Two Saints players set for debuts - Who will have biggest impact?

Southampton could give two of their summer signings debuts against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Southampton impressed on transfer deadline day, bringing Toby Alderweireld in on loan from Atletico Madrid and signing Sadio Mane for £10million from Red Bull Salzburg.

With all the other headlines made on what is always a crazy day, the Saints' last-minute business may not have received the acclaim it deserved. But with both players in line to make their debuts at the weekend, people will soon realise just how good the duo are.

Here we take a look at which player could have the most impact against Newcastle United on Saturday, and who is likely to have the most influence on the season as a whole.

Toby Alderweireld

Following the departure of Dejan Lovren to Liverpool, Ronald Koeman knew he was in need of a quality centre-back to replace him; and in Alderweireld the Southampton manager has signed just that. The Belgium international can also operate as a right-back but he has surely been brought in to St Mary’s to play in the centre of defence.

Against Newcastle, with a number of new attacking players in their ranks and the explosive Rolando Aarons likely to play a part, the Saints back-line will need to be at its best, and expect Alderweireld to step in effectively from the outset.

Over the season, if he stays fit and adapts to the Premier League, he could prove to be vital to a Saints campaign that has the potential to match that of last season.

Sadio Mane

For those who think Southampton have lost too much quality to come close to last season’s exploits, I point you in the direction of Sadio Mane.

The 22-year-old winger-cum-forward has scored 46 goals in 107 club appearances. He also has 33 assists in that time and considering his age he is a mighty fine player.

While the Premier League is a step up from what he is used to, he is at an age where he should adapt to an alternative league and potentially improve further.

If that happens, Southampton have quite a player on their hands, which should come as no surprise given the money they paid for him. He could well get off the mark against Newcastle, and considering he averages a goal nearly every other game, he is likely to have a big impact this season and beyond.

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