We are two games in, yet some of the potentially best pieces of summer transfer business have yet to make their mark, while others have begun making an impression already.
While the big money acquisitions of Robin van Persie, Santi Cazorla, and Eden Hazard among others naturally have been dominating the headlines, here are five signings worth shouting about too, who may just prove why between now and the end of the season.
Yassine El Ghanassy
It wasn't so long ago this young Belgian was being talked up with a move to Manchester City, and West Brom have done well to capture the 22-year-old winger on loan for the season. He is yet to feature for Steve Clarke's side, but will surely get his chances as the season develops. He is already a Belgian international and has played in the Champions League with Gent, and will be hoping to prove he can deliver on his much talked about potential over the upcoming campaign, and can link up with compatriot and fellow loanee Romelu Lukaku.
For a Champions League winner to be signed on a free, there has been a remarkable lack of fuss around Bosingwa signing on at QPR. Expect all that to change when QPR host Chelsea on September 15, and the whole John Terry affair is raked up again by the press. Bosingwa's role last season should not be forgotten, with him playing in central defence for the FA Cup Final and against Barcelona, and if QPR do rise up the table to challenge for the top 10, the right-back will likely play a big part in that.
Wolves will be kicking themselves at the timing of their relegation, because Michael Kightly was just finally regaining form and fitness after an injury ravaged two to three years. The price Stoke paid for him was small change compared to the fees Wolves secured for Matt Jarvis and Steven Fletcher, and he will likely be an important weapon in the club's armoury. He scored on his debut against Reading, and will be looking to build on that and stay fit, and finally show why he was talked about at one time why he was even linked with Manchester United.
Another West Brom player, Claudio Yacob signed as a free agent from Argentine side Racing Club. He is an Argentine international, and has played alongside the very best, and has already shown why he is so highly rated with excellent performances against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. The midfielder has a passing completion rate of 91 per cent over his first two matches, demonstrating one of the key abilities he brings to Steve Clarke's side.
Ki Sung Yeung
Swansea caught the big clubs napping when they stole into sign Korean international Ki from Celtic, and they may make them regret it. Ki was signed with money spent from selling Joe Allen, and he promises to be a very shrewd acquisition. Only a fortnight earlier he was linked with Arsenal and touted as the 'Korean Steven Gerrard'. He won a bronze at the Olympics to add to his medals won in the SPL, and at just 23 he looks like a real star of the future, for a bargain price of £6 million.
Which of these five will prove the best buy? Who else deserves to be on this list?
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