With the transfer window done and dusted, all teams have taken the opportunity to strengthen in various positions. We all are aware of the major signings that happened during the window, but there are many transfers that go under the radar.
Premier League clubs spend a total of £1.35bn on players. I will be discussing the most underrated transfers of the window which could prove to be big bargains and will fit into their respective team’s systems perfectly.
5) Tino Livramento (Chelsea to Southampton) £5M
The 18-year old English full-back was snapped up by Ralph Hasenhuttl from the Chelsea academy. Tino was considered to be one of Chelsea’s best prospects in their academy. Hence, they’ve enlisted a buy-back clause in his contract.
Tino Livramento was bought in to challenge current right-back Kyle Walker-Peters and bring more depth in Southampton’s back four. His performance against Manchester United showed why Chelsea held him in high regard and looks to have made the right-back spot his own.
His exceptional start to the season earned him his first call up for the England U21s and he seems to have made the right-back position his own.
The final product at 18
At only 18, Tino looks to have great strength both on and off the ball. He is well recognized for dribbling out from the back and going on powerful runs. He piled up 8 assists last season, showing he’s a key asset in the attacking third as well.
4) Leon Bailey (Bayer Leverkusen to Aston Villa) £26M
The Jamaican international has been linked to the premier league for the past couple of years and he’s finally arrived at Aston Villa. In his time at Leverkusen, Bailey was their constant attacking threat scoring 39 goals and getting 22 assists in three-and-a-half seasons.
Having only featured as a sub in the premier league once till now, he has already registered one assist and there’s more to be excited about for the Villa fans. Leon Bailey has already featured in the elite European competitions. This will benefit Aston Villa as he’s bringing in the know-how as the club will be gunning for those European spots.
A renowned Winger
Leon Bailey comes into the premier league with the reputation of having a wand of a left foot and a player who likes to dribble past defenders. With Aston Villa being short on their wing options, the signing of Leon Bailey is a great buy and can push them to compete for those European positions.
3) Joachim Andersen (Lyon to Crystal Palace) £20M
The 25-year old Danish center-back is going to fit perfectly in Crystal Palace. He will suit Patrick Viera’s system. Andersen proved his worth to the premier league while playing last season for fellow London club Fulham.
Crystal Palace has done a great job in reducing the team’s average age. Previous Center-backs Sakho and Cahill were released from the club. They have been replaced by Andersen and Marc Guehi. Andersen has played for various clubs around Europe, including Sampdoria in Serie A and Lyon in France.
A perfect fit for Crystal Palace
He is a ball-playing defender that will fit well in Viera’s system. His passing accuracy of 98% at Euro 2020 speaks for the center-backs ability with the ball. It was clear to see he was Fulham’s top performer last season. Standing at 6ft 4, Joachim is an aerial threat in both boxes. He made 81 headed clearances for Fulham in 31 games, showing his dominance in the air.
He is also a player who doesn’t dive into tackles, has great defensive positioning, and reads the game well. Bringing in a top international center-back is going to boost the eagle’s chances of keeping more clean sheets and challenging teams in and around them.
2) Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig to Leicester City) Season-long loan
It’s been clear to see that Brendan Rogers’s side has had a void to fill at their right-wing position with Ayoze Perez being their only choice. Perez has underperformed consistently since his move to Leicester and his red-card in the previous game has made Leicester sign a new winger.
Bringing in Lookman, who has premier league experience and is only 23 is a great move in my opinion. Having been on loan at Fulham last season, Lookman was their main attacking threat but couldn’t help them survive relegation.
Lookman adds attacking versatility
The England U21 international has played predominantly down the left-hand side, but has attacking versatility and can be used down the right flank. With his tally of ‘big chances created’ at 9, it is already more than any Leicester City player last season.
Lookman is coming into the club with the higher ‘shot creation chances’ and ‘expected assists’ than any winger at the club. He also defends from the front which is crucial in a Brendan Rodgers system. With him wanting to prove to people he belongs in the premier league this signing could be a great fit for Leicester City.
1) Demarai Gray (Bayer Leverkusen to Everton) £1.6M
Signing any player for such a minor fee is always going to be great for a club. Bringing Demarai Gray back to the premier league is already looking like a great signing for Everton.
He is back and his performances show he wants to prove his doubters wrong. Demarai Gray has already got two goals in his first three appearances for Everton. His link-up with Calvert-Lewin is looking dangerous.
The 25-year old, under the guidance of Rafa Benitez has the chance to take his game to another level and become a regular in the premier league.