The transfer window has been dominated by the big names who have moved for the multi-millions this summer. The likes of Suarez, Shaw, Lallana, Sanchez, Lovren and co have been the names on everyone’s lips thus far.
However, many players pass under the noses of fans without much of a mention; so here are our top 5 Premier League summer signings so far that haven’t made the big news headlines…
Patrick Van Aanholt (Chelsea – Sunderland) The 23-year-old Netherlands left back has moved away from Stamford Bridge on a permanent basis as he joined Sunderland for an undisclosed fee. The young full-back is blessed with pace and attacking movement, whilst reliable at the back in defensive positions. The Dutch star spent the last two seasons on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and was widely touted as the next “Ashley Cole”. Restricted to just 8 appearances for Chelsea, Cole and Azpilicueta kept out Van Aanholt from the side. However, now the defender is ready to make way for pastures new as he looks to revive his career and prove himself in the Premier League with Sunderland. An exciting signing for the Black Cats.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Spurs – Swansea) The Icelandic midfielder has made a hasty return to his former club after leaving Tottenham. Sigurdsson arrived at Swansea in 2011/2012 where he completed a successful season whilst on-loan from German side Hoffenheim. The set-piece specialist is now ready to make his way back to the Liberty Stadium on a perminant basis after he penned a 4-year-deal with the Swans. This transfer went under the radar after Ben Davies and Michel Vorm’s move in the other direction were highly publicised. Not afraid of a long range effort, Sigurdsson will need no introduction in Wales as he looks to re-create the form he showed at the Swans not so long ago.
Bojan (Barcelona – Stoke) Bojan was the all-time highest scorer in the Barcelona youth system, scoring more than 400 goals at La Masia. He went on to score 26 goals for the first team between 2007 and 2011. However, his time ran out in Spain after the likes of Messi, Sanchez, Pedro and Neymar took to the scene and quickly established themselves as the big boys leaving Bojan out in the cold. Barca sold the young starlet to Roma with an option of a buy-back-clause which they duly activated before loaning him out once again to Milan and Ajax. After failing to re-create his goal scoring form, Barca conceded to relieving Bojan of his duties and Stoke came in with an offer for the Spaniard. Despite his late form, Bojan still has all the credentials to be a leading goalscorer in the Premier League. A natural finisher with pace and skill, Stoke will need to adapt their stereotypical style of play to accommodate for this young prodigy.
Andre Wisdom (Liverpool – West Brom) West Brom have signed Liverpool defender, Andre Wisdom on loan from the Reds for the rest of the season. Speaking about the deal, new Baggies boss, Alan Irvine said, “He’s a versatile lad,” said Albion head coach Alan Irvine. I’ve spoken to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who I’ve known for a very long time and who I trust implicitly. He said Andre would do a good job for us. That was reassuring. You want to find out about the person. You can see the player but you want to find out what they are like as a person. Brendan spoke very, very highly about him.” The young right back is strong and fast and will look to bomb forward to help carry the attacks down the right flank. Moving with a good recommendation for Brendan Rodgers, Wisdom will look to showcase his skills in the Premier League to impress both Irvine and Rodgers and make a claim for a first team spot at Anfield next season.
Gareth Barry (Manchester City – Everton) The English centre midfielder had a wonder season last term with Everton; helping them to a fifth place finish. The 33-year-old penned a three-year-deal with the Toffees as he looks to help bring stability and reliability in the middle of the park for the flowing Everton philosophy. The free transfer from Manchester City makes this deal even more of a coup. Speaking on the move, Everton manager, Roberto Martinez said, “We all know the type of footballer that Gareth is and the type of person that he is. He will fit perfectly well into what we are at Everton.”. A brilliant professional who has adapted his game to become a measured and effective footballer, Barry will bring about experience and quality into the Toffees midfield.
By Oliver Baines | July 29th, 2014