We are all still in disbelief Gareth Bale (£85.3 million) is now valued as the most expensive player in the world. Leading up to his much publicized move to Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur have been hugely active in the transfer window spending more then £100 million and bringing in seven new players.
Manchester City and Chelsea have also strengthened their squads by capturing new attacking flair and quality. Liverpool have also been busy and made a number of summer signings, which explains how they find themselves sitting at the top of the table after three games.
For all the cash being splashed and the deals being completed, which players will make the biggest differences to the new clubs they are joining?
Arsenal fans have been frustrated many times in this transfer window but they can no longer complain Arsene Wenger doesn’t spend his money. When he went looking in the transfer market he went big, signing the most expensive German player for £42.4 million. He will be an exceptional addition to the Premier League. This is a step in the right direction for the Gooners, some would argue statement of intent. At the age of 24 Ozil is at the peak of his career. He was instrumental in Germany’s 2010 World Cup campaign and he has been an important asset to Real Madrid over the last three years. The Gunners will find in Ozil a player of unbelievable intensity and creativity. He will be the man to feed the strike force and he will make a perfect fit in the fast flowing style of play Arsenal are accustomed to.
Chelsea already boast an impressive line-up of attacking midfielders. With the arrival of £32million Willian from Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala this can only boost Chelsea’s Premier League and Champion’s League title aspirations. Willian possesses brilliant dribbling ability, the kind of powers expected from a Brazilian playmaker. He is attack-minded, loves to take on players and enjoys mixing step-overs, flicks and back-heels in his game. The only concern now, who will Jose Mourinho pick to play in the big games: Eden Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata or Willian?
Lamela featured for only 15 minutes during Spurs’ 1-0 defeat to Arsenal and we hardly got a glimpse of what he can do. For £30 million the 21-year-old Argentinian forward has many talents to offer in North London. He has excellent footwork, incredible technical ability and an eye for goal. Although Lamela scored 21 goals in 67 appearances for Roma, the key aspect of his play will be to bring creative flair to Spurs. He has tough shoes to fill as Gareth Bale’s replacement, but with the strengths and talents at his disposal he is sure to develop into an outstanding footballer.
We have hardly seen much of Luis Alberto in the first three games of the season for Liverpool. However for £6.8 million he might be the best business any Premier League club does during this transfer window. Alberto has exceptional vision, efficient link-up play and a knack for creativity. During his time at Barcelona B the 20 year old was responsible for 18 assists, Not only that he is incredibly versatile and can take up multiple positions as lone frontman, as support striker, on the left or right flanks and in attacking midfield.