-mates as he prepares to make debut in Premier League opener with Watford
Mohamed Salah was in a joyful mood as he was pictured training with his colleagues at Melwood prior to Liverpool's Premier League opener with Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday. And he wasn't the only player who appears to be excited about the start of the new season. The likes of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane, who looks set to make his first top flight appearance since April after recovering from knee surgery, were all snapped enjoying a laugh on the training ground.
'I created a lack of clarity... and there is nothing worse than that': Wenger admits he was at fault for top-four miss
Arsene Wenger has taken the blame for Arsenal's fifth-placed finish last season, admitting that uncertainty in the dressing room contributed to the team's poor form. Wenger eventually signed a new two-year contract extension at the end of the season, but the damage had been done with the Gunners missing out on top four. And now, three months on, Wenger has admitted that he created a difficult atmosphere in the dressing room.
If transfer windows have taught us anything in the last few years, it's that flashing the cash doesn't necessarily translate to success on the pitch. It goes a long way though so once again we can expect Premier League clubs to throw around money this summer in pursuit of the league title, a European place or just being able to stay in the top flight. Keep track of all the major transfers involving senior players in the Premier League, as Sportsmail brings you all the summer deals right the way through to transfer deadline day.
England launch World Cup defence in style as Wilson shines with four tries in 56-5 battering against Spain
Kay Wilson scored four tries as England stormed past Spain in their opening Women's World Cup match in Dublin. The 25-year-old Richmond winger had a hat-trick within 32 minutes, and scored again after half-time, showing incredible pace down the left side. She could not quite match the incredible seven scores she took against Scotland in the recent Six Nations, but looked every bit the world-class finisher she is. Wilson now has 32 international tries.
VanZant shows off horrid gash on left foot amid talk she is ready to return to the Octagon at UFC 216
GRAPHIC WARNING: Paige VanZant has picked up a gruesome foot injury that could alter her plans amid talks that she is set to change divisions within UFC. The 23-year-old took to Instagram on Thursday to post a horrific photo of a gash on her left foot, with the caption: 'Well damn'.
RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE LONDON STADIUM: Down came the rain but none of it landed on Mo Farah’s parade as he jogged into the final of the 5,000m on Wednesday night. The world’s most dominant distance runner faced some of the same barging that he dealt with in his 10,000m win, but there was none of the drama. He finished second in his heat in 13:30.18, behind Yomif Kejelcha yet comfortably inside the top five without busting a gut.
McGregor keeps his grandfather's hat in kit bag to remind him of journey from tough Crumlin roots to Las Vegas
You'd be forgiven for thinking Conor Mcgregor is a man untroubled by sentiment as an uncompromising KO artist, but the UFC champion does retain one habit as a reminder of his roots. The Irishman has always kept his late grandfather's hat in the kit bag he takes to fights as a mark of his journey from humble Crumlin to the dazzling lights of Las Vegas. In an early documentary into McGregor's rise called 'Notorious' he opened up about the superstition.
'It's no good if I'm good on ball but we let in three!': Leicester's new £17m signing Maguire on playing from the back... and dreaming of England
LAURIE WHITWELL - INTERVIEW: Even though Harry Maguire only crept on to England's radar towards the end of last season after impressing for Hull, the centre back did go to France for Euro 2016. Not to play, of course. Maguire went as a fan because of a real affection for his craft and his country. 'I went with a few mates,' he told Sportsmail. 'England fans go in big numbers and are a credit to their country. 'I went to the Slovakia game — a boring 0-0. I picked the worst one! I tried to keep a low profile but there were a few Hull and Sheffield United fans who spotted me and had pictures.'