As I have been following Sky Sports News HQ’s 92live all day on Tuesday it has got me really excited about the start of the Premier League season on Saturday, August 8.
After a slow start the transfer market is now in full swing with all 20 top flight teams investing in the players that they believe will help them succeed in the campaign ahead.
As a Pompey fan, there probably aren’t a lot of people who follow this blog who could care about the goings on of a League Two side.
Se I decided to pick my top 13 summer signings who will make an impact on the 2015/16 season.
1. Petr Cech (Arsenal)
With Wojciech Szczesny going to Roma on loan and David Ospina still to prove himself in the Premier league with a full campaign as the Gunners number one, Arsene Wenger had to invest wisely.
That investment comes in the form of former Chelsea number one Petr Cech. A proven top class stopped, had fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge and believed he still had a lot to offer in the Premier Leagues elite.
The North London side have always looked like a side that should be battling for the title on paper, but in the last few years have fallen away towards the tail end of the season.
Now with a safe pair of hands in goal, Arsenal could give the rest of the top teams a run for their money and challenge for the title.
2. Sylvain Distin (Bournemouth)
He has played at the highest level of English football since 2001 when he spent a season on loan at Newcastle United, since then he has been a defensive general for every team he has played in.
Even though Eddie how has already splashed out £8m for Tyrone Mings from Ipswich and Max Gradel from St Etienne for a fee believed to be in the range of £9m, I believe Howe’s most valuable signing will be the free agent from Everton.
As the Cherries are very inexperienced at the level, they will need someone to steady the ship at times when they could potentially struggle throughout the season.
3. Radamel Falcao (Chelsea)
The Man United flop could be seen as a risk for Jose Mourinho to bring him on loan from Monaco, having only scored four goals in his time at Old Trafford.
So why have I picked the Colombian? Well all you have to do is look at the strength of the champions squad and you’d be a fool to think that Falcao would not flourish in this side.
Last season was Louis Van Gaal’s first season in the hot seat of the Red Devils, and as a consequence, I believe he was flexing his muscles with his signings, but to end result.
However, now in a team where Falcao will be getting service fro arguably last seasons best midfielder in Cesc Fàbregas, and with Mourinho knowing that Diego Costa can be an injury risk Falcao is the perfect strong front man to step into the shoes of Dider Drogba.
4. Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)
The French international could potentially be.one of the best bits of business we have seen this summer.
The former Paris St Germain midfielder may have come with a hefty price tag of £13m, but we know from his time at Newcastle what he is capable of.
Alan Pardew brought the best out of the Eagles at the tail end of last season, and by investing in a flair player like Cabaye, the boss has shown his cards very early.
If Palace are able to keep players like WIlfred Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and Marouane Chamakh fit then it would not surprise me if they were at the right end of the table, maybe even chasing a Europa League spot.
The Frenchman is capable of producing moments of magic, and Pardew will be hoping he will be able to reproduce them once again for him like he did at the Toon.
5. Tom Cleverley (Everton)
Well Roberto Martínez must have some pretty strong powers of persuasion to get the midfielder to up to Merseyside.
The free agent from Man United is a player I would have in my team any day of the week, he is strong, got a great passing range and can chip in with the odd goal here and their.
This was something that was lacking from Martinez’s side last year was goals from the middle, and with a potentially trio of Cleverley, Gareth Barry and Ross Barkley, Everton will be hoping they will be pushing for a Europa League spot again this year after a bit of a mediocre campaign last time out.
6. Christian Benteke (Liverpool)
Another player prised away from Aston Villa, but this one was a bit more inevitable.
Benteke was a player high on many teams, wish lists this summer, but it was the £32.5m of Brendan Rodgers who managed to pull the Belgian striker away from Villa Park.
After yet another disappointing season, and the lose of their captain, the red side of the Mersey really need a pick me up this year and Rodgers has been one of the most active managers in the Premier League.
