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Four overseas players that could thrive in the Premier League

Wednesday 19th April 2017
As May looms closer, football fans begin to wonder about next season and which footballers they want to join their respective sides. Here are four overseas players that could perform well in the Premier League.

Mauro Icardi



The South American forward has had a very hot and cold relationship with his current employers, Inter Milan. Late last year it seemed as if the fans wanted his head, jeering him, not celebrating his goals and even formally asking for his demotion from the Inter captaincy.

Since then Icardi has said he loves living in Milan and playing for the club. This desire for the club has seen him eye up silverware. Although, given this short timeline and the U-turn of events; there's no reason why he couldn't depart. He's been fantastic all season long for the Nezzaurri, twenty-one goals in the league makes him a real handful for defenders. He's also only twenty-four years of age, so he still has a fair bit of mileage in him.

The opinion dividing attacker is known for his resiliency, he's physically strong and has great awareness in attacking positions. He doesn't waste time with his chances, he'll score with just a few touches of the ball or lay it off if required. More often than not though, he'll finish the play with a goal – accurate with both feet and his head. He can be utilised either as a wide attacker, or even a central striker.  He's a very versatile forward player.

A lot of noise surfaced about Icardi moving to Arsenal last summer, and to be honest – he'd be a perfect fit. He would be the 20+ goal a season man, which they expected from Giroud. Given Icardi's flexibility, he'd fit right into Wenger's dynamic player-position shuffle patterns, and given the higher calibre of player around him, he'd also have more chances to score goals. Imagine the partnerships he could develop with Özil and Sanchez. Should a move to the Emirates not suit the Argentine, he would also do well at Everton as a replacement for Lukaku, given the Belgian's uncertain future.

Morgan Sanson



The young Frenchman may have only moved from Montpellier to Marseille in January but should current form continue, the English top tier sides would be foolish not to consider signing him. He's created thirteen goals for his various teammates this season. That makes him the season's top assister in Ligue 1. Which should be enough to gain Premier League interest. Accumulatively, he's scored four between both clubs played for this campaign. Not bad for a young midfielder who's still transitioning.

It'd be very easy to see Sanson turning out for Stoke City. He's got the attributes for the Potters: decent height for aerial duels, he gets stuck in defensively as well as going forward but most importantly – Sanson's a creative player. The latter being something that the Staffordshire club have lacked all season. They have plenty of players that can finish chances: Marko Arnautović, Joe Allen and Peter Crouch – but very few that provide them. In fact, the Austrian is both the club's top scorer and playmaker this campaign and he's not exactly had a stellar season. Sanson would come in and make ease the burden on the Stoke forwards.

Jan Oblak



The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has long been a prospective transfer for many clubs, and now could be the perfect time for the Slovenian keeper to jump ship to the Premier League. Atletico have started to hit form recently, rising to the third position in La Liga, but realistically they can't do better than that this year. However, they could easily slip down the ranks. The team have qualified for the Champions League semi-finals, but a new challenge may appeal to the goalkeeper
Oblak is a crucial element to the side's impressive results. His statistics illuminate just how good he's been. He's played twenty-four league games and kept twelve clean sheets. The Atletico backline knows they have a quality keeper who literally keeps the team in games. There's no doubt that Premier League sides will be interested in his services, with Manchester United reportedly leading the pack to make an offer for him. However, he'd be appreciated anywhere in England. Clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool may pay more for him given their current keepers haven't lived up to expectations.

Andrea Belotti



The Italian has gone from strength to strength this season, having scored twenty-seven goals in thirty-two appearances for Torino. Accounting for 42% of the side's league goals this year, there's no doubt the forward from Calcinate is capable of finding the back of the net. His tally puts him at the top of the Serie A scorer's chart for the season, tied with Edin Džeko and two above Gonzalo Higuaín. Altogether, a strong standing for the twenty-three-year-old.

Whilst he'd be a credit to any Premier League club, it's already the big guns looking to seal his signature for next year. Arsenal and Chelsea seem to be the favourites to sign the striker.
A collection of Belotti's best moments from the season so far.

Nicknamed the Rooster, he could cluck his way to London – although he would be more at home at Manchester City. They are front-footed and like excessive wing play, which he could easily slot into. That said, it'd be harder for Belotti to get into the starting eleven. Although his goal ratio this season will certainly put him in contention for any side in the Premier League.
Warren Smith

Yokohama F•Marinos supporter. Seen it all in the J.League, relegation fights and being crowned champions. Play five-a-side, pretty good too. Once scored an overhead kick.


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