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Top 5 best transfers of the Premier League season

Top 5 best transfers of the Premier League season

The Premier League had an eventful 2023 summer transfer window. It involved plenty of new players joining the English top flight and a few helped boost their club’s chances of reaching their goals. Get to know more about them and what they bring to the table.

A club must make strategic decisions to improve their squad which can help them succeed in the Premier League. It involves scouting players from other clubs while identifying those who would best complement their team and fill in the gaps in their system. The board has to negotiate significant transfer deals and strengthen their position in the Prem.

Want to find out who the best transfers are in this most recent window? Find out more about them here.

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Declan Rice to Arsenal (€116.60m)

When Granit Xhaka left Arsenal, manager Mikel Arteta needed someone to cover the #6 role. He found his defensive midfielder in longtime target Declan Rice from West Ham United. Fresh off a Europa Conference League trophy with the Hammers, Rice decided to move to North London and signed for Arsenal.

This was a clever move from Arsenal because they found an upgrade from Xhaka who is younger and has the upside to fit well with the current squad. Rice has all the necessary skills for Arsenal to go on another title charge in the Prem and other competitions.

The defensive midfielder Arteta needs

Arteta created a system of energetic football that can both be possession-based and attacking football. He wants Arsenal to thrive on both ends of the pitch which is why signing Rice was such a good move for him. What makes Rice the perfect #6 for Arsenal is that he can intercept the ball and jumpstart the counter-attack where the front three can take advantage.

Like Xhaka, Rice also has goal-scoring capabilities which boosts the squad’s offensive potential. This was evident in their match week 4 clash with Manchester United. From a Bukayo Saka corner kick, Rice scored a screamer to help Arsenal win the match.

The perfect fit alongside Ødegaard

Rice also creates a strong partnership with club captain Martin Ødegaard. Both are hardworking midfielders which makes them a valuable asset in Arteta's system as they can make meaningful contributions on defence and offence. Rice will battle both in the air with headers but he can also get on the floor with slide tackles.

Ødegaard is mostly a finesse midfielder as he loves to take advantage of situations where he can get the ball. That way, he can misdirect his opponents and steal the ball, then create scoring chances. Rice and Ødegaard are locked in as the midfield duo but they need another one to complete the trio and Arteta hasn’t unlocked their full potential.

Joško Gvardiol to Manchester City (€90m)

Man City’s defence was arguably the best in the Premier League in the 2022/23 season. They dominated their opponents en route to being tied with Newcastle United with the least goals conceded at 19 apiece.

Pep Guardiola’s side is adding even more to that defence with Croatian international Joško Gvardiol. He was the standout defender at the 2022 FIFA World Cup where he caught the eye of multiple clubs worldwide. Man City scooped him up from RB Leipzig to be a central cog in their loaded defence.

A new building block for Man City’s defence

People will expect Ruben Dias as the star centre-back for Man City. John Stones, Nathan Ake, and Manuel Akanji all make a solid case for being the starters for Man City. Pep has options to play them at the full-back positions as he wants his players to be more versatile to both bomb forward and stay within their designated roles.

Gvardiol has already been deployed at both centre-back and left-back to solid success. Since he is a younger player at only 21 years old, Gvardiol is a building block for Pep’s side moving forward. If he can consistently play as a left-back and centre-back, his versatility will become crucial as the Premier League season progresses and more fixtures come up.

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James Maddison to Tottenham Hotspur (€46.3m)

Spurs have always needed a creative force in the attacking midfield. In the past, they had a reliable Christian Eriksen there but he grew dissatisfied with the club. He left in the 2019/20 season so Spurs have always wanted a playmaker. They got one in the transfer window by getting James Maddison from Leicester City.

A new creative force for Spurs

Despite Kane’s exit, Spurs have started the 2023/24 Premier League season on fire. This is due to the system new manager Ange Postecoglou has implemented in the squad. They are playing more of a team-based style of attacking football as they won’t have to rely on Kane and Son Heung-min to create every opportunity.

This renewed freedom is just what Maddison needed from Spurs as he can do anything he wants. He can create opportunities for his teammates and score himself. As of match week 4, he already has two goals and assists apiece which will only improve Spurs’ offence.

Perfect fit for Son Heung-min

Son has always been the secondary star on the team because of Kane. Now, he is the star player and he is thriving because of Maddison’s playmaking. Son already has a hat trick after a few match weeks without Kane on the squad.

Maddison can make pinpoint passes that Son can take advantage of using his speed. This combo will be the focal point of Spurs’ offence and rely on the continued improvement of the rest of the forward line.

Sandro Tonali to Newcastle United (€64m)

Tonali is a tremendous talent who fits all the roles in midfield. He joins Newcastle as one of the most talented midfielders in Europe after a sterling role in AC Milan’s run to the semifinals of the Champions League.

He's an excellent player who positions himself strategically for maximum impact. Moreover, Tonali’s passion for playing with intensity on offence and defence led him to develop a more robust physique than many other midfielders. Due to this, he can easily overpower his matchups and has enough finesse to softly pass the ball to the right spots and initiate the offence from there.

Newcastle has created a complete midfield trio

Newcastle already had a talented midfield with Bruno Guimarães and Joelinton. Tonali is set to join their ranks, forming one of the most skilled trios in the league. They are all talented with playmaking and dribbling but they also work hard on defence and track back when needed.

If they find their stride, expect Newcastle to be one of the top clubs in the Premier League again and possibly have a strong performance in the most loaded Champions League group they’re in.

Moises Caicedo to Chelsea (€116m)

The most notable transfer story of the window revolved around Brighton parting ways with Caicedo. They were intent on selling him to the highest bidder but of course, Caicedo had a say in the deal. Liverpool presented a substantial offer, but the player is keen on joining Chelsea, and he got his wish.

Caicedo fits in well with the youth movement at Chelsea and he is ready to become the defensive midfielder that the club needs after Mateo Kovačić’s transfer to Man City. He now joins Enzo Fernández in the midfield which creates one of the most promising duos in the football world.

The long-term option alongside Enzo Fernandez

Enzo is Chelsea’s prized player as he came in the January 2023 window fresh off a successful 2022 World Cup run where he won the Young Player of the Tournament award. He has superb upside, especially since he can be the main playmaker for Chelsea for the next decade.

Every attacking midfielder needs someone to cover for him as the defensively-inclined player in the midfield. In this case, Caicedo steps into that latter position which creates an immediate partnership with Enzo.

The building block for Pochettino’s system

Caicedo has to be the standard for being a workhorse for Chelsea, especially since the team is composed mostly of young players. There are some veterans there like Raheem Sterling but the midfield has to set the standard for Poch’s squad. That is why Caicedo is significant as he needs to be the prime player in the midfield who contributes to the offensive and defensive sides.

The best outgoing transfers from Premier League clubs

Aside from the incoming transfers from clubs, there are standout transfer deals made by the Prem’s 20 clubs. Here are the best business conducted in the recent window:

  • Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur to Bayern Munich (€100m)

  • Declan Rice from West Ham United to Arsenal (€116.6m)

  • Moise Kean from Everton to Juventus (€28m)

  • Christian Pulisic from Chelsea to AC Milan (€20m)

  • Folarin Balogun from Arsenal to Monaco (€30m)

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