Premier League Standout Signings from mainland Europe (Part 1)

Written by Dan Anjos

With the market closed, the hype is now on seeing these new signings performing for their new clubs. With many signings on deadline day, this weekend will be the first time some fans get a chance to see their new players. The question is will those players be a panic buy or a stroke of genius? I look into the players I believe will hit the ground running.

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Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal)

In Koscielny they had one of the leagues best centre backs but with Mustafi now added to their ranks they finally look to have a solid defensive pairing. Cech will definitely have a lot less to do this year. Mustafi is a World Cup winner and Germany’s 3rd best choice just behind Boateng and Hummels. Coming in at a price of £35m is not a cheap signing but good players come pricey with the inflation of the market. Aged 24 he will have plenty more years ahead of him. Arsenal fans will be very happy that Wenger has decided to splash some cash on what seems to be a very good player. If he can adapt to the Premier League quickly, there is no reason why he will not be considered by many at the end of the year to be one of the best centre backs in the league.

Lucas Perez (Arsenal)

The Uncapped Spaniard is probably unknown to many Premier League fans. Lucas had a great year last year scoring 17 goals with a further 10 assists in the league for Deportivo la Coruna. His form does not seem to have slowed down with his first La Liga game this year getting a goal and an assist. A quick direct striker offers Wenger an alternative to Giroud. Whilst I cannot see this signing being what some fans wanted, they would have preferred a name with reputation. This smart signing could end up being very prolific for the Gunners. The price of £17m for today’s market is very reasonable putting less pressure on the player to do well.

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Marcos Alonso (Chelsea)

This signing raised a few eyebrows because of whom Alonso played for in England. But his stint at Fiorentina has developed him into a much more complete left back. His attacking prowess was always there but playing in Italy he has become a much better defender too. 3 goals and 4 assists was the highest contribution to goals from a defender in Serie A last season. Chelsea have not had a good left back since Ashley Cole with the signings of Filipe Luis and Baba Rahman not being up to scratch, Alonso might be the man to fix this problem. Whilst £24m seems a lot for a full back, Chelsea are full of money and desperate to get back to the top of English football after a poor season last year.

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Steve Mandanda (Crystal Palace)

One of Ligue 1’s finest goalkeepers for many years now. On a free as well it is great business from Palace. One of the last Ligue 1’s keepers to move across the channel was Hugo Lloris and we all know how he has turned out to be. Steve could be key for Palace in their aim to keep clean sheets and finish as high up the table as possible. He will have competition from Wayne Hennessey that will surely excite the fans.

To be continued…

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