Just like a lot of our readers I’m very excited about the start of the new Premier League season.
The new Premier League seasons kicks-off on Saturday with a sense of great expectations.
Last season was a very special one, but every season the Premier League seems to bring more and more excitement.
The new season always brings with it a new sense of excitement and optimism. Sometimes this optimism is misplaced, but sometimes it’s justified. For some this season will bring elation, for some heartbreak.
As a football fan and journalist I’ve experienced both sides of the coin. I just hope this season brings as much drama and excitement as last the campaign.
One reason for my excitement is the number of new arrivals in the Premier League. English top flight clubs have strengthened their squads with some really exciting foreign imports this summer. Arsenal have brought in some talented players, to off-set the departure of striker Robin van Persie to Manchester United.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has brought in highly-rated Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla. The Spanish international could be one of the signings of the summer. Having watched him play for Malaga in La Liga last season, I’m sure he will be a major success at the Emirates Stadium.
The signings of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud are also very interesting ones from Wenger. The last time Podolski played for a major club in Bayern Munich he flopped, but he is now far more experienced and should prove to be a good signing for the Gunners.
Giroud is far more of an unknown quantity. The French international was top scorer for Montpellier in Ligue One, as they played David to PSG’s goliath. Depending on how he settles he could prove to be another shrewd investment.
Across London at Chelsea the Stamford Bridge entrance has been graced by some very expensive feet this summer. Belgian whizzkid Eden Hazard and Brazilian starlet Oscar have both arrived to add some guile and creativity to Chelsea’s team. Both players arrived for sizeable fees.
The Bridge could be a very entertaining place to watch football this season, if Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo can get the team to gel quickly.
Manchester United have of course signed striker Robin van Persie from Arsenal, but the more crucial signing could be that of Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa. The midfielder is likely to supply some of the creativity that has been lacking in the United midfield in recent seasons.
Liverpool’s new signing Fabio Borini comes with a big reputation from Italian football. His displays in the Europa League games against FC Gomel has already given Reds fans food for thought. The youngster is highly-rated and according to my sources in Italy could light up the Premier League this season.
Swansea have completed the signing of Spanish attacking midfielder Michu, who scored 15 goals in La Liga from midfield to save Rayo Vallecano from relegation last season. He could be the bargain of the summer at just £2million.
Tottenham have brought in former-Swansea loanee Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim. The Icelandic midfielder was outstanding for the Swans while on-loan last season, and chose a move to Tottenham ahead of a permanent deal with the Swans.
Tottenham have also signed Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen from Dutch side Ajax. The centre-back was also being chased by Arsenal, but their North London rivals secured his signature.
Newcastle have also raided Ajax for midfielder Vurnon Anita. The 23 year-old Dutch international can play in defence and midfield. Aston Villa have also gone Dutch this summer, by bringing in Holland international centre-back Ron Vlaar from Feyenoord. The Villans also signed Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi from the Dutch top flight.
Everton may not be in the best of financial health, but they managed to secure the services of Scottish international attacker Steven Naismith. The former-Rangers player may not have travelled far, but he will be hoping his career really goes places now that he is in the English top flight.
Just before a new Premier League season starts I’m always full of the same sense of anticipation and excitement.
I’m sure everybody reading this article is the same. The Premier League always seems exciting, but the addition of more quality players from abroad has only increased that excitement for me. The Premier League is back and I couldn’t be happier.
Who will be the best new arrival to the Premier League this season?