Premier League New Signings: The Premier League season 2022/23 has essentially come to an end. And it is a suitable time to look back and see which new players have made the most impressive and significant contributions to their respective teams. Check out the top 10 Premier League new signings in this post.
10: Alexander Isak (Newcastle, £63 Million)
Isak didn’t have the most favorable start. Being already under pressure as the club’s most expensive signing in history, the forward from Real Sociedad suffered a serious injury early on and had to be sidelined until January. However, upon his return, he immediately showcased his exceptional value.
With his agile dribbling, a wide range of movement, and intelligent finishing, Isak had a strong impact on Newcastle’s style of play. His tally of 10 goals in 14 starts only heightened the excitement among the fans, as they eagerly await the next season with a fully fit and prepared Swedish striker.
9: Casemiro (Man United, £60 Million)
Many Man United fans feared that their team made a mistake by spending £60 million to acquire Casemiro from Real Madrid. It seemed like a panic purchase following the failed Frenkie de Jong deal. However, as Casemiro stated while watching United being thrashed 4-0 by Brentford at the start of the season, the Brazilian midfielder truly addressed the Red Devils’ issues.
With him, United possesses a versatile midfielder who not only excels in defensive duties but also contributes to the attack and scores goals. Moreover, Casemiro is a leader, and his presence has elevated the standards at Old Trafford. He is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.
8: Manuel Akanji (Man City, £15 Million)
“It was a steal,” many fans exclaimed upon witnessing Akanji play in a Manchester City jersey. No one believed that the English champions only paid £15 million to bring him from Dortmund.
The Swiss center-back quickly showcased himself as Guardiola’s perfect defender, with excellent technique, physical strength, and, above all, exceptional intelligence. From the beginning of the season, Akanji played in a four-man defense, a three-man defense, and even as a left-back. In whichever position, he excelled tremendously.
7: Pervis Estupinan (Brighton, £15 Million)
It’s unclear how Brighton managed to convince Estupinan to leave Villarreal after reaching the Champions League semi-finals with the Spanish club the previous season, and it’s even more surprising that they only had to pay a transfer fee of £15 million.
All we know is that the Ecuadorian international deserves every penny they spent. His form has been particularly impressive since the World Cup; since January, Estupinan has provided a total of 7 assists and also scored a beautiful goal in the victory against Arsenal. Estupinan is another success story of the excellent transfer system that Brighton has built.
6: Andreas Pereira (Fulham, £10 Million)
A phone call from manager Marco Silva was enough to convince Pereira to return to the Premier League after a successful stint in Brazil with Flamengo. Unable to find a place for Pereira, Manchester United comfortably accepted Fulham’s offer of just £10 million. It was a bargain for the London club.
The Brazilian midfielder quickly became the main creative force for the team, consistently providing opportunities for Aleksandar Mitrovic while also being capable of scoring goals himself. A serious injury in the match against Manchester City cut his season short, but Pereira still managed to score 4 goals and provide 6 assists.
5: Lisandro Martinez (Man United, £56 Million)
“Sorry, Martinez, I got it wrong.” Jamie Carragher had to say that after witnessing what Lisandro Martinez had achieved for Manchester United before being sidelined due to injury. The Argentine center-back had been doubted for being too small to play in the Premier League, and Carragher was one of the most vocal skeptics.
However, Lisandro didn’t take much time to prove Carragher and the doubters wrong. His stature didn’t affect his ability to win duels, while his passing and ability to evade pressing completely transformed the Red Devils’ style of play.
4: Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal, £32 Million)
The Ukrainian player is present in every key area during Arsenal’s matches. Starting as a left-back, he moves into the midfield to provide an extra presence before pushing forward and delivering incisive passes.
Another value Zinchenko brings is his ability to shine in big games, as exemplified in victories against Manchester United and Tottenham. Not only does the former Manchester City defender bring skill and intelligence, but he also instills a winning mentality that the Gunners have been lacking.
3: Sven Botman (Newcastle, £35 Million)
Newcastle tried to sign Botman back in January 2022 but had to wait until the summer to secure his services. The wait was well worth it. The Dutch defender quickly became a leader in Newcastle’s defense, showcasing excellent defensive skills and distribution.
He formed a solid partnership with Fabian Schar, contributing to Newcastle’s transformation into one of the best defenses in the Premier League for a significant part of the season.
2: Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal, £45 Million)
Lacking trust at Manchester City, Gabriel Jesus quickly proved his worth in an Arsenal shirt, becoming a leader in the team’s attack. His outstanding form was a key factor behind the Gunners’ impressive start.
Despite being sidelined for three months due to injury, Jesus managed to score 10 goals and provide 5 assists. More importantly, his presence, explosiveness, and excellent ball retention skills made those around him play much more effectively.
1: Erling Haaland (Man City, £51 Million) – Best Premier League New Signings
Whether in Norway, Austria, or Germany, Haaland has maintained a rate of more than one goal per game. However, no one thought he could maintain that rate in the “most competitive league in the world,” the English Premier League. Haaland indeed didn’t maintain his previous rate, but that’s because he did even better.
The former Dortmund striker scored 36 goals in just 34 Premier League appearances and 52 goals across all competitions, breaking numerous records along the way. He is one of the highest paid players in the Premier League 2023. He also silenced those who doubted his impact on Manchester City’s style of play. City recently won the Premier League title and is on track to become the first English team to achieve a domestic treble in 24 years.
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