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Top 5 Foreign Imports For The 2012/13 Season
As we approach the final weeks of another pulsating Premier League season, guest blogger Prasanna gives us his top 5 foreign debutantes this season.
Just to clarify before writing any further, the inclusion of these foreign players is on the basis of their individual performance and their impact on their team in their first outing in England.
5. Vertonghen (Tottenham)
Like his fellow Belgian defender – Thomas Vermaelan, Jan Vertonghen is an equally offensive centre-back. Has scored an amazing five goals for Tottenham so far this season and cemented himself at the heart of their defense line. He can pretty much play any defensive position on the left and joins the counter attacks occasionally. A solid defender, he looks set to hold guard for the Londoners for the years to come and made it into the PFA team of the Year.
4. Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
The highly rated playmaker has slid into the Arsenal game with utmost ease. He makes a difference in the game every time he has the ball at his feet. He has appeared in all the games in the league for Arsenal this season – starting in all except one! He has shown his pace, shooting accuracy and capability to set the pace of the attack. Cazorla scored a hat-trick in his very first season and has more than lived up to his expectations and is currently Arsenal top scorer with 12 goals.
3. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)
The young lad has managed to score 18 goals in the league so far and has been the stand out player for Aston Villa. The 22 year old striker was also nominated for PFA Young Player of the Year in his debut season. He ended up being runner-up to Gareth Bale. Benteke is a player to be watched out for next season. If it wasn’t for him, Villa would probably have been relegated by now. He is their key to stay in the top flight next season!
2. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
Snatched up by the Blues for £32 million from Lille, he has lived up to his price tag. To kick off the campaign, he was declared Man of the Match consecutively for the first four games in the premier league. He has single handedly turned games for Chelsea, saving face by avoiding Europa exit against Sparta Prague with a stunner. Hazard has scored wonder goals, troubled opposing defenders with his deceitful trickery, partnered Mata excellently and has been a top assist provider.
1. Michu (Swansea)
The Spanish ace from Rayo Vallecano is the pick of the lot imported last summer. Bought for just 2.6 Million, he is worth a whole lot more than that now! He’s among the top scorers this season with 17 goals in the league. He has been a player to rely on for Swansea after the departure of Scott Sinclair and Gylfi Sigurdsson and was instrumental in their Capital One Cup win, If he can keep up with this kind of a form, big spending clubs will soon be rooting for him. Will Swansea City be able to hold onto him?
So that’s my top 5, did I miss anyone out? Who was your top foreign import this season? Share your views below.
This article was originally published on The Blitzkrieg Within.