The new faces in the Top 5 clubs of EPL

I would have restricted myself to the top four but Tottenham in the last few years have been doing a lot of quality buys and are always pushing for the Champions League finishes. In 2005-06 season they came as close as it can get. So here is a look at who are the new faces in the top 5 clubs in England.

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Anderson Oliveira: Brazilian attacking mid-fielder from FC Porto. Plays primarily a central role but can play in the wings aswell. He won the Golden Ball at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2005. Has played in the ongoing Copa America for Brazil. From the videos that I have seen the bulky left footer is very fast and can hit some thundering blows.

Nani: When the EPL defenders were still sorting out how to handle Ronaldo, here comes an improved version of the Portuguese winger, another Portuguese import, Nani. He is fast, he can dribble, he can fly and he can also blast one of those shots from outside the box. He is the player to watch for if he lives upto the reputation and the form that I got to see in the Asian Pre-season friendlies.

Owen Hargreaves:He is one of those rare players whom we have seen more in Internationals than in the club level. He was outstanding for England in their failed pursuit of the World Cup which made a him one of the top targets of Ferguson. His role will be similar to what Carrick has done in the last season for Man U.

Tevez: Well he is fast and he is furious. After all the court and out-of-court drama gets over, hopefully Tevez will become a Man U player. He was the best player in the League for the second half of the season and I watched West Ham play just to watch him. Sky sports commentator Andy Gray has his doubts on how he will combine with Rooney in his column.

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Steve Sidwell: A free signing from last years surprise team Reading, he was a class act as the whole team. The midfielder with attacking instincts can play in the flanks and was a constant threat throughout the year. Will he get his chances, possible for the FA cup and Carling cup matches.

Tal Ben Haim: Last years concern for Chelsea was what if Terry gets injured. Well they have opted to play safe and not let Essien be pressurised into a role which he doesnt cherish. The solution is the Israeli centre-back who can(was) play on the flanks if Cole gets injured before Bridge recovers from injury :). Ben Haim had a decent performance for Bolton last season and is a healthy addition to the Chelsea team.

Claudio Pizarro: The Peruvian player who was last seen in action in the Copa America 2007 was available on a free transfer from Bayern Munich, where he would have not got a chance with Klose and Luca Toni joining Podolski. Anyway on free transfer he is a good buy for Chelsea who were dependant on Drogba for all their goals. Maybe he will have something different to offer.

Malouda:This is probably the most exciting signing for Chelsea this season. The French Ligue 1 player of the season seems to be having the French flair in his passing and running. If Robben makes his move to Real, Malouda is a worthy replacement. He was the most impressive Chelsea player on display in an otherwise boring Chelsea pre-season.

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Fernando Torres: Well he was Athletico Madrid till last season. The captain, inspiration for a team has now become the costliest signing of the season (we have to see what would be Tevez’s price yet). At 20 million pounds and Luis Garcia to Athletico, he will be expected to get all the Away goals for Liverpool. The Home goals will come by with the Kop’s blessing :). The previous Fernando (Morientes) Liverpool signed was a flop show at Meyserside so hope this dude is lucky. With Kuyt he will form a deadly combination. But he is famous for missing the sitters and scoring the difficult goals in La Liga.

Ryan Babel: The young Dutch Forward who expressed interest in coming to Arsenal but ended up going to Liverpool was one of the most exciting talents in display in the UEFA Under 21 Championship and was the Man of the Match in the finals. We will have to wait and see how rafa uses him.

Andriy Voronin: A free transfer signing from Bayer Leverkusen, this Ukrainian striker might prove to be the secret weapon. He is strong and makes all the right noise inside the box, winning penalties. So Rafa will have a forwardline of riches to choose from this season.

Yossi Benayoun: Another West Ham player who is leaving for a better club, the Israeli Captain is a valuable player when you look at the number of assists he gives other than his attacking mid-field instincts. He had a good season in an otherwise lacklustre West Ham season

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Eduardo Da Silva: Fromwhat I have seen of him, he is one guy who fits into the Wenger scheme of things. He plays deep and picks up the odd ball and distributes. He can play wide and also looks like the adventurous type (he tried a shot from Arsenal half seeing the Goalie out of position), which you find in an Arsenal forward rarely. He combined well with Bendtner/Persie against Lazio. And in the pre-season matches before that he combined well with Adebayor. So these are options which look exciting as of now.

Bendtner: The 19 year old Dane could be the missing link in Arsenal forward line if he can get his headers inside the box. He looks good on the air during corners and free-kicks and hence adds utility to the team. He should be a bit more aggressive like the rest of the team. I can see him developing as a strong partner to Persie.

Kieran Gibbs: One should not make opinion based on 75 minutes of play. But the way this young British player (one of the few in the Team) played against Inter, he deserves to be mentioned. He might feature more often in the senior team as a mid-fielder. He looks slim but is very strong and can hold the ball for his forwards. I am expecting him to make a mark this season.

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Darren Bent: The Charlton forward was a buy for 16 million pounds. Expensive I would say and there was not exactly any reason for Spurs to buy any more forwards unless they are planning to be extra-aggressive this season. He should be able to play in every odd match that Berbatov or Keane doesnt get to play.

Younes Kaboul: The French Defender will give cover for Ledley King in the Spurs team and is considered very good in his trade while he was at Auxerre. He should get first team football soon as King might take time to get back from Injury.

Gareth Bale: Another future star who signed for the Spurs because he thinks he will get more first team football in the Spurs team. He was Southampton’s star player after Walcott and should impose his style in the Premier League this season.This left footed player has evoked a lot of comparison with Giggs though he is a left-back.

Kevin Boateng:The latest Spurs signing is a 20 year old Ghanian-German player who plays in the central-midfielder role. He was one of the star young players of the Bundesliga playing for Hertha Berlin.

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One response to “The new faces in the Top 5 clubs of EPL

  1. Jayden brown from Australia

    Fernando Torres is the best there is and the best there ever will be!!!

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