Five of the best Premier League signings of 2010-11
The Sport Review casts an eye over the top Premier League signings of the 2010-2011 season
As the season approaches its climax, The Sport Review takes a look at the top five Premier League signings of the 2010-2011 campaign.
1) Javier HernÃƒÂ¡ndez, Manchester United
The £6.5m signing of Javier HernÃƒÂ¡ndez is surely one of the top signings of Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy-laden reign at Manchester United.
His work-rate, humility and knack of scoring decisive goals have all ensured the 22-year-old Mexico international has been an instant hit at Old Trafford.
During a season in which Wayne Rooney struggled to shake off a torrid World Cup campaign with England, HernÃƒÂ¡ndez has netted 12 times in the league to keep United’s title assault on course, and has also scored four in Europe.
HernÃƒÂ¡ndez’s impressive displays were recognised with a nomination for the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year award, but Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere claimed the accolade ahead of the United forward.
2) Daniel Sturridge, Bolton Wanderers (on loan from Chelsea)
Chelsea secured the £50m signing of Fernando Torres in January expecting the Spaniard to fire the London club to domestic and European glory.
Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, was shipped off to the Reebok Stadium on a six-month loan.
While Torres took until last weekend to open his Chelsea account, Sturridge swiftly settled into life at Bolton, racking up seven league goals in just nine appearances and leaving Bolton manager Owen Coyle desperate to secure the 21-year-old’s services for next season.
“It’s not rocket science to know that we would love to have Daniel here but for that to come to fruition then a number of things need to happen,” said Coyle. “I thank Chelsea for allowing us to have Daniel and it was always going to be a win-win situation.”
3) Rafael van der Vaart, Tottenham Hotspur
Signed for £8m on the final day of last summer’s transfer window, Rafael van der Vaart instantly found form at White Hart Lane, proving instrumental in their league and Champions League form.
The former Real Madrid attacking midfielder has hit an impressive 12 goals in 25 league appearances so far during his debut season in England, including three strikes against north London rivals Arsenal.
4) William Gallas, Tottenham Hotspur
William Gallas quietly swapped Arsenal for bitter rivals Tottenham last summer after failing to agree a new contract at Emirates Stadium.
Spurs boss Redknapp described the signing as a “no-brainer” and the France international has proved a vital addition, the 33-year-old defender featuring regularly in the continued absences of Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate.
5) Cheik Tiote, Newcastle United
Newcastle United secured the signing of Cheik Tiote from Eredivisie champions FC Twente for just £3.5m last summer, and the 24-year-old Ivorian has impressed at St James Park, earning favourable comparisons to Chelsea’s Michael Essien and PSG’s Claude Makelele.
Tiote, who smashed home a memorable equaliser against Arsenal as Newcastle came from four goals down to draw 4-4 with the Gunners, penned a new six-and-a-half year deal with the Magpies in February amid reported interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.