Top Ten Transfers for the Premiership This Season
With the new Premiership season about to get underway. it is time to take a look at what was yet another exciting summer transfer window.
From the moneybags at Manchester City, to Europa League runner-ups Fulham, and the top contenders to the crown in Manchester United, the Premiership once again added a plethora of new talent that promises to keep them at the top of the ratings pool against the rest of the European leagues.
United's New Hope
Chicarito has already made a quite the impression by scoring a goal against defending champions Chelsea on Sunday.
He has the pace and trickery to perfectly complement Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs and the ability to play alongside or opposite Nani and Wayne Rooney.
Such a young talent could propel Sir Alex's squad to another Premier League title and will definitely be one of the great talents to watch for the season.
The Wind Beneath City's Wing
Mercurial winger David Silva has left the beautiful Valencia for the cloudy skies of Manchester.
Luckily for the Sky Blues Silva can provide wind from the wings and will smash home goals and cross into the box from any angle.
With the likes of Carlos Tevez to run alongisde, look for Silva to torture Premiership back lines with a touch and smoothness that is rare for England.
One more factor that will help Silva be unleashed on the pitch is a new partner in the back :
Sky Blue Life Saver
Joining his brother in Manchester is former Barcelona star Yaya Toure.
One of the best defensive midfielders in the world; he will anchor a fearsome attacking contingent that has been brought in over the past two seasons.
Not only is he a ferocious defender, but is excellent on the release, something that will only accentuate his teammates and promise to make City a true contender for the Premiership trophy this season.
Essien the Second
One of the shining stars of Brazil's failed World Cup run was Ramires.
He is every bit a Michael Essien, and may have an even higher ceiling than his new teammate.
His running is absolutely tireless, his defensive instincts unmatched, and his passing already pinpoint enough to shatter teams at a moment's notice.
Combined with the Black Star Captain and the sensational attacking talents of Frank Lampard, Florent Malouda, and Didier Drogba, Ramires could be the X factor in helping Chelsea stay at the summit of the Premiership.
Europa League Dreams
While considered to be a failure at Arsenal, Senderos performed well for his country and is joining Europa League runner-ups Fulham.
Fulham exceeded all expectations last season and may be a dark horse challenger for a spot on the continent next season.
Senderos will provide steel for an average backline and hopefully give some good quotes for captain Danny Murphy's always entertaining blog.
Joe Cole has left Stamford Bridge for Anfield in the hopes of finding glory with the Reds.
Arjen Robben has already proclaimed the trio of Cole, Steven Gerrard, and Fernando Torres as the greatest attacking force in all of Europe; greater than even Barcelona with Messi and David Villa.
His creativity and ability to isolate on the wings should relieve some of the pressure that Gerrard and Torres have had to bear and could threaten not only to return to the Champions League, but to win the Premiership in a brilliant turnaround.
Israeli Journeyman defender Tal Ben Haim seems to simply be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Not a bad defender, his stint at Chelsea was tied to Avram Grant, and his eventual sacking.
He joined Manchester City only to see the free wheeling spending push his simple but effective style pushed away.
Sunderland were only spotty and he had no support throughout the season.
How he joins a West Ham side in turmoil, but perhaps his rock solid consistency will see the side stay closer to the mid-table than at the bottom as it was a season ago.
Bulgarian international Martin Petrov is another solid defender that looks to help Bolton make it out of the middle of the table and challenge for a Europa League spot.
He has performed admirably throughout his stint in England, and with a solid, if unspectacular, Bolton around him he may be enough to stop a few games from running away from the Wanderers with his hard-nose tackling.
Gunning for Chelsea
Moroccan international and former Bordeaux star Marouane Chamakh will help lead the charge with Robin Van Persie for the Gunners next season.
Chamakh has already admitted that he looks to avenge the destruction that Chelsea wrought on his former team in the Champions League, something that they have also done to Arsenal as of late.
His form has been good, but with such great midfield talents behind him he could be the sleeper signing of the season considering he costs the Gunners absolutely nothing in transfer funding.
Benny Benny Benny
An ironic picture since he is now playing for the other team.
Yossi appeared bright at times for Liverpool last season and even managed to record a hat-trick while carrying the load for the injured Gerrard and Torres.
He may not be the paciest player, but is tactically sound and a very good ball handler that can explode for goals at any given moment. Look for Ancelotti to make use of his extremely diverse skill set to enhance his championship squad.