In a busy transfer window which saw the likes of Angel Di Maria, Esteban Cambiasso, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas join Premier League teams, it’s no wonder that many stars have adjusted to the English game immediately. While some have underperformed since their arrival, others have sparkled throughout the early part of the Premier League season so far, and it could even be argued that some are directly responsible for their side’s domestic form. We take a look at those players that have adapted quickly to the pace of England’s top flight and consider who was the transfer window winner?
Diego Costa – Chelsea:
The Spaniard has already shown the Blues exactly what they were missing last season and it could be argued that his goals are the main reason why Chelsea are currently top of the Premier League. The Blues have been in exquisite form so far this campaign and Costa, who has scored 17 goals in 19 appearances, has been phenomenal. The 26-year-old striker is strong and refuses to be bullied by opposing defenders but he does have a tendency to retaliate which can get him into trouble at times.
Bojan – Stoke City:
The former Barcelona man has been a breath of fresh air in Mark Hughes’ side and has helped Stoke to adopt a better brand of football. The Spaniard has been instrumental for the Potters this season and has been directly involved in five goals during his 16 matches this year. Unfortunately, he has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign but Stoke supporters will remain positive that the 24-year-old can return and continue in similar fashion to before his season-ending injury.
Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal:
Without Sanchez, the Gunners would be in serious trouble this season as the Chilean continues to shine and lead Arsenal to victory with some impressive individual performances. The former Barcelona forward has scored 12 goals in 22 appearances this campaign while also notching seven assists. The London side were unlucky with injuries earlier in the season but Alexis stepped up to the mark and performed effectively in a number of positions – sometimes even carrying the team through matches. With players returning, the 26-year-old will become even more dangerous in the second half of the season.
Marcos Rojo – Manchester United:
Although he has had his critics at times, the Argentina international has made that central defensive position at Old Trafford his own and helped add stability to United’s backline. Although he is yet to justify his £16 million price tag, the 24-year-old has been solid, isn’t scared to commit to challenges and has excellent control on the ball. The Manchester outfit have the third best defensive record in the Premier League and in his 14 appearances, United have won nine and lost just two while scoring 30 goals and conceding 16.
Frazer Forster – Southampton:
Forster has been superb this year and currently leads the league in clean sheets with 12 in 25 matches. The Saints have the best defensive record in the division and, although the defensive unit have been exceptional, the former Celtic goalkeeper is a key reason for this. It could be argued that, excluding David de Gea, the 26-year-old has been the goalkeeper of the season so far and he will look to help Southampton earn a European berth at the end of the season with some more brilliant individual performances against the league’s top sides.
Diafra Sakho – West Ham United:
Sakho has been one of the best performers for Sam Allardyce’s side this season and has become a huge threat alongside Andy Carroll in the West Ham attack. The former Metz striker has scored 10 goals in all competitions with eight of those coming in just 16 Premier League matches. With pace in abundance and a killer final ball, the 25-year-old provides another point of attack for the Hammers and he can be used as an out-and-out striker or wide as part of a three pronged attacking unit.