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09/10's Best Premiership Signings

In the days where the sun is still ablaze in the sky at 9pm, there is nothing more gripping than staying glued to rumours about new transfers for your club on Sky Sports News and the Internet. Be it a youthful Spanish prodigy or an established International, it is the perfect way to wet the appetite for the new season. Last Summer, Manchester City spent in excess of £100m, more than the entire top four put together. With the 09/10 campaign well under way, Manchester City’s mouthwatering attacking options of course dominate this list.

The less fashionable clubs have also added to the squads though, with much need resiliance and reliability in all positions. With the January window recently thrown open, which positions does your club need to enhance? Who would you love to send to their next club? What do you think of the list below? Do the top four need more recognition? Is there any glaring omissions? Let the debate begin.

10 Diniyar Bilayaletdinov (Lokomotiv Moscow to Everton) Apps 12 Goals 3

The man with more syllables in his name than the rest of his teammates put together has been a revelation for Everton. Hailing from the old Soviet Union, Bilyaletdinov introduced himself to his fans in spectacular fashion in the Europa League against AEK Athens. On this his debut, the midfielder provided two assists in the 4-0 cruise. In the reverse leg away in Greece, he also bagged a crucial goal to seal the Toffee’s qualification for the next stage. The Russian has shown his attacking prowess in the league as well, scoring 3 times in 12 games from midfield.

9 Kevin Doyle (Reading to Wolverhampton Wanderers) Apps 16 Goals 5

Sylvain Ebanks-Blake was the man tipped to score the goals for Wolves this season, after he helped himself to 25 of them last season when Wolves were promoted from the Championship. Kevin Doyle finished just below Ebanks-Blake in the scoring charts scoring 18 whilst at Reading. Now as a Wolves player, Doyle is his side’s top scorer with five league goals. Doyle not only offers goals, but he is also adroit in holding the ball up and drawing cheap fouls. The £6.5m the Berkshire club received from Wolves is around £6.4m profit on what Reading paid for him so this is more than ample consolation!

8 Joe Hart (Manchester City to Birmingham City on a season long loan) Apps 20 Goals 0

Birmingham City have been one of the success stories of this season. They sit comfortably in mid-table and have conceded just 19 goals all season in 21 matches. That is in no small part down to the form of goalkeeper Joe Hart. The 22 year old has also kept a staggering 9 clean sheers this term, with heroic performances in gutsy draws against Manchester United and Chelsea. The England goalkeeper first started a match in the Blue Square Premier for Shrewsbury Town against Gravesend & Northfleet and is a true portrait of a non league player making it on the big stage. Manchester City’s loss is Birmingham’s gain. Roll on South Africa…

7 Ivan Klasnic (Nantes to Bolton Wanderers on a season long loan) Apps 13 Goals 6

Ivan Klasnic endured over a year away from football with deadly kidney problems in 2007 at Werder Bremen. In a fairytale story, Klasnic will now be elated to be scoring regularly in one of Europe’s top leagues as a fans’ favourite at Bolton Wanderers. The booing of Klasnic being replaced against Hull City told its own story. This was further amplified by Bolton losing their 2 goal lead later. The loan capture of the Croat was one of the few moves former Bolton manager Gary Megson made that got Bolton fans excited. Since November, Klasnic has been in a productive mood, scoring 5 goals in his last 8 games, including a glistening brace at home to Manchester City.

6 Lorik Cana (Olympique Marseille to Sunderland) Apps 13 Goals 0

Albania’s vice-captain has nestled into Sunderland’s side this season as if he had always been there. The 26 year old has been handed the captain’s armband by Steve Bruce and is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best defensive midfielders outside of the Premier League’s big four. In Sunderland’s victory over Arsenal in November, Cana pulled the strings and controlled the game seamlessly in midfield, always looking determined in the tackle and refusing to let Arsenal stroke the ball about on the turf at their own leisure. The former Olympique Marseille man was also instrumental in his club’s 2-1 scalp at home to Blackburn Rovers in the opening weeks of the season.

