Top 10 Least Talked About European Summer Transfers
You’re reading this article because you've seen enough of Luis Suárez, Gareth Bale, Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuaín, Isco, etc.
Here are 10 players, who have low profiles and haven’t made a big-money transfer to a European club.
Feel free to comment below with your thoughts.
Explaining the List
Steven Vitória (Benfica) and Jores Okore (Aston Villa) have been omitted because I haven't seen enough of them to provide you something worth reading.
To give you an idea of the selection process, here are several players who weren't considered for the list.
Sokratis, CB, Age: 25 | From Werder Bremen to Borussia Dortmund
You can't say the Greek defender is one of the least talked about European summer transfers when he’s the reason why Jürgen Klopp is being branded a hypocrite.
Klopp and Dortmund management loathe the way Bayern Munich do business yet who nicked Werder Bremen centre-back Sokratis from Bayer Leverkusen? Dortmund.
"We had an agreement with the player and also with Werder Bremen," Leverkusen general manager Rudi Völler said to Bild via Sky Sports. "Now Papastathopoulos has cancelled the deal and joined Borussia Dortmund."
Diego Reyes, CB, Age: 20 | From América to Porto
There are many Mexican football aficionados expecting Reyes to have an illustrious European career like Rafa Márquez.
Of the medallists, Mexico conceded the least amount of goals during the 2012 Olympic group stage with him and Hiram Mier marshalling the defence.
Reyes has a significant profile and this article will only list players with small profiles.
Heung Min Son, CF/RAM, Age: 20 | From Hamburg to Bayer Leverkusen
He is Asia’s brightest talent and a footballer with the potential to be world-class.
By signing with Leverkusen, he will attempt to fulfill the boots of Cha Bum-Kun, arguably the greatest Asian footballer ever.
Like with Reyes, Son has a noted following.
Lazar Marković, LAM/DLF, Age: 19 | From Partizan Belgrade to Benfica
Prior to Benfica signing him, he was linked with a £6 million move to Chelsea, as reported by Rob Beasley at The Sun.
A great prospect but doesn't fit the purpose of this article which is to give exposure to unheralded footballers.
10. Marco Rojas, DLF, Age: 21
From Melbourne Victory to Stuttgart
Marco Rojas plays for a country that didn't even win the 2012 OFC Nations Cup.
Thanks to New Zealand's ineptitude, Steevy Chong Hue, Marama Vahirua and Jonathan Tehau have become cult heroes for Tahiti at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Rojas, who can play across the front line, went from an underperforming talent to the A-League's MVP in one season.
Victory manager Ange Postecoglou created the foundations for Rojas' success.
Postecoglou gave Rojas the freedom to roam to the extent that the Kiwi international would regularly interchange from a deep-lying forward to a wide forward.
"He's one player that's really flourished under Ange, who has installed so much confidence in him," former teammate Archie Thompson told David Davutovic at the Herald Sun via FOX Sports.
Rojas can turn sharply, has extraordinary dribbling ability and is technically brilliant.
Who else has those attributes at Stuttgart?
Ibrahima Traoré, Sercan Sararer and Alexandru Maxim, so Rojas isn't guaranteed to succeed.
9. Fernando Amorebieta, CB, Age: 28
From Athletic Bilbao to Fulham
Groin surgery interrupted Fernando Amorebieta's season with Bilbao which is a factor in why he didn't play to his ability.
In his first game, he conceded five free kicks and was a liability as Espanyol scored three times.
Amorebieta committed more fouls than tackles made during the UEFA Europa League.
11 - Since making his La Liga debut in Jan 2006, Fernando Amorebieta has been given more red cards than any other player (11). Fuse.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 22, 2013
The deterioration in his relationship with then-manager Marcelo Bielsa contributed to the defender's poor form.
"Living with Bielsa for a long time wears you down," Amorebieta told Football Espana. "He changes his mind over a lot of things."
Amorebieta added: "It was a difficult year for me. From being in the starting line-up I went to sitting on the bench or in the stands. I’ve been at the club 17 years so it was very hard mentally and I’m still not totally recovered."
Amorebieta will bring a dose of nasty and he'll be hoping Premier League referees give him a pass on his foul-happy nature.
'How to stop Lionel Messi' by Fernando Amorebieta: pic.twitter.com/WvmNDt9FbJ— Chris (@MoarFootball) June 10, 2013
8. Andreas Ivanschitz, CAM/LAM, Age: 29
From Mainz to Levante
Andreas Ivanschitz only played 45 percent of total minutes for Mainz last season but he increased that to 75 this season and has been one of their best players in recent seasons.
Despite leading the club in shots created, he was released.
22 - Andreas Ivanschitz has been the Mainz05 top scorer in Bundesliga in the four seasons that Austrian player has been in Germany. Levante— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 4, 2013
Mainz haven't found a valid replacement yet.
Niki Zimling, who played a few games as a No. 10 in the Fredy Guarín mould, wasn't a success.
Chinedu Ede, once a German youth international star, didn't impress when he was given a chance.
Maybe, manager Thomas Tuchel will do away with the attacking midfield position and play a 4-4-2 with a strike partnership composing of Shawn Parker and Ádám Szalai.
That would be the only logical explanation for Ivanschitz being let go.
