Top 5 Premier League 2014/15 signings this summer
Manchester United’s swoop for Luke Shaw and four other high quality signings
July 25th, 2014
A number of teams have splashed the cash this summer but it remains to be seen which players will be a success for their new club and who will be a flop. Below we take a look at potentially the top five Premier League signings this summer.
Luke Shaw took the league by storm last season in an impressive-looking and playing Southampton side. The 18-year old seemed to possess abilities way above his years, and in big games seemed to have some of the best wingers and forwards in his back pocket.
When Manchester United came calling it was hard for Southampton to refuse, as Shaw made it clear he wanted to move if the Red Devils came in with an offer.
Although a boyhood Chelsea fan, Shaw chose United and has previously said so in interviews. It is to be believed that Chelsea were nonetheless interested, and the recent signing of 28-year-old left-back Filipe Luis suggests that they lost out on the England defender.
A major signing for United, it still remains to be seen whether Shaw will blossom into a world-beating left–back; however, the potential is there and he could well be a staple of the United defence for the next 15 years.
A massive signing for the Gunners, Alexis Sanchez has impressed everywhere he has been. This year he also did it on the biggest of stages in the World Cup, scoring two goals for his country Chile as they made it to the second round.
Sanchez was deemed surplus to requirements due to Barcelona’s rebuilding process in the wake of an abysmal season for the Catalans, and Arsenal had to fork out for the Chilean but his quality really could gift them the title.
This deal had seemed to be done since the end of last season, and Costa made his move to José Mourinho’s ‘strikerless’ side.
Despite having Demba Ba and Fernando Torres the Blues lacked in the firing department, and a clinical goalscorer was on the wanted list for the summer. When the window opened Chelsea got their man, and if last season’s performances for La Liga winners Atletico Madrid are anything to go by, they may have just signed the firepower they needed to dominate.
Described as the Rolls Royce of defending by ex-teammates it is safe to say United fans and staff were sad to see the veteran centre-back and club legend leave Old Trafford this summer.
United decided not to renew the 35-yearold’s contract, and after some deliberation Rio decided the fire was still burning and newly-promoted QPR would be the next step in his career.
Ferdinand offers experience rivalled by only the likes of Carles Puyol in the world, and is a leader within the dressing room. He could offer QPR the stability they need this season and may turn out to be a steal as a free transfer.
Another spare part at Barcelona, Fabregas was all but ready to run back into the arms of Arsenal fans. They wanted him to return but Wenger did not, and for a good reason.
The Arsenal midfield looks the strongest it has in a long time, with Santi Cazorla terrorising defences, Aaron Ramsey’s out-of-nowhere world class form and the fact that they spent more than £40 million on playmaker Mesut Özil last summer.
It was just not meant to be for Fabregas and Arsenal, but the Gunners’ loss was the Blues’ gain. José snapped him up straight away with some of Abramovich’s millions as a direct replacement for club legend Frank Lampard. Cesc now has big boots to fill; however he is more than capable, and on paper his presence makes Chelsea’s side look the strongest in the league.