The Premier league has always been famous for making star players who have gone on to make it big in world football. However, the infiltration of talent as far as transfers are concerned have been limited to the ‘Big Six’ of the Premier League.
Incidentally, the transfer window this season has seen a formidable shift in trend as newbies of the Premier League and some of the less sought after outfits have splashed in cash to acquire some of the brightest talents of world football.
Here is a critical insider to some of the big buys from the smaller outfits.
(1) Alireza Jahanbakhsh to Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.
Jahanbakhsh was one of the most taken names in the commentary box of the Dutch Eredivisie as the Iranian winger bagged a stunning 21 goals in 33 games last season making him the top scorer of the league. With a total of 12 assists and 78 chances created Jahanbakhsh was also the joint 3rd in the list of assist providers.
However, there is more to just goals and assists that makes Alireza top this list. His versatility as an attacker could make him Brighton’s signing of the season. A pacey winger, Ali can also play as central attacking midfielder drifting inside from the wide positions to provide more attacking prowess centrally. With the ability to storm down the wings, Ali has got an edge with his physicality that makes it hard for the full backs to dispossess him off the ball. With the likes of Anthony Knockaert and Glenn Murray lining up alongside Jahanbakhsh, Chris Hughton would certainly be looking forward to a bright season ahead.
(2) Andre Schurrle to Fulham F.C. on loan
A world cup winner with Germany, Schurrle burst into the limelight with Bayer Leverkusen forming a lethal duo with Stefan Kiessling upfront. The forward who netted twice in Germany’s 7-1 victory over Brazil in 2014 had his big move to Chelsea in 2013 courtesy of the 14 goals and 9 assists that he bagged from 43 games across all competitions. His career has gone down since then. Schurrle managed only 11 goals in the 44 appearances for Chelsea, the highlight being his hattrick against his recent employers Fulham.
In a side that is already filled with talents like Ryan Sessegnon and Jean Michael Seri, Schurrle adds to the quality of the recently promoted London outfit. As popular sayings go,the Premier League is probably the most challenging league for any footballer and with Schurrle having the experience, this could be a a perfect turn for him to get his career going back on track. With the numbers on his side, it goes without saying that the 27-year-old German forward still has the goods to form a formidable attacking duo with fellow forward Rui Fonte and roll back the good old days back at Craven Cottage.
(3) Joao Moutinho to Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
The newly promoted Wolves side were on a shopping spree as they acquired the signatures of Portugal number 1 Rui Patricio and Mexican forward Raul Jimenez on loan to strengthen their squad on their return to the Premier League. But the Molineux outfit shocked the world when the announced the signing of Portuguese midfielder Joao Moutinho from Monaco. The 2016 European championship winner has joined the SkyBet Championship winners for 5 million pounds what is said to be one of the bargains of the seasons.
Moutinho who has won the Ligue 1 with Monaco was instrumental in both the title winning campaigns of Monaco and Portugal.A classy midfielder with an eye for a pass as well as putting in the quality from set pieces,Moutinho is the perfect example of an old school midfielder who likes to put in the long balls for the forwards to feed upon.Besides this,his ability to link up with his fellow midfielders and his potential to generate a defense splitting pass time and again is what makes him a treasured asset for any side.
(4) Jean Michael Seri to Fulham F.C.
Fulham come into this season with a squad that is more than just decent. In fact, with the signings they have bagged in they could put a fairytale performance on their first season post promotion from the Championship. A number of instrumental players look to be a key to what could be a breakthrough season for the Cottagers.
One particular person who could be the key for Fulham is Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri. A player who had grabbed headlines as Arsenal and Chelsea looked to battle it out for his services, Seri chose Fulham over the other London outfits involving a deal worth 18 million pounds. A central defensive midfielder with the typical hard-tackling qualities, Seri also has an eye for the pass as shown by his numbers. His name tops the list of most passes played and passes completed in Ligue. With Andre Schurrle joining Fulham on loan, Seri has a forward who could pick his pass and provide the perfect attacking prowess for the London outfit.
(5) Fabian Schar to Newcastle United F.C.
Rafael Benitez has always been a man who likes things to be done his way and getting his defense sorted was one of his main ambitions. To partner Jamaal Lascelles at the centre of defense Rafa has brought in Swiss defender Fabian Schar for a fee worth 3 million pounds.
Newcastle triggered the 3 million pounds release clause set by Deportivo La Coruna to land in the central defender. While some reports might have a different opinion, Schar seems to compliment Lascelles’s solid old-school defending style with his own set of ball-playing skills as he likes to play out from the back. Fabian might not be the typical no nonsense defender as far his defending is concerned but his heading skills from set pieces stands out to be a key point in his game making him a defender to look out for.