Our Picks For Most Impactful EPL Signings This Transfer Window
Posted by FFPundits
3:12pm Sep 6 2021
This summer transfer window that just ended left us with some amazing stories to tell. In two moves that nobody expected to see, the two most important players in the sport of football in actuality, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo left their teams, Barcelona and Juventus respectively to look for new challenges. While for Messi this meant joining French giants PSG, for CR7 it meant coming home to Manchester United, a move that automatically plunged Man U to the top of all Premier League odds lists.
But apart from these two moves, the summer transfer window also had some stellar signings across the EPL, and here are our picks for the most impactful EPL signings that went down during this summer’s transfer window.
Romelu Lukaku, Inter Milan to Chelsea FC
Romelu Lukaku could easily be taken as a striker that most if not all teams in the world would love to have. His mix of physical dominance, speed, dribbling, and shooting prowesses make him one of the most sought-after players for teams looking to add a generational talent at forward. Well, funnily enough, for Lukaku his stints in the Premier League have not always been the best. While his first stint at Chelsea at an early age followed by a stint at Manchester United didn’t pan out how everyone would expect, Chelsea decided to give the Belgian scoring machine another shot at stardom in Stamford Bridge.
After scoring 64 goals in 95 games played for Inter Milan, a team where he felt comfortable playing, and given that the Italian team is going through some very noticeable financial perils, Chelsea decided to jump at the chance and give Lukaku a second chance. While Chelsea’s first option at striker is German Timo Werner and after not being able to sign the Norwegian monster Erling Haaland, Lukaku should pay off in great dividends for a Chelsea team looking for answers to their scoring needs. Questions about if Chelsea overpaid for Lukaku have surfaced, but if he’s given the proper opportunities, Lukaku could become Chelsea’s most serious threat at forward.
Raphael Varane, Real Madrid to Manchester United
Manchester United has always been known as a team that has great central defenders. If you look back you have the likes of Laurent Blanc, Rio Ferdinand, and Nemanja Vidic to name a few. As of more recently, Harry Maguire has done a respectable job holding down United’s defense, but with the addition of French defender and former Real Madrid player Raphael Varane, United has scored one of the world’s best defenders at rather a low price if you ask any football experts.
What Varane brings to the table, at only 28 years old is a résumé that not every player can expect to have at his age. It doesn’t hurt that he was one of the most important pieces in Real Madrid’s multiple UCL Championship runs as well as becoming one of the best defenders in Spain oh and also winning the World Cup with France in 2018. His level of experience, maturity, and all of the lessons he gained from playing alongside Sergio Ramos through his whole Real Madrid tenure will help United in the hopes of not just winning titles but also establishing a world-class durable defense for the future with Varane and Maguire at the helm.
Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United
Man, Manchester United should be given an award as the top winners of this year’s summer transfer window market huh? Before signing Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, United caused a first big shock in the market by signing back former Man U youngster and one of the best forwards in the world, Jadon Sancho. Sancho, who joined Manchester United from rivals Manchester City at only 17-years-old but already showing clear signs of his world-class striking skills.
After leaving United in hopes of finding more playing time and joining German giants Borussia Dortmund, a team known for being able to nurture young, up and coming players and then collecting all of the massive results that come from their work, Sancho exploded and turned into the pivotal game-changing winger that he is today. While United had to pay 85 million pounds, yes, 10 times more than what they originally bought him for a few years back, they have guaranteed themselves one of the best generational talents in English football for years to come.