Still Talking About Transfers: The Top Five Summer Signings
September 12, 2016
A remarkable summer of spending saw Premier League clubs breaking the £1bn barrier for the first time, with 13 of the 20 Premier League clubs breaking their own club transfer records. As usual, there were a number of surprise moves and controversial switches, whilst not forgetting the incredible world record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United from Juventus.
With a month of the season having now elapsed, we take a look at the top five summer signings for their impressive showings during the opening period of the season.
Most players at 34 years of age will consider retirement or stepping down a level and plying their trade in America or Asia. Not Zlatan. The charismatic Swede has already established himself as the spearhead of United’s attack and has already become a talismanic figure at Old Trafford with four goals from four league starts to go alongside the decisive header he netted in the Community Shield.
His mercurial talent will see him push Sergio Aguero close in the race for the Golden Boot, with Premier League top scorer odds of 11/3 being offered on the former PSG and AC Milan icon.
Spanish forward Nolito has enjoyed a fine start to life at the Etihad with his impressive technical ability particularly noteworthy. The 29-year-old netted a late double in their thumping of Stoke City and provided an assist for Raheem Sterling in the subsequent win over West Ham.
The former Celta Vigo star will continue to be a key part of Pep Guardiola’s plans as the season progresses, as well as developing further his understanding with Sterling and Aguero, with all three amalgamating to form a lethal attacking triumvirate.
The combative Frenchman was arguably the signing of the season last year in Leicester’s title-winning campaign. He works tirelessly and was the heartbeat of Claudio Ranieri’s side prior to his £32 million switch to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
His ability to read the game, make crucial interceptions and efficiency when in possession has helped Antonio Conte’s side to 10 points from a possible 12. According to Sqawka, Kanté has already completed 219 passes this season with a pass accuracy of 95%.
The former QPR box-to-box midfielder has gone under the radar since his move to the Liberty Stadium in the summer. The Dutch international has made significant contributions in the opposition half, making four key passes and scoring three times, including a late winner on the opening day of the season at Turf Moor.
The former Manchester City striker has already clocked up a goal and two assists since moving on loan to the Riverside Stadium in the summer. Nicknamed ‘The Beast of Vallecas’, Negredo has the penalty box physicality and aerial prowess to deal with Premier League defences and has so far proved to be a shrewd acquisition for manager Aitor Karanka.