North London rivals snap up two precocious playmakers…
5) Dejan Lovren – Lyon to Southampton for £8m
The Saints sit joint fourth in the Premier League, and boast the best defensive record in the Premier League table so far, having only conceded two goals all season. New centre-half signing Lovren has had a big part to play in Southampton’s clean sheets, and also bagged the winner against Liverpool at Anfield.
4) Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea to Everton on loan
Borrowing a striker that cost £18m and scored 17 Premier League goals last season is a complete no-brainer… Luckily for the Toffees, they managed to secure the season long loan deal for the powerful young Belgian, and he’s already started repaying them, scoring in his first league appearance. Were Chelsea foolish to let him go?
3) Kolo Toure – Manchester City to Liverpool on free transfer
Snapping up Toure on a freebie from City is looking like a fantastic piece of business for Brendan Rodgers. The Ivorian has slotted straight into Liverpool’s versatile four-man or three-man backline, and has looked completely accomplished in any role he has been asked to play. Toure is comfortable on the ball, but more importantly, provides the side with the experience it lost when Jamie Carragher retired in the summer.
2) Christian Eriksen – Ajax to Tottenham for £11m
Eriksen’s arrival has made the Gareth Bale departure much easier for Spurs fans. Why did Eriksen only cost £11m, and why did no other clubs try to sign him? The Danish playmaker has settled into the Spurs lineup brilliantly in the no.10 position, and has completely outshone £26m record signing Erik Lamela. Tottenham sit second in the table, just two points behind their north London rivals Arsenal.
1) Mesut Ozil – Real Madrid to Arsenal for £42m
The world-class German playmaker has quite simply turned Arsene Wenger’s side from top four hopefuls into genuine title contenders. Arsenal currently top the table thanks to five consecutive victories, and Ozil has started life at the Emirates brilliantly, registering four assists already. He cost huge money, but he was worth every penny.