The 2019 Premier League summer transfer window has entailed its fair share of surprises since opening on the 16th of May, 2019. However, one can expect that number to increase in the coming days, with the transfer window not slamming shut until the 8th of August.
Contrary to previous years, the English clubs have spent relatively less lavishly than their continental counterparts. While the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid have gone on a monumental shopping spree, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham have been more judicious in the market.
Yet, akin to the British norm, these sides have brought in a few fresh faces for significant sums of money. Additionally, the clubs in the bottom half of the table have been active to acquire footballers that suit their needs.
Consequently, a buzz has been created around the Premier League with millions of eyes trained on how the new arrivals would fare on British shores.
Thus, through the course of this article, we would chalk out five individuals who have the potential to have a considerable impact on the league and stamp their authority from the outset.
Without further ado, here is a look at them:
#5 Ayoze Perez (Leicester City)
Leicester City enjoyed a topsy-turvy campaign last term which included a managerial switch in February. The Foxes started brightly before tailing off a touch in the middle and then regaining momentum towards the end.
Thus, the Midlands club knew that they had to tweak a few things in order to sustain their quest of breaking into the Premier League’s top six. And to that end, Leicester have made a couple of shrewd signings.
Ayoze Perez was influential in 2018-19 as Newcastle staved off relegation and veered themselves to a respectable 13th place finish. However, the Magpies, lured by the cash the Foxes offered, decided to offload their star striker, even before the season started proper.
While Newcastle are certain to rue the departure of Perez, Leicester wouldn’t really be complaining, considering they’ve gotten their hands on a proven Premier League talent and a player who has previously shown the attributes to succeed in England.
Under Brendan Rodgers, the Foxes have returned to their quick transitional, counter-attacking roots and have looked to inject the side with pace. Perez fits that bill perfectly and he could develop into a perfect foil for Jamie Vardy.
The Spaniard is capable of playing anywhere across the forward line and that flexibility could endear him to the Foxes’ faithful in a jiffy. Moreover, he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty when tasked with defensive work. Thus, he could be an ideal fit in Rodgers’ system.
A few weeks ago, not many would’ve batted an eyelid at Perez’s move from Newcastle to Leicester. Yet, it could turn out to be one of the more thoughtful signings of the summer.