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Premier League New Boys to Look out for this Season (2013/14) - Part 1

Updated on October 31, 2013
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When the summer transfer window first opened back on July 1, many fans were eagerly looking forward to what would unfold during the next 2 months. For some fans, it was a case of whether or not they would see their best players at the club next season while for the rest, it was going to be a mouth watering prospect as the clubs they support splash the cash and bring in some big money players to play for their team.

Among the various teams associated with the top leagues across Europe, the teams from the Barclays Premier League were heavily involved throughout the course of the transfer window as they raided their rivals and stole their prized talents from within their grasps. Teams like Tottenham, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City lured some of the finest talents from the top leagues in order to challenge for top honours in England and across Europe.

Here is a look at some of the fresh imports which have the potential to set the Premier League alight this season;


Mesut Özil - Germany
Mesut Özil - Germany

1) Mesut Özil:

Age: 25 years

Nationality: German

Height: 1.81 metres

Favoured Foot: Left

Primary Position: Attacking Midfielder

Secondary Position(s): Left Wing, Right Wing

Attribute(s): Play Maker, Long Passer, Dribbler, Flair

Transfer Summary

The 24 year old German international midfielder joined Arsenal from Real Madrid on deadline day in a deal worth £42 million. The move left the Madrid fans in shock who could not understand why he was allowed to leave while at the other end, the news was treated with great joy from the Arsenal faithful as for them, such moments have been few and far apart during the last couple of seasons. Arsenal and Manchester United had been favourites to land the German playmaker during the transfer window but it looked like the player would stay put as he expressed his desire to remain at Real Madrid but new coach Carlo Ancelotti had other plans. The deal was sanctioned as Ancelotti stated that the club would listen to offers for Özil as he was deemed surplus to requirements with the arrival of Isco and Gareth Bale and also to generate funds after signing Bale on a world record transfer fee.



Mesut Özil's Statistics

Statistics
Games Played
Goals Scored
Assists
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Schalke 04 (2006-07)
35
0
5
2
0
Werder Bremen (2007-10)
103
14
39
5
1
Real Madrid (2010-13)
169
29
67
15
2
Arsenal (2013-current)
5
1
4
0
0
German National Team
54
15
25
3
0

The Verdict

Mesut Özil is a very experienced player at both club and international level with over 350 appearances for club and country. With over 70 goals scored from midfield along with another 150 or so assists, he can both create as well as score goals. He is also very versatile and can play a number of roles in midfield which makes him dangerous in all areas up field. He also boasts a good disciplinary record having picked up roughly 20 yellow cards and 3 red cards during the 7 years since he started playing at professional level.

Real Madrid may well have made a big mistake in letting him go with his purchase making Arsenal's already strong midfield even more dangerous. His signing may be the key to ending Arsenal's 7 year trophy drought.


Paulinho (José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior) - Brazil
Paulinho (José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior) - Brazil

2) Paulinho:

Age: 25 years old

Nationality: Brazilian

Height: 1.80 metres

Favoured Foot: Right

Primary Position: Central Midfielder

Secondary Position: Defensive Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder

Attribute(s): Strength, Dribbler, Long Shot Taker, Flair

Transfer Summary

The 24 year old has long been admired by a host of top European clubs including Real Madrid and Inter Milan but it was Tottenham who won the race for his signature as Andre Villas-Boas payed a reported £17 million to Corinthians to acquire his services. The Brazilian caught the eye of managers across Europe after helping Brazil to victory in the Confederations Cup held in Brazil during the summer. He was also part of the squad which beat Chelsea in the final of the FIFA Club World Cup held in Japan last December. He was Villas-Boas' first of many transfer dealings during the summer.

Paulinho's Statistics

Statistics
Games Played
Goals Scored
Assists
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Bragantino (2009-10)
21
13
0
3
0
Corinthians (2010-13)
150
32
8
30
1
Tottenham Hotspur (2013-current)
9
3
1
1
0
Brazil National Team
15
4
0
0
0

The Verdict

At the age of 24, Paulinho has the talent to become a world class player in his position. He has racked up over 200 appearances since beginning his professional career with Bragantino. Since then, Paulinho had become an integral part of the Corinthians team, leading them to victory in the Copa Libertadores last season as well as winning the FIFA Club World Cup, seeing off Chelsea in the final. The former Corinthians prodigy also has a knack of ending up in the right place at the right time in the opposition half, having scored around 50 goals and also making a couple of assists. Considering he plays in a defensive midfield role, he has a decent disciplinary record having picked up around 40 yellow cards and a single red card in his career so far.

