Power ranking! Top 10 best 2015 signings of the Premier League season

first_img 4. Kevin De Bruyne: Signed by Manchester City for a club-record £55m from VfL Wolfsburg in August 2015 – Having failed to impress in the Premier League for Chelsea and moving to the Etihad Stadium in a record £55m deal, De Bruyne had to hit the ground running in Manchester. That he has done. The Belgium international picked up from where he left off at VfL Wolfsburg, scoring seven goals and registering three assists in his first 10 games for the Citizens in all competitions. He has settled in with ease and, still only 24-years-old, he should get even better. 10 10 5. Yohan Cabaye: Signed by Crystal Palace for £10m from Paris Saint-Germain in June 2015 – Alan Pardew has worked wonders with the Eagles since swapping St James’ Park for Selhurst Park in January 2015, and signing Cabaye has been one of the best pieces of business for any Premier League club in recent seasons. Despite it being a record fee for Palace, £10m seems a bargain for the classy France international, who has taken no time at all to settle back into the rhythm of England’s top flight after a brief spell away at the Parc des Princes. 10 1. Petr Cech: Signed by Arsenal for £10m from Chelsea in June 2015 – Oh how Chelsea could have done with their former vice-captain in their dispirited dressing room this season. While continuous reports that Cech was unwilling to play second fiddle to Courtois left supporters unsurprised when the Gunners sealed a £10m deal for the Czech Republic stopper in June 2015, it was still a difficult transfer to take in south west London. Arsenal, however, remain delighted by the deal, with the 33-year-old not only finally bringing assured hands (and feet) in between the posts, but adding some much needed experience to the side that could prove crucial at the end of the season should they be in contention for the title. 7. Manuel Lanzini: Signed by West Ham United on season-long loan deal from Arab Emirates club Al Jazira in July 2015 – Lanzini is another of Bilic’s classy summer signings, with four goals to his name so far this season. The West Ham manager has previously likened the midfielder to Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, and the signs are certainly promising. The Argentine was expected to fill the void left by Payet but, sadly, the 22-year-old has joined his team-mate in the Hammers’ injury room. They are two players difficult to replace. 10 9. Etienne Capoue: Signed by Watford for a club-record £6.3m from Tottenham Hotspur in July 2015 – After a slow start to his career at Vicarage Road, Capoue, signed from Tottenham Hotspur for a club-record £6.3m fee, has become one of the first names on Qique Flores’ teamsheet. Watford supporters have been delighted by his recent performances, with a sublime piece of skill against Manchester United illustrating his confidence at present. 10 2. Toby Alderweireld: Signed by Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee from Atletico Madrid in July 2015 – Spurs have lost just one game this season – on the opening day to Manchester United – and much of their formidable defensive record can be credited to the arrival of Alderweireld in the summer. After impressing in the Premier League on loan from Atletico Madrid at Southampton the previous campaign, the Belgian was in high-demand and there will be plenty of clubs kicking themselves for not making an offer of their own. Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have quickly emerged as one of the best defensive partnerships in England, as Mauricio Pochettino builds an exciting Tottenham squad. 2015 is coming to an end, and after summer filled with business, attention is now turning to the January window.Only a few months’ ago, Chelsea legend Petr Cech swapped southwest London for the north of the capital in joining rivals Arsenal, while Manchester City broke their club-record fee twice in the summer market on Raheem Sterling and then Kevin De Bruyne.But have such signings as these impressed?talkSPORT has taken a look at which newly-signed players have delivered so far, listing the top 10 summer signings of the season. Find out who has made the cut by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 8. Asmir Begovic: Signed by Chelsea for £8m from Stoke City in July 2015 – How Chelsea have needed the Bosnia stopper this season. Injury to Thibaut Courtois has seen Begovic don the no.1 jersey more often than anyone at the club may have expected, which only added to the frustration felt following Cech’s departure to rivals Arsenal. Without the former Potters goalkeeper, though, the Blues might be even further down the Premier League table, making his £8m transfer a crucial piece of business for Jose Mourinho. 10 10 10 10. Nicolas Otamendi: Signed by Manchester City for £32m from Valencia in August 2015 – There were a few raised eyebrows when City agreed to pay Valencia a hefty £32m for the Argentine, particularly after the disappointment of also £32m signing Eliaquim Mangala the previous summer. With much of the work of defenders going unnoticed in comparison to forward-thinking players, it’s difficult for supporters to agree with such a price-tag, but Otamendi is slowly becoming key for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, moving ahead of Mangala and Martin Demichelis in the pecking order. His arrival has been even more important amid Vincent Kompany’s fitness concerns. 10 6. Morgan Schneiderlin: Signed by Manchester United for £25m from Southampton in July 2015 – The Red Devils have been hugely disappointing this season, despite sitting just three points off top spot, with their crashing out of the Champions League at the group stages after defeat to VfL Wolfsburg only adding further frustration over Louis van Gaal’s philosophy in Manchester. One player that has quietly gone about their job, though, is Schneiderlin. While his Old Trafford career started quietly following his £25m move from Southampton, few can criticise the performances of the Frenchman over the past couple of months; it’s their creativity that is the issue. 3. Dimtri Payet: Signed by West Ham United for £10.7m from Olympique de Marseille in June 2015 – Slaven Bilic, who replaced Sam Allardyce in the summer, has set out to mastermind an exciting style of play for the Hammers and the summer signing of Payet has helped to deliver just this. The France international has been one of the standout performers of the season, evoking chants of ‘he’s better than Zidane!’, with only Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil creating more chances. West Ham have lacked a game-changer for the past few seasons, and Payet has finally instilled confidence in the club’s fans that they can compete with the quality of the very best in England. It’s certainly frustrating that a poor tackle has sidelined the midfielder until February, hopefully this doesn’t damage his form or confidence. 10last_img

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