It only seems like yesterday that the last Premier League season ended, and just around the corner, the next one is about to begin. We almost witnessed a miracle season for Liverpool, who came the closest an English team ever has to securing the quadruple. But ultimately City pipped them to the post coming from two goals down against Aston Villa on the final day, and Real Madrid ruined the Kop’s dream of a seventh European trophy in Paris.
But all that is behind us now, as the best football league in the world is about to get underway again, but not before a summer of new Premier League signings. You have City and Liverpool trying to strengthen their squads to push on all fronts again. Then you have the teams playing catch-up, vying for a place in Europe’s elite competitions. And let’s not forget the minnows who have only just been promoted back to the Premier League looking to secure their futures there.
There is still plenty of time before the Premier League transfer window closes, which means there is still plenty of time for people to do business, whether that be players coming in, or going out. But we thought it may be nice at this halfway point, to evaluate the signings so far, so here are our top 5 of the current Premier League signings in this transfer window:
5 – Taiwo Awoniyi – Nottingham Forest
A player who was on Liverpool’s books for years, but never saw a minute on the pitch for them in a professional game due to issues with work permits. He’s big, strong, and has great hold-up play, everything you expect from a powerful number nine.
Once he got his work permit, he began training with the reds on Merseyside, but before he could even kick a ball after waiting patiently for so long, he moved on to Union Berlin. But now he is back to prove a point that he can indeed play in the Premier League, with Nottingham Forest making him their record signing.
There is a lot of promise in the Nigerian forward, and we can’t wait to see what he does when given the platform that Forest has offered him. Will he come back to haunt Klopp and make him regret ever letting him go? Who knows…
4 – Yves Bissouma – Tottenham Hotspur
Scoring four goals in 138 games Yves Bissouma barely put a foot wrong for Brighton and Hove Albion. His ability to track back, get the ball, turn and start a counter is one of the many reasons Antonio Conte will have wanted to ensure that he got his man this transfer window.
He may not get the plaudits that some other midfielders at bigger teams get, such as Kante at Chelsea, or Fernandinho at City, but he has been equally as important to Brighton over the four seasons he has been there. His move will leave a big gap in the midfield of his former club, and he’ll have to worm a way into his new one, with a number of other big names who won’t want to lose their place to the Malian.
Ultimately though, it will be a challenge he relishes, especially if he wants to achieve his dream of playing in the Champions League:
It is my dream to play Champions League. When I was younger I remember watching the Champions League every day and I can’t believe to play Champions League for Spurs. I am so happy.Yves Bissouma
3 – Darwin Núñez – Liverpool
From an early age I could see there was something special in him. While he was at Almeria I recommended him to Barcelona but it was something that never happened.Luis Suarez
That’s high praise coming from an ex-Liverpool legend, and Núñez’s fellow countryman, Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan performed extremely well for Benfica last year, finishing as the top scorer in the Portuguese Primeira Liga with 26 goals and four assists, as well as netting six goals in the Champions League too.
It was clear Liverpool was going to need reinforcements when it was already announced that Divock Origi would be moving on, and then Sadio Mane made it clear he wanted a new challenge in Germany. And his record last season suggests he may be able to fill that void, but with a £64m price tag, that could rise in excess of £80m with add-ons, it could be seen as a huge gamble.
Either way, we can’t wait to see what he brings to the Premier League this season.
2 – Diego Carlos – Aston Villa
Arguably, there is a bigger signing at Villa Park this season, and that’s the permanent signing of Phillipe Coutinho, but since he was there last season on loan, we’ve left him out of our list. That wasn’t arguably a shock anyway when he agreed to permanently reunite with Stevie G in the Premier League, having taken over the role of Villa manager last season.
What did surprise people though, was the way that Villa swooped in to seal the signing of defender Diego Carlos for £26m from Sevilla. A player who was arguably one of the best in his position in the whole of Europe last season, and was being touted with some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
He’ll be a fine signing alongside the likes of Tyrone Mings in that back line, and will hopefully plug a few holes where Villa was leaking goals last season. Who knows, if they had signed him last year, City would never have made that comeback on the final day.
1 – Erling Haaland – Manchester City
Arguably the biggest signing of the summer, Erling Haaland’s move to Machester City is the one that is on everyone’s lips. He has been breaking records all around Europe in domestic leagues and in the Champions League too. And now, he joins the team his father played for all those years ago to break more records in the Premier League.
There is no doubt Haaland is a major talent, and a much better signing both in terms of money spent and the quality he brings to the team than Harry Kane signing last season would have brought, but there is one question that remains. Will he stay fit?
His time at Dortmund has been plagued by injuries, and it had a massive impact on the team with the loss of Jadon Sancho last season too. Now, if he can get back to full fitness and keep fit, there is no doubt he will be an absolute force that could make City unstoppable. However, if those injuries keep cropping up, it could leave City looking for answers elsewhere and with rumours of the likes of Sterling on the way out, you wonder where those goals may come from.
22 years ago today, Manchester City signed Alfie Haaland.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 13, 2022
8035 days later, Manchester City officially announce the signing of Erling Haaland.
€60m release clause triggered one month ago, contracts completed until June 2027.
Manchester City have their new striker 🔵⭐️ #MCFC pic.twitter.com/Dw1KVfQFAv
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I think Haaland is a fantastic player, but as you mention, he is injury prone. I can see this being one of those signings that never really quite reaches its potential because he will spend so much time out. Especially playing in a more physical league like the Prem.