Standing at 6 ft, the Brazilian has the strength to take command in midfield, a quality which Tottenham were lacking before his arrival. The player seems to be a perfect fit for the Premier League due to his tireless running up and down the pitch mixed with his ability to bully others off the ball. The only worry is that the Brazilian is new to the European style of football, having only played in his native Brazil before joining the north Londoners. Tottenham seem to have made a smart capture and its just a matter of time before they get repaid for the trust placed in his abilities.

Christian Eriksen (Christian Dannemann Eriksen) - Denmark
Christian Eriksen (Christian Dannemann Eriksen) - Denmark

3) Christian Eriksen:

Age: 21 years old

Nationality: Danish

Height: 1.77 metres

Fovoured Foot: Right

Primary Postion: Attacking Midfielder

Secondary Position(s): Central Midfielder, Striker

Attribute(s): Play Maker, Dribbler, Flair

Transfer Summary

The 21 year old Danish wonder boy joined Tottenham from Dutch club Ajax for a fee of £11.8 million just 3 days before the transfer window shut, making him the 7th big name player to arrive at Tottenham during the course of the summer. Various clubs from across Europe were alerted to his availability when Ajax announced that they would listen to offers for their star player, who said that he would only join a Champions League club if he was to leave Ajax in the summer. Tottenham beat off competition from clubs like Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan with his heart set on playing in the top tier of English football.

Christian Eriksen's Statistics

Statistics
Games Played
Goals Scored
Assists
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Ajax Amsterdam (2009-13)
116
30
10
7
0
Tottenham Hotspur (2013-current)
6
1
1
1
0
Denmark National Team
40
4
4
0
0

The Verdict

The Danish play maker has already shown what he is capable of in his time with Ajax, making over a 100 appearances for the club and putting in some magical performances to help Ajax to 3 successive Dutch Eredivisie titles since his break through season of 2010-11, scoring around 30 goals coupled with some assists. The former Danish player of the year has been tipped by many to mature into a world class midfielder for both club and country and will hope to replicate his past performances, this time with Tottenham in the Premier League. At just 21 years old, he has time on his side to improve his already decent statistics which could see his name on the lips of many people in the future.

Erik Lamela (Erik Manuel Lamela) - Argentina
Erik Lamela (Erik Manuel Lamela) - Argentina

4) Erik Lamela:

Age: 21 years old

Nationality: Argentinian

Height: 1.83 metres

Favoured Foot: Left

Primary Position: Right wing

Secondary Position(s): Left Wing, Striker

Attribute(s): Dribbler, Speedster, Flair

Transfer Summary

The highly rated winger joined Tottenham from AS Roma during the summer transfer window for a fee of £30 million, making him the club's most expensive signing of all time. With the impending departure of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Spurs turned their attention to Anzhi Makhachkala's Willian in the hunt to find a replacement. Interestingly, the move did not materialize as Tottenham's London rivals Chelsea hijacked the move which saw the player opting to join the blues. This forced Tottenham to make a move for the young Argentinian a priority with Roma not eager to sell their talent. In the end, Roma accepted to sell Lamela to Tottenham against the will of many fans and players, including Roma legend Francesco Totti, who expressed their dissatisfaction with the decision. The management later came out and explained that they had to sell to Tottenham rather than selling the player to a team from the Serie A and also to improve the club's financial position.

Erik Lamela's Statistics

Statistics
Games Played
Goals Scored
Assists
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
River Plate (2008-11)
37
4
3
8
0
AS Roma (2011-13)
67
21
11
9
1
Tottenham Hotspur (2013-current)
7
0
2
0
0
Argentina National Team
5
3
1
0
0

The Verdict

Yet another player with the potential to be a top player, Erik Lamela shows no signs of letting up. Since joining AS Roma from River Plate, he has cemented his position in Roma's starting lineup, playing on the left wing which is his most favoured position. Known as 'Coco' for his electrifying pace and skill on the ball, he is best suited to Tottenham's style of play and can be considered a long term replacement for Gareth Bale. At the age of 21, Lamela is relatively new to the international set up having made only 5 appearances for the Argentinian national team. Having enjoyed a good last season at Roma which saw him score 15 goals in 33 appearances, he should not take long to adjust to the English style of play. Defenders should take note of his pace and trickery for which he was renowned in the Serie A. The only negative is that his thin figure might take a beating due to the rough style of play in England. Another gem which only needs to be polished.

