10 Underrated Summer Transfers Already Impressing

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIISeptember 6, 2012

10 Underrated Summer Transfers Already Impressing

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    This summer has seen some intriguing transfers around World Football and there have been some underrated signings already impressing for their new teams.

    While players like Santi Cazorla and Eden Hazard are showing why they cost so much, other signings like Michu and Kwadwo Asamoah are showing that you can get great players without extravagant fees.

    These transfers are all underrated for some reason, whether its their transfer price, their background or how their abilities are generally viewed in the football world.

    Here are 10 underrated summer transfers who are already impressing.

Michu: Rayo Vallecano to Swansea

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    It's weird to think that Michu is an underrated signing despite scoring 17 goals in competitions, with 15 in La Liga, last season. The fact that he played for Rayo Vallecano may have something to do with that.

    Michael Laudrup used his knowledge of La Liga well and picked up Michu for a price of only £2 million pounds.

    The Spaniard has taken no time in adapting to the Premier League with four goals and one assist in his first three games.

Claudio Yacob: Racing to West Bromwich Albion

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    Claudio Yacob could end up being one of the signings of the season if West Bromwich can continue its impressive form and have an extremely good season.

    Yacob's sturdy play in front of the West Bromwich defense has provided a good platform for the club's offensive mentality and has resulted in two good wins and a draw.

    He is one of the leading tacklers in the Premier League, according to WhoScored.com, and has a pretty decent interception rate as well.

Kwadwo Asamoah: Udinese to Juventus

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    Kwadwo Asamoah has been a solid performer for Udinese since his arrival in Italy but the Ghanian midfielder is still one of the most underrated players in the world.

    Asamoah has a great mixture of skills that make him comfortable in a variety of positions. He has already proved useful with two assists in two games and his great work on the offensive and defensive ends.

    He is one of the leaders in tackles per game and successful dribbles per game, according to WhoScored.com.

    Juventus paid € 9 million euros for 50 percent of his rights and picked up a future superstar of the game in the process.

Alain Traore: Auxerre to FC Lorient

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    Lorient picked up a talented youngster in the form of Alain Traore. He has repaid that faith so far this season with two goals and one assist in four games.

    Traore was reportedly close to joining Manchester United earlier in his career and though he may not be as highly rated as he used to be the 23-year-old still has talent.

    He has the ability to score goals in spectacular fashion as this YouTube clip shows and can help his new club stay away from a relegation fight this season.

Theodor Gebre Selassie: Slovan Liberec to Werder Bremen

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    Folks who watched UEFA Euro 2012 got a glimpse of Theodor Gebre Selassie's talents while he was on duty with the Czech Republic.

    Gebre Selassie has made sure to continue his form in the tough Bundesliga with one goal to his name along with two very solid performances for the club.

Hiroshi Kiyotake: Cerezo Osaka to Nurnberg

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    Hiroshi Kiyotake has one assist in his two games for Nurnberg so far and that's only the appetizer to the main course.

    The Independent took a look at his talents last year and showed that this young Japanese attacker has plenty to offer.

    Bleacher Report's own Allan Jiang considers him one of the best signings of the Bundesliga and with the skills he's shown so far its easy to see why.

Geoff Cameron: Houston Dynamo to Stoke City

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    Tony Pulis has seemingly found a great player to fit his system in the versatile American Geoff Cameron.

    Cameron has impressed in midfield during his two games with the club, though they both ended in draws against Arsenal and Wigan.

    He is proving extremely effective on the defensive end of things as statistics on WhoScored.com show that he's leading the league in tackles per game and is among the top three players in interceptions per game.

Mladen Petric: Hamburg to Fulham

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    Mladen Petric hasn't been the most prolific striker during his career but has gotten off to a great start at Fulham.

    Petric went to Fulham on a free transfer after leaving Hamburg.

    The Croatian was brought in to replace the likes of Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson and has done a great job of it so far with two goals and an assist in three games.

Abel Aguilar: Hercules to Deportivo La Coruna (Loan)

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    Abel Aguilar is currently on loan at Deportivo La Coruna and the midfielder has already made an impression with the club.

    Aguilar has played as one of the holding midfielders in the clubs 4-2-3-1 formation but has already come up with two goals in three games.

    Along with that, statistics on WhoScored.com show that Aguilar is among the league leaders in tackles per game and interceptions per game meaning he hasn't neglected his defensive duties.

    Deportivo has yet to be beaten since returning to La Liga and Aguilar's early season form has certainly helped.

Cicinho: Palmeiras to Sevilla

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    Judging by his first few performances for the club, Sevilla has found another excellent Brazilian right-back in the form of Cicinho.

    Individually, he has been one of the best defensive players in the league so far. He leads the league in tackles per game with 6.3 and his four interceptions per game places him third in that category.

    He hasn't been too shabby on the offensive end either with one key pass per game.

    Though he has yet to pick up a goal or an assist, Cicinho has gotten off to a great start in La Liga, thanks to his defensive play, and could end up contributing greatly on the offensive end of things soon.