A quick preview across Europes top leagues following the transfer window.
Following the international break, domestic league soccer action is back. With a whirlwind of activity happening right before the close of the transfer window on Sept 2nd, there is much to look forward to across Europe’s top leagues.
First up, England, where Arsenal fans will be eagerly anticipating the potential debut of club record signing Mesut Ozil. The highly rated German playmaker was signed on deadline day for 42 and a half million pounds, breaking a club record. He could be in the squad for the game against Sunderland, which should prove to be quite the introduction to the physical Premier league. Manchester United will be looking to feature the steel of new signing Marouane Fellaini against newcomers Crystal Palace. Fellaini was a last second signing from Everton where Manager David Moyes knew him well. Chelsea look set to have both Samuel Eto’o and Brazilian Willian in their squad, with competition for places at Stamford Bridge proving to be very tough indeed. Liverpool may start new French signing Mamado Sakho, with veteran Kolo Toure injured at the back.
On to Spain, where Madrid fans will be excited to see world record 86 million pound signing Gareth Bale. Nearly 20,000 fans came to his unveiling a few days before the transfer window closed, and he has been confirmed to be in line for his debut by manager Carlo Ancelotti. Questions still remain however, over where exactly Bale will play. While most anticipate him on one advanced flank with fellow superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on the other, there have been injury concerns at left defense, with 1st choice backs Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao sustaining injuries over the break, and Bale may need to fill in. Bale of course started out as a left back for boyhood club Southampton.
Elsewhere, AC Milan fans will be looking forward to seeing club legend Kaka return following an unsuccessful spell at Real Madrid, and make his second debut for the club. Highly rated youngster Florian Thauvin may also make his debut for Marseille following his switch from rivals Lille.
It will be an exciting weekend across Europe, as fans tune in to see their clubs new look squads. Which signings will pan out and which will fail? Only time will tell. Until the next silly season then…
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