5) André Schürrle:

Age: 22 years old

Nationality: German

Height: 1.84 metres

Favoured Foot: Right

Primary Position: Left Midfielder

Secondary Position(s): Right Midfielder, Striker

Attributes: Long Shot Taker, Dribbler, Speedster

Transfer Summary

The young German had been linked with a move to Chelsea last year but was not allowed to leave as Bayer Leverkusen blocked his potential move as they had no intention of letting him go. This summer proved to be productive for the German as he finally joined Chelsea after being persuaded by former Germany international Michael Ballack. Chelsea payed a reported £18 million for his services with the player expressing his delight on the move by saying that he would do his best to help the team.

Andre Schürrle's Statistics

Statistics
Games Played
Goals Scored
Assists
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Mainz (2009-11)
68
20
6
4
0
Bayer Leverkusen (2011-13)
83
23
12
3
1
Chelsea (2013-current)
11
1
0
0
0
German National Team
24
6
1
0
0

The Verdict

The German was a star in his former club Bayer Leverkusen and it was no surprise that they did not want him to leave the club. He scored around 20 goals from midfield, providing another 10 or so assists in the process. At 22, he is yet to mature into a player performing at his peak. Although being able to convert chances from incredible distances and tight angles, one negative about the player is that he is sometimes blamed for being selfish with the ball resulting in frusteration for his team mates. The player will most likely be deployed as a supporting striker by Mourinho due to a shortage of talent in the striker's department with Torres not being at his best since arriving for Liverpool. Lets see if he will be able to live up to expectations at Stamford Bridge.

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    • FootyPundit13 profile image

      FootyPundit13 3 years ago from London

      Great hub! How about some of the city signings though? Negredo, Navas, Fernandinho...? I also think Mignolet will be great for Liverpool.

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      Richard-Murray 3 years ago

      Negredo is a big signing, but for me, it is Ozil and then Schurrle

      Ozil makes Arsenal more offensively brilliant.

      Schurrle, may be able to put hazard to the bench, which is amazing.

      if only chelsea would play schurrle, willian, mata, oscar, and hazard

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      N. Lazar 3 years ago from USA

      Some great stats you have there! I'm not quite sure if André Schürrle and Paulinho are ready to make a huge splash, but Christian Eriksen should be great this season.

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      Muzzammil Maniar 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @FootyPundit13

      Thanks! As for the city signings, i will be updating the hub with them soon. I didn't include Mignolet as he transferred from Sunderland to Liverpool (within the league).

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      Muzzammil Maniar 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @Richerd-Murray

      You are right, Negredo has loads of experience with Sevilla and he can also score. That goal against Bayern in the CL was beautiful. I think he will become even better at City.

      Ozil...... well he is just brilliant, still can't understand why United didn't go for him :-(

      Schurrle i am not so sure about. I feel he will take time to settle in aand as for him replacing Hazard, that could be because Hazard hasn't enjoyed the best of starts to the season.

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      Muzzammil Maniar 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @nlazar

      Paulinho will get a lot of game time at Tottenham. The only thing to worry about is that this is his first time playing in a top European league so he may take time. But, he looked good in the Confed Cup for Brazil. You never know, after all he is Brazilian ;-P

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      Kenny A 3 years ago from Indonesia

      Well sorry to say Ozil is a class above the rest...., he is like no other. Arsenal deserve a title this season.....

      Just see the statistics, speaks it self.

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      Muzzammil Maniar 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @pavineetang

      Agree to that but the other players also have the ability to outshine Ozil this season. Ozil is a seasoned professional so the expectations will be high while for the rest, not so and if the others manage to stay in form, they may well capture the spot light come the end of the season. As for the title race, i think its going to be a fight till the very end. Arsenal have a good chance but it can easily go downhill for them due to a lack of players in the striker department as well as cover in their centre of defense.

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      Richard-Murray 3 years ago

      @Muzzster

      I agree about negredo, if he is given time , maybe even a season. man city like psg and monaco and other modern money clubs want instant trophies.

