THE Premier League is back – and with it comes a new wave of Wags.
Already, almost HALF A BILLION POUNDS has gone on new players. And as there are still two weeks to go until the transfer window closes, that figure will continue to rise.
Man City’s signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for £100million saw him become the most expensive Premier League player ever.
And behind many big signings there is a very glamorous woman with the latest Hermes handbag. Today, former Wag Suzi Walker, 50, the ex-wife of England and Tottenham goalkeeper Ian, runs the rule over ladies who are about to take the Premier League by storm.
She said: “Being a Wag is a big job. Not only are you supporting your player but your fortunes can be interlinked with their career. For example, if they are on the bench for a long stint or out of the team, you might get left out of lunches with other Wags or not invited to parties.
“When I was in that world, I knew Victoria Beckham, Cheryl, Coleen Rooney and Carly Cole. But there is extra pressure today with social media. There might be a lot of money in football but you are constantly keeping up with the other players and their partners.
“My advice would be to be yourself and be as nice as you can to others. I hope the new Wags are given help to adjust and get to know people. Having said that, I’m quite happy to be away from it now in all honesty.”
We introduce the new Wags whose other halves have arrived in the Premier League this season and those who are top targets by our big clubs. Suzi gives her opinion and marks them out of ten.
Girlfriend of Lautaro Martinez
Partner: Lautaro Martinez (Tottenham target, valued at £60million)
From: Mendoza, Argentina
Job: Model and Influencer
Instagram followers: 842k
Interesting fact: The pair were introduced by Martinez’s Inter Milan teammate Mauro Icardi’s wife Wanda Nara
Suzi says: “She is stunning. Maybe the reason her hubby’s value is so high."
Wag rating: 10
Wife of Alphonse Areola
Partner: Alphonse Areola (West Ham, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)
Instagram followers: 113k
Interesting fact: Has three daughters with the goalkeeper
Suzi says: “She reminds me of Susie Amy who played Chardonnay in TV show Footballers’ Wives. She looks very motherly in some pictures I’ve seen but has a look of real class. Clearly a natural beauty.”
Wag rating: 8
Girlfriend of Cristian Romero
Partner: Cristian Romero (Tottenham, on loan from Atalanta)
Instagram followers: 4.6k
Interesting fact: The pair married in 2016 in a private ceremony before breaking the news of it on Instagram
Suzi says: “Karen appears born to be a Wag. She looks great fun to be with. I can imagine her spending time in the players’ lounge talking about where she’s been shopping, rather than the game.”
Wag rating: 9
Girlfriend of Demarai Gray
Partner: Demarai Gray (Everton, £1.7million signing from Bayer Leverkusen)
Instagram followers: n/a
Interesting fact: Emma is no stranger to life in the Premier League. Before moving to Germany with her man, they lived in Worcestershire, when Demarai played for Leicester
Suzi says: “She doesn’t look like your standard Wag. She looks very down to earth. She might get asked to show her ID when trying to get into the players’ lounge.”
Wag rating: 6
Wife of Emi Buendia
Partner: Emi Buendia ( Villa, £30million from Norwich City)
Job: Stay-at-home mum
Instagram followers: 10k
Interesting fact: They love working out together
Suzi says: “Could’ve walked straight out of Footballers’ Wives. He wears the shorts but I reckon she wears the trousers.”
Wag rating: 7
Girlfriend of Joachim Andersen
Partner: Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace, £15million signing from Lyon)
Instagram followers: 2.5k
Interesting fact: Enjoyed a party holiday in Greece, before Joachim signed for Palace
Suzi says: “I could see Cecilie in posh London restaurant Scott’s having lunch most weeks. She’s a natural beauty – no fillers, no work. ”
Wag rating: 9
Wife of Milot Rashica
Partner: Milot Rashica (Norwich, £9.4million signing from Werder Bremen)
Instagram followers: 59k
Interesting fact: The pair announced they were expecting their second son in May
Suzi says: “Oozes glamour. Might be the Prem’s answer to Kim Kardashian. She looks high maintenance, not very girl-next-door. Could be a regular in Norwich’s high-end shops.”
Wag rating: 7
Wife of Rafa Varane
Partner: Rafa Varane (Man United paid £41million for the Real Madrid star)
Instagram followers: 1.2k
Interesting fact: The childhood sweethearts married in Le Touquet, France, in 2015
Suzi says: “She looks like she’ll become a regular at the high-end Neville’s hairdressers and will be seen out with the latest Birkin bag. Clearly has the brains and looks, very chic.”
Wag rating: 9
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