1. Renato Sanches, 21, Swansea, Attacking Midfielder
No other transfer deadline signing raised more eyebrows that Sanches’ move German Champions Bayern Munich to mid-table Swansea City. Pundits and rival fans will be scratching their heads at the move, especially as the player won the Golden Boy award at last years European Championships, where he helped deliver Portugal their first major honour in the unlikeliest of circumstances.
Clement’s relationship with Ancelotti (Bayern Head Coach) surely helped bring the talented youngster to the Liberty Stadium, but the players desire to maintain a playing style suited to his talents must also have been a factor. This is a loan move of the highest order, comparable to Tevez’s stint at West Ham where the player wants to prove his worth in the best league in the world, and in a world cup year.
Swansea fans are getting a real prospect, quick footed, able to shift his balance left or right to out manoeuvre his opponent, a real flair player with the strength to match. Some fans may see the resemblance between Sanches and a young Edgar Davids, not only in his bulldog style of play but also in his ability to embarrass players at will…
Transfer Fee: N/A Loan
Likelihood of getting Swansea into the Europa League 8/10