The Best Premier League Transfers By Clubs Outside The Top Six5 min read
With the Premier League season just under one month away, teams are frantically trying to secure their transfers to bring in new faces.
While a lot of introspection is routinely placed upon the top six clubs in England, there have been some astute transfers made outside of that clique so far this summer.
Here are three transfers which should excite any Premier League fan:
Pablo Fornals (West Ham)
Signed for £25 million from Villarreal, West Ham have pulled off a masterstroke in pulling this deal off.
Pablo Fornals comes to the London Stadium as a newly-crowned U21 champion with his country Spain, playing a major part in his country’s success.
The attacking midfielder has a deft final pass that can cut open defences as it did throughout the tournament in Italy.
Pablo Fornals you dirty, dirty man pic.twitter.com/xcCSw4KDgA
— Jack Grimse (@JackGrimse) September 26, 2018
Finishing his last season in Spain with 50 appearances, playing in a variety of different positions, suggests that West Ham have picked up a very versatile midfielder that will add a lot to Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
The 23 year old will bolster West Ham’s midfield and provide quality in the final third of the pitch that has perhaps been missing over the past few seasons. Having briefly known of him in Malaga’s youth set-up when Pellegrini was in charge of the Spanish club, Fornals should feel accustomed to new life in East London.
Lloyd Kelly (AFC Bournemouth)
One of England’s highly-rated prospects made the move from Bristol City to the South Coast of England this summer, where he will be nurtured by Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.
Lloyd Kelly is a left-back-cum-centre-back who, at 20-years-old, has had plenty of first-team experience in the Championship with Bristol. Having played 48 games throughout the 2018/19 campaign, Kelly has made the step up to the Premier League and will be continuously monitored by England manager Gareth Southgate.
Liverpool were reportedly keen on Kelly to add to their squad, but the Englishman made a wise decision in order to continue his development with regular appearances. Under Howe, Kelly can improve his game either as a central defender or a left back, with both positions being up for grabs.
Kelly is a modern defender in how he either operates down the left-hand side in an attacking sense, or bringing out the ball from the back when in the heart of his team’s defence.
It might take him a few months to become adjusted to the demands of the Premier League, but Kelly has time on his side and will be one to watch over the coming years at Bournemouth.
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Looks strong, composed and with the defensive quality we have at the club, should develop nicely.
Are you excited by the prospect of his signing? Or anyone able to offer any insight?
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) May 16, 2019
Wesley (Aston Villa)
This transfer might have come out of the shadows, but Aston Villa’s newest centre forward promises to excite fans this season.
The former Club Brugge striker notched up 17 goals and 10 assists in 48 appearances last season, showing his prolific nature and still only being 22-years-old.
Standing at 1.91m, Wesley is more than just a target man, with his flamboyant ability to bring the ball down and bring others into play. The Brazilian has a knack of turning up in the right place at the right time, which is what Villa fans will be hoping for as they look to remain in the division.
Signed for just over £20 million, the expectation will be on the 22 year old’s shoulders in his debut Premier League season. He will certainly be one to track throughout as he will prove to be a handful for defenders.