Throughout each summer that contains a World Cup or international tournament, numerous outstanding signings go under the radar as the football world relaxes on domestic matters and the Premier League is no exception.
Here are six shrewd deals that might have slipped by you this newly-shortened transfer window.
- Stephan Lichtsteiner to Arsenal
A veteran full back, the Swiss international has had success in Turin with seven years at Juventus winning a plethora of trophies but his time there was up this summer as the Gunners snapped him up for free. Despite being 34, his experience and versatility on the right-hand flank will come in handy but will likely deputise Héctor Bellerín whilst aiding him with valuable tips due to his experience in training. Certainly not past it yet, the seasoned Lichtsteiner might be vital in the Unai Emery revolution.
- Jean-Michaël Seri to Fulham
Arguably the signing of the summer so far (especially when considering he came as part of a two-player deal), the Craven Cottage men have stole a gem from the big clubs’ grasp as OGC Nice were reluctant to sell thier star man following three magnificent campaigns. Hailed as “perfect” for Barcelona last summer, prior to his collapsed move leading to the Ivorian ‘exploding with rage’, his tag as a hot property has not yet been lifted with deep-lying play-maker dancing around opposition midfielders to play key passes whilst avoiding physical confrontations being a joy to watch. Sensing his time to shine at 27 years-old, the 5 ft 6 inch man could tear teams apart under the guidance of Slaviša Jokanović this campaign.
- Jonny Evans to Leicester City
Relegation can ruin some players’ reputation completely but when the Foxes gave £3.5m to now Championship side West Bromwich Albion for the 30 year-old’s services it is clear he is still valued. Coming into his own at the Baggies since moving away from Manchester United, his leadership and prowess made him a real prized asset which brought links to clubs such as Arsenal and even Manchester City last year. With a chance to prove himself yet again the top-flight, Claude Puel could well get the best out of the Northern Ireland stalwart with some decent years surely left in the tank.
- Angus Gunn to Southampton
Touted as one of England’s brightest prospects, the youthful former Manchester City man spent last year on-loan at his hometown club Norwich City and impressed throughout. The ball-playing 22 year-old is exceptional at times and his price tag of £13.5m proves it. With a former Scottish international stopper as his father and his mother being an artist, talent is in his blood and might be in contention for his national side if Mark Hughes gives him a chance to shine this campaign.
- Andriy Yarmolenko to West Ham United
- Struggling at Borussia Dortmund last year, it was clear the Ukranian was looking for an escape route this summer and it seems Manuel Pellegrini is willing to give the 28 year-old a chance. Playing in similar fashion to now fellow 6ft 3 inch winger Marko Arnautović at the Hammers, his Dynamo Kyiv form needs to return if he is to boast any real success. With physicality on his side, the league has the potential to be a tremendous opportunity for the powerful forward in his peak years.
- Rui Patrício to Wolverampton Wanderers
Back to looking at men between the posts, controversy surrounding this transfer has been rife (as Sporting CP’s disaster last season lead to players terminating their deals) but there’s no debate in regards to Portugal’s number one’s quality. Representing his country 73 times and making 327 domestic appearances, the 30 year-old is a true steal for Nuno Espírito Santo’s exciting side and product of super-agent Jorge Mendes links. Captaining his club prior to leaving, he will be one of the best stoppers in the division come the start of the campaign and will be vital in any success Wolves have.
Which other signings deserve to be on this list of six? Let us know.