Since the last round of Premier League games and particularly on transfer deadline day on 2 September there have quite a few transfers between Premier League sides and between a couple.
Here is a look at 10 big signings that I believe are in line for their debut this weekend:
1. Mesut Özil (£42.5m from Real Madrid)
Arsenal made the second-biggest signing in Premier League history when they bought Mesut Özil from Real
Madrid for £42.5m. This transfer and the recent form of Arsenal have sprung optimism into their fanbase, despite failing to bring in another striker or a holding midfielder.
The German attacking midfielder may force Santi Cazorla to play out wide on the left on a permanent basis but there is no doubt Özil is one of the most talented playmakers in the world. Great technique and phenomenal passing ability, look out for Arsenal’s record signing to create a number of chances in the Premier League. The Gunners travel to Sunderland on Saturday, with Paolo Di Canio’s side lying in 19th place and with captain John O’Shea suspended. Don’t be surprised if Mesut Özil makes an instant impact.
2. Willian (£30m from Anzhi Makhachkala)
Chelsea splashed out £30 million on two Anzhi Makhachkala players at the end of the transfer window. All that fee went on Brazilian forward William whilst team mate Samuel Eto’o was signed on a free transfer. After impressing for Shakhtar Donetsk in both the Ukrainian Premier League and Champions League, Willian was unimpressive after transferring to Russia in January.
Willian has already acquired his work permit and was not part of the Brazil squad over the international break so there’s a good chance he will be included in the Chelsea squad that faces a tricky test at Goodison Park on Saturday.
3. Marouane Fellaini (£27.5m from Everton)
After missing out on a number of central midfield targets over the summer, David Moyes gambled on Everton’s Marouane Fellaini who he brought to England for £15m five years ago. Manchester United midfielders won 94 headers in the Premier League combined last season. Fellaini won 151 alone for Everton last season. That’s something the Belgian midfielder adds to the team but I don’t see him as a playmaker on the ground.
Manchester United host Crystal Palace on Saturday in a game they are expected to win comfortably. Whether he starts the match in the first team or on the bench I expect Moyes to give Fellaini his Manchester United debut this weekend.
4. James McCarthy (£13m from Wigan Athletic)
Everton had a good transfer window in my opinion. With the money made from Marouane Fellaini’s sale as well as getting £6m for Victor Anichebe, Roberto Martínez has made some good additions to his side. James McCarthy is the second most expensive signing in Everton history. The midfielder who played under Martínez for last season impressed a number of journalists and fans alike with his work rate in midfield. McCarthy makes a number of tackles each game, as well as a few interception and trying to create chances for his team mates.
Chelsea are the visitors to Goodison Park on Saturday and McCarthy could be a good addition in the centre of the Everton midfield to break up the play of Chelsea’s several creative midfielders.
5. Christian Eriksen (£11.5m from Ajax)
Tottenham Hotspur paid a relatively low price in comparison to a number of stars who moved over the summer. The fee was just a small price in comparison of the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Christian Eriksen is a small central attacking midfielder who likes to run at defenders and is great at picking out a pass.
Playing at home to Norwich City on Saturday, André Villas-Boas may want to consider throwing Eriksen in straight away or bringing him on as a sub if Tottenham either have a comfortable lead or needing a goal to take the lead in the second half.
6. Victor Anichebe (£6m from Everton)
After Romelu Lukaku’s loan expired at the end of last season and Peter Odemwingie moved to Hull City, West Bromwich Albion appear to have downgraded substantially in their firepower up front with the signing of Victor Anichebe from Everton. The Nigerian striker scored just 18 Premier League goals in 131 games for Everton which appears to be a big gamble on Steve Clarke’s behalf to rely on Anichebe for goals. Shane Long remains at the club and 34-year old Nicolas Anelka was brought in over the summer.
West Brom travel to Fulham on Saturday with the two clubs combining to have scored 2 goals in their opening 3 matches each. Shane Long is a doubt whilst another new signing Stéphane Sessègnon has yet to receive his work permit. Don’t be surprised to see Victor Anichebe feature.
7. Martín Demichelis (£4m from Atletico Madrid)
Manchester City’s defence was beaten 3 times by Cardiff City recently with the absence of Vincent Kompany. The club fear the Belgian defender still has a few weeks left before his return. Matija Nastasić and Joleon Lescott didn’t look too comfortable in their last away game and midfielder Javi Garcia has played at centre-back again already this season. Martín Demichelis is an experienced defender who could fill in for the short-term.
It would be a tough decision for Manuel Pellegrini to hand Martín Demichelis his Premier League debut in the tough away game that is at Stoke City. But with how the defence performed from set pieces against Cardiff City he may want to throw the Argentinian in at the deep end.
8. Marko Arnautović (£2m from Werder Bremen)
Stoke City have a potential bargain on their hands – Marko Arnautović has cost the Potters just £2 million from German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen. He left the Green-Whites after his manager seemingly lost faith in him. Indeed, Arnautović is one of the bad boys of football. Unpredictable. Can be lazy. Can lose his cool and get sent off. But if Mark Hughes can motivate the Austrian he has a good player on his hand. Likes to attempt long range shots and is technically gifted.
Hosting Manchester City on Saturday, don’t be surprised if Mark Hughes throws the new signing on if they’re chasing the game late or looking for a late winner on the counter-attack.
9. Samuel Eto’o (Free from Anzhi Makhachkala)
With Fernando Torres and Demba Ba failing to score regularly in this Chelsea formation, José Mourinho brought in Samuel Eto’o on a free transfer from Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala. The two worked together at Internazionale previously, but since the Cameroonian all-time top goalscorer has been taking it easy in Russia with his multi-million £ contract.
I’m not sure what Samuel Eto’o’s fitness levels are like, but expecting a tight game with Everton on Saturday, the new signing striker could be the difference maker for Chelsea.
10. Gareth Barry (On loan from Manchester City)
Another solid signing by Everton on transfer deadline day was the season-long loan of the experienced Gareth Barry from Manchester City. Three appearances short of reaching 500 in the Premier League, Barry offers a solid defensive midfield option for Roberto Martínez’s side.
Expect Gareth Barry to be handed his debut versus Chelsea on Saturday as Everton look to prevent the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Frank Lampard and co creating opportunities for the visitors.