Our Best 5 imports to the Premier League in the 2016/2017 season
The Premier League season has gone by with the blue side of London earning themselves the bragging rights till a new winner wrestles the title away from their grip next season. The transfer market activity of various clubs in the PL saw new imports grace the league with their reputation, skills, and prowess on the field of play.
The top clubs in the Premier League made signings and so did the mid-table and lowly rated clubs in the league. However, some of these players shone and maintained consistency all through the season, some shone and made a significant impact until they were halted by injuries, while others came in as houses on fire but fizzled out over the course of the season.
We have also made our list of the best new players in the Premier League in the 2016/2017 season. We have chosen some of the best transfers to the Premier League from outside England in the just concluded season. They are Footiehound’s 5 best imports of the 2016/2017 Premier League season.
These players played major roles for their sides. Some took the league by storm leaving spectators, fans, and rivals alike in awe, while some came in quietly and showed their significance later in the season. A few just came to life at the right time and ensured that their sides remained in the league. They are as follows:
PAUL POGBA – MANCHESTER UNITED
The exciting midfielder contributed significantly to the achievements of Manchester United this season though they finished 6th on the log. The record signing contributed immensely to United’s attack and midfield as they won the Community Shield, Capital One Cup and most recently the Europa League competition which ensured their place in the UCL next season. He also contributed a goal by opening the scoring in the encounter.
- 30 games (29 starts, 1 sub app) in the PL. 5 goals and 4 assists
- 15 games in the Europa League. 3 goals and 1 assist
- 4 league cup apps and 1 goal. 2 FA Cup appearances.
- 4 MOTM awards in the league and 5 MOTM awards in the Europa League
MARCOS ALONSO – CHELSEA FC
The Spanish full back arrived from Fiorentina and had his chance in the game against Arsenal after which he monopolized the position till the end of the season. He was immense in making attacking forays to combine with the attackers on the left side, and also a decent set piece taker. The woodwork is a friend to a majority of his direct free kicks. One of the highest scoring defenders this season as he played his part effectively in Chelsea’s PL triumph, and now awaits an FA cup triumph if they beat Arsenal.
- 31 appearances (30 starts, 1 sub app), 6 goals and 3 assists in the PL
- 1 MOTM award to his name
- 2 apps in the FA cup and 1 league cup app
- 3 yellows in all competitions
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC – MANCHESTER UNITED
The towering Swede was an instant hit in the Premier League. He banged in the goals for Man United before the injury that ruled him out of the season. He was instrumental and a mainstay in United’s attack.
- 28 (27 starts, 1 sub) appearances, 17 goals and 5 assists in the PL
- 11 appearances, 5 goals and 3 assists in the Europa League
- 5 appearances in the Capital One Cup, 4 goals
- 1 FA cup appearance as a substitute, 1 goal
- 3 MOTM awards in the Europa and 5 MOTM awards in the PL
FERNANDO LLORENTE – SWANSEA CITY
The Spanish striker is one of the major reasons Swansea City will be playing in the Premier league next season. He alongside Sigurdsson provided the goods when it mattered most for the Paul Clement led side. Llorente was more of a headmaster in the final stages of the season as he was mostly out jumping opposition players in the box to plant headers in the net, providing Swansea with the much needed goals to avoid relegation. He may not have started the season on fire, but he ended it on fire. He was exactly what Swansea needed for the rescue.
- 31 (28 starts, 5 sub) appearances, 15 goals and 1 assist
- 1 sub appearance each in the FA cup and Capital One Cup.
- 4 MOTM awards won by him in the Premier League.
GABRIEL JESUS – MANCHESTER CITY
The 20 year old Brazilian arrived Man City in the new year and was an instant hit. He was however taken through the PL defenders crunching tackle injury test but returned, and was still a hit (same can’t be said for some new players in the league after a relatively long lay off) as he contributed important goals, assists and decent on the ball and off the ball movements in City’s attacks. He is one of the exciting prospects to watch out for next season. That’s if he hasn’t transcended that level.
- 10 appearances (8 starts, 2 subs), 7 goals and 4 assists
- 1 appearance in the FA Cup
- 1 MOTM award to his name in the PL
Many new signings graced the Premier League in 2016/2017, but these are our top 5 best new signings of the 2016/2017 season from outside England.