As usual, the Premier League clubs have been extremely busy in the transfer window this summer, and as we have already begun the new season, you may be trying to get your head around who these new signings are for your club, and what they may bring to the team. So here are three players who have arrived from abroad, who you may have heard of since the opening game of the season. Here is a lowdown on the qualities they will bring to the Premier League, for their new club.
The Belgium international is a 22-year-old striker, who made a name for himself in his previous spell at Marseille, by scoring 17 goals last season in Ligue 1. Batshuayi finished just below Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Alexandre Lacazette for top goalscorer with last season’s tally. Before joining Marseille in 2014, for £4.5 million, the 5ft 11ins attacker provided to be a key man in Standard Liege’s quest for Champions League football, as he prevailed as runner-up for top goalscorer in the Belgian Pro League, with 21 goals from just 38 games. The forward also scored in this year’s Euro Championship, scoring the second goal for his country, in a 4-0 hammering over Hungary. At such a young age, Batshuayi has already netted 65 goals in his senior career.
The young striker is not just prolific infront of goal, but has bags of pace and strength, and has been referred to as a young Didier Drogba, which should definitely excite the Chelsea fans. Chelsea splashed the cash on the young Belgian, spending just under £35 million on him, and he has already played a part in the opening game of the season, against West Ham, after he assisted forward Diego Costa, for the late winner, in the 2-1 victory.
Another player who represents Belgium, is midfielder Steven Defour. This signing was not just a statement of intent from newly promoted side Burnley, but the arrival of the talented midfielder also broke their club-record fee for a player, after spending £7.5 million for him.
The centre-midfielder has plenty of experience from his previous spells at Anderlecht, FC Porto and Standard Liege. He has led Standard Liege to winning the league title as Captain, and also played a massive role in FC Porto’s title-winning season when he was there too. Defour has made just over 200 appearances in the Belgian Pro League, and also has played 65 games at the top-level in Portugal. The midfielder has represented previous clubs in the Champions League, and has also gained 46 caps for his national side, Belgium.
In addition to being one of the most wanted players this summer, Burnley have recruited a star who will fit right into the high intensity and work rate the Clarets have implemented into their style of play over the last few seasons. Defour will be a work-horse in the heart of midfield for them, as well as a key leader to Sean Dyche’s team. Another key attribute the midfielder will bring is the battling qualities required to face against the top clubs in England.
Leicester signed the speedster from Russian side CSKA Moscow this summer, from where he dazzled in the Russian Premier League for four fine years. Previously, he has also been scouted by clubs all over the world at just 18-years-old, back in the 2011-12 season, at Dutch club VVV-Venlo, where he bagged impressive braces against the top sides in the country, Ajax and Feyenoord. The Nigerian attacker has also been given a part to play at the national level. In 2010, he was given his debut for his national side, and has gone on to make 58 appearances where he has scored 11 goals, and they believe there is still a lot more to come from the winger.
The 23-year-old Nigerian can play as a winger or forward for title holders Leicester City. Musa hasn’t got the most glistening background from his previous spells at clubs, and some may say the Foxes are taking a gamble for the amount of money spent on him (£23 million). However, Musa is a speedster, he is extremely nippy and has bags of potential. The high-speed dribbler is 5ft 7ins, and has electric pace which he can use to tear defenses apart in the Premier League. The winger can play on either side, but does prefer to cut-in from the left on his favoured right foot. Some clubs were not prepared to go in for someone who hasn’t quite proven themselves at such a high level, but Leicester have given the youngster this opportunity, and he has the potential to replicate the success Riyad Mahrez has gained, under Claudio Ranieri, at the Foxes.