New Manchester City signing Jesus Navas
Terry O’Connor has a look at the summer’s Premier League transfer activity and asks where everyone’s coming from.
We are a month away from the kick-off of the new Premier League season, time to run the ruler over the acquisitions that have occurred so far.
Since the close of last season some Premier league clubs have been busy reshaping, reinforcing and replacing their teams. But where are these new signings coming from?
The majority of purchases so far this summer have come from La Liga clubs, 12 players in all including the likes of Liverpool strikers Luis Alberto (Sevilla, £6.8m) and Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo, £7m), Manchester City’s new Right Midfielder Jesus Navas (Sevilla, £15m) and Fernando Amorebieta (Athletic Bilbao, free) who will be appearing in the centre of defence for Fulham.
As it stands only ten transfers between Premier League clubs have been completed, surprisingly eight players have moved from Championship Clubs to the top flight, with Birmingham City being the most popular 2nd tier teams to raid.
The next league to provide the most new talent to the Premier League is the Dutch Eredivisie, 6 players have swapped clogs for hobnobs, Vitesse Arnham have picked up 20 Million alone due to the sales of Marco van Ginkel (Central midfielder, £8m) to Chelsea and Wilfried Bony (Striker, £12m) to Swansea. The most surprising league to appear as a departure point is not the Brazilian, Uruguayan or Swiss leagues, although all three have contributed a player each, it isn’t even League One, where 2 former Peterborough players were to be playing this season, it is in fact the Conference North, the 6th tier of English football, West Ham have plucked Danny Whitehead an Attacking Mid from Stockport County for an undisclosed fee.
However, there are three clubs who have said farewell to more players than Vitesse, who now call the Premier League home, Real Betis, Sevilla and Wigan, or remain at home in the Prem in the case of the ex-Wigan players, Arouna Kone (Striker, £6m), Antolin Alcaraz (CD, free), who have re-joined their former boss at Everton and Maynor Figueroa (CD, free) who has headed to Hull City.
Forwards (14), Central Defenders (11) and Goalkeepers (9) have been the most sought after positions at this point in proceedings. While the right side of the pitch has seen the least number of new additions with only one Right Back, a single Right Midfielder and one solitary out and out Right winger.
Half of the leagues clubs have added between 2 and 4 names to their squads, with four others only picking up the one addition, three teams have dipped their toes in the market on 6 occasions and Aston Villa have made five new purchases. If you’re adding up as you go, you will know that leaves us with two remaining clubs, Sunderland who have made the most new signings so far with seven and Newcastle who are yet to attract any one to Geordie Heaven. Whether this is due to a lack of funds, missing out on their targets or potential players being put off by the addition of Joe Kinnear to the staff I will leave up to you.
Most expensive signing
Manchester City – Fernandinho (Midfielder, Shakhtar Donetsk, £30m)
Most exciting signing
Tottenham Hotspur – Paulinho (Centre Mid, Corinthians, £17m)
Most promising signings
Arsenal – Yaya Sanogo (Stiker, Auxerre, Free)
Swasea – Wilfried Bony (Striker, Vitesse Arnhem, £12m)
Sunderland – Cabral (midfielder, Basel, free)
Norwich – Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Striker, Sporting, undisclosed)
I only bought them because I know their names and/or I want to get relegated with the oldest squad or I’ll be sacked by Christmas or I’m Steve Bruce and I’m only managing this team so that my son can play Professional football
Hull – Maynor Figueroa (CD, Wigan, free)
Hull – Curtis Davies (CD, Birmingham, undisclosed)
Hull – Ahmed Elmohamady (Winger, Sunderland, £2m)
Hull – Allan McGregor (Goalkeeper, Besiktas, £1.5m)
Hull – Steve Harper (Goalkeeper, Newcastle, free)
Most likely to fail
Sunderland – Jozy Altidore (Striker, AZ Alkmaar, undisclosed) for the simple reason that he did last time he was in this league.
One more and I equal Andy Cole
West Bromwich Albion – Nicolas Anelka (Striker, Juventus, free)