Just like the last summer, the summer of 2010 in the Premier League has been mainly filled with just rumors and not many results, and the clubs not really wanting to splash the cash (excluding Man City). In All, the 20 Premier League clubs together have contributed in 61 new signings so far, including loans. Lets see how all of them may fair in the season 2010/11.
Out of the 61 new signings, Sunderland have had the most players coming in, 6, including 2 loan moves. The most money as expected has been spent by Manchester City, in buying the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva and now Mario Balotelli. And Fulham being the side to have sent out the most players, 12, including on loans.
That’s all the stats, now lets get to what really matters …… my opinion 😉 These are the top 10 transfers picked by me: (You may notice that many players that I’ve picked were free transfers and not big money signings, that is because these are the top 10 transfers not the top 10 players bought)
1. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez – Manchester United from Chivas (£7 million)
Since his move to Old Trafford was confirmed, this guy just cant stop scoring. No wonder he is no.1 in my list. Since Manchester United bought “Chicharito”, he has scored 6 goals in 9 appearances, 3 for Mexico, 2 for United and 1 for Chivas against Manchester United. And not only does Hernandez have two great feet, he also has a great face.
2. Ben Foster – Birmingham City from Manchester United (£6 million)
He’s done it again!! Alex McLeish has gone in to the transfer market and bought another great goalkeeper for a cheap price. 6 million is quite cheap considering the likes of Arsenal were after him. He has very safe hands, anyone who has ever watched him I’m sure will agree with me. His technique is not the best but is a really good shot-stopper. Frustrated by lack of first-team action at United, Foster saw this move as a chance to be able to play first team football to impress Fabio Capello.
3. Marouane Chamakh – Arsenal from Bordeaux (free)
Now that’s a fine buy!! Marouane Chamakh, a known figure throughout Europe mainly because of his brilliant performances at Bordeaux, including a few last year which helped Bordeaux win the French title and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League. A proven goal scorer, as if Arsenal needed another, but one quality of his would differentiate him from the other Gunners, that is his heading ability. Speedy, Good on the ball, understand the game well and has eye for goal. Watch out Gunners’ rivals, this guy is good.
4. Marlon Harewood – Blackpool from Aston Villa (free)
I wanted to make him no.1 on this list but some of you may not even have heard his name!! Harewood, the former Villa forward was picked up by the Blackpool boss, Ian Holloway for free. Considering the finances available to Blackpool and the fact that not many players wanted to go their, this has to be a really awesome buy. He already has shown what he is about scoring a brace on his debut. And i can guarantee there wont be many games in which Blackpool score and Harewood doesn’t.
5. Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal from Lorient (£10 million)
Another fairly unknown centre-back bought by Arsene Wenger, but of what I’ve seen of him another fine one. Quite a Vermaelen-like defender, Koscielny became famous through his defending at Lorient which helped them achieve great success. Good on the ball, young, quick and alert are some attributes that make him look like any other Gunner player, but one thing that he has different is that he also knows the physical side of the game and can tackle well.
6. Dan Gosling – Newcastle from Everton (free)
Everton are known for producing quality players such as, Wayne Rooney, Jack Rodwell and this guy, Dan Gosling. Newcastle have had a strange transfer policy this season. They have bought an old, boring, and a tried and tested player in the shape of Sol Campbell, and then have gone out and bought a young, immensely talented, creative midfield player Gosling. Frustrated at the bench at Everton, Gosling would finally get a chance to showcase his talent at St. James’s and he is a kind of player which i think suits the kind of football played by the Magpies.
7. Joe Cole – Liverpool from Chelsea (free)
He might not do too much at Anfield but he has already done a lot. Helping Liverpool keep their 2 big superstars (Stevie G and Torres) was a really important thing for Liverpool. Now add to the fact that he was a swap for Benayoun, who Cole is way better than, and that Liverpool got him for free and got £7 million for the sale of Benayoun, this seems to be a really good deal of business by the new Liverpool boss. Now if he can stay injury free and hit any kind of form that he had at the Bridge, then he may become an Anfield hero.
8. Milan Jovanovic – Liverpool from Standard Liege (free)
Having a decent World Cup, we would have thought that there would have been a number of clubs after the Serbian midfielder, but luckily for Liverpool that wasn’t the case so they did not have much competition in the transfer market over Jovanovic and bought him for free from Standard. Good on the ball and having a natural attacking instinct he may just be what Liverpool needed. Not the speediest winger, but a good passer of the ball plus his experience makes him a quality player. If Milan is able to settle-in quickly in the Premier League he may become a household name in England.
9. Jermaine Beckford – Everton from Leeds United (free)
Man United fans beware, he’ll be back at OT!!! He is finally in the Premier League, Jermaine Beckford, after being scouted by 10-15 Premier League clubs. Man Utd fans would definitely remember him, as he scored a goal against their side at Old Trafford for Leeds to knock United out of the FA Cup. Of course, first he’ll have to find a place into the Everton starting line-up and goal-scoring would not be as easy as it was 2 divisions below, but Beckford’s predatory finishing abilities should not be underestimated and Everton may just have done a great bit of business.
10. Kenwyne Jones – Stoke from Sunderland (£8 million)
Stoke City’s record signing would have to live up to his £8 million tag and score goals for the Potters. He has played before for Stoke in 2005 on a loan spell scoring 3 goals in 13 appearances, but this time he’ll have to do even better. With Rory Delap’s throws and Etherington’s pin-point set-pieces, Jones may get a chance to use his 6ft 2inch frame and get some headers in. At Sunderland, He was mainly a secondary strike option behind the English hit-man Darren Bent, but at Britannia he’ll be leading the line up-front with fellow West-Indian Ricardo Fuller playing behind him. It’ll be interesting to see how the partnership of these 2 works.
Now this is just for fun. the best team which could be made from these transfers.
Premier League 2010/11 Transfers’ team:
Ben Foster – Birmingham City from Man United, Boaz Myhill – West Brom from Hull
Laurent Koscielny – Arsenal from Lorient, Jerome Boateng – Manchester City from Hamburg, Aleksandar Kolarov – Manchester City from Lazio, Chris Smalling – Manchester United from Fulham, Nicky Shorey – West Brom from Aston Villa
Martin Petrov – Bolton from Manchester City, Ramires – Chelsea from Santos, David Silva – Manchester City from Valencia, Yaya Toure – Manchester City from Barcelona, Joe Cole – Liverpool from Chelsea
Javier Hernandez – Manchester United from Chivas, Marouane Chamakh – Arsenal from Bordeaux, Mario Balotelli – Manchester City from Inter Milan
For a detailed list of all the transfers of this summer in the Barclay Premier League – click here