Premier League Stars Looking to Make Post-Deadline Day Impact on New Clubs

Ryan Tolmich@@R_TolmichCorrespondent IISeptember 12, 2013

It came, it saw, it conquered. 

There are no days in world football quite like deadline day. Teams are strengthened and others are depleted, but virtually all are shaken up in some way.

After what was seemingly the longest and most untimely international break of all time, the Premier League will resume this weekend with many world superstars putting on new colors for the first time.

Let's take a look at a few stars who will be looking to make a big first impression on their new clubs.


Victor Moses, Liverpool

Leading off the list with the current league leaders seemed fitting, as Liverpool have rattled off three straight victories to open their campaign on the backs of Simon Mignolet and Daniel Sturridge.

Despite the absence of the enigmatic genius that is Luis Suarez, Liverpool have managed to muster enough goals to earn them the nine available points.

However, in the ever-improving Premier League, no team—especially undermanned Liverpool—can afford to be complacent.

With a desperate need for a winger after the departure of much-criticized Stewart Downing, Liverpool was able to parley a deal out of rival Chelsea for out-of-favor winger, Victor Moses.

The Nigerian international, who came into prominence with recently relegated Wigan, featured 43 times for the Europa League champions last campaign, netting 10 times. However, a recent influx of talent including Willian, Andre Schurrle and Samuel Eto'o has left little room in the Chelsea XI.

Moses will be looked at to make a major impact on Merseyside, as the 22-year-old winger will be expected to slot in next to attacking options Philippe Coutinho, Suarez and Sturridge.

Moses has even been tapped for success by former Red John Aldridge, who expects Moses to make an impact much like his former Chelsea teammate. Aldridge wrote in the Liverpool Echo:

It’s a similar scenario to when we signed Daniel Sturridge. Moses has come to Anfield with a point to prove after not getting game-time at Stamford Bridge. Moses has actually gone out on loan to a bigger club which doesn't happen often in football. I’m sure sitting and watching Liverpool beat Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday will have put fire in his belly. The Nigeria international will be relishing the prospect of pulling on the shirt and playing in that kind of atmosphere.

Look for Moses to feature in Liverpool's starting XI this weekend as they take on manager Brendan Rodgers' former club, Swansea. 


Mesut Ozil, Arsenal

In what was probably the biggest deal of deadline day, the typically frugal Arsene Wenger splashed the cash for football's favorite bug-eyed German playmaker, Mesut Ozil. 

Ozil has long been known as one of the top players in the world, as the former Real Madrid man has been one of the top assist-getters in the world over recent years.

Knowing all of this, Wenger set off his master plan: Gervinho from Arsenal to Roma, Lamela from Roma to Spurs, Bale from Spurs to Madrid and finally, a shiny new German play-thing wearing Gooner colors. That's how he planned it all out, right?

At any rate, Arsenal have found their summer signing, as fans finally have the right to brag about Arsenal's transfer activity. After missing out on big names like Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, Arsenal arguably did better than both with the talented Ozil.

While the club needed help at other positions—such as striker and in defense—Ozil addresses a necessity for virtually every club in the world, as the London-based club found themselves a world-class match winner.

Look for striker Olivier Giroud to benefit greatly from the service of the German international, as Ozil has helped elevate the games of superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Mario Gomez.

Ozil's new manager is already talking up his new attacking midfielder, as the Frenchman sees something special in his latest signing. Wenger told The Guardian's Amy Lawrence:

He is 25 in October. He's already a great player, as you say. There's room now between 25 and 30 for him to become a dominant player and to make a step up from that. There are many players who are very, very good. To make the step to being great you have to find the right club at the right moment. Having the mental dedication, that is the major difference now.

Ozil will make his Premier League debut, as the Gunners take on the always pesky Sunderland at The Stadium of Light on Saturday. 


Marouane Fellaini, Manchester United

Mata, Oscar, Hazard. 

Silva, Toure, Navas.

Gerrard, Coutinho, Lucas.

Ozil, Cazorla, Wilshere

Cleverly, Carrick, Giggs.

Which one of these is not like the others? I'll give you a hint: It is the one that is expecting contributions from a soon-to-be 40-year-old aging hero.

The top of the Premier League is littered with talented midfields. The steady mix of elite internationals and young up-and-comers are what differentiate the contenders from the mid-table pretenders.

Don't get me wrong: United has a solid midfield. Carrick has been immense for the club for the past few years, as the 32-year-old England international is a major influence in United's midfield. Cleverly is still young, but he doesn't give off the "elite" vibe that one should expect from a future superstar. Giggs still has it, but how much can you expect from someone who could have fathered numerous players in the current squad?

That's where Fellaini comes in, as new boss David Moyes finally gets his hands on his former Everton talisman. 

Moyes spent most of the summer chasing a world-class midfielder, and that's exactly what he has found in the Belgian star, as Fellaini has consistently proven himself as one of the Premier Leagues top midfielders.

Fellaini can be expected to slot right into the current United side, as his 13 goals from last campaign would certainly help relieve the pressure on the seemingly frustrated Robin Van Persie, who seemed just a bit off of his game after losing his emotions against Liverpool.

Expect Fellaini to make a major impact in his Old Trafford debut, as the champions will be taking on recently promoted Crystal Palace. Fellaini will have his chances against Palace, who have found three points from their opening three games against much-lesser opposition than United. Fellaini will have time on the ball, so expect him to show that he has exactly what it takes to shine in Manchester.


Honorable Mention: Romelu Lukaku, Everton

Lukaku was an obvious addition to this list. The Chelsea loanee has already demonstrated his Premier League pedigree, as his second-half perfect hat-trick against United is the stuff of legends.

Lukaku was loaned out to top side Everton in what can only be called a questionable move, as the Toffees now have the firepower to compete with the Premier League's elite, including parent-club Chelsea.

Unfortunately for Lukaku and Everton, the Toffees' first fixture post-deadline day happens to be against the Europa League titleholders, meaning Lukaku will be unavailable due to the loan agreement.

While, Lukaku will have to wait to make his Everton debut, he has already come out and supported his new club, stating that he was pulling for his new teammates against the club that paid £10 million for him back in 2011.

While we wait on Lukaku to throw on Everton blue, look for him to have a major impact for his new club, as he gives Everton the type of firepower that could boost them into top four contention.


Which deadline signee do you think will have the biggest impact on their new club this coming season? Have your say with a comment below or tweet @R_Tolmich for discussion and banter!


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