With the year drawing to a close and the season half way through, I thought I would review some of the best Premier League signings of season so far.
As always this is just my opinion and there is room for debate in the comment section at the bottom of the article.
Here is my top ten signings of season 2013/14, in no particular order:
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
This was a no-brainer really. The big Belgian striker moved to Merseyside on-loan from Chelsea on transfer deadline day and has proven a shrewd acquisition by Everton boss Roberto Martinez.
The former-Anderlecht star has every attribute to be a top player and is proving that with his performances for the Toffees.
Lukaku’s nine goals have helped Everton into fourth place in the Premier League table with half of the campaign gone. The youngster has not just provided the goals, but a focal point to the Toffees attack.
If Everton qualify for the Champions League this season, then Lukaku will no doubt have had a big say in their achievement.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
The Germany international playmaker was another who signed late in the summer transfer window, but who has had a major impact on his new team. In truth, Ozil’s form has been pretty steady, but his signing was about more than just the player’s performance.
The German’s arrival seemed to give the rest of the Arsenal squad and supporters the belief that the Gunners could go on and win the Premier League title this season. Ozil’s signing seemed to transform the whole mood of the club and put Arsenal down as serious challengers for the league crown. Which meant his signing was priceless for the Gunners.
Loic Remy (Newcastle)
The French striker has been outstanding since he joined the Magpies on-loan from QPR this summer. The former-Marseille striker has found the net 10 times in the Premier League this season and fired the Magpies towards an unlikely challenge for the European places this season.
The France international did well for QPR last season, but he has been even better for the north east side this season. The problem that Newcastle may have in the summer is keeping hold of the striker, as there seems to be a number of clubs looking at signing the striker in the summer.
Dejan Lovren (Southampton)
The Croatian centre-back arrived on the south coast for a big fee and boy does he look worth it now. Until recently he was part of a Saints defence that had the best defensive record in the league. That defensive record was only spoilt when an injury crisis struck the Saints backline.
Although the Saints have dropped away from the European places, Lovren must still be regarded as one of the signings of the season. He was the player that organised a previously shambolic defence and made them look far more solid.
Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)
The Belgium international keeper arrived from Sunderland in the summer and had to fill the big boots of Pepe Reina. The former-Black Cats keeper has not disappointed and has produced some fantastic displays.
Some fans were sceptical when he arrived at the club, but he has gone about convincing those Reds fans that he is by far good enough to be Liverpool number one.
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal)
The Frenchman has been the midfield enforcer that the Gunners have been missing for quite some time. He has returned to the Gunners squad like he has never been away and does the dirty work so that the more creative players in front of him can do some attacking damage.
Arsenal fans did not seem too happy about Flamini’s return to the club this summer, but I am sure a lot of those Gunners fans are now signing the Frenchman’s praises.
Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City)
‘The Beast’ as he is known affectionately by the City fans has been a fantastic signing for the Citizens. Negredo arrived from Sevilla this summer and to be honest was not greeted with great fanfare like a lot of signings on this list.
However, the Spaniard has gone on to prove that he is a top-class player. His understanding with now-injured strike-partner Sergio Aguero was outstanding. His tally of eight Premier League goals this season is also not bad for a player in his first season in England.
Negredo will be looking to carry on his good form until the end of the season with the World Cup now just six months away.
The Brazilian midfielder has been one of the bright spots of Tottenham’s season so far. The 25-year-old arrived from Brazilian giants Corinthians in the summer for £17million and has been quite impressive so far in his first six months in English football.
The 25-year-old has the potential to be the complete-midfielder. He can play as a defensive midfielder, or a more advanced midfielder. Paulinho has made a decent start to his Spurs career and there seems to be far more to come from the boy from Brazil.
Tom Huddlestone (Hull)
The central midfielder joined newly-promoted Hull from Tottenham for a fee in the region of £5million and has set about proving his worth to his team. Huddlestone has often been criticised for his lack of pace, but what he lacks in pace he makes up for in passing ability.
The England international’s ability to play long range passes is up there with the best in the top-flight. The 26-year-old has played a crucial part in Hull being 10th at the midway stage of the season and will no doubt continue to put in steady performances in the centre of that Tigers midfield.
Gareth Barry (Everton)
Gareth Barry joined Everton on transfer deadline day on-loan from Manchester City. There was mixed opinion about the England international joining from the Goodison faithful. However, Barry has proved to be one of the most vital players in Roberto Martinez’s Tiki-Toffee revolution on Merseyside.
While the likes of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku gain the headlines for their performances, Barry sits in the anchorman role and sweeps up any opposition danger. The veteran midfielder’s performances in the defensive midfield role have led to Everton having the joint best defence in the top-flight.
Who would be in your top ten Premier League signings of the campaign so far?