By Bariyo Brian Tumuramye
Finally, Premier League transfer window came to closure with Thiago Alcântara arriving from Bayern Munich in a cut-price £20m deal.
In Thiago, Liverpool has a player who is already a superstar. He showed his class on his debut against Chelsea when he came on as a second-half substitute and completed 75 passes – more than any Chelsea player made in the entire Gama with the most passes any player has completed while playing a maximum of 45 minutes in a Premier League game since Opta started recording their statistics 17 years ago.
Most Important Signing: Thomas Partey
After signing Willian, Pablo Marí, Cédric Soares, Gabriel and Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson, Arsenal splashed out on deadline day, paying £45m for Thomas Partey. The 27-year-old Ghana midfielder is a massive signing for Mikel Arteta and should boost Arsenal’s chances of a top-four finish. In fact, he has the best dribble success rate in La Liga since the beginning of last season (88.9%).
The best youngster: Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz has been at the top of his game in 2020. Only Robert Lewandowski (15) and Erling Braut Haaland (13) scored more goals in the second half of the Bundesliga season than the 21-year-old (10). Havertz opened his Chelsea account with a hat-trick against Barnsley in the League Cup, becoming the second-youngest player to score a hat-trick for Chelsea this millennium after Christian Pulisic, who scored three against Burnley last season.
The biggest coup: James Rodríguez
James Rodríguez has won the Puskas Award and commanded more than £125m in transfer fees in his career. And now he is playing for Everton. He is one of the most famous footballers in the league and his first few matches in England have shown why. He has scored three goals and set up three more in his first five games for the club. Everton has James Rodríguez. It’s still sinking in.
In the same vein, Aston Villa had a brilliant transfer window and capped it off with the loan signing of Ross Barkley. Not only will the Chelsea midfielder take the pressure off captain Jack Grealish, it means Villa now have a true No.8 in their midfield. His debut couldn’t have gone better, scoring in a shock 7-2 victory over his boyhood rivals Liverpool – only his second goal in 14 appearances against the Reds.
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