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Top five Premier League signings of 2012

Swansea’s Michu has been one of the stars of the Premier League season so far

It’s that time of the year again, a time when we look back at the action that has taken place in the past 12 months.

What I am going to focus on are the players that have proved outstanding signings in 2012.

These are my personal choice, but you will have your chance to nominate your signings of 2012 in the comments box. Here are my top five signings in no particular order:

Michu (Swansea)

The Spaniard could prove to be one of the bargains of recent times. The 26 year-old cost just £2million from Rayo Vallecano and the attacking midfielder-turned striker has found the net 14 times this season.

Michu arrived as an attacking midfielder, but Swans boss Michael Laudrup has successfully converted the Spaniard into a striker in recent months. He is now the focal point of the Welsh sides attack.  His form has led to talk of a first international call-up of his career.

Michu will miss today’s trip to Fulham and his absence could have a major effect on his side’s performance.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Another player that arrived on British shores from Spanish football. The Spanish international arrived this summer from troubled Malaga for a fee in the region of £17million.

The little playmaker has proved to be one of the players of the season so far in the Premier League. He is the man that controls the midfield for the Gunners. Cazorla has provided and scored goals this season, with a hat-trick against Reading an example of his virtuoso skill.

The diminutive midfielder could be the key to Arsenal once again, as the Gunners once again challenge for a place in the top four and a Champions League spot.

Robin Van Persie (Manchester United)

When Robin Van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal in the summer for £24million, there were some United fans questioning the need for another striker at the club.

Since his arrival though he has continued his outstanding goal scoring form from last season, finding the net 16 times in a United shirt. His goals have helped the Red Devils to establish a seven point lead over champions Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.

The Dutch international has form a deadly partnership with England international star Wayne Rooney in United’s attack.

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)

I really wasn’t convinced by this signing by the Black Cats. The North East club paid Wolves £14million for the Scotland international this summer. Fletcher has scored goals in the top flight in previous spells with Burnley and Wolves, but he never looked prolific.

This season though Fletcher has scored eight goals in 20 appearances for the Black Cats, with many of those goals being important goals. In fact earlier in the campaign the Scot was the only player scoring goals for Martin O’Neill’s side.

Nikica Jelavic (Everton)

Although the Croatian striker has gone off the boil slightly in recent weeks he has proved a bargain buy. Jelavic arrived at Everton from Rangers in January for £5.5million and went on to help Everton finish in 7th Place in the Premier League last season.

This season he has suffered from injury and form problems, but he still leads the line well and is looking more likely to go on a scoring spree.


There are other players that could be on the list, such as Mohamed Diame or Papiss Cisse. However, the five I have chosen are the players that I believe have had the biggest effect on their respective teams in 2012.

Who would be your top five Premier League signings of 2012?

Sat 29 Dec, 2012
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  1. precious says:

    i think arsenal should go fordemba ba

  2. Rishabh Kothari says:

    Jan Vertonghen

    I feel he should be there in the list in place of Jelavic… He has been the most consistent defender since joining Spurs.. He has led the Spurs backline fantastically and is perfect for AVBs set-up

  3. David Nugent says:

    Rishabh, Vertonghen is a really good shout. He has been superb for Spurs since his arrival.

  4. Diego says:

    Suarez Its the Best signed.

  5. Roy Cooper says:

    What about hazard he has proven to up there with best wingers in the world in the like of robben and Ronaldo etc. the first person in the history of the premier league to win man of the match for three straight games in his first three his form has been amazing since he moved to Chelsea as has The Brazilian Oscar who also unbelievable adjusted to the premier league so quick and has been a starter for them since he joined the club and has been scoring many goals and in his debut champions league game he scored two goals just like drogba did 4 years ago

  6. David Nugent says:

    Eden Hazard is a very good signing for Chelsea and you have made a very good case Roy. Who else would be in your top five?

  7. David Nugent says:

    Diego, Luis Suarez wasn’t signed in 2012 I’m afraid.

  8. Serge says:

    Did everyone forget Papiss Cisse? Definitely better than Steven Fletcher

  9. Alex says:

    papiss cisse has been awful this season and steven fletcher has made 10x bigger impact than cisse, they should make this list bigger really because they can’t limit it to 5 players make it ‘the best signings of 2012’ because players like hazard, vertonghen and even arouna kone for wigan cannot be forgotten

  10. Cole says:

    just look at goals and assists he has more together then everybody he should b # 1 easy

  11. Chris says:

    Not always noticed but the loan of De Guzman for Swansea has been fantastic. Solid player who can attack and defend. Bargain and in place of Fletcher

  12. olanya says:

    As a supporter of arsenal I am tired watching them go 7 years without a trophy. AW should change his style of management.

  13. sadok says:

    mhhhh,,,the best two are still persie and michu

  14. fred says:

    m united r gona be pr
    emier champs

  15. walcotin (agozie) says:

    y wud u guys hide ur selfs 4rm de truth, is it dat u peepl hv’nt sin Robben van persie dat hs bn de top scorer since signin. Infact 2 cut it shut de bxt siginin dis season is Robben Van Persie, go nd ask odas

  16. walcotin, can you please speak English, fed up of having to decypher garbled nonsence, surely it takes longer to have to write things like that, or do you just close your eyes, hope for the best and post what ever you’ve mashed out on your keyboard?

    Plus its ROBIN not Robben, even gives you the spelling in the article!

    Rant over and on the best signings, the only one I might change there is Steven Fletcher. Vertonghen or Hazard would be in there for me, maybe even Cisse if he’d kept up his form from last season.

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