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Hit or Miss: The biggest Premier League transfers Part 2

Friday 5th August 2016
The Premier League clubs have been busy in the transfer window; the 20 teams have spent a combined total of £550 million up to now, and that figure is certain to increase. We take a look at the biggest signings over the past several weeks and judge whether they will succeed in the Premier League this season.

N'Golo Kante - Chelsea

A whole host of top European clubs showed interest in signing N'Golo Kante after his exceptional season for Leicester City. Chelsea won the battle and paid £32 million to secure his services. Kante was one of the standout performers in the Premier League last season; his solid displays played a big part in Leicester winning the title. There's huge pressure on Kante to deliver this season at Chelsea, but his ability alone will make him a success.

Verdict: Hit

Vincent Janssen - Tottenham

Tottenham desperately needed a new striker to reduce the burden on Harry Kane; Vincent Janssen has arrived at the club for a fee of £17 million from AZ Alkmaar. Janssen is a proven goal scorer, he scored 27 times last season in the Eredivisie, in just 34 games. His ability could make him a success at White Hart Lane, but Tottenham play with just one main striker, so it will be difficult for Janssen to make an impression at the club this season.

Verdict: Miss

Joe Allen - Stoke City

Joe Allen was deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool; Stoke City snapped at the chance to sign him and paid a fee of £13 million . Allen is one of the most underrated players in English football, he was excellent for Wales at the European Championships and he will now get the chance to play regular first-team football at Stoke. Allen will be given a big role this season under Mark Hughes and he will flourish at his new club.

Verdict: Hit

Ahmed Musa - Leicester City

Leicester has signed several new players this summer in preparation for their busy schedule this season; Ahmed Musa is the most exciting of their new arrivals, he's joined the club for £17 million from CSKA Moscow. Musa has already proven what he is capable of in a Leicester shirt - he scored twice against Barcelona in a recent pre-season friendly. The Nigerian international has pace and he can finish, which will make him a big hit at Leicester.

Verdict: Hit

Georginio Wijnaldum - Liverpool

Liverpool's second biggest signing so far this summer is Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle United; the Dutch international cost £23 million . Wijnaldum played in all 38 games for Newcastle last season in the Premier League. He is a talented player, he's capable of scoring goals from midfield, but at times, he lacks consistency. Can he cope with the expectations at Anfield? Judging him on the past 12 months; the answer is no.

Verdict: Miss

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - Southampton

Southampton recently lost one of their key players in Victor Wanyama; they have replaced him by signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Bayern Munich, for a fee of £13 million . Hojbjerg showed huge potential during his time in the Bundesliga, appearing in over 70 games. Southampton have a great reputation for developing young players, so Hojbjerg will be given his opportunity to impress this season, and he will deliver the goods at St Mary's.

Verdict: Hit

Leroy Sane - Manchester City

Leroy Sane was heavily linked with Manchester City over the past few months; the deal has now been confirmed, and Sane will arrive at the Etihad for a fee of £37 million . Sane is one of the most promising youngsters in Europe, he already has four caps for Germany. Pep Guardiola has gained a reputation for getting the best out of young attacking players: Pedro at Barcelona, and Kingsley Coman at Bayern Munich, and Sane could add his name to that list.

Verdict: Hit

Idrissa Gueye - Everton

Idrissa Gueye has arrived at Everton for £7 million from Aston Villa. Gueye spent one season playing in the Premier League with Aston Villa, he made 35 appearances, but he was unable to prevent his side from being relegated. Gueye will be given the task of protecting the backline this campaign, he produced some decent performances last season, but he didn't prove that he can make it in the Premier League.

Verdict: Miss

Jordon Ibe - Bournemouth

Jordon Ibe secured a big money move to Bournemouth from Liverpool; Eddie Howe's team parted with £15 million to secure his services, which is a record transfer fee for the club. Ibe showed some potential during his time at Anfield; however, he didn't feature in Jurgen Klopp's plans at the club. Bournemouth are an attacking side, which will suit Ibe's style of play, and he has a good opportunity to develop as a player this season on the south coast.

Verdict: Hit

Alvaro Negredo - Middlesbrough

Alvaro Negredo has previous experience of the Premier League; he returns to English football after a two-year absence to join Middlesbrough on a season-long loan . Negredo was once one of the best strikers in Europe during his time at Sevilla, but since then, his form has suffered dramatically. Can he reignite his career at Middlesbrough? Although he still possesses quality, he will find it difficult in the Premier league this season.

Verdict: Miss

Victor Valdes - Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough have signed Victor Valdes on a free transfer . It's a huge coup for the club, as not so long ago Valdes was regarded as being one of the top goalkeepers in Europe whilst at Barcelona. Valdes has suffered from injuries over the past few seasons, but if he stays fully fit this season, he will have a big part to play at Middlesbrough. Valdes is still a quality goalkeeper and he will add valuable experience to Aitor Karanka's side.

Verdict: Hit

Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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