An Article by Khertan Harshad Ramanan
The transfer window is closed and now it’s time to wrap up the best signings made in this summer transfer window.
Coming from the Championship, Emi Buendia is ready to play in the PL. Buendia was named SkyBet Championship Player of the Season after he played a crucial role in getting Norwich straight back into the PL after they were relegated in 19/20. Scoring 15 goals and 16 assists and creating more chances than any player in the division, shows that Buendia can be the key player to Aston Villa’s creativity. After losing Jack Grealish to Manchester City, Buendia could be that replacement that Aston Villa needed. Arsenal was also in the race to sign Buendia but the fact that he chose Aston Villa over them was embarrassing, funny and a strong statement to be put out. I’m looking forward to seeing how Buendia and Aston Villa compete this season and I believe they will finish higher than what they previously finished last season.
The former Aston Villa’s star boy has joined PL giants Manchester City for £100m in the biggest deal in British football history. The 25-year-old joins on a six-year deal with the Premier League champions. I feel like this transfer was not talked about much as I thought it would. Maybe because Grealish doesn’t look like a City player at all. I think clubs like Liverpool, United and Arsenal would have suited him better where he could be the main man of the team. There could be a case to be made that Jack Grealish has not improved Man City’s team at all. However, he could add a difference to the side. With Bernado Silva potentially leaving the club at the end of the season, Jack Grealish could replace him. Yes, he may not be worth the £100m, but I am excited to see how Pep Guardiola moulds Grealish into the player he can be.
What a signing from Manchester United, this is the dream signing from their perspective. When you think about levelling up and trying to improve on what you got, the improvement from Lindelof to Varane is insurmountable. Raphael Varane comes from Real Madrid and being hailed as one of the top 10 Centre Backs in the world, will give the club the platform to launch a serious and sustained bid for silverware on multiple fronts. With an already strong backline of Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan Bissaka, adding Varane will improve everyone’s standards. This could probably be the best defence in the Premier League. What a bargain signing as well, £34 m for a player in his prime, a player who has won four UEFA Champions League titles, three UEFA Super Cups, and four FIFA Club World Cup trophies this is the third-best signing of the transfer window.
VIVA RONALDO!! The GOAT of football is back in the PL, beautifully secured from Ed Woodward and the Glazers. What a window, what a signing and what a statement from Manchester United. A proven goalscorer, proven winner, the hunger and passion, this is exactly what United needed. With Edison Cavani almost always injured, Martial not being in form and Greenwood still being too young to lead the attack, Ronaldo is the perfect player to be brought in to lead the front. There are no signs of the man slowing down despite being 36 years old. Scoring 101 goals over the past three seasons for Juventus, he shows that he is still able to play at the top level. When you look at United’s 21/22 team, this is the strongest team United had since 2013. Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Rashford, Sancho, Shaw, Maguire, Varane, Greenwood, Cavani and now Ronaldo? This team can compete for the PL title with the likes of City and Chelsea.
Probably the best signing of this summer window is Romelu Lukaku. While you may argue that Ronaldo could be the best signing of the window, I believe that Ronaldo is already coming into a very strong United attack, blessed with goals, that already contains Sancho, Rashford and Greenwood. Could United have continued without Ronaldo? Yes, I think they could. Bringing in Ronaldo obviously improves the attack drastically but it is still not the same level as what Lukaku could bring to Chelsea’s attack. In terms of levelling up and improving what they already have, Lukaku is precisely what Chelsea needs. A strong Centre Forward with a thirst for goals, Lukaku can lead the line, play on the shoulder, create chances and score poacher’s goals. Lukaku is the answer to Chelsea’s press. This Chelsea team was crying out for a Striker and they have got what they exactly needed, a proven goalscorer with a point to prove in the Premier League.
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