With the new season well underway and the transfer window finally closed, it’s time for me to give my verdict on who I think the 5 best transfers will be in the Premier League from this summer.
5) Idrissa Gueye: Aston Villa to Everton.
Gueye was one of the very first signings of the Ronald Koeman era at Everton and he may prove to be one of the most important. He was a diamond in the rough at Aston Villa last season, arguably the only player in that abysmal team that deserves to play in the Premier League again this year.The Senegalese international is coming into his prime being 26 years old, so his measly transfer fee of £7.1m looks like a bargain in this day and age. His willingness to get stuck into a tackle and the way he reads the game will be invaluable to the Toffees this season. So far this season Gueye has made an average of 5.7 tackles in the 3 games he’s played this season so he is already making his presence felt in front of the back four. If the midfield trio of Gueye, Gareth Barry and Ross Barkley doesn’t excite the Goodison Park faithful then I don’t know what will.
4) Christian Benteke: Liverpool to Crystal Palace.
Now this may be seen as a controversial choice because of the huge £32m price tag, however I fully believe Benteke will prove his worth in red and blue. Last season Palace’s biggest issue was their inability to score goals despite having the creativity of Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon. Benteke will give them the focal point they were desperately lacking last season and most importantly, he’ll score goals in abundance. The former Liverpool striker scored 42 goals in 82 appearances for Aston Villa so Palace will be hoping he can replicate that form at Selhurst Park.
3) Nolito: Celta Vigo to Man City.
This signing went right under the radar during the summer, but I think it could be one of the best pieces of business this year. The Spanish winger looks settled in the Premier League already, having scored 2 goals in 2 games, as well as an assist. The Pep regime has got off to a flying start, however one of the few things that people could criticize Man City for so far is that their big money signings (other than John Stones) haven’t made an impact, however Nolito has made his mark at the Etihad already despite his £13.8m price tag being small compared to the likes of Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan, both of which are yet to make an appearance for the club. Nolito looks like superb value for money, and that’s why he’s on this list.
2) Shkodran Mustafi: Valencia to Arsenal.
It took a while, but it finally happened! The man Arsenal have been linked with all season has signed on the dotted line for the Gunners, much to the relieve of all of their fans around the world. For years now everyone has been saying Arsenal need a quality centre back, holding midfielder and striker and in one transfer window it looks as if Arsene Wenger has addressed all those problems. Granit Xhaka will give them the power in midfield that they have been lacking for so long, Mustafi will be the partner in the heart of their defense that Laurent Koscielny deserves and Lucas Perez is a natural finisher, however whether he will be able to adapt to the Premier League is yet to be seen. Wenger had to spend £35m on him because he left it so long to sign the former Valencia centre back and he is proven quality so I’m certain he will become a cult hero at the Emirates.
1) N’Golo Kante: Leicester City to Chelsea.
I believe that this signing will turn out to be the best by any team in the league by far. Kante is a one of a kind talent, he does everything that Gueye does, but 10x better. The way he reads the game seconds before anyone else, his strength in a tackle despite his small stature and his stamina is absolutely unrivaled. Antonio Conte will be hoping that the Frenchman can strike up a similar partnership with Cesc Fabregas as he did with Danny Drinkwater because if he does, Chelsea will be firm contenders for the title this season. If anyone deserved a £32m transfer fee after last season, it was Kante. He made an average of 4.7 tackles per game last season with Leicester City which was the most in the league along with his average of 4.2 interceptions per game. Kante was the best midfielder in the league last season, and I think he’s the best transfer this year.
Of course, I may be completely wrong about all of these transfers because the Premier League truly is the most unpredictable league in the world, but I’m confident of my choices. If you want to check out my personal blog please visit www.5minutesofaddedtime.com for more football content, and please take a moment to vote for The Football Forecast in the Football Blogging Awards for the ‘Best New Football Blog’. How to vote is explained here.