2013-14 Premier League summer transfers XI
Martin Demichelis (Manchester City)
With Vincent Kompany injured and a lack of numbers in the Manchester City backline, Manuel Pellegrini needed somebody that he could trust, something he has got now with Demichelis.
The two have worked together previously at River Plate and Malaga, proof that the manager knows Demichelis inside out and will not need time to understand his strengths and weaknesses. The Argentine is 32 already, but is a prudent signing for the Citizens.
Steven Caulker (Cardiff City)
Having struggled to find a starting berth at Tottenham, Caulker left for Cardiff City this summer, and could be very important for the side if they are to avoid relegation. Standing 6’3″ tall and possessing good football skills, Caulker has all it takes to be a quality defender.
Despite being only 21 years old, Caulker has already earned himself an England cap, and in a few years’ time could prove great value for the £8 million that the promoted Premier League team bought him for.
Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)
A French footballer of Senegalese origin, Sakho was a massive coup for Liverpool this summer, given that the club have not been reaching European competitions in recent years.
The 23-year old has been touted as one of the best young footballers in the continent, and would have been a regular on Paris Saint-Germain’s team if not for the French club’s propensity to spend and make big-name signings.
Despite having captained France at every youth level and earned 14 senior caps at the age of 23, Sakho is known to be a very temperamental, but if Liverpool can keep Sakho focused on his game, then the defender could become a massive hit at Anfield.Published 04 Sep 2013, 15:17 IST