Monday, 2 May 2016

Transfers XI 15/16

The 2015/16 season has seen a surge in new talent coming from overseas clubs and transfers between Premier League clubs. We take a look at some of the best transfers this season and their impact on the Premier League. 

Christian Fuchs and Robert Huth

It would make perfect sense to put these two players under the same roof. Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs have been part of a miracle that is Leicester City, seeing their side reach the top of the Premier League and with one hand already on the title it demonstrates their impact. Alongside club captain Wes Morgan and right back Danny Simpson, this Leicester back four have been near on impossible to break down and the addition of these two players speak for themselves. With 15 clean sheets, they are a huge factor as to why Leicester are sitting at the top of the table.

Toby Alderweireld 

Continuing with the theme of defenders, Tottenham's back four has been strengthened with the addition of Toby Alderwireld. Having recently been named in this year's PFA Team of the Year, the Belgian
 centre-half has had a terrific season. Forming a formidable partnership with fellow countryman Jan Vertoghan, Tottenham have conceded the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season and still remain in the hunt for the title. Not only has Alderweireld proven to be a rock at the back, his goals have been important from set pieces too and added to the fire power that Tottenham possess.

Jan Kirchoff

Despite the torrid season that Sunderland have had, Jan Kirchoff has become a spark in their team. Joining in the January transfer period from Bayern Munich's second team, Sam Allardyce has seen the 25-year-old become an important aspect of his survival campaign. Being in the central midfield role, Kirchoff has looked to steady the ship and Sunderland have recently been picking up results.

N'Golo Kante

Arguably the signing of the season. Kante simply cannot get any more praise from viewers of the Premier League. Like Alderweireld, Kante was named in the PFA Team of the Year and has been one of Leicester's key players this season. Known for his incredible energy, interceptions, and persistence, Kante would get into any Premier League side. His performance's this season has seen him get a call-up to the French national squad, and will be sure to feature in the summer tournament. Signing for just €8 million euros, he has been incredible. 

Michail Antonio

Taking the step up from the Championship to the Premier League has often been proven as a hard task. Not for West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio. The English winger has settled in very quickly to the Premier League scoring goals and helping West Ham push for the top 4. Antonio has also shown his versatility playing as a right back as well as a right winger. His name has often crept up regarding an England call-up, and with English wingers not performing to their best, he could be in with a shout.

Dimitri Payet

West Ham's new golden boy Dimitri Payet has taken the Premier League by storm. Scoring goals for fun, assisting and having the second highest chances created show just how much West Ham value him. Included in this year's PFA Team of the Year, Payet saw himself in the shortlist for Player of the Year too. Already having his own song given to him by the West Ham faithful, Payet is quickly becoming a legend to the club helping them push for a Champions League spot and given them their best Premier League season ever. 

Andre Ayew

Swansea's new golden boy and second top scorer for the club in 2016 Andre Ayew, has been a spark to a miserable season for Swansea. Scoring 10 goals in 31 appearances for the Welsh side, Ayew has become one of the first names on the team sheet. If Swansea do not look to invest in this summer's transfer winder, they could see Ayew move on as his talent this season has shown he is capable of playing at a higher club.

Andros Townsend

Newcastle certainly splashed the cash in the January transfer window and Andros Townsend has proven to be worth every penny. The relegation scrap has become closer by the week and with Townsend's goals, Newcastle have a real chance of survival. He has given the Newcastle fans something to cheer about and after having a good spell with England under Hodgson he could be in contention for returning if he keeps up his form.

Georginio Wijnaldum

Another addition to Newcastle's squad this year was Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum. In his first season at the club, Wijnaldum is their top scorer and a fan favourite. Without him Newcastle would be relegated already that's for sure. Georginio became only the second ever Newcastle player to score more than three goals in a match when he scored four against Norwich. It's fair to say that even if Newcastle stay up, there will be a high amount of interest from other clubs trying to get his signature. 

Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester City's attacking midfielder has continued his incredible season at Wolfsburg becoming a goal scoring and assisting machine. The young Belgian is a key factor to City's top four push and their Champions League season as they prepare to face the second leg of the semi-final against Real Madrid. With injuries this season preventing him from playing nearly every game since he joined the club, next year under Guardiola could see De Bruyne become shortlisted for Player of the Year.

Roberto Firmino

Joining from German club side Hoffenheim, Roberto Firmino has settled well into the Premier League. Becoming a favourite of Klopp, his 9 Premier League goals have kept Liverpool in the top half of the table. Linking with countryman Phillip Coutinho, Klopp has bags of talent at his disposal and there is no doubt Firmino will continue to feature and be a big part of the club's push for Champions League football next year.

Anthony Martial 

Manchester United's big money signing Anthony Martial has begun to live up to his price tag. The 20-year-old is United's top goalscorer this season and proving to be a real asset to the club. The future is certainly bright for Martial and it is very likely that we will be seeing him in the Euro's for France this summer. Paying £57 million for what was a teenager is a huge risk, but the United fans are finally seeing the potential Martial has and can be very excited for next season. 

Jermain Defoe

Sunderland's saviour Jermain Defoe may single-handedly keep them in the Premier League. His 17 Premier League goals have been crucial this season and he has continued to prove just how good a striker he still is. If Sunderland manage to survive this season, their fans can thank one man, Jermain Defoe. 

Who has been your signing of the season? Let us know!

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