Football Express News takes a look at the signings of the season so far with a Tottenham Hotspur striker beating Arsenal‘s Alexis Sanchez to the number one spot.
10. Jack Colback, Sunderland to Newcastle
When the young ginger haired midfielders transfer was confirmed many wandering eyes were cast over whether the Geordie fans would take to the ex mackem. But after a string of superb performances playing in the engine room at the heart of Newcastle’s midfield and earning the nick name ‘The Ginger Pirlo’ an England cap cant be too far away.
9. Gylfi Sigurðsson, Spurs to Swansea
In 2012 Gylfi earned a loan move to Swansea city, scoring 7 goals in 18 games from a midfield position putting in a tremendous work behind the strikers, in effect ensuring Swansea’s premier league status and in turn showing the world he was ready to play at the highest level.
The following summer a move to London came through and Tottenham hotspur acquired his services but after a fairly torrid couple of seasons a return to the club which gave him a chance in the Premier league was the order of call. With 8 assists already this season and 4 goals Gylfi is recapturing the form he had shown in his first spell for the welsh club.
8. Daley Blind, Ajax to Manchester United
Frank De Boer was not keen to let his anchor man of midfield Daley Blind leave Ajax in the summer but after a somewhat fantastic world cup for the Dutchman it was firm speculation he would team up with then Holland boss Louis Van Gaal when he took the reigns at the Red Devils. Blind has put in some solid performances for United so far this season and is exactly what United have been missing, a strong play maker with an ease to break up an opposition attack.
7. Sadio Mane, Red Bull Slazburg to Southampton
A player whom but a few months ago was unknown to Premier league audiences has really came into his own on the south coast. Mane is surely begging the £11.7 million price tag Southampton paid for the Senegal winger, a price tag many other Premier league sides balked at including Newcastle, Liverpool and Spurs.
6. Diafra Sakho, RC Metz to West Ham
When news came out West ham paid £7 million for a striker only proven in the second division of France critics scoffed however it is now West Ham laughing on the other side of their face. With 8 goals in 16 games meaning a goals to games ratio of 1 in 2 Diafra is West Hams top goalscorer and is looking for a strong end to the season.
5. Graziano Pelle, Feyernoord to Southampton
Another of Southampton’s summer signings, Pelle set the early stages of the season alight with his 8 goals coming very early on. In recent weeks goals have been hard to come by for the Italian but no doubt with the sheer skill, technique and goalscoring capability he posssesses his goals will aim to help Southampton an end to the season as strong as their start.
4. Cesc Fabregas, Barcelona to Chelsea
Not particularly looked at as Chelsea’s key signing but the former Arsenal man has been a revelation in Chelsea’s midfield. Assists are in a sense expected from the spaniard due to his tantalising early season form. Fabregas’ former team Arsenal had first dibs on midfield maestro to re-sign him from the Basque country but Wenger believed he didnt need Fabregas and instead decided to stick with both Ramsey and Wilshere.
3. Diego Costa, Athletico Madrid to Chelsea
Another of Chelsea’s summer aquisiton Diego has becomes Chelsea’s leading hit man scoring 17 goals already this season. It was only around this time last year that the blues were being slandered in the press for allowing Romelu Lukaku leave for Everton on loan. Mourhino’s then lack of strikers were what proved to edge Chelsea out of the title race however this season it is their arrogant striker in red hot form who is aiming to gift them the league.
2. Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona to Arsenal
A summer move to Liverpool was expected and the british public expected the Chilean winger to be the successor to Luis Suarez but London was the destination of choice for the world cup star. His tantalising performances have struck Arsenal into 3rd position and have bolstered their top 4 hopes in a very competitive Premier League season. It could be argued that Arsenal of had their star player of this season last term their premature title hopes may of been a reality.
1. Harry Kane, Boy to Man
Its safe to say my choice of Harry Kane as best signing of the season is an unconventional pick to say the least but Harry has been exceptional this season with his 24 goals in all competitions Pochetino has developed Harry into a top quality player. With the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City both eyeing up January moves for the former Arsenal graduate Spurs gave their boy wonder a new deal and it is that signature which I believe is the most important of the season keeping Spurs’ champions league ambitions alive.