With season drawing to a close, the time for reflection is upon us, and I have decided to have a look at who was the best singing of the season? A new signing can have a real impact at a club. It can rejuvenate a team, or a big name signing can help the reputation of a team go up. But there is no point in a new signing coming in and having a brief impact or no impact at all. And sometimes foreign players have to have time to adjust to a new style of football, along with a new language, new culture and new teammates, so it is always a bonus when a new player comes in and fits in straight away. Some players I have shortlisted came in from the summer, and some came in January. The impact of the players from January will obviously stick in the memory better, and some have fitted so well, that they have nearly been talked about. Well enough of that here are the player I feel are the best signings of the season.
Manchester City signed the younger brother of Kolo Toure, Yaya Toure, from Barcelona for around £24 million at the beginning of the season, but it didn’t take long for him to settle, most likely due to his brother Kolo, and his performances have been what everyone had expected. He has contributed 6 goals as well as 4 assists. His marauding style from midfield is very reminiscent of Patrick Vieira, who ironically he now plays along side, but at his age plays in a much deeper role. Yaya has settled into the team at City much quicker and better than David Silva did or Edin Dzeko and have helped them achieve Champions League qualification for the first time. Personally I believe the signing of Yaya Toure was one of the Best City have done since the takeover by Sheikh Mansour, with the exception of Carlos Tevez.
Rafael Van der Vaart:
The signing of Van der Vaart surprised everyone. Not just for the fact that Tottenham managed to get the signature of the Dutch master, but also for how much. At £8 million it was a real bargain, if not the bargain of the season. He had an explosive start to his career at White Hart Lane and in the first half of the season along with Gareth Bale propelled Tottenham out of the group stages of the Champions League and into a great position in the league. The second half of the season saw Van der Vaart fade slightly and with fitness and injuries making the standard of his performances drop when Tottenham needed him most. Overall he has been a great signing for Tottenham scoring 11 goals and grabbing 8 assists. However, with Tottenham unable to qualify for the Champions League again this season, He may look to move on to another club, who are in the Champions League, Chelsea maybe!
Luis Suarez has definitely been an inspiration at Liverpool, tantalising fans with skill and goals. In only 11 games he has scored 4 and made 3 assists. His performances against Manchester United had endeared him to the Liverpool faithful showcasing his dribbling ability and playmaker attributes that helped Dirk Kuyt score a hat-trick. The no.7 is synonymous at the club with Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, Peter Beardsley, Steve McManaman all being past owners of the prestigious number, and Suarez is the type of player that will grace the number 7 jersey with its true purpose.
Although Daniel Sturrdige’s move to Bolton is only a loan deal, his impact has been immense. He went to Bolton to get experience, and he took the move to show what he can do. And with Torres coming in at £50 million for Chelsea, Sturridge showed that they could have spent less and kept him instead. In the 9 games he has played for Bolton he has scored 7 which is amazing form for the young striker. Bolton will be hoping they can make the move a permanent one, but Chelsea may well want to keep him, but he has shown he is better starting than coming off the bench, as the 13 times he came on off the bench for Chelsea he was unable to score.
Chelsea made two big signings in January but only one of them really made an impact and that was the Brazilian David Luiz. The Brazilian defender came up with goals when Torres was still firing blanks, and helped sturdy the Chelsea defence. He became a fan favourite with his performances and his goals and the fans went out and brought wigs to resemble his big curly hair. Even though he is a defender he seems happy to go forward and has good control of the ball to do so. An adventurous defender, much like a young Rio Ferdinand, is also capable of playing at right-back but is a central defender at heart and has shown that. And even though he may have had a few mishaps in the last game, for the most part his performances has helped Chelsea propel up the league, and end the season the way they have challenging for the title.
Not much was known of the young Mexican with more talked about his nickname more than his ability, but soon little pea “Chicharito” was showing us what he is all about. And he is about getting goals. He is not going to be scoring screamers like Rooney, but his movement and anticipation makes him a highly dangerous goal scorer. He may be considered a slow burner for this season, but as the season progressed so has he, and he is finishing the season on a real high, and with his goals lately he can be thanked along with Van der Sar for United winning the Premiership. He may have only played 23 games for United but has bagged himself 13 goals giving him a goal every other game which is great fro the young Mexican in his first season in the Premiership.
At the beginning of the season I had my reservations about how well Gallas would do at Tottenham having come from Arsenal, how the fans would take to him, and with some of his performances questionable for Arsenal the previous year how well would he performance for Tottenham. But he has been a great signing for Tottenham giving extra experience at the back with the forever injured Ledley King, he formed a good partnership with Michael Dawson. His Champions League experience definitely helped Spurs as they progressed through the group stages and faced the might of AC Milan. Without Gallas I don’t believe they would have done as well as they have done, and could have been in a worse position than they are currently in.