by Aroosa Munir
Here’s a preview of the 2015/2016 Premier League and a look at the best signings who could determine where the title ultimately goes.
The Premier League’s elite are off on their pre-season tours and the start of the season is fast approaching, which means it’s time for you to think about your star players and pull out your football shirts and scarves.
With the Premier League kick-off fast approaching, the country’s top clubs have been quietly preparing for the new season. The squads are taking shape for the new Premier League season, and some signings have been more impressive than others.
Whether it is a big-money arrival or a clever addition to a team, new signings all serve their purpose for managers hungry to build on what happened last season or establish a new beginning. But which players have been the best arrivals?
We’ve often heard grumblings about “the English premium”, a price tag placed on young native players that makes them far more expensive than their foreign players and so when you can snap up a 24-year-old current England international for £12.5 million, that has to be a cause for celebration. Right-back Nathaniel Clyne plays in a position where Liverpool struggled last season and cried out for a right-back like Clyne, and as a proven Premier League performer, he instantly improves Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Another signing which may go unseen is Everton’s of Gerard Deulofeu. Everton supporters spent more time on the edges of their seats than sitting in them during Gerard Deulofeu’s loan spell at Goodison Park in the 2013/14 campaign, so his permanent signing at the club is a cause for celebrations for the blue half of Merseyside. The nippy winger is a creative force who is now on board full-time at Everton, he’ll be a key player for manager Roberto Martinez in a 2015/16 that promises yet more excitement for Blues fans.
Some may call it ridiculous, some may call it over-priced and some may just call it ‘typical modern day football’. Discussions over the vast £49 million fee might still be doing the rounds, but Manchester City have secured themselves a real talent in Raheem Sterling—who at 20 years old only looks like he’s going to get better. However, if he hits the ground running, that fee will be the last thing on people’s minds.
Everyone loves a Brazilian, and with the arrival of Roberto Firmino at Liverpool, the Premier League is about to see another one. The 23-year-old makes his way to Anfield from Hoffenheim. Just how Firmino adapts to English football promises to be one of the more fascinating aspects of the new campaign, and it’s going to be fun to find out what happens. A Brazilian signing is always something to get excited about.
Few transfers into the Premier League this summer have raised as many eyebrows as Yohan Cabaye’s from PSG to Crystal Palace, where the former Newcastle United midfielder will link up with his old boss, Alan Pardew. After superbly leading Palace to safety and beyond last season, Pardew will now be determined to create a lasting legacy at Selhurst Park, and the addition of the classy French international Cabaye will certainly add to that possibility.
One of the signings of the summer has to go to Manchester United, although the doubters will tell you that he’s past his best and has suffered with injuries in the past couple of years, but Bastian Schweinsteiger’s move from Bayern Munich to Manchester United seems to be more than just a transfer. It has restored a swagger to the club that had been missing. On the pitch, Schweinsteiger will bring authority and organisation to a United side whose midfield has been weak since the Scholes era, and his influence will allow Louis van Gaal to have both a leader on the pitch and a player he trusts implicitly.
However, an £11 million deal for a 33-year-old seems like an unlikely No. 1 transfer, but Arsenal’s move for Petr Cech could be quite remarkably the signing of the season come May 2016. The Gunners have immensely strengthened their squad with the addition of the Czech, who comes into Arsene Wenger’s side and immediately improves it in an area where it drastically needed surgery for many years. Cech could prove to be the difference between a credible title challenge and just another season in the top four for Wenger’s men, and given the promise they showed at Emirates Stadium last season, they seem to be in a perfect position from which to build.
The upcoming Premier League will no doubt bring us plenty of highs, lows and memories which may live on forever. With the new signings made as mentioned above the Premier League will bring more excitement than ever before. It’s time to buckle, sit back and get behind your team, it’s going to be a long ride!