Top 5 signings from the English Premier League this summer
Another international break is upon us. We can’t say it but it feels like a curse. The international matches are of little importance and most European football giants are up against minnows of the sea.
So, what to do in this time of boredom?
Well, let’s get busy by analyzing the best signings English Premier League clubs have made during the summer transfer window. Mind you, this list contains players that made a flying start to the 2012-13 season.
5 – Arouna Kone
Wigan Athletic had no idea about the kind of explosives they were dealing when Arouna Kone arrived in town. Well, let’s just say that Arouna Kone can put a hole in an impregnable wall with a well directed kick.
There are no guarantees about how many goals Arouna Kone will score in English Premier League this season, as that depends on the performance of his teammates. However, Arouna Kone provides a huge boost to Wigan Athletic’s attack.
4 – Mousa Dembele
Hats off to this young lad! Quintessentially, Mousa Dembele is a technically-sound and strong footballer. Fulham used play him as a forward, but his true talent were being put to waste up front. It wasn’t until fate put Mousa Dembele in the midfield that the Belgian showed his true colors.
Many regard him as a complete footballer, which is also why Tottenham Hotspur fought and won the battle for his services. For a mere £15 million, Mousa Dembele has already made an impact at his new club, with useful contributions against Norwich City, Manchester United and Aston Villa.
3 – Eden Hazard
This Belgian football prodigy will most probably enter the history books as a legend. Eden Hazard is considered to be the best young midfielder of this generation.
Chelsea fans expect Eden Hazard to be a midfielder with superpowers. Well, the youngster has no superpowers, but he is one of the best if not the best midfielder of his age. Eden Hazard was the most sought after player during the summer transfer window.
All of Europe was interested in signing Eden Hazard. Manchester United and Manchester City were willing to empty their pockets for the youngster, but Eden Hazard chose the Champions League winners Chelsea over them.
2 – Michu
Let me start by saying Michu was the best midfielder in La Liga last season, which is saying something. La Liga contains midfielders such Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, Mesut Ozil, Kaka, etc. To overshadow such midfielders requires exceptional talent – Michu is that exceptional talent.
Swansea City won Michu’s services for pennies and dimes considering his superb form in La Liga last season. The Spaniard possesses instinct for flawless attacks and has an eye for splitting defenses with perfect through balls.
Michu is a threat inside and outside of the box. He alone can make a huge difference in a squad. The Spaniard has often proven himself as a one-man army.
1 – Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla has played in only seven games in the English Premier League, yet there is no doubt about his ingenuity. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been singing hymns about his praise since the day the Spaniard set his foot in London.
Santi Cazorla is brilliant with the ball at his feet; a true artist in leading the attack forward. In spite of his relatively small height, Santi Cazorla packs a huge punch. The Spaniard can tackle, intercept, shoot and pass with superb finesse.
In short, Santi Cazorla is pure class.