7 New Players Who Made A Big Impact Last Season - Bolton, Manchester United, Newcastle, Tottenham, West Brom, Wigan


Peter Odemwingie – West Brom, estimated at £500,000

He signed for West Brom for an undisclosed fee said to be around as little as half a million. Odemwingie's goals were one of the the main reasons West Brom stayed up last season.

Odemwingie ended the 2010–11 season as West Bromwich Albion's top goalscorer with a club record of 15 league goals. He was one of only six strikers to score (15) or assist (7) 22 or more PL goals in 2010/11.

2. Chicharito Javier Hernandez – Manchester United, £6m

Manchester United signed Chicharito for £6m before the World Cup, and he scored some vital goals for them last season. He scored his first goal on his debut on the 28th July and continued the run, scoring 20 goals for the club in in total in his debut season.

3. Cheikh Tiote - Newcastle, £3.5m

Tiote signed for Newcastle United on 26 August 2010 for a fee of £3.5 million. One of his many highlights last season was when he scored a 25-yard volley to cap that four-goal comeback against Arsenal. He did however, receive 14 yellow cards in the PL last season - more than any other player.

4. Ali Al-Habsi - Wigan, on loan

The goalkeeper unwanted at Bolton, went on loan to Wigan and proceeded to turn in a string of incredible performances that helped keep Wigan up. He has been signed this season on a permanent basis for £4m.

5. William Gallas – Tottenham, free transfer

Gallas joined Spurs for free after a stint at Arsenal. Any bitterness Spurs fans may have had over the North London rivalry soon disappeared, as he enjoyed a great season for Spurs.

6. Rafael van der Vaart – Tottenham, £8m

Van der Vaart left Real Madrid for Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of the 2010–11 Premier League summer transfer window for £8m.

Following his performances in the Premier League last season, van der Vaart was nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

7. Daniel Sturridge - Bolton, loan deal from Chelsea

Sturridge signed for Chelsea, who loaned him to Bolton Wanderers in the second half of the 2010-11 season. On his loan he became only the sixth player to score in his first four games for a club in the Premier League. Sturridge continued to make an impact at Bolton, and finished his loan spell with 8 goals in 12 appearances at the club.

image: © Audrey Pilato

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