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|Will Summer Signings Spell Success in the Premier League?|
2015-08-05 BY SaSa
It’s been an interesting summer for the English Premier League with some surprise signings, although nothing earth-shattering as yet.
Last summer the Premier League clubs spent £835 million on transfers and this could easily be reached or even exceeded this year. However, buying big does not necessarily bring results and there have been some expensive flops in the past.
So who have been the biggest movers in the market so far?
Is Schweinsteiger right for Man Utd?
Manchester United have been busy although they have been unable to lure Gareth Bale from Real Madrid as yet.
They have bought in Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich who was instrumental in Germany lifting the 2014 World Cup but the midfielder has been prone to injuries in the past three years. Last season Schweinsteiger only started 15 times for Bayern so you have to wonder at his fitness level. If fit, Schweinsteiger can read the game well and will address United’s midfield problems but you have to ask why Bayern have let him go.
Another important signing for United is Memphis Depay, who can replace Angel Di Maria. Depay has bundles of talent, can finish well and may be United’s next king of the free kicks.
United have spent £240 million by the beginning of August and the signings look good on paper so they will definitely be fighting for another top four finish.
Arsenal’s safe pair of hands
Goalkeeper Petr Cech’s move across London from Chelsea to Arsenal raised a few eyebrows. Cech is one of the finest keepers in the world and it has been said he could be worth as many as 10 or 15 points for Arsenal. That would make them strong contenders to snatch the Premier League crown from Chelsea.
He’s great at organising the defence and alerting his back four to any potential dangers so he could be a fantastic signing for Arsenal. But they could still do with a strong striker as they sometimes lack confidence in their final shot.
Should Chelsea replace John Terry?
Chelsea prove time and time again that they have a quality squad in all areas but, although John Terry is still arguably the best defender in the English league, he isn’t getting any younger and Chelsea should be looking for a replacement.
Chelsea have bought in Radamel Falcao which could be a bit of a long shot after his disappointing time at Manchester United. If anyone can get the best out of the striker, it’s charismatic Jose Mourinho.
Sterling move by City
The biggest signing of the summer so far has been Raheem Sterling’s move over to Manchester City for £49 million. He’s only 20 years old so has a long future ahead of him He has bags of potential, can score and set up goals but is he a world-class game-changer to warrant such a high fee?
Watford build a new team
Newly-promoted Watford have been the busiest side in the summer and are building a new squad under new head coach Quique Sanchez Flores.
Notable new team players include Spurs defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue and playmaker Jose Manuel Jurado from Spartak Moscow. Some are new to the Premier League while Capoue and Valon Behrami have experience of English football.
It's basically a new squad so they will need to gel quickly to get a good start to the season.
They have an experienced coach in Flores who showed tremendous skill in Spain by winning the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in 2010 and getting Valencia into the Champions League twice. Although favourites to go straight back down, Watford’s international line-up and passionate coach will make them an exciting team to watch.
Tinkerman takes over at Leicester
Leicester have also changed their coach with the surprise choice of Claudio Ranieri taking over after being sacked at Greece.
Veteran Ranieri has vast experience in top clubs but has not worked in England for the past 11 years. It will be interesting to see if the Tinkerman, who loves to rotate his players, has a big enough squad to use this tactic at Leicester.
Can McClaren please Newcastle fans?
Another familiar face rotating teams is manager Steve McClaren who is now at Newcastle. He’s a top tactical manager and very astute.
His experience in England, the Netherlands and Germany should stand him in good stead, although Newcastle fans are very hard to please. The team need a quick boost to their confidence after last season, otherwise they may struggle.
Popular head at the Hammers
Probably the most popular change of manager is the return of Slaven Bilic to West Ham United. The Hammers’ former defender will already have the fans behind him and will make a welcome change from the more pragmatic Sam Allardyce.
He has a totally different style to his predecessor Allardyce, so we can expect a more attacking side who pass the ball well. Bilic should help West Ham do better than last season, although they are among the contenders for relegation in their final year at Upton Park.
Who’s going to be top and who’s for the chop?
With the signings so far, it is tempting to see the top four being Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City. Stoke City could be a surprise success with a finish in the top third.
Favourites for relegation include Leicester City, Bournemouth, Aston Villa, West Ham and Watford, although Watford could be the surprise team in this season’s Premier League.