10. Yohan Cabaye (Lille to Newcastle United, £4.3m)
In what has been a breakthrough season for Newcastle in the Premier League, Yohan Cabaye has been one of their best signings, during the close season from French champions Lille. He has provided 9 assists and scored 5 goals, including a screamer against Manchester United, and has become an integral part of the Geordies’ engine room.
9. Mikel Arteta (Everton to Arsenal, £10m)
One of the 5 signings in a crazy transfer dash by the Gunners, Mikel Arteta has slowly but steadily become one of the first names on the teamsheet. His experience in the league has been vital, and he is one of the main men behind Arsenal’s resurgence of late, despite the loss of players like Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. Adept at controlling the tempo of the game at his will, he has netted 6 goals, including stunners against Wigan, Aston Villa and Manchester City.
8. Aiyegbani Yakubu (Everton to Blackburn Rovers, £5m)
Blackburn’s poor season has had only one bright spot. The form of Nigerian striker Aiyegbani Yakubu. He has netted 17 league goals for Rovers, and had given the club every chance in their fight to survive in England’s top flight.
7. Michel Vorm (Utrecht to Swansea City, £1.5m)
Vorm has been one of the outstanding goalkeepers in the league this season. Probably as good as his Manchester City counterpart, Joe Hart, in shot-stopping, Vorm signed for a meagre fee from Utrecht and has constantly been lauded for his exploits. Known for his penalty saving abilities, as well, he has saved two penalties this campaign.
6. Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City to Tottenham Hotspur, Loan)
Adebayor’s nomadic life in European football continued as he moved from Manchester City to Tottenham, via a loan spell at Real Madrid. Since then, he has been instrumental in Spurs challenge for a top 4 finish in the Premier League, scoring 16 goals, and also providing 11 assists, including 4 in the same game against Newcastle.
5. Scott Parker (West Ham United to Tottenham Hotspur, £5.5m)
The underrated Scott Parker has been Spurs focal point in midfield this season. He has been a real workhorse for Spurs, and his fine season was rewarded with the England captaincy and a place in the PFA team of the Year. Despite being at the end of harsh fouls from Luis Suarez and Mario Balotelli, Parker remains a constant in Tottenham’s first team.
4. Juan Mata (Valencia to Chelsea, £23.5m)
Signed from under Arsenal’s noses, Juan Mata has been Chelsea’s best player in what can be termed as a ‘disappointing league campaign’, which has also seen Chelsea progress to the finals of the FA Cup and Champions League. Mata has provided a mammoth 22 assists, and also netted 12 vital goals.
3. Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City, £38m)
The son-in-law of Diego Maradona, and all of 23 years old, Sergio Aguero has been in impressive form in only his first season in the Premier League. Quick, skillful and accurate. Aguero has netted 29 times, 22 of them in the league, with 10 assists.
2. Demba Ba (West Ham United to Newcastle United, Free)
Signed for a penury, Demba Ba has gone on to be one of the star players in the league this season. Despite having missed 2 months of the season, to the African Cup of Nations, the Senegal international has netted 16 goals, including hattricks against Blackburn and Stoke. He was voted as the best signing by Premier League managers in March.
1. Papiss Demba Cisse (SC Freiburg to Newcastle United, £10m)
Newcastle added to their existing Senegalese strike force, with another striker, Papis Demba Cisse, from Freiburg. Hugely influential for his previous employers, he scored a fine goal on debut against Aston Villa. He hasn’t stopped scoring since, netting braces against West Brom, Liverpool, Swansea and Chelsea. His two goals against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge were of the highest quality.