Now, with the addition of a proven goal scorer in Benteke, the Reds will be hoping that maybe this year could be their year.
7. James Milner (Liverpool)
As well as Jordan Henderson has progressed and is the natural replacement for captain marvel, the signing of Milner could be one of the unsung heroes of the new campaign.
Even though Milner has for some reason gained this reputation as England’s most boring player, he knows how to pick out a pass, he knows how to deliver a deadly free-kick and he also knows how to find the back of the net.
With a new strike force of Danny Ings and Christian Benteke, Milner will be the go to guy to ping those balls into the danger area.
8. Memphis Depay (Man United)
Fast forward a season and the attacking-midfielder ended the year with 22 goals and guided PSV Eindhoven to their first Eredivisie title since 2008.
As a consequence, Depay’s stock sky rocketed, costing Louis Van Gall a cool £31m to get him to the Premier League,
Linking up with fellow Dutchman Daley Blind, the pair can be a force to be reckoned with tearing apart opposition defences.
After flops Radamel Falcao and Ángel Di María both exited the club after just one season, the Old Trafford faithful, may have found a new icon in Depay, if he delivers like he did in Holland.
9. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man United)
You can’t just ignore when a powerhouse like Schweinsteiger comes to the Premier League.
A World Cup Winner, a Champions League Winner and an eight time Bundesliga winner, the German midfield maestro has his eyes firmly set on a Premier League medal to add to his collection.
With a stacked midfield including fellow new signings Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin as well as untied strong hokd Michael Carrick, Van Gall means business this year.
With it looking more likely that Wayne Rooney will be playing at the front of a very attacking midfield five, it looks very possible that come May 2016, Man United could once again be sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table.
10. Robbie Brady (Norwich)
One of the stand out players in a very lacklustre Hull City side, Brady deserves to be in the Premier League, and with Norwich’s latest stint in the top flight the winger looks to add a bit of quality to the Canaries.
Only scoring 10 goals during his time in Steve Bruce’s side, it was only last year that Brady really began to shine.
Showing some real moments of quality and delivering some set pieces that players in the Champions League would be proud of.
Alex Neil has invested wisely getting in players that have experience at digging in and scraping for survival, and Brady looks to be a central part of that, especially with a £7m price tag over his head.
11. Shay Given (Stoke City)
Still in my mind one of the best Goalkeepers in the Premier League, Stoke City have got themselves an absolute steal getting Shay Given on a Free.
With Asmir Begović heading for Chelsea, Mark Hughes knew he needed a reliable replacement and they don’t come any more reliable that the Republic of Ireland international.
Having been part of England’s top flight since 1996, speaks volumes of Given’s stature as a shot stopper.
Even though he turns 40 this year, Given has proven he still has a lot to offer and in a team like Stoke where strength and discipline are at the heart of the way they play, Given will be well protected and will only be called into action when he really needs to be.
12. Andre Ayew (Swansea)
After losing Wilfred Bony to Manchester City last year, Garry Monk has been searching for a suitable replacement.
Bafétimbi Gomis tried his best but with Ayew, comes a striker highly recommended, scoring 17 goals last year for Marseille and the Swans will looking towards the big Ghanaian to supply the goals.
With a powerful front line of Ayew and Gomis, they will really give Premier League defenders a headache and will most certainly get goals this season.
The big question hanging over the Swans is can they emulate the form they showed in the 2013/14 season when they surprisingly achieved a spot in the Europa League.
13. Rickie Lambert (West Bromwich Albion)
Now under to tutelage of Tony Pulis, Lambert looks to flourish once more.
Having scored 106 goals in 207 appearances at St Mary’s the Liverpudlian attacker knows where the goal is, but at Anfield he was a small fish in a giant pond.
Now part of the Baggies squad, Lamber can once again become the focal point of the attack, and with the addition of James McClean, the former Liverpool man will have plenty of delivers to feed off.