After what seems like an eternity the 2017/18 Premier League is almost upon us. With many very high profile names and huge transfer fees paid, which transfers do we think will make the biggest impact in the Premier League in 2017/18?
Romelu Lukaku – (Everton to Manchester United) – 24 years old – Striker
It is fair to say Romelu Lukaku has some very big boots to fill. Due to an unfortunate injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the tail end of last season Manchester United will be looking for goals and will be expecting to put up a strong title challenge in the 17/18 Premier League season.
The player Mourinho chose to fill Zlatan’s boots is Belgian international and ex Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. At only 24 years of age he is a familiar face in the Premier League already and has terrified defenders with his strength, ability and pace. Strong in the air and lethal with both feet Romelu Lukaku is the perfect replacement for Zlatan, a natural goalscorer, he is a very exciting prospect for Manchester United fans. He is one of only 4 players to score 80 Premier League goals before his 24th birthday and has already scored 20 goals for his country.
One of the hurdles Premier League managers need to face is how a player will perform if they have come from overseas. Lukaku has a proven track record of performing and scoring goals in the Premier League and could prove a great piece of business for Jose Mourinho.
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon – Arsenal) – 26 years old – Striker
Since Robin Van Persie left Arsenal for Manchester United in 2012 Arsenal have struggled to find an out and out striker. Arsene Wenger has come under fire year on year from Arsenal fans for a lack of silverware, he needed to bring in a big name this season, especially with the uncertainty of star player Alexis Sanchez.
Scoring 100 league goals in 203 appearances for Lyon between 2010 – 2017 Alexandre Lacazette could be exactly the player Arsenal need to push for silverware in the forthcoming season. He has been scoring goals consistently for a few seasons at Lyon and certainly has an eye for goal. His pace, technical ability and dribbling skills should fit nicely into Wengers style of football. It will be interesting to see if Lacazette can be the spark Arsenal need to push for the title.
Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen to West Ham) – 29 years old – Striker
Slaven Bilic and West Ham struggled last season due to a lack of experience up top. Andy Carroll spends most of his time injured and chipped in with only 7 goals last season and Antonio often featured in the right back position. Bilic needed to make moves this summer to ensure West Ham can avoid relegation and maybe push for the top half of the table. It looks like he may have found the perfect man to score the goals they so desperately require.
Otherwise known as “little pea” Javier Hernandez has featured in the Premier League, playing for Manchester United between 2010 and 2015 he scored 37 league goals in 103 games, many of which were scored from the bench. Many believe Hernandez didn’t fulfil his potential under sir Alex Ferguson due to a lack of premier league starts, however he was clinical in front of goal on numerous occasions.
At West Ham Hernandez will probably be a regular starter and it could be his time to prove himself in the Premier League once and for all. Don’t expect 30 yard screamers and mazy dribbling, Hernandez is poacher, in the right place at the right time and an eye for goal. His first game will be at Old Trafford against his former team and could prove a tough test, however don’t be surprised if you see Little Pea score in excess of 15 league goals in 17/18.
Tiemoue Bakayoko – (Monaco – Chelsea) – 22 years old – Central Midfield
Defending champions Chelsea looked strong last season and N’Golo Kante has proven a superb signing from Leicester City. Chelsea have strengthened their midfield further by signing the very impressive Bakayoko from Monaco. He was a vital part of Monaco’s Ligue 1 triumph last season. Widely regarded as one of the best young central midfielders in European football, his strength and pace will make breaking through Chelsea’s midfield next season a very difficult task. He also recently played his debut for France alongside his new team mate Kante. Having the extra strength and pace in midfield will give Chelsea’s attacking players even more freedom to push on.
Chelsea have also signed a potential star in Alvaro Morata, however it is unlikely he will be as dangerous as Diego Costa in his first season and will probably be over shadowed by Bakayoko in midfield.
Wayne Rooney – (Manchester United to Everton) – 31 years old – Midfield / Striker
A loyal servant to Manchester United and regarded by many as a club legend, Wayne Rooney is an established and very talented player who has played at the very top level. Making 393 league appearances and scoring 183 goals for United in his 13 years at the club. He is also England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer of all all time, surpassing Sir Bobby Charlton’s records. He has won the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and Fifa Club World Cup in his spell at United and captained both England and Manchester United on numerous occasions. In recent years Wayne Rooney has found himself frustrated, left on the sidelines due to an influx of new players and various managers. However there is no doubting his talent and his passion.
A life long Everton fan and born in Liverpool it seems fitting that he should move to Everton for more game time. After selling Lukaku, Ronald Koeman needed a goalscorer and Wayne Rooney could be the answer. Playing back for his childhood team and increased game time Rooney could thrive and we could see him perform back to his best.
Above are Knightprint’s top 5 transfers so far, the transfer window closes on August 31st and there maybe some more great signings in the coming weeks.