PL 2017/18 Preview: The Pick-ford of the new signings…

Having already spoken about the top clubs and their new signings, it’s time to turn our attention to the clubs who haven’t really had a mention so far.

It seems appropriate, therefore, to start with the team just outside the top six who have made some of the biggest signings so far in this window. Everton have spent the money from the sale of Lukaku to strengthen the rest of their squad. They paid £30m for Sunderland stopper Jordan Pickford, a further £30m on Michael Keane and have also brought in Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez to bolster the front line. Of course, Rooney’s return will bring some much-needed experience into what is a young, exciting squad at Goodison Park. Roland Koeman’s pick of the bunch would have to be Pickford though; the Toffees have been crying out for a number one for a while and it could be the perfect fit for player and club. Keane isn’t too far behind, bear in mind – another fantastic English talent.

Jordan Pickford signed for Everton from relegated Sunderland –

West Ham have been equally as ambitious in this transfer window and have signed players with both quality and extensive Premier League experience. After leaving Manchester City, Pablo Zabaleta has moved to the London Stadium and was soon followed on loan by Joe Hart, whose return to the Premier League will be under intense scrutiny but is nonetheless a fine signing. Javier Hernandez has also moved to East London after his £16m move from Bayer Leverkusen – a man who certainly knows where the goal is – whilst Austrian forward Marko Arnautovic is their other big name signing in a £25m deal from Stoke. Fine business indeed by the Hammers.

Javier Hernandez completes his move back to the Premier League –

2015/16 champions Leicester City failed miserably with their recruitment last season having won the league but appear to have turned a corner this season, despite last year’s departure of Steve Walsh. The Foxes have brought in Harry Maguire from relegated Hull, a much-needed signing at centre-half, as well as team-mate Eldin Jakupovic as a back-up to Kasper Schmeichel. Sevilla captain Vicente Iborra signed to add yet another midfielder to Craig Shakespeare’s arsenal with Leicester-born George Thomas joining from rivals Coventry. But the big-name signing likely to have the strongest impact is that of 20-year-old Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City. Iheanacho signed for a relatively ‘cheap’ £25m and has the best minutes-per-goal ratio of any Premier League player to score 10+ goals; Leicester fans will be hopeful he can bring more of the same to the King Power this term.

Leicester City finally signed Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City –

Jermaine Defoe has returned to former side Bournemouth in what is likely to be one of the best signings of the summer for the south coast club, whilst Stoke have gone under the radar this summer and have brought in Darren Fletcher and Kurt Zouma.

Jay Rodriguez has also made his switch to Midlands, signing for Tony Pulis’ West Brom, whilst his former side Southampton have been far from active, only bringing in defender Jan Bednarek from Lech Poznan in the wake of the Virgil van Dijk saga. Burnley have brought in Premier League experience in the shape of Jack Cork, Phil Bardsley and Jon Walters. Finally, new Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has brought Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jairo Riedewald to Selhurst Park.

Free transfer Jermaine Defoe could be the signing of the summer –

Out of over £1bn worth of signings in the Premier League so far this summer, it is ironically the free signings of Defoe and Sead Kolasinac which could be two of the best. Of course, Pickford and Keane are great signings, as are Mendy, Lukaku, Lacazette and Morata, and I’m sure there will be plenty more business done and far more money spent between now and the closing of the window at the end of August.

*No mention of Spurs because they haven’t signed anyone!


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