That’s a striker. The next three players on the list of big transfers in the Premier League are all strikers: Erling Haaland to Man.City; Richarlison to Tottenham and Raheem Sterling to Chelsea. Not far away are the defenders: Lisandro Martinez to MU, Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea, Sven Botman to Newcastle, Nayef Aguerd to West Ham, Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal!
In the “top 10” transfers in the Premier League, there is only one midfielder: Kalvin Phillips, transferred from Leeds to Man.City for £ 45 million. In fact, this is also the situation of the whole of Europe. Strikers like Robert Lewandowski (to Barcelona), Federico Chiesa (to Juventus), Sadio Mane (to Bayern Munich) or central defenders like Matthijs de Ligt (to Bayern), Gleison Bremer (to Juventus) are storming the market. transfer school. But there are still some prestigious midfielders. The difference is, they don’t go to the Premier League! Vitinha from Porto to PSG. Aurelien Tchouameni (currently the most expensive player in the world this summer, along with Liverpool’s Nunez) to Real Madrid. MU tried to find ways to buy midfielder Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, but this case turned out to be too difficult, when De Jong made it clear that he just wanted to stay at Barcelona.
Kalvin Phillips is a rare midfielder transferred in the Premier League this season
It seems that the midfield role is not overestimated in the Premier League, so this tournament is not very interested in the stars in the middle of the field. Now is the time of centre-backs, strikers or wingers. Liverpool’s way of playing under Jurgen Klopp almost does not need to go through the midfield. The organizational role was even assigned to full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold. Pep Guardiola’s Man.City has Kevin de Bruyne, always the number 1 talent and he can play in all different positions in the attack. Chelsea is a team with tight football, high discipline. When things are in order, coach Thomas Tuchel’s team is famous for its defensive ability. It is almost impossible to score against Chelsea in such moments.
It seems that only Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal need to strengthen their midfield, and this team has indeed bought attacking midfielder Fabio Vieira from Porto. The price is not too expensive (29 million pounds). And observers still note striker Gabriel Jesus (£45m) more, when looking at Arsenal’s reinforcements this summer. With MU, the midfield position is considered the starting point for building the style of new coach Erik ten Hag. He “dotted” De Jong, but did not buy, as stated.
Technical and creative midfield play in La Liga is generally more suitable for midfielders. In contrast, the common style of play in the Premier League not only does not place a heavy emphasis on the role of an attacking midfielder, but also seems to be at a disadvantage for them due to the very high speed of play in the Premier League. Assuming the midfielders are notorious for their technique and creativity but are all old like Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro playing football in England, it is unlikely that they would have had the same success as themselves at Real Madrid – winning since La Liga to Champions League.
The transfer season is not over yet. And fans are still waiting: will the strong teams famous for their wealth in the Premier League finally attract any outstanding midfielders to this tournament before the September 1 deadline?