With the international transfer window now closed, the Premier League has seen it’s fair share of new faces arrive ready to compete in the worlds most talented league. While many transfers have taken place between English clubs and many players making the step up from the lower divisions or moving to a club to guarantee first team football, I will be focusing on the top 5 plays to join the Premier League from abroad.
Now not all of these players have played for their new clubs and obviously there has only been 4 games in the league this season. However, I am going to pick my 5 based on what the team needed going into the transfer window, the overall cost of the player and in my opinion what impact they will bring to the league.
Number 5 – Nelson Semedo
One of the shock transfers of the summer saw the Portugese international swap Barcelona and Champions League football for Wolves. In desperate need of a new right back after selling fan favourite Matt Doherty to Spurs, Wolves set their sights on the pacey right back and were quick to agree a deal for his transfer.
The deal was worth £27.5 million and gave the right back a 3 year deal at Molineux with an option to extend the contract to 2025. With Wolves pushing for consistant European football and wanting to challenge for the top 4 in the league, the signing of Semedo showed the ambition behind the club and the drive to bring in top level players.
The defence is something that wolves have always prided themselves on, with people like Conor Coady being a staple of their Premier League life since they returned to the top flight. Although Doherty was someone the fans and players loved to have in the team, there is no doubt that many will be pleased by the signing of Semedo to replace him. The 26 year old will be a first team player for Wolves for the next 5+ years, if he decides to extend his contract and will be a key part of this squad challenging for the top 4 positions.
Number 4 – Edouard Mendy
The transfer that all Chelsea fans were crying out for during the summer tranfser window was a new goalkeeper. Although Chelsea strengthend their entire squad with the additions of Thiago Silva, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Kia Haverts to name a few, the one position that many fans wanted to see change was the goalkeeper. Step forward Edouard Mendy.
Mendy was signed from Rennes on 5 year contract in a deal that cost the club a reported £22 million. The Senegalese international joined Chelsea to replace current number 1 and record transfer Kepa between the sticks and in the hopes of assuring Chelsea’s attempt of challenging for the Premier League.
Although the keeper has only played 2 games for Chelsea so far he has managed to keep one clean sheet, which came in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace and the team itself look a lot more comfortable at the back with him in goal. There’s a lot of time for Mendy to try and prove himself as the rightful number one but with the games he has played so far he does look to be a great signing for what the club spent on him.
Number 3 – Alex Telles
This is probably a little bit of bias on my behalf but also I feel like this could be a huge answer to Man United’s defensive problems. Telles is very capable left back with history of scoring and assisting goals as well as being very depenable in a defensive situation.
The downfall for Telles is that he hasn’t played in a top 5 league before, playing for Porto in the Liga Nos as his biggest achievement. But the Brazilian has signed a 4 year contract at Old Trafford in a deal worth £15.4 million. With current first choice left back Luke Shaw no stranger to injuries and back up youngster Brandon Williams not quite ready for the starting role, the signing of Telles makes a lot of sense.
A lot of fans have called for a defensive signing to be made, with many wanting a centre back for squad, the signing will please a lot of fans however, many think that this signing maybe the wrong position to try and strengthen. Undoubtably a great signing but will Telles be the answer to United’s problems?
Number 2 – Allan
What a fantastic signing the little Brazilian midfielder has been for Everton. Signing from Napoli and reuniting with former manager Carlo Ancelotti, Allan has come in and assured the midfield for The Toffees. In a deal costing £21.7 million and handing the midfielder a 3 year deal, the 29 year old has taken to the Premier League better than anyone could have imagined.
Swapping Champions League football for a Premier League side not in Europe is always a strange move but honestly Allan could take this Everton side to the Champions League next season with ther form that himself and the rest of the team are showing. Solid on the ball and rock in defence, Allan has caused all the teams that he has played against an issue.
You won’t see him bursting forward to get onto the end of a cross or taking too many touches in the area but the role that Allan plays for Everton is a role that they have been lacking for many seasons. Although Everton’s great start to the Premier League campagin isn’t fully down to his efforts, he has well and truly played a massive part in their rise to the top of the Premier League.
Number 1 – James Rodriguez
Could this really be anyone else? James has come in and changed the way Everton play football. Joining from Real Madrid on a two year deal for £12 million, which shows how much of a bargin this deal really is, Rodriguez has taken the Premier League by storm. Dictating the tempo of games and being able to pick a player out no matter what the situation is, James has proven to be a real handful for all that he plays against.
There was a question mark above James when he joined Everton, after a rather dull 6 years in Madrid, as to whether or not he could still perform at a top level. He has well and truly answered that question. Not only that, James has also transformed the way the rest of the team are playing, bringing a confidence and ability to take their game to the next level.
The Columbian has transformed the ambitions of Everton and has turned them into serious title contenders.
Those are my picks for the top 5 signings of the summer tranfer window, obviously these may change throughout the season but let me know in the comment below what you think and who are your top 5 would be.