We’re still not getting the big transfers we’d all like for the biggest and best football league in the world, but there have been some notable signings which may have slipped under the radar for some of you.
We count down from Ten, with number One being the signing likely to have more of an impact on the Premier League in 2012-13.
10/ Matthew Lowton, Aston Villa (Sheffield Utd, £3m)
The 23 year old right back hasn’t seen a great deal of game time with Sheffield Utd over the last 5 years, only gaining 89 league appearances, however he made a difference this year making 55 league appearances and guiding the Blades to the playoffs. Shay Given will feel safer in goal with him around.
9/ Jay Rodriguez, Southampton (Burnley, £6m)
We have already seen a cracking goal from this young Southampton player against Arsenal in the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup on the 14th July, the former England U21 player scored an impressive 17 goals in all competitions last season.
8/ Marko Marin, Chelsea (Werder Bremen, £7m)
The 23 year old German International player has been described as a ’player who can decide a game on his own’ and is known for his super speed, agility and creativity. He is often referred to as the ‘German Messi’.
His stats however tell a different story, with 87 appearances in two years for Werder Bremen he only scored 8 goals. We still believe his perfromance in the Premier League will be well worth watching.
7/ Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tottenham (Hoffenheim, £8m)
The Icelandic superstar spent all last season on loan to Swansea and obviously impressed Andreas Villas-Boas enough to take him to White Hart Lane, he scored 7 goals and had 3 assists in the Premier League last season.
The 22 year old is only just reaching his peak and we can see many years of top level football ahead for the youngster.
6/ Olivier Giroud, Arsenal (Montpellier, £13m)
He plays as a striker and is known for his size, physical style of play and heading ability. After starring for several clubs in the lower divisions, Giroud secured a move to Ligue 1 club Montpellier in August 2010. His performances over two seasons with the club culminated into a call-up to the senior national team. Giroud made his international debut on 11 November 2011 in a match against Belgium.
The Frenchman scored 25 League goals and had 9 assists last season.
5/ Jan Vertonghen, Tottenham (Ajax, £10m)
The 25 year old has played for Dutch side Ajax in the last 5 seasons helping them win the Eredivisie League cup in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and also the KNVB cup in the 2009-10 season.
He is a left-footed player who usually plays as a centre back, he is equally adept at playing anywhere on the left side or in defensive midfield
4/ Fabio Borini, Liverpool (Roma, £10m)
The 21 year old Italian is already familiar with the Premier League, joining for Chelsea in 2007 playing for the reserves, gaining his first team debut in 2009. However after only gaining 8 first team appearances, he was loaned out to Swansea for the 2010-11 campaign before being sold to Parma who loaned him straight out to Roma.
After being juggled about a bit from club to club, we believe the striker is set to light up the Premier League next season, Chelsea beware.
3/ Shinji Kagawa, Man Utd (Dortmund, £17m)
He is a Japanese footballer who plays for English club Manchester United and the Japanese national team. Kagawa began his professional career in his homeland with Cerezo Osaka before joining German club Borussia Dortmund in 2010. After two years in Germany, Kagawa signed for Manchester United on a four-year contract. A goal-scoring midfielder, he is known for his “vision, technique, movement and deft passing.”
The 23 year old scored a fairly impressive 17 goals in a total of 43 games last season, Man Utd are hoping that by signing Kagawa they will have the same impact in the Far East as when they signed Park 7 years ago, Man Utd as a global brand is worth billions.
2/ Lukas Podolski, Arsenal (Cologne, £11m)
The 27 year old German International is a left footed attacker known for his strong shot, technique and probing attacks from the left side, his International carrer is extremely impressive, scoring 44 goals in 101 appearances. Podolski is an extremely good free kick and penalty taker, and could step into Van Persie’s shoes should he leave.
1/ Eden Hazard , Chelsea (Lille £32m)
Here he is, the star man, the 21 year old has been at Lille for the past 5 seasons.
He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder and a winger. Hazard is known for his creativity, speed, and technical ability and is described as a “fearless, explosive attacking midfielder who can change the game with a turn of pace or a dribble”.
In his first full season as a starter, he won the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Young Player of the Year award becoming the first non-French player to win the award.In the 2009–10 season, Hazard captured the award again becoming the first player to win the award twice. He was also named to the league’s Team of the Year.
Hazard made his senior international debut in November 2008, at the age of 17 years and 316 days, in a friendly match against Luxembourg. Nearly three years after his debut, Hazard scored his first international goal against Kazakhstan in October 2011.Eden Hazard (below) while playing for Lille.