With the transfer window now closed we look at twenty players who could have a major impact in daily fantasy football.
Petr Cech: Given Arsene Wenger’s inexplicable decision not to purchase any outfield players during the transfer window this was a particularly easy shout. Cech gives the Gunners a champion-calibre goalkeeper, something they’ve been missing for a decade.
Adama Traore: Traore was once regarded along with Sergei Samper as the next superstar destined to emerge from “La Masia”, so it was a little surprising to see him appear in the Midlands this summer. There are question marks about his attitude, but his talent is undeniable and Tim Sherwood has demonstrated the ability to get through to some troubled characters in his short managerial career.
Glen Murray: Murray gives Bournemouth another attacker, and one who proved they can score goals at the top level to boot. Callum Wilson has taken to the Premier League like the proverbial duck so far, but having Murray on hand could help Eddie Howe’s side stay up.
Pedro: Chelsea’s back four may be displaying less composure than a losing X-Factor contestant, but their decision to swoop in and nap Pedro was one of the shrewdest moves in the transfer window. Not only did they add much needed attacking threat, they also weakened a rival in the process.
Bakary Sako: Yohan Cabaye was the big money addition and will improve them hugely, but the fact that Sako was a free transfer swings it. He’s been outstanding in his two games so far and will push the impressive duo of Zaha and Bolasie for playing time.
Aaron Lennon: Everton lack pace on the flanks and that’s exactly what Lennon provides. He can give them a spark when Roberto Martinez’ Plan A falters.
Robert Huth: Leicester City’s defensive ineptitude nearly sent them down last season until some scintillating attacking football saved them. Adding Huth brings some much needed solidarity to the side and has helped them start the season unbeaten.
Christian Benteke: Benteke may not be worth £32.5 million, although given recent events that is very much debatable, but he was a vital addition for Liverpool. With the exception of the few months when he was returning from a torn Achilles he has been prolific in the Premier League on mediocre sides. His goal record should improve at Anfield.
Raheem Sterling: Sterling definitely isn’t worth £49 million, but City have the money and desperately needed a player like him to give them some pace on the flanks. He’s been exceptional since joining and looks like a player unburdened by worry.
Matteo Darmian: When United missed out/dropped interest in Nathaniel Clyne it was a concerning time for their fans, but in Darmian they have found somebody just as good, if not better. The Italian and Luke Shaw might be the best full back duo in the league on current form.
Georginio Wijnaldum: The former PSV man managed 14 league goals in each of his previous two seasons and racked up another on his league debut. His energy and pace have been noticeable in the last two games.
Robbie Brady: Brady’s move from relegated Hull was a long and protracted one, but on the evidence of the first four games Norwich will be very glad to have gotten their man. The Irishman has created 10 chances for teammates over the first four Gameweeks.
Cedric Soares: Soares has been brought in to fill the right back spot vacated by Nathaniel Clyne’s departure and so far has done an admirable job. The Saints have already added two clean sheets to last year’s total and Soares appears to be one of the first names on the Ronald Koeman’s teamsheet.
Xherdan Shaquiri: Stoke have morphed with great success into a fine ball playing side under Mark Hughes and the manager’s ambition in the transfer market has been rewarded as Shaquiri has joined the likes of Bojan, Marko Arnautovic and Ibrahim Afellay at the Britannia.
The former Bayern Munich man has endured a couple of trying seasons where he hasn’t played enough, but his talent is clear for all to see. It remains to be seen whether he can perform on a wet Tuesday in ….. Well you know.
Fabio Borini: Borini was so instrumental in keeping Sunderland up a couple of years ago that the club put in a Manchester United-esque £15 million bid for the Italian, who turned the move down to fight for his place.
A year and a much smaller bid later, he’s back at the Stadium of Light permanently and will be needed desperately if Sunderland are to have any chance of staying up this season.
Andre Ayew: Ayew cost the Swans nothing but has already delivered three goals in four matches as well as the crucial game winning assist against Manchester United. The big clubs should have been in for him
Toby Alderweireld: Alderweireld proved himself as a stalwart of the hard to breach Saints defence last year and should take the pressure of Hugo Lloris who all too often found himself besieged in the Spurs’ goal last year.
Jose Manuel Jurado: Having signed from Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed fee, Jurado has created the most chances for teammates of any player in the Watford squad. Hopefully, the likes of Troy Deeney will start banging them in soon and Jurado’s value will rise.
Salomon Rondon: Rondon cost £12 million from Zenit St. Petersburg, an amount that would have been unfathomable for a club like West Brom to pay in years past. He looked extremely threatening against Chelsea and could form a dynamic pairing with Sulky Saido, if he ever returns.
Dimitri Payet: Undoubtedly the best part about West Ham’s transfer policy is the fact that the owner’s teenage son Jack Sullivan tweets incessantly about rumours emanating from the club. The second best is that they are bringing quality players like Payet – who created more chances than any other player in the top European leagues over the last five seasons – to the Premier League.