After a flurry of activity in the Premier League this summer, this an opportunity to look at some of the best bits of business made by the clubs in the league. With some extravagant fee’s being paid and questioned, this will open up a debate no doubt but some players are actually starting to live up to the expectations. Clubs also find themselves a bargain buy and re-invent player’s careers which are seen right through the division.
Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City
The transfer fee Manchester City paid Wolfsburg for the Belgian is known to be in and around 55m, a big price tag for the twenty-four year old playmaker. With that in mind it has to be said is that he is justifying that money from the off, he looks to have fitted into the megastar team of Man City with ease and has already showed why they pursued the midfield craftsman all summer. Last season’s top assister from across Europe has already showed his range of passing and his footballing brain, three assists already is a good return and with his goal against Newcastle he showed a technique not often produced, especially in England. After his first spell in England was cut short by Chelsea and Jose Mourinho, there is no doubt with the position they currently find themselves in, they are looking at envy at what Kevin De Bruyne is producing this early far into his City career.
Dimitri Payet to West Ham
When West Ham paid Marseille 14m in the summer for Payet, it came at as a bit of a surprise, not for the fee being high but that a bigger club did not move for French attacker. Last season Payet was involved in more goals throughout Europe than any other player, this summer he is proving to be a real bargain for West Ham continuing that form. Five goals and three assists thus far into his West Ham career he looks indispensable to the team already, not only is his creative influence a major factor but his work rate and his ability to win the ball back for his team is a heavy influence for West Ham. A strong player with pace and technical ability he looks a real bargain, proving a real gem of a player, clubs will be wondering why they didn’t make a move for the Frenchman.
Toby Alderweireld to Tottenham
The controversial move to Tottenham from Athletico Madrid for Alderweireld has proved worth the trouble for Tottenham. After enjoying a very successful spell at Southampton last season, the move to Tottenham has provided the team with a much needed improvement to their defence. The fee was reported to be in and around 11m and this looks to be a bargain for the Belgian international. Forming a top partnership with fellow countryman Vertonghan, who in return is looking the top defender we know he is capable of again. This is the defensive signing the club has needed for a while, pace, good in the air and potentially one of the best readers of the game in his position. Alderweireld is showing his ability which made him a target for bigger clubs than Tottenham, who may be looking on regretting the decision not to move for the Belgian.
Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United
The doubts over whether Schweinsteiger could have an influence at Old Trafford look to be over. At the age of thirty when Manchester United signed the German international the critics came out, questioning how fit he was and if he could cope with the demands of the Premier League. Questions answered, despite a tactical disaster which caused him a poor display against Arsenal this season Schweinsteiger has had a massive influence to the club’s impressive start to the season, especially defensively. A natural leader and up there as amongst the smartest centre midfielders in the world, he keeps this Man Utd team organised and disciplined in their shape. Whatever the fee ended up to be for The German is proving already to be a great bit of business for the club.
Perhaps not as high profile as other moves this summer, but this has proved to be smart business for Watford. Breaking their transfer record with a fee over 5m for Capoue may have been seen as risk for the Premier League new-boys but he is already showing how important he is to the team. Sitting in front of the back four and providing cover across the pitch is Capoue’s biggest strength, and is exactly what Quique Sanchez has used the holding midfielder to do thus far. None of the glamour football he was expected to do at Tottenham, we see him now keep it simple and give it to the ball players, this is how Capoue gained a reputation, if he carries on his early season form who knows that call from a bigger club may just be on the cards again.
Some other transfers that caught the eye would be the move to Manchester City for Raheem Sterling, Yohan Cabaye arriving at Crystal Palace and the instant impact of Anthony Martial at Manchester United.