2013 saw a busy summer transfer window with new managers at top clubs wanting to build their own teams and promoted sides looking to sign the players who can lead them to safety. Not all transfers work out, and sometimes the best ones can turn out to be the players you least expect to make an impact.
Below are the five best signings in the Premier League so far in my opinion.
Romelu Lukaku - From Chelsea to Everton (on loan)
There were many clubs who were pursuing Romelu Lukaku as soon as it became apparent that Jose Mourinho was willing to let him leave on loan. It looked like he would head back to West Bromwich Albion, but instead he linked up with Roberto Martinez at Everton. He has been key for The Toffees this season, and has been there to finish off the fine, flowing passing moves. Without Lukaku, Everton would be a lot lower in the table, as Nikica Jelavic is off form, and Arouna Kone suffered a long-term injury. He has scored eight league goals so far, more than any Chelsea player.
Simon Mignolet - From Sunderland to Liverpool - £9 million
When Mignolet arrived at the club it was initially thought Pepe Reina would be joining Barcelona to replace Victor Valdes. Valdes stayed on however so then Reina was left in a tough position. He left to join Napoli on loan, and Mignolet had big boots to fill. He had been superb at Sunderland and ever since his first game for Liverpool against Stoke he has shown he can be a huge player for the club too. In that game he saved a penalty and made numerous great saves and it seems to have set the tone for the season.
Tom Huddlestone - From Tottenham Hotspur to Hull City - £5 million
Huddlestone is someone who was tipped for greatness at a young age, and has perhaps yet to fulfil his potential. He stagnated at Spurs but a move to Hull City has given him a new lease of life. Don't get me wrong he still showed he was a great player at Spurs but often found himself behind many other midfielders. At Hull he has shown that he could be an important player for England too. He does the simple things well in midfield, making the right passes at the right time and always looking calm when doing so. This signing by Steve Bruce could be the one to keep them up.
Dejan Lovren - From Olympique Lyonnais to Southampton - £8.5 million
Southampton forked out a lot of money for the Croatian centre-back but it has proved to be worth it. He was a key player for Lyon and it was a coup for The Saints to be able to bring him in. He has been a rock at the heart of their defence, and he was a big part of the club's superb start to the season that saw them in 3rd place at one point. Results have tailed off but they still have the joint third best defensive record in the league.
Mathieu Flamini - Free transfer to Arsenal
Now let's be honest, who actually saw this signing turning out to be as good as it has been? Before Wenger splashed any cash he brought in Flamini, and Arsenal fans were not happy. It seemed a pointless signing. Yet Flamini has been superb for the club, and seems to have allowed Aaron Ramsey to blossom alongside him. Flamini clearly loves the club, and has a great level of determination that is seen on the pitch. He has been a big part of their promising first half of the season. You may have been expecting to see Mezut Ozil in this list as he has also been superb for The Gunners. But with the amount of the money the club paid for him you would expect him to hit the ground running. A great signing, but that's what you get when you spend £40 million.
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