In Geovanni, Hull have an experienced player with pace and goals in him. A former Barcelona, Benfica, and Manchester City player (scoring the winner in the Manchester derby), he knows what it is to feel pressure, which is what it's going to feel like being at relegation candidate Hull. And at free I can't NOT put him in this list well can I?
9. Vincent Kompany
At around 8 million pounds, you have to think that City have gotten themselves a bargain. He can play in defense and in front of the back four, in the holding midfield role. He's young and experienced—he's played in the UEFA Dup before, which is an added bonus for City.
8. Johan Elmander
This one may be a little controversial, as he had a bad Euro 2008. However in the 06/07 season, this man's goals fired Toulouse into the Champions League spots (only for them to fail at the Qualifiers to Liverpool.) If this form is carried over to Bolton when he's back from injury, he should make sure Bolton aren't stuck in the relegation dogfight.
7. Mikael Silvestre
A cheap, experienced, versatile, and French defender. A great signing by Arsene Wenger. If he can regain his fitness and form then he will become a great addition to the thin Arsenal squad. He would be a great back-up defender. I for one would be more happy with him in the back four than Senderos—especially in the big games.
6. Amr Zaki
Three Premier League goals, none tap-ins. This guy is fast, strong and intelligent. His pass to set Valencia off for his goal against Hull showed great vision, and then he added two great goals of his own. He may not set the world alight, but he has goals in him and could propel Wigan to a 11th/12th place finish.
5. Vedran Corluka
What can I say except...why did City have to sell him to Spurs?! He is a great attacking right back who's fast, can recover well and can set up goals. At £11.8 million, he's not the cheapest defender I've seen, but he's proven in the Premier League and will give Zokora the chance to move back into midfield. A very good signing by Spurs...a foolish sale by City.
4. Shaun Wright Phillips
Finally Shaun has moved away from Chelsea, and back to somewhere we he'll get playing time. I know he won't be scoring like he did against Sunderland everyday, but he's a confidence player and SWP's confidence is now very high—meaning he'll be showing good performances for City. I just hope Robinho doesn't take his spot in the side (or Petrov's at that—I hope they play 4-4-1-1, Robinho playing off Jo.) I see good times ahead for SWP and certainly a spot in the England squad.
3. Jonas Gutierrez
A great signing. Newcastle have bought a fast winger, who works hard and can defend well. Against Manchester United he showed great attacking and defensive attributes. Hopefully he'll score a couple of goals soon, because I want to see his Spiderman goal celebration! Finally at a mere £2 million pounds, I think Newcastle have got themselves a ruddy bargain. Great business by them.
At first I thought he'd be a big flop, and would not be needed at Chelsea. However, looking at him this season, he seems to fit in well with the new style of football that Scolari is creating. I like how he plays on the right and then roams from there, and with him, Ballack, Essien, Joe Cole, and Lampard in one midfield EPL defences will be in big trouble. He's already scored two spectacular goals, and created a few as well.
I'm also surprised at how well he's been able to handle the physical aspect of the Premier League. He's been a bit too enthusiastic so far, especially with that horror tackle on Diarra. But getting goals, creativity, experience, and flair all for just 8 million pounds means he has to get on this list.
1. Samir Nasri
Now here's a 21-years-old who's scored at the international level. He has been a first-team player for a few years now and a pacy dribbler who can play in a number of positions. But I'm forgetting his best attribute, and one that makes him superior to Alex Hleb...he has the confidence to shoot. Potentially, Nasri could be a player who could score at a similar rate to Tomas Rosicky, and this would prove invaluable to Arsenal. So far he's scored two goals for Arsenal, both of which have been spectacular in terms of his passing, movement and dribbling.
He has also shown the confidence to shoot from outside of the box and shoot from free kicks. Finally I'm glad he has a defensive edge to his game—I've noticed him covering for Clichy at times, and he always gives as good as he gets (just ask Joey Barton). An unbelievable talent who will undoubtedly become great under Wenger's tutelage.
Other Honourable Mentions: Dimitar Berbatov, Geovanni Dos Santos, Peter Crouch, Andy Johnson and James Milner.
What are your opinions?
P.S. Here's a link to my original list, you can have a good laugh at Robbie Keane being in there!
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