5 Antonio Valencia (Wigan Athletic to Manchester United) Apps 19 Goals 5

When Cristiano Ronaldo jetted off to Real Madrid in search of yet more silverware, many United fans expected a marquee signing, as opposed to a replacement from a modest mid-table club like Wigan Athletic. From day one, Antonio Valencia always had huge boots to fill, but he has gelled with his teammates easily and chipped in with goalscoring duties, significantly against his old club Wigan in a 5-0 rout. The Ecuadorian seems unfazed by the big stage, and has performed well in the Champions’ League as his side have progressed easily into the group stages. Ask United fans who they would rather have in their side out of Nani and Valencia, and the answer will always be the same.

4 Gareth Barry (Aston Villa to Manchester City) Apps 16 Goals 1

Though Aston Villa fans might disagree, Gareth Barry acted with dignity and respect when stating his desire to leave Villa Park. When moving up North, Barry wrote a letter to the Birmingham Mail, personally thanking Villa supporters for their support over the years. At his new side, Barry and Dutchman Nigel De Jong complement each other very well in controlling the midfield, with both players steaming forward in Manchester City’s frequent counter attacks. Barry has contributed four assists this season and looks a sure bet to be in Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad.

3 Darren Bent (Tottenham Hotspur to Sunderland) Apps 20 Goals 13

Darren Bent is a man who has being scoring for fun and he has timed his form to perfection in a World Cup season. Bent scored 5 minutes into his Sunderland league debut against Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the season, and went on to score 7 in his first 10 games for the Black Cats. The former Spurs and Charlton man has shown he has scored a range of headers, penalties and poachers goals. Kenwyne Jones and Bent’s interplay will be crucial to Sunderland’s outside chances of Europa League action come next season.

2 Carlos Tevez (MSI Group to Manchester City) Apps 18 Goals 9

Although no stranger to a scuffle in his younger days in South America, Carlos Tevez is the type of player you cannot help but love. The man plays with a smile on his face and always works hard for the team, leaving no blade of grass untouched. It is great to see Tevez finally starting regularly at Manchester City. When he is in form, he is a joy to watch. The Argentine was electric against Arsenal as City dominated their London rivals in the Carling Cup, winning 3-0. Tevez has searing pace and has emphasized this when running from deep on the counter. It is not only the opposition half where the 25 year old is effective, he is resilient in tracking back and tackling but is in devastating scoring form with 8 goals in his last 8 matches.

1 Thomas Vermaelen (Ajax to Arsenal) Apps 20 Goals 4

This summer, Arsene Wenger demonstrated his shrewd eye for obscure talent yet again. A 24 year old Belgian defender by the name of Thomas Vermaelen was recently handpicked by Wenger from the faltering Dutch league. Vermaelen has steadied a defence which looked shaky last season. William Gallas looked on the brink of breakdown at the height of his eccentricity, but alongside Vermaelen, Wenger can sleep easy now. The pair have formed a formidable relationship at the back and like so many other Wenger signings and Gallas himself, Vermaelen has shown that he can be handy at both ends of the pitch. Vermaelen has netted four times at the time of writing, including a scintillating double against Wigan.

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  1. Colin_K

    January 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I figure he wouldn’t be top 5 but Damien Duff for Roy’s Boys has been quite a suprise since his move from ‘Castle. Certainly a place in the Top 10 is in order…

    • Richard

      January 12, 2010 at 6:14 am

      Duff’s been ‘OK’, nothing more.

      I’d say certainly NOT top 10.

  2. Andrei

    January 11, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    In addition to being one of the best signings Carlos Tevez is also a huge loss to Man U. And just to think that at United Carlos was competing for the starting position with Park Ji-Sung…

  3. Richard

    January 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Decent list, (I’d have Bent top) but the triple defensive signing of Hart, Dann and Johnson for Birmingham is easily the best bit of business this season (so far).

    Alex McLeish… ***clap clap clap***

  4. Ivan

    January 11, 2010 at 9:58 am

    No Chucho Benitez? His work rate is second to none, if he could only be more effective in front of goal.

    • Richard

      January 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

      You’ve answered your own question there.

  5. Lennon

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am

    In terms of an unranked top 10, I would only remove Cana in favor of Dunne. Kranjcar has been truly brilliant, especially considering the price for which we took him, but I can’t say I’d put him in over Hart, Doyle, or Bilyaletdinov, who have all deserved the accolades… if anyone, maybe Doyle.

