We are now a few months into the season and new signings are already settling well into their respective clubs. Here’s a few of the very best from around England.
Although Diego Costa deserves an honorable mention for his nine goals in a Chelsea shirt, it’s been the tenacity of Cesc Fabregas which has propelled Chelsea to the top of the league.
With 11 assists in all competitions, he’s made Wenger look foolish for failing to take the chance to sign him. He’s also made Chelsea’s midfield more dynamic with the likes of Oscar and Eden Hazard raising their games as a result. For a fee of €33million, Fabregas is a bargain in comparison to most signings.
If there’s anything you can say about Alexis Sanchez’s early impact in England, it’s that it is far better than the impact Mesut Ozil made in his first season. Particularly since Danny Welbeck signed for the Gunners, Sanchez has become a key component for Arsenal.
With seven goals in nine games, he’s shown the sort of guile he did at Barcelona and being the main man now he’s become a better player. Once Theo Walcott gets back into the full flow of football, they could form one of the most potent attacks in European football come the knockout stages of the Champions League.
When Lewis Grabban moved to Norwich City in the summer many thought it was going to be a tough season for AFC Bournemouth. However, Callum Wilson, who signed from Coventry City in the summer, has proved to deliver as the replacement for the 22-goal Grabban.
With nine Championship goals to his name so far, Wilson has been key in helping Bournemouth mount a serious challenge for Championship promotion. His lighting speed coupled with his deadly finishing have made one of the divisions top forwards. If the Cherries fail to reach their promotion goal, expect a number of Premier League clubs to come knocking.
When Kieran Agard returned to League One with Bristol City after winning promotion with Rotherham United, eyebrows were raised, and rightly so. However, since signing for City, he’s been a revelation, scoring seven goals to guide them to the top of League One.
Many would argue Aaron Wilbraham has been the best signing for Bristol City with nine goals so far this season. However, at 35, there’s very few years left for the former MK Dons striker. Taking into account Agard is 25, the Robins have really proved their attractiveness by pulling in a player in his prime. This can only be positive for City fans, who are already on a high.
Usually things don’t work out a second time around but that’s not been the case for Paul Hayes. The former Barnsley striker has scored seven goals for the high-flying Wycombe Wanderers since making his return following a loan spell in 2012. He’s been rolling back the year, popping up in places where only strikers appear to make the Chairboys faithful believe.
After only just surviving relegation last season, this season has breathed a new lease of life into Wycombe and Paul Hayes embodies that. Speaking in August, manager Gareth Ainsworth stated, “Since he’s walked through the door everyone has made him feel part of Wycombe, part of the new Wycombe, which is honest, together and hard-working.”