Levante, the ultimate penny-pinchers, have taken advantage and see the classy Austrian as the successor to Míchel, whose buyback clause was activated by Valencia.
7. Raul Rusescu, CF, Age: 24
From Steaua Bucharest to Sevilla
Romanian forward Raul Rusescu, who was the Liga I top scorer last season with 21 goals, is another value-for-money buy from Sevilla.
Sky Sports reports that the fee is around €2.5 million, excellent business for a player that scored the same amount of goals in last season's UEFA Europa League as Samuel Eto'o.
Rusescu is insurance for Álvaro Negredo, whose market value has peaked following his 25 La Liga goals, is being shopped around by Sevilla.
CAS uphold Malaga's UEFA ban, so no Europa League due to €90m debt. In their place (for now), a Sevilla side with a reported €50m debt...— Andres Cordero (@DreCordero) June 11, 2013
6. Cabral, DM, Age: 24
From Basel to Sunderland
When Bayern Munich beat Basel 7-0 during the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg, Cabral didn't give up.
He kept running and racked up an incredible seven tackles and six interceptions.
Who would have thought Basel's 1-0 first leg win, a game Cabral didn't start, would be a Pyrrhic victory.
Unlike his former teammate Granit Xhaka, a more gifted player and someone always told he would be great, Cabral grafted his way into European top-flight football.
Xhaka has a sense of entitlement which is why his first season with Borussia Mönchengladbach went so badly.
Cabral fits what Paolo Di Canio is seeking in Sunderland under his reign: a workaholic with a winning attitude.
5. Robbie Kruse, DLF/RAM, Age: 24
From Fortuna Düsseldorf to Bayer Leverkusen
Robbie Kruse was living the Robin Friday lifestyle during his time with Queensland Roar (now called the Brisbane Roar) via Grantley Bernard at the Herald Sun:
With a glass of whisky in one hand and a cigarette in the other as he played poker until he was exhausted, Robbie Kruse was on the fast track to the football scrapheap, wasting his enormous potential and his life with a nightly routine of booze, smokes and gambling.
Since repairing his image with Melbourne Victory, Kruse has become one of the Socceroos' most dangerous players.
With Fortuna, he was a livewire as he led the club in key passes per game and dribbles per game for players who started 20+ games.
When he's on song, world-class defenders find it hard to deal with him.
He once flicked the ball over Holger Badstuber, took the ball to the right flank and as the German raced up to meet him, Kruse turned Badstuber insideout.
Heung Min Son, Sidney Sam and Karim Bellarabi all stand in between Kruse for a starting position.
4. Javi Fuego, DM, Age: 29
From Rayo Vallecano to Valencia
During the 2011-12 season, Javi Fuego averaged 7.1 interceptions per league game, more than Sergio Busquets (2.7), Fernando Gago (1.6) and Sami Khedira (1.1) combined.
Fuego's defensive production mellowed this season, as expected because there's no way he would have kept up that intensity, but he's still a world-class ball-winner.
Valencia are signing a midfielder guaranteed to win back possession 6.0+ times per league game.
Timing correct, perhaps an argument it's a year too late. Javi Fuego an outstanding replacement, every bit as committed. Deserved big move.— David (@davidjaca) June 10, 2013
3. Sebastian Langkamp, CB, Age: 25
From Augsburg to Hertha Berlin
Fabian Lustenberger, John Anthony Brooks and Maik Franz are all centre-back options but Hertha need all the help available in a bid to stay in the Bundesliga.
Manager Jos Luhukay knows everything about Sebastian Langkamp having taken a punt on a defender who failed to make it at Bayern Munich and Hamburg.
The season before last, under Luhukay, Langkamp had a higher kicker rating than Neven Subotić and Serdar Tasci.
2. Gaël Danic, LAM/LF, Age: 31
From Valenciennes to Lyon
Who registered more league assists than Zlatan Ibrahimović, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Clément Grenier and André Ayew?
For Valenciennes last season, he was as dominant in the attacking half as Gil was at the back for half-a-season.
The Brazilian was later signed by FIFA Club World Cup champion Corinthians and Danic has got his dream move to Lyon.
Lisandro López was never comfortable out wide whereas Danic has been elite as a left-sided forward in a 4-3-3 or a left-attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1.
1. Max Kruse, DLF, Age: 25
From Freiburg to Borussia Mönchengladbach
Freiburg manager Christian Streich has worked wonders.
He gave Matthias Ginter, Oliver Sorg and Fallou Diagne a chance to succeed.
Ginter and Sorg were selected by Germany for the Euro U-21s.
Diagne is a confident defender who is underrated and has the potential to become one of the league's best centre-backs.
Oliver Baumann has played his most impressive football under Streich.
Now to Max Kruse—from playing in the 2. Bundesliga to scoring a goal for Deutschland, talk about an incredible story.
Germany pulls one back Max Kruse. Cuts inside his man and cracks one from the edge of the area to beat Tim Howard. #USAvGER 4-2, 79'— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 2, 2013
Kruse completes more dribbles per league game (2.7) than Cristiano Ronaldo (1.7) and creates more shots per league game (2.7) than Mario Götze (2.3).
The way Streich has handled Kruse is the reason why the deep-lying forward is signing with Borussia Mönchengladbach, presumably for more money.