    • Richard

      January 11, 2010 at 11:33 am

      Bann and Johnson of Birmingham > Kranjcar. Kranjcar doesn’t even get every game.

      • Richard

        January 11, 2010 at 11:33 am


  6. GoFutebol

    January 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Joe Hart is really worth. But Valencia should prove he is worth signing rather than Berbatov.

  7. MNUfan1991

    January 11, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Hart, Vermaelen, and Valencia FTW
    Chucho (Christian Benitez) can be quite a handful too!

  8. ruffess

    January 11, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Diamanti LOL

  9. Stilflat Shadow

    January 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Johnson, Dann, Fergusson and oh Bowyer 10 mil for the lot? The impact of each is nothing without the others just like Hart. Mind you can’t be picking all the Birmingham team to be fair.

  10. b

    January 10, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    well, dunne’s been good for sure. but not sure he’s had the same impact as some of the others? can’t say for sure, haven’t watched a ton of villa.

    my change to the list would be to bump hart up to number 3, though. no way birmingham is anywhere near where they are without him. huge pickup.

  11. Whu_You

    January 10, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    how is Diamanti not on this list

  12. Cy

    January 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    How is Niko Krancjar not in the top 10?

    • Ivica

      January 10, 2010 at 10:18 pm

      Thank You! The guy has revived his career, been an excellent replacement in Modric’s absence, and has maintained his solid form and minutes with the return of Luka to the Spurs starting XI.

  13. ovalball

    January 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I am utterly flabbergasted that Dunne is nowhere on the list.

    • MasterBlaster

      January 10, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      I can see someone missing Dunne by mistake, especially since he’s obviously been waaaay better than someone like Bilyaletdinov. I’d also think Heitinga would be on this list for Everton if they had started the season better, but Everton has been steadily improving and by the end of the year I believe his signing will be of Top 10 ranking.

  14. Alistair Hendrie

    January 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    If we are talking in the year of 2009 and not just this Summer, Arshavin is well up there. He has had a huge impact. If Arsenal were without Arshavin right now, they’d only really have Eduardo and Vela and would be very lightweight. Eduardo hasn’t been the same since his injury imo.

    Bellamy and Defoe of course as well.

    • MasterBlaster

      January 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

      I think we’re talking about this season, not the second half of last season. ’tis why we aren’t talking about Arshavin, Given, Bellamy, Crouch, Keane, and so on and so on.

  15. MasterBlaster

    January 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    If you guys are counting Bellamy and Given for Man City, then why not also say Arshavin with Arsenal? All three were signed last year during the January transfer window, thus making your comments about 9-10 months too late.

    Not to discount the author’s opinion, but as Timmy said Gareth Barry really hasn’t been all that great for Man City thus far. I think the same could be said for Valencia.

    That’s why I like the impact Dunne and also Duff have had on their teams. Personally, I think Joe Hart has been great for Birmingham and would have him higher, and I have seen most of Sunderland’s games and wouldn’t really think of Lorik Cana as being on this list.

  16. Ivica

    January 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    No Niko Kranjcar to Spurs??

  17. Scott

    January 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    This is another vote for Duff @ Fulham. And another for Dunne as well… really I second everything MasterBlaster said

  18. Tony E

    January 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    John, I think you are the one that knows nothing…

  19. Alistair Hendrie

    January 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Given was also signed last season.

  20. john griffiths

    January 10, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    why is tevez not top on his form, why is there no bellamy and where did shay given get to. this website knows nothing wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Alistair Hendrie

    January 10, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Bellamy was signed last season.

  22. Thekippaxismymum

    January 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    BELLAMY!!!!!!!! WTF!!!!!!

  23. Flamazing

    January 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    No Bassong?!

  24. Timmy

    January 10, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    And also, most City fans will probably tell you that Barry has actually been extremely average for the last couple of months

  25. OllieWillie

    January 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    How can you leave Dunne out completly, he’d be on top of my list…………Barry is way too high too and where is Kranja??

  26. Timmy

    January 10, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Vermaelen of Ajax, that obscure talent from that tiny club that nobody had ever heard of..

  27. MasterBlaster

    January 10, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I’d like to add Richard Dunne at Aston Villa to this list. Cast out at Man City for more expensive signings, his play has been stellar for the Villans this season in central defense.

    One other mention:

    Damien Duff (Fulham)

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