The favourite football clubs are currently going through Billions of worth of shuffle. We thought we will have a look at the top 10 transfers of Premier League during this transfer window:
1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain to Manchester United)
This charismatic Swede got signed on for a free transfer by Manchester United from Paris Saint Germain after his contract with the French Champions expired this summer. A serial winner, Zlatan has won titles in each of his clubs he has played before. This transfer is expected to add that extra bite to an attack which felt toothless in the last campaign.
Already making his mark for his new club by scoring the winner against Leicester City, Zlatan handed United the Community Shield. He has also scored thrice in 2 Premier League games. Zlatan’s form and fitness will be the key if United are to end their 4-year League drought.
2. Paul Pogba (Juventus to Manchester United)
We got a special article on the arrival of this player. Another one of Man United’s summer arrivals, Pogba returns to United 4 years after inexplicably being let go by Sir Alex Ferguson. Pogba rejoins United for a world record fee of a reported 109 Million Pounds. But in return to their outlay, Manchester United have acquired one of the world’s best midfielders who is perfectly suited to the style of play that United manager Jose Mourinho prefers.
Pogba is blessed with terrifying physical power, supreme technical ability and a capablity of playing in variety of midfield positions. He has made 12 assists last season for Juventus, joint mostly alongside Miralem Pjanic, underlining his creative potential.
3. Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal)
For years Arsenal fans have been urging Wenger to sign a defensive midfielder. Wenger finally signed Swiss International Granit Xhaka from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach to solve the Gunner’s problem position.
Xhaka is a fine tackler with an astute positional sense to protect the defense. Not only is he fine defensively, he also possesses a fantastic technique. He is more than capable of orchestrating attacks from deep. Only Xabi Alonso averaged more passes in a match than Xhaka last season in the Bundesliga, while only Kroos completed more passes in the group stages of the Euros than Xhaka. His technical ability to go with his ball winning capabilities make him a perfect fit for the Gunners who are renowned for their slick passing game.
4. N Golo Kante (Leicester City to Chelsea)
25 year old N Golo Kante’s meteoric rise can be gauged by the fact that half of his top flight league appearances came for Leicester in the last campaign, where he played a big role in helping them win the title. N Golo Kante possesses incredible engine and is quick across the ground.
The defensive midfielder made 175 tackles in the last campaign, the most by any player. He also made 156 interceptions 15 more than any player which further illustrates his defensive prowess. He was the 1st signing made by new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. Kante with his terrific engine will help aid the Chelsea manager to implement the intense pressing game which he likes to implement.
5. Sadio Mane (Southampton to Liverpool)
Sadio Mane became the 5th Southampton player to join Liverpool since 2014 and will hope to be the most impressive of them all. Mane scored 11 goals and made 6 assists in the last campaign. He is the only player who is not considered as out and out striker to score more than 10 goals in the last 2 seasons. Mane has scored in 3 matches against Liverpool, more than against any other team.
Mane brings pace, power, trickery and goals to Liverpool. His versatility is also a big plus as he can play in the center or from the flanks. His speed and dribbling will make Liverpool a big threat on the break. Mane is also a tireless worker and will fit in the pressing game that Juergen Klopp advocates.
6. Joe Allen (Liverpool to Stoke City)
Joe Allen’s move to Liverpool didn’t turn out to be much of a success. However, the Welsh midfielder’s displays for Wales in their run to the semi-finals in the Euros convinced Stoke to sign him. The 26 year old played an understated role in Wales midfield allowing Ramsey and Bale to shine.
Allen is a complete midfielder capable of retaining possession and is also able to the dirty work in midfield. His signing also helps Stoke to continue their transformation from a long ball team to a possession based team under Mark Hughes. His presence will help the likes of Shaqiri, Arnautovic and Bojan to thrive.
7. Ashley Williams (Swansea City to Everton)
Everton signed Ashley Williams from Swansea to plug their leaky defense. Despite the presence of superstars like Bale and Ramsey in the Welsh squad, Ashley Williams was handed the Captains’ armband due to his natural leadership qualities.
The 32 year old is a fine reader of the game. He has made 200 interceptions in the last 2 seasons. Only Laurent Koscielny made more. Furthermore, he rarely misses a game. Since Swansea’s League 1 promotion in May 2008, Ashley Williams has played 28,252 of Swansea’s 28,980 league minutes roughly one game a season. With many of those missed appearances coming on the last day of campaigns when his former team Swansea had little to play for. His arrival will surely add quality and leadership to an Everton defense that struggled in the last season.
8. Claudio Bravo (Barcelona to Man City)
Man City somewhat surprisingly signed Claudio Bravo from Barcelona despite the presence of English international Joe Hart in their ranks. The move is not without its merits. Bravo is extremely proficient with the ball at his feet. He had a better pass success rate (84.3%), more than any other goalkeeper in Europe’s top 5 leagues last season. He has also kept more clean sheets (38) than any other goalkeeper in the last 3 La Liga seasons.
The 32 year old, superb in one on one situations, is good while dealing with crosses and also possess fine positioning. His arrival will not only help Pep Guardiola implement his famed possession game but also will provide City with a secure presence between the sticks.
9. Alvaro Negredo (Valencia to Middlesbrough)
Promoted team Middlesbrough signed Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo on loan from Valencia to fire them to safety. The move looked something of a gamble, given that Negredo scored just 10 league goals in two seasons with Valencia. He returned to Spain after just a solitary season with Man City complaining of homesickness.
The former Sevilla striker is a complete striker possessing power, aerial ability and capablity of holding the ball as a target man. He can score all manner of goals: left foot, right foot, headers, free kicks, with his back to goal and one-on-ones. On his day “the Beast” is unplayable. He has already started to make an impact for his new team scoring 1 and assisting 2 goals in Middlesbrough’s 1st 2 Premier League matches. Middlesbrough’s chances of safety depend largely on Negredo’s form and fitness. If he is fit and firing he will surely fire his team to safety.
10. Cristian Benteke (Liverpool to Crystal Palace)
Cristian Benteke’s time at Liverpool didn’t turn out as anticipated, but it was more of a stylistic issue rather than Benteke’s own doing. Benteke has now joined Palace side which were desperately crying out for a player of Benteke’s ilk. Palace play a counterattacking using their rapid wingers who are adept at flying down the wings and provide crosses. On paper this is a marriage made in heaven.
Palace are a side that play a game based on crosses, only 2 teams attempted more crosses than Palace last season, while Benteke thrives on crosses. Only Olivier Giroud (19) has scored more headed goals than Benteke (16) in the last 5 Premier League seasons. Benteke is quick, superb in the air and is decent finisher. Palace manager Pardew will hope that Benteke provides the cutting edge that Palace sorely lacked last season.
- John Stones (Everton to Man City), Ilkay Gundogan (Everton to Man City), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United), Fernando Llorente (Sevilla to Swansea), Victor Wanyama ( Southampton to Tottenham Hotspurs), Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow to Leicester City), Pierre Emile Hojbjerg (Bayern Munich to Southampton).
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