Up until the final days of the January transfer window, only one of our 2010-2011 season signings could claim to be enjoying a decent debut campaign for us, but with the acquisition of two top forwards on deadline day, the overall feel about our signings this season has taken a positive turn.
It is fair to say that most of Roy Hodgson’s signings just didn’t work out for us, and it is almost a foregone conclusion that the likes of Poulsen and Konchesky will be shipped out during the summer as part of an expected clear out. One signing Roy Hodgson can definitely be proud of however is Raul Meireles, who has managed to cap off an impressive debut Premier League season by winning the PFA Fans Player of the Year award.
Meireles would certainly get my vote for most effective new signing of the season simply because Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez have had less than half a season to display their enormous joint potential. I’m expecting big things from all three men next year and it will be interesting to see if they can establish themselves as key players for us with the experience of this campaign under their belts.
It is hard to say who I expect to have the biggest impact next season as all three players each hold a strong case. Raul Meireles has at times been absolutely majestic in our midfield this season and has even helped soften the blow of losing Steven Gerrard for large periods by proving himself to be a genuine attacking threat when played in his best position.
As for Andy Carroll, although he’s still only made a handful of appearances for us since arriving in January, the former Newcastle man has brought something to our forward line that we have lacked for years; aerial dominance. It is pleasing to know that we have England’s latest rising star striker terrorising defences with his physical presence as we saw in the 3-0 win against Manchester City for his second goal. I have no doubts that Carroll’s style of play will come in handy especially in the frustrating games against smaller teams that defend deep.
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