These Are The Americans You’ll Want To Keep An Eye On In The 2021/22 Premier League Season
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The 2021/22 Premier League season is right around the corner and will have a sprinkle of USMNT players in the mix. How many Americans play in the Premier League, you might ask? Here’s a list of players expected to get some minutes in England’s top flight this season.
How Many Americans Play In The Premier League 2021
- Christian Pulisic, Chelsea
- Zack Steffen, Manchester City
- Josh Sargent, Norwich City
- Matt Miazga, Chelsea Loan System
- Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tottenham Loan System
- Erik Palmer-Brown, Manchester City Loan System
- Owen Otasowie, Wolverhampton (Will likely get transferred before season starts)
- Folarin Balogun, Arsenal (Born in the U.S. but could still play for England)
Realistically there will be three USMNT players getting some minutes in the Premier League in the 2021/22 season. Those three are Pulisic, Sargent and Steffen.
Sargent will be the newest American face to grace the Premier League. The American striker is currently helping Werder Bremen in the 2. Bundesliga after his club was relegated last season. He scored a brace against Düsseldorf on July 31.
Josh Sargent brace vs Fortuna Düsseldorf (7/31/21)
— False Fullback (@FalseFullback2) July 31, 2021
Sargent played with Werder since 2018 and scored 15 goals across 81 appearances with the first team. The 21-year-old is set to leave Germany and help newly promoted Norwich City in the Premier League.
Fee will be €11m guaranteed to Werder Bremen from Norwich.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 7, 2021
We are delighted to announce the signing of American forward Josh Sargent from Werder Bremen!
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 9, 2021
Sargent will have some serious competition for the starting striker position. Teemu Pukki has been electric for Norwich since he joined the club in 2018. The Finnish striker has scored 67 goals across three seasons with eleven of those being in the Premier League.
Steffen is expected to have another season as Manchester City’s backup goalkeeper behind Ederson. The Pennsylvania native will see most of his minutes outside of league play in the FA Cup and EFL Cup. He already got his first start of the season in the Community Shield and put in a solid performance.
What a save, Zack Steffen pic.twitter.com/ZFpK7Czu5W— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 7, 2021
Steffen made one Premier League appearance last season and will likely ride the bench for the upcoming campaign.
Project Restart Pulisic last summer was a different breed and form that the American is still looking to get back to. He couldn’t quite recapture that spark during the last season. Six goals in 43 appearances won’t cut it for Pulisic, who faces some hefty competition for a starting spot among Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and the expected arrival of Romelu Lukaku.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel rarely played Pulisic for a full 90 minutes and often opted to use the American as a substitute. Pulisic touched on that frustration during “The Crack”, which is one of The18’s favorite podcasts.
"It’s funny because people just assume that because you had a coach in the past, then it’ll be perfect for you; it’ll be great. It doesn’t necessarily mean that," Pulisic said. "Obviously, you could see I wasn’t playing right from the start when he (Tuchel) came in. That doesn’t mean we had a bad relationship in any way. I had to earn a spot, just like I always do.
"I try not to make any excuses for myself. It is what it is. Being an American in Europe isn’t the easiest thing in the world. You do always have that American tag, it is there, but I never use it in any way to hold me back; that’s not the way I think."
The Premier League officially starts on Friday, Aug. 13 when Brentford hosts Arsenal. Here are when the clubs with Americans play.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace: Saturday, 10 a.m. ET
Norwich City vs. Liverpool: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET
Manchester City vs. Tottenham: Sunday, 11:30 a.m. ET