      Real without proof, but totally true in my view, knew exactly what they were doing in selling ozil. they were not going to let ozil go to a uefa cl challenging club. so mufc, bayern, juventus, chelsea, psg, were all out of the question. But, they also wanted to hurt tottenham and chelsea/mourinho, tottenham for their deliberations with modric and bale and mourinho in particular. I think the trade accomplished their goals while providing real with their biggest sale ever. So, the ozil deal did it all. a club like real planned to be prepared to let ozil go a long time back, but wasn't going to let mouirnho take ozil with him to chelsea.

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      FootyPundit13 3 years ago from London

      Interesting theory, but i really don't think that a top club like that would be holding petty grudges, although I can see the CL contenders point. For me, it was a huge mistake because this is the one position where I don't feel they have great strength in depth.

      As for Schurrle, I'm really not too sure what he brings to the Chelsea squad. What they need is a top class striker but instead they brought in another number 10 to compete with Hazard, Mata, Oscar etc.

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      Muzzammil Maniar 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @Richard-Murray

      A very unique point of view indeed but i don't really think they thought of all this before making the deal. My take is that they sold him because they bought Isco who plays a similar role so there was no place left for Ozil in the team. They also have Modric to play in a position similar to Ozil's or as a deep lying midfielder. But still i can't understand how they could go and sell their main playmaker!

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      Muzzammil Maniar 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @FootyPundit13

      I think Schurrle is just bought as a squad rotation player. If he improves as a player, good for him. If not, i bet he will get his career ruined at Chelsea.

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      Richard-Murray 3 years ago

      footy pundit,

      I agree, but I think Real never bought into the creative midfielder role.

      They never played kaka right really. Mourinho and ancelotti never played offensive midfielder roles, not creative midfielders, like pirlo at juventus.

      Willian is a good player and adds offensive midfield depth and the ability to rotate.

      lukaku admitted he wanted to be loaned out rather than be in the competition with torres, and ba, that no other team wanted. And Lukaku will be in chelsea blue next season, you have to look down the road.

      schurrle brings a lot, he is a true wide player, when you consider willian, oscar, and mata are all three central, schurrle and hazard are the only two wide forward midfielders. he allows hazard to be placed to the opposite side if necessary.

      @Muzzster

      isco is a forward midfielder who can pass, modric is a creative midfielder with some defensive skills, ozil is a creative midfielder well. The problem with real is that kaka was brought in to be the creative midfielder, but his injuries and real's lack of patience and real's lack fo tactical acceptance, hurt that journey. Mourinho brings in Ozil but then also brings in modric to play deeper. but then mourinho leaves, and real brings in isco. Real has a history of recent transfer mistakes, they let makelele go from the original galacticos, the let lass go who was the best defensive midfielder real had in the past three seasons, now ozil the best assist man in uefa. and they still dont have what they have needed in the past three seasons and this one, a good backline.

      Schurrle is an excellent wide player. and mourinho's style this season and i think going forward is to accept rotation regardless of the player, chelsea will never have a player play every game, like he was forced to at real with cr7.

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      Muzzammil Maniar 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @Richard-Murray

      Real are known for their extremely lethal attacking football. You are right in saying that they should invest in strengthenening their defense as it costs them. If you notice during the past couple of seasons, Barca have been having the same problem as well with the ageing puyol and inconsistent Pique. Losing matches at the vital points of the season. But then again, both teams focus on building such attack minded teams that dont need to play a solid back four every time. But this is changing, they can get away with it in the La Liga but not in the Champions League against some other strong teams like Bayern.

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      Richard-Murray 3 years ago

      @Muzzster

      you are correct about real and barca's philosophy but they never could win without great defense. the problem with barca and real is that they let their success in season's past convince them that their offense was the key and their defense was ignorable. What makes bayern strong and why Bayern, Chelsea, and Inter won was because of their defense. Each team at the time had a dangerous offense but their defenses was the key. In Barca's last CL lift pique's defensive mindset and rigor, as well as yaya toure's defensive midfield strength was key to barca's defensive stability which allowed domination.

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      Muzzammil Maniar 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @Richard-Murray

      Exactly my point!

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      CCahill 3 years ago from England

      Always love to see some good stats! speaks more than a 1000 words

      Ozil is the undoubted star, his transfer fee did enough to suggest that if not his Assist stats, the guy is a born assister

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      Muzzammil Maniar 3 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

      @CCahill

      Ozil was definitely the best player to have come to the premier league this season, let's see if the others can outperform him this season which i think will be quite some news!

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