1. Jordy Clasie – Southampton
I expect him to show what a very good technical midfielder he is. Signed from Feyenoord for £8m, he will replace Morgan Schneiderlin, but he is a different sort of player. He is a ticker, a passer. He won’t waste the ball, he will keep it. The concern is that he will find the Premier League too physical. He weighs 10st 3lb and is only 5ft 7in and there are some big beasts out there. I’m sure Victor Wanyama will take on Schneiderlin’s physical job. Clasie, 24, is economical and has the same DNA as his manager, Ronald Koeman.
2. Christian Benteke – Liverpool
It was no surprise to me that Liverpool signed him… only that Manchester United didn’t compete more. I’m excited to see him at Anfield. Yes, Roberto Firmino will be a player to look out for, but 24-year-old Benteke is a powerhouse, a centre forward who will trouble defenders, fight for the ball and, importantly, score goals. He will give them what they were missing last season. There are few better sights than a cross met with a header from a big centre forward. I expect him to be impressive in both boxes, helping out defensively too.
3. Memphis Depay – Manchester United
He certainly looks like he rates himself and while I am all for confidence, he needs to deliver. Is he another RVP, or another Ryan Babel, who came to Liverpool with promise and confidence but couldn’t hack it? The 21-year-old will be box office but the road from Holland is littered with players who couldn’t match their form from the Dutch League. He’s got some swagger and while he scored 39 goals in 64 league games (plus 26 sub appearances) for PSV, Manchester United is a different ball game. He won’t get so many free kicks and penalties for starters.
4. Yohan Cabaye – Crystal Palace
I’m certain other clubs will look at him and ask: ‘Why didn’t we sign him?’ A beautiful technical player who wants to regain his place in the French squad and clearly enjoys playing for Alan Pardew. This signing shows how far Crystal Palace have come. With Cabaye, 29, on set pieces and striking the ball so cleanly, they can improve on last season’s 10th place finish. There is talk he will only play when he is 100 per cent fit but the manager can get the best out of him.
5. Petr Cech – Arsenal
I will be fascinated to see if he can recapture his best form. I have a suspicion that, at 33, he might not be the goalkeeper he once was. Jose Mourinho is no mug. Everyone is saying ‘Jose has been kind to Cech’ and ‘he has given Arsenal a big hand’ but let’s see. The word is that he doesn’t come off his line as much as he used to and the better teams will exploit that. But the last time Arsenal had a keeper of this quality was Jens Lehmann… and they won the title with him.
6. Raheem Sterling – Manchester City
This kid is as hard as iron. You can hammer him, say what you like, but he doesn’t care. Yes, the 20-year-old could have handled his move from Liverpool better, but his attitude is: ‘I have one career, I want to earn as much money and win as many medals as I can’. The transfer doesn’t offend me; City have got their man, a player who will add something else to their squad, and Liverpool have got their money. He’s a fantastic little player. He needs to score more goals and I think he should strike the ball better for a £49m player, but he is quick and direct and I’m looking forward to seeing how he fits in with Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
7. Dimitri Payet – West Ham
A lovely footballer with terrific vision, as long as the movement is good up ahead of him. Payet, 28, created more chances than any player in Europe’s top five leagues last season, which is why West Ham paid £10.7m for him. In France they are asking: ‘Why has he gone from Marseille to West Ham?’ So they must have paid him well. West Ham fans will remember Eyal Berkovic and he’s similar. He can become a favourite in the last season at Upton Park.
8. Troy Deeney – Watford
Big, strong bully of a striker who will score goals against the smaller clubs. Quite how he performs against players such as John Terry and Vincent Kompany remains to be seen. He scored 77 in 159 starts (plus 46 sub appearances) in the Championship and I tried to get my dad to sign him for QPR. Watford will play with one-up in most games and the 27-year-old will have to lead the line. There is talk about struggles with his weight but I fancy him to do well.
9. Callum Wilson – Bournemouth
Look out for Matt Ritchie too, but I’ve picked Eddie Howe’s centre forward because I think he will really catch the eye. He is old school, with an excellent worth ethic — a player who will chase lost causes. Like Ian Wright, he looks like he loves his football and will relish making the step up to the top flight after playing for Coventry, where he scored 22 goals in 40 league starts.
Wilson, 23, scored 20 in 45 league games for Bournemouth and if my old club are going to stay up, he will need to settle quickly.
10. Bastian Schweinsteiger – Manchester United
Two United players in this selection, but I couldn’t leave out the German playmaker. I am gutted that Arturo Vidal went to the Bundesliga instead of coming here and it seems the Premier League isn’t as attractive to top foreign players at the moment. Schweinsteiger, 31, is in the final third of his career and has a poor injury record, so can United get him on the pitch? If they can, this could be one of the signings of the century. United have lots of bodies competing for places in the centre, but when he plays, can he be the World Cup winning Bayern talisman he once was?
Culled from the Daily Mail of London