I have to say I have been impressed by some of the players that are moving to the Premier League this summer.
The players that have arrived may not be the high-profile players that some people expected, but most will have a big impact on the English top-flight next season.
Here is a rundown of some of those new arrivals:
The Brazilian international midfielder has come on leaps and bounds in recent months, culminating in his outstanding performances at this summer’s Confederations Cup. Paulinho has most the attributes needed for a Premier League star.
He is big and strong, works hard for the team. He can also play as both a defensive and attacking midfielder, which could be vital for Spurs in the formation that boss Andre Villas-Boas likes to play. At £17million, he can hardly be described as cheap, but he could prove to be a bargain in the end.
Gerard Deulofeu (Everton)
Deulofeu is rated as one of the most exciting young players in the European game. His schooling at Barcelona’s La Masia seems to have given the youngster a confident, yet humble attitude towards the game.
A loan move to Everton is a chance for the 19-year-old to display his undoubted vision, trickery, and outstanding technical ability. Everton boss Roberto Martinez has definitely pulled off a coup with this signing.
Leroy Fer (Norwich)
The 23-year-old midfielder arrives from FC Twente, where he had a reputation for his sheer power and work rate. Fer is a box-box midfielder, who has unsurprisingly been compared to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, due to the way he plays the game and physical similarities.
Fer came close to joining Everton in January, but the moved fell through when Everton alleged there was a problem with his medical. The problem has not stopped Fer playing most of the season for Twente. The Dutch midfielder could be one of the bargains of the summer.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich)
The signing of the Holland international striker looks like another coup from the club from East Anglia. Van Wolfswinkel has proved prolific in Holland with Utrecht and then in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon.
A record of just under a goal every other game suggests that the lad knows how to find the net. The quality of the leagues may not be the same as the Premier League, but with the right supply line, the 24-year-old will score goals.
Van Wolfswinkel is the Canaries record signing, costing £8million, plus add-ons. The Dutch striker seems like a player that could be worth every penny of his fee.
Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Fernandinho cost Manchester City £30million this summer. It is a hefty price tag, but he City have bought the finished article. Having spent most of his career in Ukrainian football, Fernandinho finally has a chance to impress in one of Europe’s big leagues.
His displays in the Champions League last season, especially against Chelsea, showed exactly what he could do. The Brazilian will most likely be employed as a defensive midfielder for City, but his pace is allows him to break forward and use his tremendous long-range shooting ability.
The 28-year-old could play a key role in defence and attack next season, as City look to wrestle back the Premier League title.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City)
Another City recruit, Navas is a flying winger that should add a bit of pace to the City attack next season. The 27-year-old joined for a fee in the region of £15million prior to the arrival of boss Manuel Pellegrini.
However, Pellegrini will be well aware of the Spanish international’s qualities. His direct style of play and dribbling ability could be a vital asset next season for City.
Jores Okore (Aston Villa)
The youngster joined Villa this summer for £4million from Danish side Nordsjaelland. At just 20-years of age, the Ivory Coast-born youngster is considered one of the best young defenders in Europe. In January, he turned down a move to Premier League Chelsea.
Okore is a strong, aggressive defender that should fit in very well in the English top-flight. Villa’s defence was leaky last season, in the big Danish international Villa boss Paul Lambert could have found an answer to his defensive problems.
There is still plenty of time for Premier League clubs to recruit exciting new players. The likes of Edinson Cavani, Thiago Alcantara, and Alvaro Negredo are all believed to be interesting English clubs. Even without those players next seasons Premier League campaign looks exciting.
Who will be the best foreign import to the Premier League this summer?
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