So where to begin. In just a week the footballing world has changed, Russia stunned Spain, with Spain seen as 6/1 favourites to win the whole tournament, England finally broke the curse of penalties and maybe started to allow the nation to have just a little bit of hope… And with England doing so well, back to who each Premier League team should sign (As always, controversy will be ahead). If you missed the first part you can find it, here
Chelsea – Diego Simone
Bet none of you expected a manager to be the signing. The great thing with Simone is he will be the spark that starts the bonfire. You look back at Chelsea’s season (Here) and see that there was a critical error between manager and board and an almost disdain that grew over the season. Not only has the relationship between board and manager gone, but also within the fans starting to turn on Conte. This is where Simone comes in. Arguably one of the best managers in the world to never have won the Champions League. Going to Chelsea could be seen as a sideward step with Atletico widely considered to be roughly at the same level as Chelsea. However moving would allow him to add a new level to his managerial prowess for the reason that the Premier League is known to help propel managers to larger than life status as seen with Sir Alex, Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp. Signing for Chelsea who will be wanting to get back to Champions League football next year will allow him to have more financial backing from the board and potential start a new dynasty as he did at Atletico. This could even potentially involve deals to bring in current Atletico players such as Giminez and maybe even Griezmann come to Chelsea which would be a very welcome addition.
Crystal Palace – Hatem Ben Arfa
Without a doubt, Crystal Palace’s best player last season was Wilfred Zaha with potentially Luka Milivojevic being the only other star. The difference with Zaha however is his age, at just 25 he still has plenty of room to develop as a player. With rumours of clubs like Tottenham, Manchester City and Napoli sniffing around for him it would make sense to sign a replacement and make a profit. The reason why Ben arfa is such a god idea in my opinion is due to the fact he is now a free transfer. Whilst his last experience in the Premier League was certainly less than memorable, his time at PSG was much better whilst being branded ‘le phenomena’ which very simply means, the phenom, showing how highly rated he was before he ostracised himself into being released. A year on from this and he is still without a club meaning he will be eager to get himself playing and Crystal Palace could be the perfect chance, a potentially free role with no real threat if Zaha goes and a chance to show his worth. Even if Zaha stayed they could form a bond on the wings to supply Benteke in the centre. Maybe ‘le phenomene’ can find a home in London.
Everton – Iago Aspas
Waiting for the pitchforks here… Yes I know, he is an ex Liverpool player. But let’s not forget that he has a strong disdain for the reds following his dreadful time there where he was cut off by a certain Brendan Rogers and sold to Sevilla for just £5.3 million in 2014. Further to that he was then sold to Celta Vigo for £4.7 million on the very same day after his initial move. Since signing for Celta Vigo he has been revitalized and finished with 22 goals in 34 games this season finishing behind Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez in the Liga BBVA golden boot and even beating Antoine Griezmann to it. The reason he would be so good for Everton is due to his ability to play as a forward where Everton has really lacked since Lukaku. With his play style being likened to that of Jamie Vardy where he likes to beat the last man, it would make sense to play him with a partner such as Ademola Lookman and become a counter-attacking team similar to Leicester in 2015/16 where they had both Vardy and Mahrez running behind with Kante able to supply the balls forward and hold. Now swap this for Aspas, Lookman and Davies. Stranger things have happened but this transfer would also allow Aspas one final dig at Liverpool, showing them the player he could have been for them, at their biggest rivals.
Fulham – Aleksandar Mitrovic
Where to begin with this man. From signing for Newcastle in 2015 and scoring 14 in 65, to going on Loan to Fulham and scoring 12 in 17. Something has just clicked for him in this side. Whilst the Newcastle fans were keen on him after his comment saying he wishes to become a Newcastle legend like Alan Shearer (No added pressure there), he quickly lost faith following constant misses and suspensions for various misdemeanours on the pitch. He was even quoted saying that he ‘wants to leave the club in the January transfer window, to find the best solution to my career’ in a Serbian newspaper. This was initially to Bordeaux on loan, then Anderlecht but both moves broke down. Then the joys of Snapchat stepped in (not even joking) and following a conversation with Fulham manger Slavisa Jokanovic he signed on loan. He then formed an intrinsic bond with the players around him and has been scoring almost for fun since his move and is a fan favourite among the cottagers and ended up as second top goalscorer behind Ryan Sessegnon. A permanent move makes very logical sense as it was clear his time at Newcastle hadn’t come to fruition yet Fulham have helped him find that spark he was so hoping for at Newcastle. Maybe not Alan Shearer but potentially Sir Bobby Robson?
Huddersfield – Johan Mojica
Potentially the stand out player from the England vs Colombia game, Mojica is currently playing for Girona FC which is part of the City football group as of 2017. Mojica is currently 25 years of age and is able to play virtually any position along the left side with his favoured being either a left back or a left winger. Huddersfield currently have Lowe who last played as the left back and with Mojica who is able to bomb forward and support the strikers, it will allow an extra depth to be added to their squad. With Mojica, they could sign him for a relatively cheap deal of around £12 million which for a player of his ability who is able to play in multiple positions could be a very nice addition to Huddersfield in their bid to stay up for another season.
And just in case if you missed the first part you can find it, here
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