Discussing the impact of new signings in the Premier League
Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle all have a good chance of challenging for the league but with new signings imminent elsewhere, there could be a shock on the cards from one of the other clubs.
New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has already made his mark at Anfield by bringing in Fabio Borini, who has been previously likened to a young Fernando Torres. If the 20-year-old can make the same impact the Spaniard had in red, we could be looking at a future star. Having bagged nine goals in twenty-four games in Serie A, are Liverpool going to rely on him to do the same in the Premier League?
Likely to be part of the new setup too, Fulham’s Clint Dempsey could play the perfect role in midfield. Having had a blistering season for the Cottagers last season, where he scored seventeen league goals, the American international could well be taking over from a declining Steven Gerrard.
At Manchester City, where it is surprisingly quiet at the moment, they are in contention to land Arsenal star Robin Van Persie after the 29-year-old refused to sign an extension on his contract. With only one year to go, Arsène Wenger must act now or risk losing his talisman for free next summer. Winning PFA Player of The Year, FWA Player of the Year and the Golden Boot with 30 goals just shows how big a player he is and with the Gunners unable to win a trophy, a move away is almost inevitable.
Yet Manchester United are in the hunt too as Dimitar Berbatov has reiterated his desire to leave Old Trafford. Not known to be a likely destination, due to the rivalry of the clubs, Van Persie will leave a lot of Arsenal fans fuming if he was to make the move to Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. Having already got there though is Shinji Kagawa. The midfield playmaker has been making waves in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund having scored thirteen goals and making five assists last season. Helping his team win the league title was just the boost that got his name on the bigger clubs’ wish-list. With United yearning for a dominating attacking midfielder for years, just how good will Kagawa be?
Chelsea, who had their worst league finish since 2001/02, surprised everybody but themselves as they won the Champions League for the first time in their history. Becoming the first London club to lift the European trophy, many considered their route to triumph to be made up of pure luck. Whatever it was, it doesn’t matter anymore. Having signed Belgian wonderkid Eden Hazard and German international Marko Marin, the Blues have beefed up their midfield. Hazard lit up Ligue 1 with Lille as he grabbed twenty goals and made fifteen assists in thirty-eight league games. Now a potential star, he has it all to prove at Stamford Bridge.
Marin has it a little easier as the German’s mark on world football has deteriorated over the years. Having struggled to make consistent appearances for former club Werder Bremen due to injuries, a cut-price £7m deal was agreed. Now with the chance to reinvigorate himself, can he live up to the standards of English football?
Arsenal, having had a nightmare scenario last season, where they lost two of their best players, will be hoping not to have a repeat as they rapidly signed Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud. With a mass clearance on the horizon at the Emirates, including departures of Denilson, Carlos Vela and Nicklas Bendtner, one more new signing could be necessary for Arsène Wenger. With Van Persie leaving, can Podolski and Giroud replace him adequately. A staggering thirty goals is their target but with both players starting or close to starting internationals for their side, this can very much happen. No doubt they can never replace the way Van Persie could operate as a lone striker but can the two work together in an all-new 4-4-2 formation? Just how good will these guys be?
North-London rivals Tottenham Hotspur could be losing a star of their own, Luka Modrić. A potential move to Real Madrid may fall through due to new manager, Andrés Villas-Boas’ determination to receive a high offer. The Croatian midfielder may even be moving to Chelsea but wherever he goes, Spurs’ fans can be happy they will be getting enough money to buy a suitable replacement. With Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen already purchased, can the Icelandic midfielder and the Belgian defender settle at White Hart Lane? Ledley King’s retirement means Vertonghen could be drafted into the centre of defence and with Modrić potentially leaving, is Sigurdsson his replacement?
Newcastle are continuing their French invasion by signing Romain Amalfitano from Reims. The 22-year-old will most likely be used off the bench as current stars Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye will be taking over midfield. Yet with Mathieu Debuchy supposedly on his way, Alan Pardew could be looking at a second successive season. The French right-back shone at Euro 2012 and will be a massive signing but how much impact will Amalfitano make and will Debuchy even arrive at St James’ Park?
Make sure you keep Saturday 18th August completely free in your calendar as the opening day of the season beckons. With these new signings, who knows just what might happen in a month’s time. Which player are you looking forward to this season?
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