Ray Parlour picks new Everton and West Ham stars as hit summer signings

Aaron Lennon

The Gunners legend suggests the former Tottenham and Nottingham players were two of the best transfers of the recent offseason window.

Arsenal legend and former England international Ray Parlour has been talking to Sky Sports about a few of the recent transfers that occurred in the summer transfer window, and has picked a Tottenham man's move to Everton and Nottingham Forest star's switch to West Ham as two of the biggest hits.

The 42-year-old suggested that the Toffees' signing of longtime Spurs man Aaron Lennon was a great piece of business for Roberto Martinez, and could well mean that the Goodison Park outfit adopt a different playing strategy with the speedster in the side.

"Everton know exactly what they're going to get with Lennon being there last season on loan," Parlour told Sky Sports.

"He had a great career at Tottenham. Maybe people questioned his final ball at times - does he score enough goals?

"I think he'll be something different now. They're going to go wide a lot more. [Romelu] Lukaku will thrive on that, getting balls into the box. I think he'll be a good signing for Everton."

Parlour also picked out another winger as one of the hits of the summer window, praising new West Ham man Michail Antonio's form at Nottingham Forest last season.

"He's got excellent pace," the former Gunner added.

"He was involved in so many goals for Nottingham Forest; from 54 appearances, he was involved in 34 with 19 assists so I think it's a great signing for West Ham United."

The ex midfielder, who made 339 league appearances for Arsenal over 12 years, also identified Nathan Dyer's loan to Leicester, Virgil van Dijk's move from Celtic to Southampton and Kevin De Bruyne's switch to Manchester City as other pieces of great business.

But he couldn't say the same about Manchester United's decision to spend big money on France striker Anthony Martial. 

"I look forward to seeing him play but I think it's going to be a miss, because the money they've spent is an unbelievable amount," Parlour said.

"For a 19-year-old kid, he's not proven.

"If he proves to be like a Thierry Henry, which is what a lot of people are saying, then he could obviously be a great signing but I think it is a massive gamble to take on a 19-year-old kid.

"With the money they've put out, I could be totally wrong but I'm going to say miss on that one."

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